Vossloh G2000 BB

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Vossloh G 2000 BB
Vossloh G 2000 BB im Essener Hauptbahnhof.jpg
A later version of the Vossloh G 2000 with the symmetric full width cab
Type and origin
Power type Diesel
Builder Vossloh
Build date G2000 : 2000-2003
G 2000-2 : 2003
G 2000-3 : 2003
G 2000-4 : 2004
G2000-5 : 2005[1]
Total produced G2000 : 20
G 2000-2 : 30
G 2000-3 : 16
G 2000-4 : 1
G2000-5 : 1[1]
 • UIC B' B'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 1,000 mm (39.37 in) / 920 mm (36.22 in) new/worn
Length 17.4 m (57 ft 1 in)[2]
Width 3.08 m (10 ft 1 14 in)[2]
Height G2000, G 2000-2, G 2000-3 : 4.22 m (13 ft 10 18 in)
G 2000-4, G2000-5 : 4.25 m (13 ft 11 38 in)[2]
Loco weight G2000, G 2000-2, G 2000-3 : 87.3 t (85.9 long tons; 96.2 short tons)[1]
G 2000-4, G2000-5 : 90 t (89 long tons; 99 short tons)[1]
Fuel type Diesel fuel
Fuel capacity 5,000 L (1,100 imp gal; 1,300 US gal)[2]
Prime mover G2000 ,G 2000-2, G 2000-3 : Caterpillar 3516 B-HD
G 2000-4, G2000-5 : MTU 20V 4000 R42[2]
Transmission Diesel-hydraulic: Voith L620reU2 (with KB 385 retarder for MTU engined variants)[2]
Performance figures
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Power output G 2000, G 2000-2, G 2000-3 : 2,240 kW (3,000 hp)[2]
G 2000-4, G 2000-5 : 2,700 kW (3,600 hp)[2]
Tractive effort G 2000, G 2000-2, G 2000-3 :282 kN (63,000 lbf) at μ=0.33 (mass=87.3 t (85.9 long tons; 96.2 short tons))[2]
G 2000-4, G 2000-5 :292 kN (66,000 lbf) at μ=0.33 (mass=90 t (89 long tons; 99 short tons))[2]
Locale Germany, Italy, Sweden (+other european)

The Vossloh G 2000 BB is a four axle heavy shunting and mainline locomotive built at the former MaK plant in Kiel. At the time of its introduction in 2000 it was the most powerful hydraulic transmission locomotive in Vossloh's range.

The Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) reporting number for this loco is 253[citation needed].

History and Design[edit]

The asymmetric cab allows an external viewpoint at the front of the loco

The locomotive was unveiled at Innotrans in 2000. The initial model had an asymmetric cab (see image) with a walkway; the asymmetric cab design allows the walkway to extend all the way to each end of the locomotive; coupled with remote control operation this means that shunting can be done from an external viewpoint whilst still riding on the locomotive.

The design is modular with various components (engine, drive etc.) coming from different suppliers.[2] External styling was by Tricon-Design.[3]

A second variant was produced, this time with a symmetrical cab; two different versions of this model were produced - one for the Italian market (G 2000-2 BB) with left hand drive (trains in Italy generally keep to the left) and another (G 2000-3 BB) with right hand drive for Germany.[1] The new cabs had seating for two operators, in other respects apart from the cab these two models are identical to the initial asymmetric offering.

Starting in 2004 two further sub designs were made: G 2000-4 BB with a MTU engine which increase the power to 2700 kW. This variant also included a hydrodynamic retarder (a type of braking system) as part of the Voith supplied transmission package.

The last variant is G 2000-5 BB which has the same upgrades as the fourth offering, it is designed for the Scandinavian market and as such has anti wheel slip technology, and can be equipped for service down to −40 °C (−40 °F).[2]

Operators and Use[edit]

The locomotives are certified for use on the railways of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Denmark and Poland.[4]

The locomotives are operated by many companies, many of them on lease. Angel Trains and MRCE both act as leasing companies, with Angel Trains providing the vast majority of the leased locomotives. Other owners include Azienda Consorziale Trasporti (ACT) and SBB Cargo (as class SBB Am 840)

The machines find use in northern Italy and in the German Ruhr region as well as being used for cross border traffic in the Benelux region. Railion, Euro Cargo Rail, Rail4chem and others all use this locomotive. The locomotives are used for freight.

The Swedish rail company Hector Rail operates a G 2000-4 and a 2000-5 machine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "loks-aus-kiel.de - Vossloh - G 2000 BB". www.loks-aus-kiel.de. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "G 2000 BB Four Axle diesel-hydraulic locomotive for heavy line service" (PDF), www.vossloh-locomotives.com, Vossloh AG, archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2010 
  3. ^ "Designer Profile Online ; Profile Übersicht ; TRICON DESIGN AG", www.designer-profile.de (in German), retrieved 1 March 2012 
  4. ^ "Vossloh Locomotives". www.vossloh-locomotives.com. 


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