185 602 | the HSL art locomotive


Signing a ten-year lease contract calls for a special livery. Railcolor Design was asked to come up with an idea for an ‘Hingucker’, a design that should turn heads. So we did. The operator of the locomotive, the German railfreight company HSL Logistik, likes to paint its rolling stock brown. And it uses four horizontal, orange lines as its signature. An idea was born.

From idea to final design. HSL Logistik’s four orange stripes were used to write and compose, resulting in a colorful livery. The design was cut up in 15 strokes per side, 3 strokes for every front, than printed into extremely durable 3M stickers. These were applied one by one onto the locomotive.

A little fun must be
A little fun must be

Since its release early September, we carefully track and trace locomotive 185 602. Railcolor.net has a profile page about this machine displaying its history and showing up to date pictures.

Photo credits: Oliver Schädlich
Photo credits: Oliver Schädlich


A full livery design for a Bombardier TRAXX AC2 locomotive for railfreight operator HSL Logistik and lease company Beacon Rail leasing


HSL Logistik, Beacon Rail


Concept development, Livery design


Concept development
Livery design