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The first tests under British overhead power lines have taken place with Beacon Rail > DRS 88002 'Prometheus'. The second batch of Class 88 locomotives and Class 68 locos 68026-027 still await shipment to the UK at the Port of Sagunto. 88001-005 and 008 are already in the UK.

Beacon Rail 653-09 in Freightliner livery at Hamburg Süd on 25 March 2017. Picture by Dominik Becker.

Beacon Rail's 653-09, operated by Freightliner DE since 2015, has been restyled into Freightliner livery.

On 15.03.2017, 245 002 of DB Regio Kempten was on a test run pulling IC 2012 / 2013 from Immenstadt to Stuttgart. The video shows the 2013 service near Bad Grönenbach. Video by Mĺnuel Sĺttlerssřn

DB Regio currently has three new TRAXX DE Multi-Engine locomotives on order for operation in the south of Germany.

247 907 at Großkorbetha on 1 March 2017, the first day in service for launch customer InfraLeuna. Pictures by Marcel Grauke.

On the first day of March, InfraLeuna took delivery of the Vectron DE locomotive it had on order from Siemens. Meanwhile, the loco has entered service. For now, the loco is still in its plain white Siemens livery.

IL 247 907 at Großkorbetha on 9 March 2017. Picture by Andreas Kloß.

ÖBB 2016 070-1 passes through Braunau am Inn on 22 August 2008. Picture by Gál András.

ÖBB has cancelled its tender for the delivery of 19 used EuroRunner locomotives to further expand its fleet of Class 2016 diesels. As no bids were received, the tender was closed without result.

Update: A new tender has been launched, largely similar to the previous one, and compries: 19 diesel locomotives in separate trenches, used, of the same type. The specific requirement for EuroRunner locomotives has been dropped.

Approximately one month ago, on 23 February 2017, 88003 'Genesis' is lifted onto the Eemslift Nelli. Soon the six Class 88s already in the UK will be joined by the remaining four. Picture by Malcolm Wilton-Jones.

Some short news from Spain regarding the delivery of Class 68 and 88 locomotives to Beacon Rail and DRS. Locomotives 88006 'Juno', 88007 'Electra, 88009 'Diana' and 88010 'Aurora' have been transported to the Port of Sagunto, from where they will be shipped to the United Kingdom. When the locos arrive on British soil, all ten Class 88s will have been delivered to the UK. None have entered service yet, pending certification and dynamic testing.

Not only Class 88s have made it to Sagunto. Among the four bi-modes, there were also two Class 68 locomotives: 68026 and 68027. Both are still in a basic blue livery.

The future Caltrans 2106 at the Siemens works in Sacramento. Picture by Simon Wijnakker.

Siemens USA is currently occupied with several Charger orders. In total, 81 locomotives have been ordered. Of these 81 locos, Caltrans will receive 22 and the first locos are currently being finished. At Siemens' Sacramento plant, a nearly finished 2106 was witnessed outside.

The future Caltrans 2106 at the Siemens works in Sacramento. Picture by Simon Wijnakker.