By 1977, Krupp, Henschel, Krauss-Maffei, AEG, Siemens, and BBC built 170 units of the class 151 as the last new DB development for six-axle electric locomotives, which were initially used all over West Germany and even in some cases pulling passenger trains. Starting with road number 151 076, they then all gleamed in the new paint scheme of ocean blue / ivory and road number 151 073 was also thus delivered beforehand. Between 1976 and 1981, road numbers 151 089-099 and 114-122 were equipped with automatic couplers ("Unicoupler") and then ran for many years, mostly double-headed, pulling heavy ore trains on the routings Hamburg – Beddingen (5,700 metric tons), Venlo – Dillingen (5,130 metric tons), and Moers – Linz (3,220 metric tons).
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 151 heavy freight locomotive. Road number 151 111-2. Ocean blue / light ivory paint scheme. The locomotive looks as it did in 1978.
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