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And I had seen that loco on secondary international runs in the past (the old Koeln-Eindhoven D-Train via Venlo)

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by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:29:33 AM EST
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Correct, and good reasoning! If you'd check the loco type, say RailFanEurope says:

Class Axle Formula Number Year in Service Power [kW] Tractive Effort [kN] Max.Speed [km/h] Traction Type Voltage 1st class 2nd class
181.2 Bo'Bo' 25 1974 3200 277 160 E 15 kV+25 kV --- ---
Universal locomotives for trains to France and Luxemburg (12 left 09/2007)

These are two-system locos, only for international traffic, and even that only to 50Hz/25kV systems in the named countries.

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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:04:45 AM EST
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On second thought, not entirely correct:

(the old Koeln-Eindhoven D-Train via Venlo)

That was the ill-fated four-system class 184 (capable of running under the Belgian and Dutch DC systems), but they had exact-same-looking two-system sister prototypes (class 181.0/181.1), from which the 181.2 was derived. Check some German multi-system loco photos on this Dutch page, much more of the older classes at this German page. From the latter, here is a meeting of generations in Saarbrücken:

(From left to right: series loco 181 208, prototype 181 002 [note the differing side cooler grates - the trademark of the 181.2], and predecessor 182 011 [which was derived from the standard class 110/140])

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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 04:27:08 AM EST
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Learned something new today.  I had thought that train from a distance was the same thing - but I bow before the Oracle.

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by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 11:10:05 AM EST
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Here is a good shot of the unique 181.2 cooler grates and 'dome car windows':



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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:45:31 PM EST
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