It took CBRail quite some effort to decide, or better not to decide, with which colours they wanted their E186 series to be delivered with. In February 2006 the press statement of the first included the publication of a machine painted in purple, silver and dark red. However, at the Innotrans international railway fair 2006, in Berlin, wooden models and canvas prints were presented at the Bombardier stands, showing future CBRail locomotives in orange and blue.
the ever changing artist impressions...
In August and September 2007, the very first locomotives came from the production line, painted in... a light grey basic tone, looking a bit unfinished. CBRail did not agree on a colour scheme on time, so Bombardier had to decide for it self, resulting in a neutral colour. It provides indeed a neutral basis for customers of CBRail, when they want to apply their logos in these machines!
the very first machine, E 186 151, was transported to Italy in September 2007