Angular Load Hauler -
The V 100 was too light for heavy switching work. For that reason the German Federal Railroad placed an order for a new type of locomotive with the firm Maschinenbau Kiel (MaK). The V 90 -designated the class 290 starting in 1968 - was supposed to be closely modeled on the successful V 100 general-purpose locomotive. This relationship was less apparent externally; the V 90 was considerably more angular than the V 100. However, inside the German Federal Railroad had proven components installed, such as the diesel prime mover used in the V 100/20 (212) and a very similar cardan shaft drive. On August 4, 1968 the German Federal Railroad took delivery of road number V 90 001. Twenty 20 pre-production locomotives demonstrated the quality of the design in hard daily switching work. The regular production version had only slight design changes. By 1974 the German Federal Railroad had taken delivery of a total of 387 regular production units from MaK, Deutz, and Henschel. Purchases of the class 290 came to an end because a more powerful version was ready, in the form of the 291. These locomotives are still in service for switching work at all larger switch yards as well as in freight transfer service. However, the class designation has changed for these units. After the installation of radio remote control the, DB gave them the current class designation of 294.