Modern Diesel for Many Uses. The German Federal Railroad (DB) began to place the class V 100 diesel hydraulic general-purpose locomotives into service in 1958. These locomotives were very progressive designs for their time and had a performance of 1,100 horsepower. A more powerful version with 1,350 horsepower followed starting in 1962 as the class V 100.20. These 12.3 meter / 40 foot 4-1/4 inch long locomotives reached a maximum speed of 100 km/h / 63 mph. Since the change to computer numbers in 1968, the first production series, the V 100.10, is now the class 211; the second series, the V 100.20, is now the class 212. These locomotives are very multifaceted and can be used in passenger as well as freight service. They were instrumental in replacing large numbers of steam locomotives on the DB motive power roster.