Railcolor Classic

Their number grows by the day. Classic electrics and diesels in new, happy liveries. This page brings pictures of former state railway locomotives, now having a new purpose: They haul commercial trains for open access operators. They are often repainted, in happy new liveries, or in retro color schemes.

[CH] The LION project: Modernization SBB Re450 locomotives completed

SBB’s Re 450 modernization project is celebrating its final milestone; After seven years, SBB’s Yverdon-les-Bains works have completed the modernization of the very last of 115 Re450 series locomotives. Now […]

[DE] Comeback of the classic Rheingold livery

In late April, a locomotive livery phantasy became reality. On 27.04.2017 the German model train dealer association ‘Wilde13+’ presented a DB 101 series locomotive in a classic ‘Rheingold’ livery. Locomotive 101 112 now […]

[PT] Alfa Pendular turns silver: mid-life revision for Portuguese tilting trains

Its official name is ‘Alfa Pendular’ and it has a bright red-white-blue livery, but not for long anymore. Last year, the Portuguese railways (CP) announced the modernization if its flagship-train fleet and […]

[GR] Thessaloniki 2017: HellasSpinters with no purpose

A sunny day in Thessaloniki, Greece. These images show 5 of 6 EuroSprinter locomotives of the first batch that Siemens-KraussMaffei delivered to the Greek national railways (OSE) in 1997. Sometimes they are called […]

[PL] Comeback of ET40-52; Now in service of Lotos Kolej

In 2009, PKP Cargo decided to withdraw their ET40 series locomotives, after 34 years of hauling heavy freight trains. In 2016, private operator Lokomotiv purchased five units, which are currently subjected to overhaul and repair […]