[CZ] The flying colors of KDS – fleet overview

Most railway operators rely on the use of specific brand colors and styling in liveries, which are consistently applied to their rolling stock for easier brand recognition. But being colorful, unpredictable and bold can become a unique brand voice itself, making a company easily stand out from the crowd. We would like to present you the colorful world of Kladenská dopravní a strojní, or KDS for short. An operator from the Czech Republic that is taking locomotive personalization to the next level.




Based in the city of Kladno, KDS offers a comprehensive set of railway activities such as passenger and freight transport, rolling stock maintenance and leasing, but also a few non-standard services such as railway advertising and a special charter train rental. To deal with them, the colorful operator uses its own varied fleet of locomotives and wagons. And, as you’ll probably notice in the photo review below, each and every one of them has its own personality.

753 197 in green

KDS 753 197, seen in Praha-Dejvice with the special KDS experience train – Photo: Ludwig GS

750 096 in gold

KDS 750 036 in Kladno – Photo: Ludwig GS

730 624 in purple

KDS 730 624 near Nove Straseci – Photo: Ludwig GS

810 231 in purple & green

KDS 810 231 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

210 037 in orange

KDS 770 529 near Bratislava-Dúbravka – Photo: Filip Chalupa

770 529 in orange

KDS 770 529 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

740 898 in promotional red & white

KDS 740 828 in Čechomor promotional livery – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz




721 517 in red & white

KDS 721 517 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

770 541 in yellow & black

KDS 770 541 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

740 895 in blue & yellow (identical to CER Cargo’s livery)

(we knows more about why the locomotive has this livery, but is property of KDS, please tell us!)

KDS 740 895 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

740 536 in promotional blue

KDS 740 536 in Skanska promotional livery – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

730 625 in green & yellow

KDS 730 625 – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz

704 518 in green

KDS 704 518, nicknamed “The green devil” – Copyright Kladenská dopravní a strojní s.r.o. – www.kdskladno.cz