[EU] Railcolor’s Top 20 articles of 2022: Read them for free!


As the year ends, it’s time to summarise 2022. The entire Railcolor team agreed: Let’s open the top 20 articles of the past year for you to read without needing a subscription. We will only do this for six days, until 04.01.2023, so do not hesitate to scroll and click.

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And now – here is the chart of Railcolor’s Top 20 of 2022:

20: [ES] First “rescue locomotive” for ADIF out

After ordering 22 diesel locomotives for rescue services from Stadler, Adif’s first locomotive, 336 001, made its first appearance – and Railcolor News was the first to show it to the world. The contract for these locomotives was extended in August 2022, then again in October 2022, when Iberian and narrow-gauge locomotives were added.

The first Adif EuroLight locomotive, 336 001 in, Stadler Rail’s Spanish production facility in Albuixech © Stadler Rail

19: [DE] In the picture: DB Cargo’s EuroDual from ELP on tests in Germany

When DB Cargo announced the lease of six Stadler EuroDual locomotives from ELP, fans had high expectations to see them. And so we covered the story as locomotives kept arriving, updating the article three times, with many pictures in it. Bonus for our subscribers? We have an extensive modern locomotives encyclopedia, including a data page dedicated to all EuroDuals from ELP.

2159 242 and 243 of ELP > DB Cargo Deutschland seen near Neuekrug-Hahausen (DE) 30.05.2022 © Sebastian Bollmann

18: [NL] Yellow am Alexanderplatz: NS deploys Vectron Amsterdam-Berlin non-stop

A yellow hello from the Netherlands. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) hired European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) Vectrons for passenger service between Amsterdam and Berlin this year. And we are, of course, covering this story too. And if you crave more beautiful pictures of these locomotives, there are always more articles on our website.

193 263 of ELL > NS seen with IC 141 Amsterdam – Berlin at Hannover Guemmer (DE) 15.02.2022 © Artemis Klonos

17: [DE] Wendlingen-Ulm: Germany’s fastest regional train with ELL Vectrons

Another case of ELL Vectrons used in passenger service is number 17. This time the lessee is DB, proving that even an article published at the end of the year can make it to the top 20. Do you want to know more about ELL Vectrons? Of course, we have a dedicated data page about them!

ELL > DB Regio 193 247 on 16.11.2022 © Andreas Axmann

16: [DE] Schienenbrücke Vectron: DB Cargo’s 193 394 stands with Ukraine

This year has been severely impacted by the atrocities the Russian army has committed in Ukraine. To show our unwavering support to the brave people of Ukraine, Railcolor has changed its logo into blue and yellow for the entire year. And we were not the only ones declaring our support for Ukraine. DB Cargo has added unique “rail bridge” stickers on one of its Vectrons, making it the 16th most popular article of the year. And there were more liveries expressing support for Ukraine on DB Cargo’s Class 66, GB Railfreight’s Class 66, or PKP Cargo’s Vectron.

193 934 ‘Schienenbrücke’ of DB Cargo Deutshland © Oliver Lang

15: [DE] In the picture: Class77 locomotives with DB Cargo logos

We must admit it: Some locomotives do not get as much attention from our writers as others. How to change it? Change a livery! Our dedicated team of designers even makes one of the most famous liveries across Europe. If you want to know more, check the website of Railcolor Design. But back to “forgotten” locomotives. Here is one piece of proof – all that was needed for DB Cargo’s locomotive was to change its livery into corporate red – and it even made it to the top 15.

266 442 with DB Cargo stickers near Reuth on 31.12.2021 © Korbinian Eckert

14: [EU] Shadowpiercers are coming! MRCE and SBBCI sticker Vectrons

Did we mention designs made by the Railcolor team? Well, here they are – Shadowpiercer proudly joined the fleet of SBB Cargo International’s Alppiercers, Nightpiercers, Hollandpiercer or Ruhrpiercer. All are designed by Railcolor Design.

Shadowpiercer 193 657 “Lago Maggiore” is on its way from the south towards Basel, shortly before Schinznach-Dorf on the Bözberg (CH) 29.05.2022. © Martin Gobeli

13: [NO] CargoNet and the EuroDual

News from December – and it ranked 13th most popular of the entire year. The interest in EuroDuals aiming for service to Norway is tremendous. And while these two locomotives are delivered, and soon we will see them in operations, at Railcolor News, we cannot wait for the next Nordic delivery: Two EuroDuals for OnRail Scandinavia. Why? We designed them and cannot see the livery in real life!

183 500 of RailAdventure with ELP > CargoNet EuroDuals 2159 003 and 004 seen in Hamburg Harburg on 16.12.2022 © Finn Møller

12: [DE] Six ELP EuroDuals for DB Cargo Deutschland

If you want a recipe for a successful article, combine the words “DB Cargo” and “EuroDual“, and you have a clickbait instantly. Nothing proves this more than that ELP EuroDuals for DB Cargo made it the only topic from all to the top 20 twice.

