I really don’t have that much time to go out and post pictures at the moment, or reply to your comments, or thank you for your
s (sorry about that), but my father called me and said that he had spotted a construction train between Astfeld and Langelsheim, Germany. So let’s start with the locomotive.
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-VTLT is a Voith Maxima 40 CC, owned by leasing company Ox-Traction (which is, in turn, largely owned by Voith and uses only Voith locomotives) and currently used by german track construction company Wiebe. This is only the second time I managed to take a picture of a Maxima, and the first time it is any good…
. Voith, or in full Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik, has a long and proud history of supplying core components to locomotives. They are best known for their hydraulic transmissions for diesel engines, which are preferred in Germany over the electric transmissions used in other countries, but they also make couplers, mechanic transmissions for buses and trucks and lots and lots of other stuff. In 2006, they started building locomotives in their own right, of course all diesel-hydraulic. The Maxima 40 CC is a C’C’ road diesel locomotive with 3600 kW (4800 HP) power and hence the most powerful diesel-hydraulic ever built. It is built in Voith’s factories in Kiel, near the northern edge of Germany.
This one is configured as the freight version with a top speed of 120 kph (75 mph), and approved for Germany and Belgium, although some magnets at the truck seem to indicate that it may be used for other countries as well. Here, its main job was pulling the tie-and-track replacement train really, really slowly.