At the end of May, the contract for the delivery of 10 Smartron locomotives to BDZ Passenger Services (BDZ PP) was officially signed. Now comes the exciting phase of giving them a unique personality – there are four different livery options to choose from!
This article was originally published on 17.07.2020 – and updated on 06.08.2020 (new information added).
Update 06.08.2020: Green Force wins!
The people have spoken: Green Force will be the livery for BDZ PP’s coming fleet of 10 Smartrons. A total of 29.218 people submitted their votes on BDZ’s website. The winning design was chosen following a two-week public poll, which generated the following results:
- 1. Green Force: 9.861 votes;
- 2. Airborne: 7.741 votes;
- 3. The Kingfisher: 7.189 votes;
- 4. Bewinged: 4.427 votes.
The state operator explains Green Force’s victory with its symbolism towards the ecological advantages of the railway transport. A cause that is becoming increasingly popular as we are about to enter 2021, which has been chosen as the year of the European railway transport by the European Commission.
Our original article from 17.07.2020 begins here:
Bulgaria is famous for its nature. With a balance between green mountains and a blue (well, actually Black) sea, the small Balkan country has it all. And BDZ PP has the noble mission of being the link between those two worlds. And this has played a key role in the tonality of the designs that were officially presented to a public vote today.
Voting and details
Already have a favorite? Submit your vote by visiting on BDZ’s website.
Need to see the designs one by one and in detail? Then let’s take a brief look at them one by one, accompanied by comments from their creator and a regular contributor to Railcolor – Konstantin Planinski aka BackOnTrack Studios:
The starting point for this concept was the wing elements from the BDZ logo. They were symmetrically positioned on the locomotive’s cabs and eventually blended with a concept of having the logos shown two times on the sides – once in Latin and once in Cyrillic alphabet. At the same time, the oval angles and the contrasting white stripe give a sense of speed and dynamics. Although more direct and straightforward this composition focuses on the very center of the company and brings the feeling of having wings in the very first place as a message.
There is a clear tendency for European railway operators of highlighting not only the economy but also the environmental advantages of this type of transport, as compared to the road and air ones. This is why this ‘entangling’ concept strives to become a symbol of the “Green Force” and power that BDZ will be using to nurture Bulgaria’s environment. The green colors also come with the idea of modernity and the start of a new beginning in the history of Bulgarian railway transport. A ‘signal’ livery that will be always noticed (even from afar), with a worthy and meaningful cause behind it.
The kingfisher is a unique bird that can be spotted throughout the entire year in Bulgaria. Although it lives on the shore, it is also a perfect diver, which can be interpreted as a common link between two words. BDZ has trains to the Black Sea coast, with “Sunny Beach” Express between Sofia and Burgas being one of the most famous ones. This is why, along with its shapes and forms, was taken as the basis for this design. And choosing a bird and not another animal was not a mere coincidence – after all, wings have been a key element of BDZ’s identity in the past but also in the present.
The feeling of flight and wings once again is a key theme in this fourth design and is represented through aerodynamic shapes, whose specific interaction creates this concept. The color’s brightness is less dramatic here, with the Siemens’ stock “Capri Blue” playing the role of a highlight rather than a base color. The design comes to show the security and traditions of the operator, but also brings a new, modern feeling, which the Smartrons will introduce to passenger transport in Bulgaria.\
To learn more about BDZ’s Smartron order, visit our Expert article below: