[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 machines that are now being delivered to Belgian open access freight operator Railtraxx. 

DB Cargo in the Netherlands is actively selling of its surplus of 6400 series locomotives, of which 120 units were built between  1988 and 1994 by MaK (now Vossloh Locomotives) and ABB. Big changes to both the freight market and the operator have reduced the need of such locomotives in the Netherlands considerably over the past 25 years. At this moment we count 57 locomotives in active service with DB Cargo in the Netherlands.

EuroTunnel, Grenland Rail, DB Cargo Polska, NJD Maskin AS from Norway and LTE are operators that have been taking over 6400s recently. And Railtraxx.

The title image in this image shows you Railfeeding 561-03 pulling Railtraxx 6475 + 6484 + 6482, leaving Roosendaal bound to Antwerpen-Noord. The day before, the three ‘greenies’ were already transported from Rotterdam-Waalhaven to Roosendaal. The fourth one, no. 6481 is still at Shunter’s in Rotterdam undergoing modifications. For example, the Railtraxx locomotives get TBL+ installed for train detection.

Photo: Arnold de Vries
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