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© Peter Eradus

02.1003

Dieselpower and nice colors in the Netherlands.



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    gridwatcher
    Apr 07 2012 10:05
    Pink! Quality! Can think of a few drivers who would like that.....
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    TheCromptonParkinson
    Apr 07 2012 12:46
    That pink loco looks like George from Rainbow?
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    Dutch_Master
    Apr 07 2012 12:46
    Loco 2530 was the last of the Alstom-build NS2400 series and modified from the standard design to mark the occasion. In its pink livery it was nicknamed "Bishop", for obvious reasons, being mainly based in the southern part of the country, a largely Catholic area (especially in those days!). Because of the increased visibility the loco was primarily used for the weedkilling train NS had for decades. After the 2400 series retired in the early 90's, SNCF bought virtually all remaining loco's, including 2530, for use on the TGV network, building new lines. Using 4 loco's in multiple, they were worked hard on work and ballast trains on sometimes steep gradients. When the SNCF finished construction of their TGV lines, a fair number of these loco's, again including 2530, were sold back to Holland, to museum railways.