In 1962 the Rheingold long-distance train was provided with new exclusive rolling stock. The intention was also to raise the maximum speed of this train to 160 km/h on several parts of the line along the river Rhein. For this purpose the DB used the E 10 locomotives E 10 239 - 244 (6 locomotives) and modified the gears of the locomotives, as well as the bogies. The Rheingold locomotives got also a new livery, the blue ivory white coloring of the Rheingold coaches. The locomotives were renumbered to class E 10 1239 - 1244. These first Rheingold locomotives were in fact modified E 10.1 locomotives.
In the fall of 1962 the first special built Rheingold locomotives were delivered. This were the locomotives E 10 1265 - 1270. The previous Rheingold locomotives E 10 1239 - 1244 were renumbered back to E 10 239 - 244 and were again in service in the usual express train services. The new Rheingold locomotives were more aerodynamic than the E 10.1 locomotives. The locomotives had one long air grid on each side of the locomotive and the locomotives had smaller frontskirts.
These Rheingold locomotives were also called "Bügelfalte" locomotives. All E 10 locomotives got this new shape from 1964 with locomotive E 10 288, these locomotives got the indication E 10.3. These locomotives were not the same as the Rheingold locomotives, even though they had the same shape, the transmission and bogies were different.
In 1963 and 1964 the DB ordered another series of Rheingold locomotives for the Rheinpfeil services. These locomotives were numbered as E 10 1308 - 1312. This series was, together with the Rheingold locomotives indicated as class E 10.12-13. As fas as their appearance they are similar to the locomotives of class E 10.3. The locomotives E 10 1308 - 1312 had also bogies capable of speeds of 160 km/h. Only these locomotives got already by delivery the new TEE coloring red and ivory white. From 1966 the locomotives E 10 1265 - 1270 got also the new TEE livery.
|The E 10 1311 as BR 113 311 in TEE livery | Photo: Christian Splittgerber|
Locomotive E 10 1270 reached in 1963 at testruns meant for pantographs a speed of 180 km/h. In 1968 again 20 locomotives E 10.12-13 were delivered, but these locomotives were already provided with the new UIC numbers. So these locomotives were numbered as 112 485 - 504. These locomotives were also painted in TEE livery. In 1968 the other Rheingold/TEE locomotives were renumbered to class 112. The E 10 1265 - 1270 became 112 265 - 270 and the E 10 1308 - 1312 became 112 308 - 312.
At the end of the sixties all E 10.12-13 locomotives were maintained at the Bw Frankfurt/M and in the seventies at the Bw Dortmund Bbf.
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