Starting in 1997, the paint scheme was changed once again to traffic red and the bibs on the ends of the locomotive were replaced by a narrower bar. After an overhaul at Opladen from an accident, road number 151 004 then gleamed in September of 1997 as the first unit in the new paint scheme. Starting in the fall of 1998, the class 151 units were equipped with the DBS 54 single-arm pantograph, which almost all units were then given in succession. Use of the locomotives in passenger service ended with the founding of DB Cargo, Inc. on January 1, 1999 and the assignment of all class 151 units to the new group. The "DB Cargo" lettering on the sides showed that they now belonged to the DB freight division. Starting in November of 2003, all class 151 units were based in Nürnberg, whereby other facilities participated in their servicing.
Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) DB Cargo class 151 heavy freight locomotive. Traffic red paint scheme. Road number 151 070-0. The locomotive looks as it did in Era V around 1998.
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