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RheinCargo DE 668 has been restyled into the silver RheinCargo livery: link.


Meanwhile in the UK, the number of Freightliner Class 66 locomotives in the orange and black Genesee & Wyoming livery has increased. An overview:

- 66413: The first to be repainted, but in a slightly lighter shade of orange than its sister locos
- 66623: The second loco to be repainted, but now in a darker shade of orange
- 66419: The third loco to receive the G&W livery, released from Eastleigh works in April 2019
- 66415: Brought in for a repaint, possibly the fourth loco to receive the livery...?


Colas Rail 66847 has been named Terry Baker at Eastleigh Works on 22 April 2019. Terry was one of Colas Rail's drivers who passed away in 2018 and is now remembered by 66847 carrying his name.


DB Cargo UK's 66109 has been reliveried in a dark blue PD Ports livery. The loco was repainted in Toton and has been named Teesport Express.



CZ LOKO has handed over a first EffiLiner 1600 'Bizon' locomotive to Rail Cargo Carrier - Czech Republic (RCC-CZ). The loco, numbered 753 613-9, will be joined by 753 614-1 in May 2019.


The locos will be operated by RCC-CZ and RCC-SK. In the Czech Republic, the main traffic flow the EffiLiner 1600 will operate on is the transport of freight trains to and from the Czech-Polish border area and to and from Breclav. In Slovakia, the Class 753.6 loco is to be used on container trains between Bratislava and Zilina.


CZ Loko is finalizing production of a Class 753.6 'Bizon' diesel locomotive for Rail Cargo Carrier - Czech Republic s.r.o. The loco, numbered 753 613-9, is part of the EffiLiner 1600 product range. It will be used in the north of the Czech Republicin, mostly in and around Bohumķn for line operations and shunting services.


PB15, temporary UK number 66997 (92 80 1266 066-0 D-BRLL) at Guide Bridge on 1 April 2019, on route from Hull Docks to Longport. Picture by Mark Barber.


Another Class 66 locomotive has been transported from the European mainland to the UK. The designated PB 15, owned by Beacon Rail Leasing and operated by Crossrail Benelux, will visit EMD's workshop at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, where it will receive its main overhaul.


Transported by Rotterdam Rail Feeding from the EMD workshop at Rotterdam Noord to the P&O terminal at Rotterdam Europoort, the loco set sail for the UK where it arrived on March 31st. It was subsequently transported by rail to its final destination. Loco 66997 (its temporary number in the UK), follows in the footsteps of PB 13 (66998) and PB 07 (66999).


Production of the first new PowerHaul locomotive for Korfez Ulastirma is nearing completion at the Tulomsas works. The designated KU-DE 0001 is the first of five of the type, ordered from GE Transporation and Tulomsas in 2018.


Korfez Ulastirma is the first private railway operator of Turkey ordering locomotives since the Turkish government has started releasing the use of mainlines for private operators.


Korfez Ulastirma is a subsidiary of Turkey's largest refinery: Tüpraş. The operator already hires five PowerHaul locomotives from TCDD, so this order will see the Korfez Ulastirma locomotive fleet double. The company also has a fleet of 549 wagons available for its operations.



InnoTrans 2018 was another important milestone for the Vectron family. Siemens set the trade fair as the final occassion for customers to order the Vectron DE locomotive. Instead of a full diesel, Siemens now offers the Vectron Dual Mode. In fact, the first two locos are already nearing completion, with loco no.1 being numbered 248 001.


The Vectron Dual Mode shares some specs with its full-diesel predecessor. Most importantly, it houses a 2.4 MW diesel engine. However, it is able to run on 15kV overhead power too. The loco's flexibility allows operators to not have to run on diesel power while travelling on electrified lines, while enjoying the benefits of a full-fledged diesel loco.


Technical specifications include a maximum speed of 160 km/h and a starting tractive effort of 300 kN, as well dynamic transitions between diesel and overhead power. At this moment, only a 15kV version is offered, aiming at the German and Austrian markets. PZB/LZB is standardly delivered, but the loco is ETCS-ready. Multiple traction is possible with both the full electric and diesel Vectrons, as well as the ER 20.



Finland's VR Group has chosen Stadler for the delivery of new diesel locomotives. The operator has ordered 60 dual-engine single-cab diesel locos with an option for another 100 locos. The agreement is to be finalized in April 2019 and includes an option for maintenance support by Stadler.


A more environmental friendly, fuel-efficient and reliable fleet will be introduced in 2022 with the delivery of the first locos. In 2025, all 60 locos should have been delivered, replacing diesels from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.