[EU] Railcolor Weekly: Modern Locomotive News (47/17)

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Akiem: TRAXX AC3 in new design

Akiem 187 504 on 28.11.2017 in Kassel – Photo: Christian Klotz

Last week two TRAXX AC3s for Akiem have been released by Bombardier in Kassel that have the new Akiem silver livery including the three red squares. 187 502 completed its maiden run on 23.11.2017, 187 504 had its turn today.


Alpha Trains 186 126 second one in VPS design

Photo: Kai-Florian Köhn

We already reported about the new livery of Alpha Trains 186 131. Now machine no. 126 has the same looks.



Alpha Trains: new 186 132 back on track

Alpha Trains 186 132 at Kassel on 24.11.2017 – Photo: Christian Klotz

Above you a locomotive with no. 186 132, caught on camera on 24.11.2017 in Kassel during a test run. Over the past year, the locomotive has been repaired after being involved in an heavy accident in Poland in May 2016. Om 20.05.2016, locomotive 186 132 and several container wagons derailed after the train hit a truck near the Polish village of Staw Kunowski. We lost track of the locomotive after the accident, but now it has reappeared. Reportedly, the machine was rebuilt using a new body, which means this locomotive is formally a new one. Let’s do some research to see what is the new production number of this locomotive.


Alpha Trains: Blue/silver locomotive news

Photo: Christian Klotz

Several ‘oldies’ of Alpha Trains have visited Kassel lately. We already saw 185 509 last month, outshopped by Bombardier Service after a main overhaul, completely repainted in old-skool blue and silver. This locomotive is now back in service and hired to HSL Logistik. 185 529, still carrying the name ‘Michaela’, got a new set of wheels. 185 525 was seen today:

Photo: Christian Klotz

BoxXpress 193 833 in service

Meanwhile we have recorded two DE/AT/CH/IT/NL Vectron locomotives that have been delivered to BoxXpress; 193 833 and 834. So far, these locomotives have only be recorded working trains in Germany.



ČD Vectron in Eurocity livery; Video

The Czech railways (ČD) have now officially released a video about its new Eurocity design. ELL locomotive 193 292 and 295 were the first to be released in this new livery. Read more


DB presents new #Herthalok design for 101 144

DB 101 144 at Erfurt-Vieselbach on 26.11.2017 – Photo: Tobias Schubbert

On 24.11.2017 locomotive 101 144 was released from the Dessau works after a main overhaul. During this heavy maintenance its old Hertha football club livery was removed, and replaced by this blue design. Read more


DB Regio: now 5 Vectron locomotives in Nürnberg

On 25.11.2017 two more Railpool Vectron locomotives were transferred to Nürnberg. With the arrival of 193 805 and 806 now five such machines are available for driver training and test runs. As of December, Railpool 193 801/802/804/805/806 will be used for pulling RE services between Nürnberg and Sonneberg.
The TX Logistik ‘Chain reaction’ stickers on 193 806 were removed before taking the locomotive to Nürnberg. Railpool 193 803 is the only one now of this batch of six 200 km/h DE/AT locomotives (with destination displays) still being used for freight services. Taking down its special green Enercon livery would be a pity 😉



ELL: Fleet analysis

Towards the end of the year, Siemens is handing over several new electrics to lease company ELL. Next to the ten Vectron MS locomotives for the ČD contract we recorded five multisystem locomotives with DE/AT/CH/IT/NL package, the designated 193 280-283 and 299. Also very fresh is the 193 721. In case you have missed it, we released a full ELL fleet analysis last week.


Inrail: Vectron MS on its way to Italy

Siemens 193 847 now in InRail design – seen in Hilperting on 22.11.2017 – Photo: Heinrich Prochazka

This is Siemens 193 847 returning from the Dessau workshops where it got the Inrail livery. The 847 is a DE/AT/IT locomotive and the first multisystem Vectron sold to a Italian open access operator. It arrived at Inrail’s on 23.11.2017Read more



Railcare: First Vectron locomotive released

railCare 476 451 seen in München from the Donnersbergerbrücke on 26.11.2017 –
Photo: Klaus Siedl

On 26.11.2017 in Munich, one day later seen in Basel: the first new Vectron locomotive for Swiss freight operator railCare. Read the full story on this operator and its fleet strategy here.


Railpool TRAXX MS update

Photo: Christian Klotz

Bombardier is currently building a larger batch of TRAXX multisystem locomotives for Railpool. So far we have recorded that all machines have the DE/AT/CH/IT/BE/NL configuration. The numbers seen so far are 186 445-454. Then Bombardier will continue with locomotives numbered 186 256 and higher. Check the full list of Railpool MS locomotives


Fill the gap: Siemens releases 193 829 and 830

Two ‘whities’ recorded for the first time: Siemens stock locomotive 193 830 with Vectron production number X4-390, further information still unknown. Siemens 193 829 is a true demo locomotive, sporting Siemens and Vectron logos. The DE/AT/CH/IT/NL locomotive was transferred from Munich to Vienna on 26.11.2017. Read more

Siemens 193 829 on 26.11.2017 – Photo: Andreas Kepplinger

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