DB Class V 65

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DB Class V 65
V 65 011 (08.10.1985).jpg
Number(s) DB V 65 001–015
Quantity 15
Manufacturer MaK
Year(s) of manufacture 1956
Retired 1980
Wheel arrangement Bo'-Bo' (0-8-0?)
Axle arrangement D
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length over buffers 10,740 mm (35 ft 2.8 in)
Service weight 54.0 t (53.1 long tons; 59.5 short tons)
Axle load 13.5 t (13.3 long tons; 14.9 short tons)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Installed power 552 kW (740 hp)
Driving wheel diameter 1,250 mm (49.21 in)
Motor make/model MaK MS 301 C
Motor type 6-cylinder diesel engine
No. of traction motors 1
Transmission diesel electric

The DB Class V 65 locomotives (from 1968: Class 265) were German, eight-wheeled, rod-coupled diesel locomotives operated by Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) intended for light railway services and medium-heavy shunting duties. The 15 locomotives were delivered in 1956 by MaK (Kiel) to the DB.

Description[edit]

Class V 65/Class 265 engines were delivered to the DB shortly after the arrival in service of the first V 60s. Amongst their special features were the MaK motor with only 750 rpm and the Beugniot lever between the individual axles, that improved curve running. For train heating the engine had a boiler that was heated by the engine's exhaust gases. The engine itself had to be pre-heated with a Dofa coke oven. For this purpose up to 100 kg of coke could be carried.

Although, with only 15 units, the Class V 65 was built in relatively small numbers, it was really only a slight modification of the 600 D built by MaK for private railways. These belonged to the so-called MaK rod-coupled locomotives (MaK-Stangenlokomotiven), that were operated in large numbers by private railways. Their power ranged between 240 and 1,200 PS (180 and 880 kW).

Operations[edit]

The locomotives were initially deployed in the area of Marburg/Lahn ahead of light passenger trains, but in 1964 they were replaced by the more powerful V 100. After that, five examples were used for shunting duties at Puttgarden ferryboat station until 1980, being stationed at the depot (Bahnbetriebswerk) at Puttgarden. The remainder were employed at Hamburg-Altona where their duties included working on the Hamburg Harbour railway.

Locomotive V 65 001 has been preserved and, after a term with the Meppen-Haselünne Railway is now looked after by the Osnabrück Steam Railway Society (Osnabrücker Dampflokfreunden) and is used as a museum railway engine. Another V65, number V 65 011, has been loaned by the DB Museum to the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum owned by the DGEG.

Appearance in film[edit]

In the first scenes of the 1962 film Die Tür mit den sieben Schlössern (The Door with the Seven Locks) a DB V 65 engine can clearly be seen standing in the station. This reveals that the scenes were filmed in a German station and not - as the film tries to suggest by the use of various English signs - at a station in London.

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