I recently noticed that I didnt have any pictures of class 145 locomotives in gallery. Thats not very weird, actually: Not only is the 145 extremely boring, there are simply not all that many. Production quite quickly shifted to the much more versatile 185.1, a dual tension version and the first locomotive that was marketed by Bombardier as "TRAXX", TRAXX F140 AC2, to be precise.
Nevertheless, occasionally you do want to show what the 145 looks like, and there are not many better for this job than 145 018, which differs from normal 145s and any other type of freight engine by having a destination display. The class 145 was bought by DB as a pure freight machine, a cheaper and less powerful alternative to the 152
, but technologically very similar to the 101
. A number of 145s were also bought by private companies and by a swiss railroad that has since been bought by SBB (who sold these machines to a leasing company). While it is no longer being built, there are eleven classes (twelve if we count like belgians, with at least one new sub-version on order for poland) of locomotives based on the basic design, with the number of built or ordered machines approaching one thousand pretty rapidly.
The first of these versions was the class 146.0
, a version for regional traffic with a higher top speed and, you guessed it, destination displays. For the Expo 2000 in Hanover, though, DB did not have them yet (I’m not sure when they were ordered, but they were delivered only later), so DB took two 145s and fitted them with door controls, destination displays and a special permission to run higher speeds, specifically to haul trains there. To the best of my knowledge, these machines havent hauled passenger trains ever since, but nobody bothered to remove the displays yet. I wonder when they last showed anything but "Sonderfahrt", i.e. "Special train", and also why they wont show "Güterzug" (freight train) or just blank.
Taken in Cologne West.