2159 206 in Mammendorf (DE) 19.11.2022 © Stáhl Csaba

11: [DE / DK / SE] This TRAXX AC2 becomes the Climate Hero of DB Cargo Scandinavia

What would a world be without heroes? And these days – the most pressing issue in our lives should be the climate. Well, there is even a hero for that. A Climate Hero, commuting between Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Well, actually, there are more of them. One covers Germany since 2020, and one flies on vegetable oil in the UK.

DB Cargo’s 185 326 ‘I am a Climate Hero’ with a Bode intermodal train in Avedøre (DK) 12.07.2022 © Konstantin Planinski

10: [DE] RDC presents its DE 2700-07 in a new livery

Railcolor is committed to post-2000 locomotives, and sometimes we hesitate to determine whether brand-new liveries on older rolling stock will resonate among you. But we should not worry. Because we open the top 10 with one of the Railcolor Classics that looks as if it was new.

DE 2700-07 of RDC seen near Niebüll (DE) © David Pinto

9: [EU] InnoTrans 2022 liveblog

In September 2022, years of waiting were over, and Railcolor’s team came from all corners of Europe to meet and cover the most important event – the Innotrans. Our liveblog kept us busy for many days, and you can still keep on scrolling and scrolling…. and scrolling.

8: [TZ / AT] Austrian technology for Tanzania: Ex-ÖBB 1014 014 in transit

Another Classics theme and another position in the top ten. Locomotives that were so connected to Austria made a short trip to Romania, only to end up finding a second life in Tanzania. This Hollywood-like script is written by life and by those involved. But the script certainly is very catchy for clicks.

ex-ZTT 1014 014 in Seelze (DE) 20.01.2022 © @eisenbahnfotografie_wcente

7: [DE] ICE L for real! Long Talgo/DB train spotted for the first time

Another sure thing for writers is to cover the story of Talgo units made for DB as ICE L. When we announced that the first pictures were leaked in December, our charts were rewritten, and number 7 was captured by this story. So if you are crazy about these trains too, do not miss out on articles full of pictures, a video and details of this upcoming revolution on German rails.

© Talgo

6: [DE] DB Cargo orders plug-in-hybrid shunting locomotives from Vossloh

Big orders equal big clicks. The most significant order on the old continent this year was, without a doubt, the announced fleet renewal by DB Cargo. When combining all framework contracts, up to 750 new locomotives could arrive in the years to come. However, we have learned that the reality can be different, so we keep a close eye on both Toshiba shunters and Vectrons Dual Mode Light. With coming back to Earth, fifty of the DM20 platform locomotives were ordered from CRRC Vossloh. As we learned later this year, this platform was renamed Modula.

Artist impression of a Vossloh DM? locomotive for DB Cargo Deutschland © Vossloh

5: [DE] The real thing: Desiro HC for Franken-Thüringen Express

Welcome to the top 5. Let’s open this year’s elite of articles with a double-deck train. This time next year, we will see Siemens Desiro HC units out and about, but for now, your interest in these units and our frequent updates have earned this article the fifth most-read position in 2022.

4462 001/501 in Wegberg-Wildenrath on 21.09.2022 © Achim Scheil

4: [AT] Multicolor test train: Nightjet/Railjet/Nightjet/Railjet is out

Two more magic words in the world of modern rolling stock are clickbait drugs: Railjet and Nightjet. Combine them, and you have an army of readers eagerly anticipating a revolution coming to railways across Europe. Siemens keeps testing this red and blue trainset and Railcolor with its army of fantastic photographers who submit their pictures follow. And this is the best place to say – on behalf of the entire Railcolor team – a massive THANK YOU to all the guys spotting trains and submitting the pictures to us. Together we make Europe the most Railcolorful railway market in the world.

The Nightjet/Railjet test train lead by the new driving trailer by the Reiserberg Tunnel (AT) 10.02.2022 © Christopher Kavassy

3: [EU] The trains and locomotives of Innotrans 2022

This year’s bronze belongs to our summary of Innotrans 2022. There are 25 locomotives and trains discussed in this article with links to more articles, but if you did not make it to Innotrans this year, this article will surely make you feel you have been a part of it.

2: [DE] DB Fernverkehr: Vectron Dual Mode for ICE-L and rescue services

The second and silver position is held by the news that was confirmed at Innotrans. Both south and north of Germany will get Vectrons Dual Mode locomotives. This is the first time this locomotive has been ordered for passenger services, and they will be fast, heavy and more powerful than their “lighter” versions below.

© Siemens Mobility

1: [DE] Detail pictures: The DB Cargo Vectron Dual Mode Light

And here we are in the golden top position. The most popular article of this year is the details and the pictures of DB Cargo’s Dual Mode Vectron Light locomotives. There are nine more articles mentioning them on Railcolor News, but this one stands proudly on the top of everything our team has written for you this year.

249 002 + 001 of DB Cargo Deutshcland at Wegberg-Wildenrath (DE) 12.07.2022 © Achim Scheil

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