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Prototype: Electric locomotive, class 152 of the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG), Operated by Railion. Axle arrangement: Bo’Bo’. Curent operating condition. Service Freight haulage.Model: Complete new construction. Finely detailed appearance in Railion DB Logistics livery. Triple headlights and 2 red tail lights. Overall length: 225 mmIn the middle of the 1990's, the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was actively promoting transport of freight by rail. Several locomotives from both East and West Germany were already available, but they were not particularly well suited to the modern scene. The railway administrations decided to concentrate on the four axled class 152 locos, of which 170 has been produced between 1996 and 2001. The manufacturers, Siemens and Krauss Maffei developed them based on the „Eurosprinter“, a 19.580 mm long, 86,7 ton, universal loco with a top speed of 140 km/h. The main transformer of the loco is mounted under the chassis between the two bogies. The innovative locos, are capable of hauling goods trains as well as passenger trains and can be used for push/pull operations. However, because they are allocated to the cargo division, they are rarely seen on passenger duites. The Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) planned to use the locos in cross border areas into Austria but the Austrian railways (ÖBB) decided against their use because of high track power. Therefore, the orders for the final 25 locos were cancelled and a class 182 created, a two system loco from the Taurus familiy. Although the class 152 has been superceded by the TRAXX locomotives and the Taurus familiy, they still stand as a symbol for technical Innovation and a signpost into the modern, powerful Eurpean freight traffic.