Railcolor Operator News

[BG] In the picture: A new train for the PIMK Rail Vectron in Bulgaria

Since the beginning of the week, PIMK Rail has started operating a new cargo service between the cities of Burgas and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The load – cast iron […]

[PL] The chaotic tender procedure of PKP IC; Newag has the best chance to deliver new electric locomotives

The Polish railways want new electric locomotives, 20 to be more precise, to be used for domestic intercity services. But the tender process was a chaos, like PKP IC’s locomotive […]

[EU] HSL Logistik and Akiem sign lease contract for six TRAXX locomotives

Akiem on 31.10.2017: Over the summer Akiem signed a contract with HSL for 6 new locomotives : 3x TRAXX AC3 (187) for Germany and 3x TRAXX F140 MS2e (186) with […]

[AT] ÖBB; Tender for long-distance trains suspended, and resumed

An interesting tender to watch right now is the Austrian railways’ (ÖBB) search for new loco-hauled day AND night trains. Orders for loco-hauled rolling stock are scarce. New rolling stock […]

[SK] Vectron locomotives for S Rail Lease? We have more details

In the Railcolor Weekly from 03.10.2017 (no. 39/17) we already mentioned the maiden run of a white ‘383 101-3’ with vehicle keeper marking SK-RAILL. Looking this up in the ERA […]

[DE] AusgeRastatt! SBB Cargo International to make a statement with its first freight train to pass Rastatt [Update x2]

AusgeRastatt! / Rastattless! This night, just after midnight the first freight train will pass through Rastatt, marking the end of the European Freight Corridor no.1 closure. It will be a freight […]

[UK] DRS tenders for 10 mixed-traffic diesel-electrics

Direct Rail Services has published a tender for the procurement of 10 mixed-traffic diesel-electric locomotives with maximum contract value of 53 million GBP, excluding VAT. The tender is a call […]

[PL] PGE tenders to have more 6D locomotives modernized

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna opened a tender for modernization of four 6D diesel locomotives; SM42-2244, 2263, 2658 and 2659, which are currently used for shunting operations at the site […]

[BE] Dutch colorbomb; Railfeeding takes refurbished Railtraxx locomotives to Belgium

In April 2017, Shunter at Rotterdam outshopped the first ex-NS 6400 series locomotive, painted in a new bright green livery. The designated 6484 was the first of four diesel midcab […]

[EU] After the Rastatt incident; Diesel locomotives helping out on Stuttgart – Tübingen – Horb

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[DE] HKX takes a break; no trains from 04.10 until 09.12

Locomore is in the picture lately, but there is still that other private long-distance train operator in Germany: Hamburg-Köln-Express GmbH (HKX). This company now has announced that is will stop […]

[DE] Flixbus and Leo Express bring Locomore train services back on track

FlixBus and LeoExpress make it possible: the resurrection of Locomore. This German start-up company introduced a privately operated, long-distance train service in December 2016, but had to file for insolvency […]

[PL] PKP IC issues tender for 20 (+10) new electric locomotives

PKP IC wants twenty new electric locomotives and has issued an EU tender for the procurement. All the new machines should be delivered within 30 months after awarding the contract. […]

[DK] DSB decides to receive new electrics later as planning proves to be ‘challenging’

Rail Business reports: The Danish state railways (DSB) is currently tendering for new electric locomotives. With Siemens, Bombardier and Skoda the negotiations are ongoing. But after an intense dialogue with […]

[CZ] ELL will hire Vectron locomotives to ČD for EC trains Prague – Berlin – Hamburg

zpravy.e15.cz reports: The quest of the Czech railways (ČD) for multi system electric locomotives to pull its Prague – Berlin – Hamburg EuroCity trains has come to a conclusion. In […]

[BE] The first Lineas locomotives are ready to go! [updated]

On 03.05.2017, railfreight operator Lineas, formerly known as B Logistics, presented its first locomotive sporting its new Lineas logos and colors. After a festive roll-out at Antwerp, Railpool > Lineas 186 293 […]

[CZ/AT] Next december: RegioJet starts new intercity services to Brno and Vienna

In December 2017, RegioJet plans to introduce new long-distance intercity trains connecting Prague, Brno with Vienna. The open-access operator wants to make Austria its third home-market, next the Czech Republic […]

[BE] Freight force that has a new name: B Logistics rebranded Lineas

It was 2009, railfreight operator B Logistics was facing bankruptcy. That year the company booked a 115 million operational loss… New people took over under the supervision of Geert Pauwels, ready for […]

[AT] Second attempt: ÖBB tenders for used diesel locomotives [updated]

Update: In February ÖBB issued 19 separate tenders for the acquisition of used Siemens EuroRunner locomotives, but without success. The tender was divided into 19 separate trenches, enabling ÖBB to source the locomotives […]

[EU] Deutsche Bahn tenders for loco-hauled long distance passenger trains

The German railways (DB) are renewing their fleet for long distance traveling. We are just months away from the start of serie-delivery of the new ICE4 trains, that should enter […]

[EU] Up to 45 new locomotives for TX Logistik; more details

Earlier this week we released the news that the Italian railways have ambitious plans for their rebranded freight and logistics department, Mercitalia. TX Logistik, being part of the Mercitalia group, […]

[NL] Dutch railways want more DABNL multisystem locomotives

While searching for a Czech operator issuing its third tender, we also stumbled upon an entry from the Dutch railways (NS) that “intends to conclude a framework agreement for a […]

[CZ] 3rd time: Czech railways again issues tender for multisystem electrics

In April 2016, České dráhy (ČD) issued a tender for leasing multi-system electrics, without success. On December 17, a second attempt was made, again for 10 electrics, again without result. […]

[NL] ERS Railways stops Melzo and Poznan container shuttles [updated]

We are closely monitoring the status of electric locomotives operated by ERS Railways from Rotterdam. Mother company Genessee & Wyoming has decided to discontinue most ERS routes and to drastically shrink […]

[IT] Italian state railways want to order up to 125 new electric locomotives

Ferrovie.it reports: Today, FS Italiane has presented its plans for Mercitalia, the new umbrella brand for the group freight and logistics operations. FS Italiane wants its unprofitable freight division (70 […]

[EU] New from TX Logistik: KLV train Kiel – Triest

Seit Ende Jänner diesen Jahres betreibt das EVU TX-Logistik mit Sitz in Troisdorf eine neue KLV-Verbindung zwischen Kiel und Triest. Transportiert werden mit dem an Montagen nach Süden (Mittwoch nach […]