July 2020

Now available: SBB Cargo International ‘Ceneri 2020’

Piko has released the special 'Ceneri 2020' design of Vectron 193 518 in scale 1:87. SBB Cargo International released this locomotive in 2019 celebrating the opening of the Ceneri base tunnel later this year.

The model is specifically made for the Swiss market. It is available as AC (no 59099) and DC (no 59199) version.

June 2020

Moving mountains: Railcolor goes Hybrid

It will be a small project, they said. Just 1 locomotive, they said. Boxy, straightforward.

But no, designing a livery for a center-cab shunting locomotive is not easy, it is very hard in fact. Each side is different, doors, hatches everywhere, hinges, grids, how to bring this all together? How to give the locomotive a uniform look, how to keep it 'simple' and how to give it some Swiss flair at the same time?

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SBB Cargo International today accepted a brand new Alstom H3 hybrid locomotive in Salzgitter, which, like the 20 Siemens Vectron, is rented by SüdLeasing. The locomotive is used by us at the Offenbach am Main location and also bears the name of this city. Overall, this locomotive features a potpourri of various well-known design elements from the Vectron locomotives and, in addition to the skyline of Frankfurt am Main, the silhouette of the Büsingpalais in Offenbach am Main. Thanks to #alstom, #südleasing and #railcolordesign and thanks to Tobias Gras for these nice pictures. #welcometoourworld #sbbcargointernational #ontheway #railways #railway_of_europe #freighttrain #sbbcintland

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For Südleasing and SBB Cargo International we created a new livery for Alstom H3 hybrid shunter no. 035. The locomotive proudly sports the name and logo of the city of Offenbach am Main, close to Frankfurt. The machine has all the colors used for the SBBCI Vectrons - which are combined with subtle skyline graphics that depict both cities, one on each side.

The locomotive was released from work on 05.06.2020 and we can not wait to see it in action. Some previews

June 2020

The Nightpiercer is back

28.05.2020: the return of the Nightpiercer! The creation of the special 'night' version of the SBB Cargo International design, back in 2017, became a true hype. Although - or maybe the despite? - Hupac 193 492 and Nightpiercer design only existed for several months, it is popular until this day.

Nightpiercer 1 (in the front) vs Nightpiercer 2 - Daniel Schärer


The second series of Vectron locomotives for SBB Cargo International that we've created also has a blue base paint, so we just could not the opportunity go by, to recreate the 'legendary' locomotive.

Above and below you see 193 532 'Nightpiercer 2' - a little different, but very much the same as the original. Enjoy, and happy hunting.

Daniel Schärer

April 2020

Märklin announces the Hollandpiercer

19.04.2020 was a nice day for the Hollandpiercer. For the first time, the locomotive could enjoy it 'natural habitat' - 193 525 came to the Netherlands. Just days before model train manufacturer Märklin announced a model of this locomotive, of which the first copies will be delivered in 2021.


March 2020

Creativity: The rooftop depot by Francesco Bochicchio

Francesco Bochicchio from Italy has been playing with perspective. He made his Piko Nightpiercer and Piko Gallarate Vectron the stars of these witty little scenes.

Francesco explains: "It was an improvisation, made on the roof of my house in Liguria. I built this small scene of a locomotive depot. Last Saturday afternoon there was a beautiful warm light, and I quickly took advantage of it."

"With these photographs, I wanted to capture a small piece of the sea and the mountains, typical for my Ligurian home area. I hope to see these locomotives reach the Ligurian Sea one day, once the Corona quarantine is over and we can leave our houses again."

"For me, these images of the depot represent home, tranquility. I chose to reproduce a simple Italian depot, still with its the old water columns and the coal deposit."

Visit @francesco_bochicchio for more.

The models in the pictures:

December 2017

This is the Vectron design for SBB Cargo International

In October 2016, Rail freight operator SBB Cargo International asked Railcolor Design to develop a new livery for its new generation of electric locomotives for cross-border freight traffic. Together with all stake holders, Railcolor Design was able to create a base livery design, bringing together two different worlds:

  • SBB Cargo International is part of the Swiss state railway family (SBB). Many say Switzerland has the best railway system in the world. The SBB brand has a long history and represents reliability and quality to many.
  • SBB Cargo International however is a young (since 2011) company. Unlike its mother company it operates in a competitive open market. And well, it operates internationally.

