[DE] The DE 501: The first DE 18 for RheinCargo

Like already mentioned in the weekly locomotive news, RheinCargo is continuously modernizing its fleet. The German freight operator now has acquired its fist Vossloh DE 18 diesel-electric midcab locomotive; this is the DE 501

Silver is the standard livery these days for RheinCargo locomotives, and so it is for the DE 501. Its full number? It’s 92 80 4185 017-5 D-RHC. The locomotive was built earlier this year by Vossloh Locomotives in Kiel and originally painted in Vossloh’s standard green and grey. Last month it was seen for the first time at the Brühl-Vochem workshops of RheinCargo.

The operator already has experience with the this op locomotive. In 2016 the company hired the 92 80 4185 015-9 D-VL from Vossloh, followed by 92 80 4185 013-4 D-VL in 2017.

RheinCargo DE501 at work, seen in Brühl on 20.09.2017 – Photo: Martin Morkowsky