Siemens ES64U2 “Taurus”

In 2019, DB Cargo Romania rented two Siemens ES64U2 “Taurus” locomotives, no. 064 and 068, from MRCE (Mitsui Rail Capital Europe BV), a company which leases and rents locomotives. This electric locomotive model has been made by Siemens starting in 2000 and is one of the most commonly seen engines in Europe, being used by numerous railway operators, both state-owned and private. Its popularity is a result of increased power, great reliability, efficiency and to the fact that it is interoperable, the 4-system locomotives being capable of operating on any electrified railway, in standard gauge, in Europe. 

The locomotives are made by Krauss-Maftei Siemens plants, and over 360 ES64U2/U4 vehicles have been made until now. The two locomotives operated by DB Cargo Romania are bi-system and can use both the 15 kV / 16,7 Hz and 25 kV / 50 Hz networks. They are also known by their personalized name Taurus, with the official designation being BR 182.

At the end of their first year operating for our company, we have not yet had any serious issues with this model – another proof of its reliability.

Siemens ES64U2-064
Siemens ES64U2-064, before being rented to DB Cargo Romania


Short technical data overview:

  • Total mass: 85 t
  • Axle formula (UIC): Bo’Bo’
  • Power output: 6.400 kW
  • Length over buffers: 19.280 mm
  • Height: 4.375 mm
  • Width: 3.000 mm
  • Power source: alternating current, single phased, 15 kV / 16,7 Hz or 25 kV / 50 Hz
  • Top speed: 230 km/h
  • Maximum tractive effort: 300 kN
    Electric traction motors: 1 TB 2824-0GC02, asynchronous, tri-phased


Siemens ES64U2-068
Siemens ES64U2-068