[EU] Akiem: New livery, new multi-system locomotives

Akiem is expanding. Currently, Bombardier in Kassel is completing TRAXX MS2e and AC3 locomotives for the lease company from France. Today we can show you the designated 186 352-1, a new multi-system electric with the country specific package DE-AT-PL-NL-CZ-SK-HU.

This configuration is new for Akiem and similar to the one installed on Railpool 186 429-438. Which currently are predominantly used on the NL-CZ freight axis by operators such as Metrans Rail, IDS Cargo and Unipetrol Doprava. Railpool 186 438 is exclusively used as testbed machine until now.

Akiem has a frame work agreement with Bombardier for the delivery of 52 TRAXX with options for additional call offs. At least 26 of these are part of fixed orders. Next to the 186s, we have also seen new TRAXX AC3s for Akiem, such as the 187 500. Locomotive 186 352 is the Akiem locomotive having the new brand elements of Akiem; the three red squares. Until now new Akiem TRAXX locomotives had a plain silver livery with small Akiem logos.

Now the Akiem TRAXX MS2e fleet incorporates three subtypes:

  • 12x version DE-BE-FR – Akiem 186 184-186, 188-195, 260
  • 7x version DE-AT-PL – Akiem 186 261-267
  • version DE-AT-PL-CZ-SK-HU-NL – Akiem 186 351 and higher

The full list of Akiem 186 series locomotives can be found on Railcolor.net

Still some stickers that need to be removed – Photo: Antoine Leclerq
Akiem 186 352 on maiden run, Kassel 10.10.2017 – Photo: Antoine Leclerq