Sharky and co.

for Rail Force One

Client: Rail Innovators Group BV, the Netherlands
Locomotives: Siemens Vectron, Stadler EuroDual, Stadler Euro9000, Vossloh Modula
Our responsibilities: Automotive Styling and Graphic Design

A little fun must be; And it is an excellent way to get attention. In 2019 Rail Force One surprised the European railway business with 'Sharky'  - that locomotive with an appetite. Serious appetite. Because Rail Force One is expanding and is not afraid to make big steps.

It started a long-lasting companionship, during which Railcolor Design branded all new electric locomotives for Rail Force One. 

Sharky, Sharky 2, Sharky Light, Euro9000, and DM20 - we give you a complete overview:


'Nose art' is a well-known phenomenon in the aircraft world. Translate a shark nose to a locomotive, and 'sharky' was born. The design delivered instant recognizability of the Rail Force One brand throughout Europe. 


Sharky was released in 2019 - underneath, it is MRCE locomotive 193 623. In 2023, a sequel hit the tracks. ELL 193 949 was the second locomotive that got this design.


2022: ELL Sharky Light

For RFO, Railcolor Design created side panels that seamlessly blend into the existing ELL color scheme. The style with different shades of grey is in line with ‘sharky’.


In 2022-2023 six ELL Vectron locomotives got the Sharky Light design:

  • ELL 193 734 > grey version in December 2022;
  • ELL 193 742 > grey version in January 2022;
  • ELL 193 946 > blue-grey version in February 2023;
  • ELL 193 947 > grey version in October 2022;
  • ELL 193 954 > blue-grey version in March 2023;
  • ELL 193 955 > blue-grey version in March 2023.

2022: Euro9000 goes Innotrans

A very different locomotive, a different model, yet it is easy to recognize. We create flexible and versatile designs, no matter which piece of rolling stock you want to wrap; it will strengthen your brand family. 


 12,240 + 2,584 horsepower - 6 axles - 500 kN starting traction effort - A whole new level to get your freight over (or through) the Alps. In September 2022, the Railcolor Design locomotive was created to be the first of its kind officially presented during the world railway fair InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin.


In October 2023, all three Euro9000s in Rail Force One design were ready to go:


In October 2023, all three Euro9000s in Rail Force One design were ready to go:


2024: The Modula

The Modula bu Vossloh Rolling Stock will be the next member of the RFO family. It's a zero-emission locomotive (electric+battery-electric) that can work under AC and DC catenary systems. It features high-capacity batteries and intelligent breaking energy regeneration systems. 


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