At the DB Cargo depot in Rostock, preparations are underway for the launch of serial production of the Type HDB 800 hybrid locomotives. Construction of six pre-series locomotives at the Talbot Services plant in Aachen began in autumn 2022 with the assembly of the main frame. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Railvolution.


Despite difficult circumstances – particularly the COVID-19 pandemic and supply problems caused by the war in Ukraine – important milestones in the development and production of the Type HDB 800 have been completed this year. Specifications and requirements were developed and approved, then powertrain components such as the traction generator and inverter were manufactured and partially tested by DB in spring 2022.

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On January 23, 2020, DB Cargo publicly confirmed the purchase of 50 Type HDB 800s from Toshiba Railway Europe and the lease of another 50 from Railpool. The locomotives will have two diesel generator sets that provide power and can be independently turned on or off as needed. Two independent SCiB lithium-ion traction batteries from Toshiba are used to store energy and ensure emission-free operation of the locomotive in the required areas. The model was first presented to the general public in June 2019, at that time still in the form of a non-working prototype, but already with real traction equipment.

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