Yesterday it was mentioned already in the Locomotive Weekly: but now we have visual. This is the first TRAXX DC locomotive in ‘Verkehrsrot’ – the standard livery of DB Cargo. Giovanni Grasso took this nice pictures at Asti depot today.
The background story: In 2009 Bombardier in Vado Ligure delivered eight TRAXX DC locomotives to FNM – Ferrovie Nord Milano S.p.A, the designated 483 101-108. All machines got a blue livery with grey coloured fronts, some got Nordcargo logos, some did not. During the years that followed the freight division of FNM became part of DB Cargo Italia. Consequentially, the locomotives got restyled. 483 102 was the first to get white stickers on its side with small DB logos. With 483 104 the rebranding is take to the next level.
It is not an uncommon sight, it now looks very very similar to the TRAXX MS2e electrics DB Cargo is operating in France and Germany (minus the white front) and the TRAXX AC2s in Germany (DB Cargo series 185).