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The Class 1600 was ordered in 1978, after several types of locomotives were tested in the 1970s. One of those was the French Class BB 7200, on which the 1600 is based. The 58 locomotives were delivered between 1981 and 1983. As a result of their delivery, the old Class 1000 and Class 1500 were taken out of service.
In the 50s of the last century, Deutsche Bahn (DB) planned a single-engine, four axles diesellocomotive with two cabines to purchase. At the time, the V160 was de largest dieselengine family in various variants: the Baureihe 216. After further development, the the Class 218 was the result.
The Eurorunner family of locomotives are a series of medium- to high-power diesel-electric locomotives built by Siemens for the European market. Introduced from 2002 onwards, they share design characteristics with the successful Eurosprinter range of electric locomotives, also built by Siemens.
Around the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century Siemens successfully produced freight and passenger/universal versions of its Eurosprinter locomotive platform; initially made as single voltage machines for European state railways (Austria, Germany), later as multivoltage locomotives for cross border working; this design resulted in numerous orders from both state and private railways, as well as rail leasing companies, primarily in the European Union area.