Photo: Siemens

The new design is a combination of both familiar and new elements. You may recognize the red fronts and blue sides, known from the SBB Cargo design for its locomotives that was introduced in the early 00s. All cabin windows are 'masked' with black, a design element applied on that can also be found on various SBB rolling stock such as the FLIRT trains and 460 series locomotives. It brings a serious and high quality feel to the design.

New is the light blue base color, representing SBB Cargo International as a new, open and flexible company, with a bright future ahead. The company is also proud it has 'tamed' the Alps since the Gotthard Base Tunnel has opened. As these new Vectrons will also be true 'Alpäzähmer' locomotives, they feature a side design showing a mountainscape being 'pierced' by a bright white line. Coming through!

And then there is the icing on the cake; the Swiss cross. We don't need to explain that one right?

Photo: Siemens

All 18 locomotives will be named after a city. Each machine will be decorated with a city's coat of arms. The first two machines that are released are the 'Olten' and the 'Gallarate'.

Photo: Siemens

Do you also want to further develop your company's story? And make it visible? Then don't hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to explain to you how we work and what we can do for you. 

Photo: Siemens

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The series is expanding

On 05.02.2018 during a special event, the 193 463 'Duisburg' was presented in the German city with the corresponding name. The city's mayor Manfred Osenger and SBBCI’s CEO Michail Stahlhut brought out a toast on the new colorful locomotive.

Duisburg mayor Manfred Osenger and SBBCI’s CEO Michail Stahlhut bring out a toast on the new 193 463: the Duisburg

193 463 "Duisburg" in Duisburg on 05.02.2018

193 463 "Duisburg" in Duisburg on 05.02.2018

The names

Every LokRoll > SBBCI locomotive will sport a name of one of the key cities in the network of SBB Cargo International along the north-south route. A list:

  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 461 = ‘Olten’ (only 1 city logo per side in white)
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 462 = ‘Gallarate’ (only 1 city logo per side in white)
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 463 = ‘Duisburg’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 464 = ‘Arth-Goldau’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 465 = ‘Basel’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 466 = ‘Bellinzona’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 467 = ‘Brig’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 468 = ‘Chiasso’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 469 = ‘Simplon’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 470 = ‘Freiburg’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 471 = ‘Karlsruhe’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 472 = ‘Köln’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 473 = ‘Luino’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 474 = ‘Mannheim’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 475 = ‘Domodossola’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 476 = ‘Novara’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 477= ‘Fulda’
  • LokRoll>SBBCI 193 478 = ‘Gottardo’

193 465 "Basel" at Mönchengladbach on 13.02.2017 - also visible are 193 466 and 468 in the back

October 2017

AusgeRastatt! / Rastattless!

On 01.10.2017, just after midnight, the first freight train passed through Rastatt, marking the end of the European Freight Corridor no.1 closure. It was a freight train of SBB Cargo International.

The line has been blocked for many weeks after a construction failure on August 12, with disastrous effects on Europe's rail freight transport capacity, competitiveness, and image. The financial damage for many operators is considerable and heated discussions on the highest political levels are ongoing who is to blame (and has to pay).

SBB Cargo International wanted to make a statement with its first train; the European rail freight business needs to change; better communication, less regulation, and action! A specially designed locomotive is, therefore, pulling the first freight train. Its message will push SBB Cargo International's demands to make sure a 'Rastatt situation' will not happen again.

MRCE > SBB Cargo International ES 64 F4-290 'AusgeRastatt!' on 02.10.2017 at Köln-Mülheim - Photo: Benedikt Bast

MRCE > SBB Cargo International ES 64 F4-290 'AusgeRastatt!' on 02.10.2017 at Köln-Eifeltor - Photo: Benedikt Bast







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