DRG Class E 93

The DRG Class E93 is an electric heavy freight locomotive built by AEG for Deutsche Reichsbahn in 1933. Its development was triggered by the electrification of the Geislinger Steige, a steep grade of the mainline railroad between Stuttgart and Ulm, which had been electrified in 1933 and required powerful new freight locomotives to overcome it with heavy freight trains.

DRG Class E93
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderAEG, BBC
Build date1933–37
Total produced18
 • UICCo′Co′
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length17,700 mm (58 ft 0.9 in)
Adhesive weight19.7 t (19.4 long tons; 21.7 short tons)
Loco weight117.6 t (115.7 long tons; 129.6 short tons)
Electric system/s15 kV  ​16 23 Hz AC Catenary
Current pickup(s)Pantograph
Performance figures
Maximum speed70 km/h (43 mph)
Power output2,502 kW (3,355 hp)
Tractive effortContinuous: 198 kN (45,000 lbf),
Starting: 360 kN (81,000 lbf)


The 18 ordered units were delivered between 1933 and 1937.


The external appearance superficially resembles a Swiss crocodile but the German locomotive differs in that the axles are individually powered and the body is not articulated.