DB Class V 51 and V 52

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The DB Class V 51 (from 1968: DB Class 251) and DB Class V 52 (from 1968: DB Class 252) are classes of almost identical narrow gauge 4 axle diesel hydraulic locomotives built in 1964 for the Deutsche Bundesbahn, being built for 750 mm and 1000 mm gauge lines respectively. Both are outwardly similar to the standard gauge DB Class V 100 and were built ot replace steam engines on the narrow gauge lines in Baden-Württemberg. Due to partial line closures the locomotives did not all work for long for the Deutsche Bundesbahn, subsequently working for different private companies in Italy, Spain and Austria. In the early 1960s the narrow gauge railways of Baden-Württemberg were still operated by 13 outdated steam locomotives. To enable their withdrawal, and to continue operations on the 750 mm and 1000 mm gauge railways the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg subsidised the production of diesel locomotives by the Deutsche Bundesbahn. Thus the Deutsche Bundesbahn was asked to provide locomotives with suitably low axle load, suitable for both freight and passenger work, and which were suitable for use on small radius curves. High speed was not a primary requirement, more so on ease of maintenance and

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