NS Class 1200

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen Class 1200
ACTS 1255.jpg
ACTS 1255 at Amersfoort.
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Werkspoor (mech.); Heemaf (elec.) after design from Baldwin and Westinghouse
Build date 1951-1953
Total produced 25
AAR wheel arr. Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 18.09 m (59 ft 4.2 in)
Weight on drivers 18 t (17.7 long tons; 19.8 short tons)
Locomotive weight 108 t (106 long tons; 119 short tons)
Electric system(s) 1.5 kV DC Catenary
Current collection
Performance figures
Maximum speed 150 km/h (93 mph) (135 km/h or 84 mph in service)
Power output 2,220 kW (2,980 hp)
Tractive effort 195 kN (44,000 lbf)
Safety systems ATB-EG (since 1964)
Operator(s) Nederlandse Spoorwegen, ACTS, Euro-Express-Treincharter BV (EETC)
Class 1200
Number in class Originally 25, now 4 remain
Number(s) Nederlandse Spoorwegen: 1201-1225
ACTS 1251-1255
Delivered 1951-1953
Retired 1998
Scrapped 1999
Current owner EETC
Disposition Active

The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) Class 1200 were a class of electric locomotives that were in service from 1951 until 1998. They were designed by Baldwin and built by Werkspoor (Utrecht) between 1951 and 1953. The electrical parts were built by Heemaf (Hengelo) to a design by Westinghouse. Some parts (the bogies, and the electrical installation) were made in the United States as part of the Marshall Plan.

Originally 75 locomotives were ordered, but the order was reduced to 25 locomotives, instead more locomotives of the French Class 1100 locomotives were ordered.


Nederlandse Spoorwegen[edit]

After more than 40 years of service the Class 1200 was retired from service in 1998. Numbers 1201, 1202 and 1211 were preserved for museums,[citation needed] whilst 1214, 1215, 1218, 1221 and 1225 were bought by the Dutch freight operator ACTS Nederland BV in 1999 and were renumbered to 1251-1255.[1]

ACTS Nederland BV, EETC[edit]

Engine 1253 was taken out of service in 2003 and is now used for spare parts. In 2007 engine 1252 was taken out of service. In 2009 and 2010 the remaining 3 engines were taken out of service by ACTS and engines 1251, 1252, 1254 and 1255 were acquired by Euro-Express-Treincharter BV (EETC).

As of January 2011 engines 1251 and 1252 are again in active service whilst engine 1254 is being refurbished. They are used for transporting the empty Citynightline train from Munich and Zurich and the Euronight Jan Kiepura train from Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Prague and Copenhagen between Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Watergraafsmeer. They are also used for spare runs with charter trains and transporting carriages to and from the EETC workshop in Rotterdam.


In 2014 locomotive 1252 was repainted to celebrate 175 years of railroads in the Netherlands. On the locomotive is a text in Dutch and German by Märklin. The Dutch text is: "Het origineel is er bij Märklin. Märklin feliciteert Nederland met 175 jaar spoorwegen". The German text is: "Das Original gibt's bei Märklin. Märklin gratuliert den Niederländen zu 175 Jahre Eisenbahn". The locomotive with congratulations is also available as a scale model.


1202 at the Dutch Railway Museum
ACTS 1251 shunting at Amsterdam CS in 2010. 
Locomotive 1254 working for EETC
Locomotive 1251 together with the Belgian locomotive 6705


  1. ^ "Rolandrail: ACTS/Portfeeders/Railmotion". www.rolandrail.net (in Dutch). Voorheen door ACTS ingezette locomotieven (niet volledig). Retrieved 12 January 2011. 

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