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Beacon Rail 185.2  
in short
order details
In September 2007, the Allco Finance Group, based in Australia, decided to invest in new locomotives; 12 Traxx2 F140AC2 electrics were ordered which will be equipped for service in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. However, just weeks before the roll-out of the first machine on 20.05.2008, Allco decided to focus on the Australian and US market for leasing only, and therefore sold its European activities, including its portfolio of 27 locomotives to Boston (USA) based BTMU Capital Corporation. On 14.01.2009, BTMU introduced a new name for its business entity for freight rolling stock leasing in the European market; Beacon Rail Leasing Limited (Beacon Rail).
 
12 locomotives
order date 27.07.2007 (6) / 22.08.2007 (6)
delivery period 06.2008 - 12.2008
homologated for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
> designation 185 590-597, 599-602
 
BTMU CC official website:
Bombardier official website:
http://www.transportation.bombardier.com
 
   
Beacon Rail 185.2: news  
2016
open news
2016-09-04 [DE] This is the newest Railcolor Art Locomotive: 185 602
open news
2016-08-06 [DE] Beacon Rail > HSL Logistik 185 600 in brown
open news
2016-07-08 [DE/CH] HSL Logistik hires four Beacon Rail TRAXX AC2s
open news
2016-04-24 [DE/AT/CH] Beacon Rail 185s loosing their Crossrail logos
2015
open news
2015-11-18 [DE] R1 overhaul ready: Beacon Rail > Crossrail 185 596
2014
open news
2014-07-21 [EU] Revision and service in Kassel [edited]
open news
2014-05-06 [World] Pamplona Capital Management acquires Beacon Rail
2011
open news
2011-08-16 [DE] Railcolor short
open news
2011-02-27 [DE/CH] Back with Crossrail: Suzy
2010
open news
2010-09-17 [DE] 185 595 in Crossrail livery
open news
2010-02-12 [CH] Crash absorbance on 185 596
open news
2010-01-28 [CH] accident at the Simplon line
2009
open news
2009-02-20 [DE/CH] Beacon batch complete
2008
open news
2008-12-23 [DE] four Traxx units delivered to BTMU today
open news
2008-09-18 [DE/CH] new Traxx for BTMU cc
open news
2008-07-07 [DE] first 4 BTMU 185s delivered
open news
2008-06-02 [DE] twelve BTMU locomotives for Crossail/DLC
open news
2008-05-09 [EU] leasing companies take-overs
open news
2008-04-23 [DE] first Allco 185... design by Railcolor!
Beacon Rail 185.2: Select your Locomotive:  
Bombardier 34216 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 590-7 22 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34218 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 591-5 18 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34220 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 592-3 20 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34222 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 593-1 26 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34225 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 594-9 22 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34233 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 595-6 39 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34246 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 596-4 31 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34251 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 597-2 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34264 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 599-8 34 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34268 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 600-4 33 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34270 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 601-2 30 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34275 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 185 602-0 32 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Beacon Rail 185.2: Details  
The painting of the 12 electrics, all DACH configured, is still based on the corporate colours of the company that originally ordered the machine, Allco. Railcolor.net was consulted during the design phase of this livery, that had to be a neutral basis for future customers of the leasing company, but at the same time reflect the corporate colours of the owner. Allco also desired a consistent basic livery, resulting in the fact that also these F140AC2 machines have a red and white painted front, colours that are obligatory fore running in the Italy and the Netherlands respectivily.

On 04.07.2008 the first 4 locomotives (185 590-593) were officially delivered to BTMC and transported to their new employee: Crossrail from Switzerland. This open access operator operates all twelve BTMU machines from delivery, all carrying black and red Crossrail logos and striping.


On 01.10.2008, 185 594-595 were handed over, on 23.12.2009 the 185 596, 597, 599, and 600 followed. Finally the batch was completed on 20.02.2009, with the handing over of 185 601 and 602.



185 596 was damaged during an accident in Brig [CH], together with Re 436 113, the unit collided head-on with BLS Cargo Re 485 002. On 02.10.2010 the 596 was spotted in Kassel in the service and overhaul section of the factory, where it still was under repair.



185 595 was the first Beacon Rail 185 595 to loose its original livery. It got the new red corporate identity of Crossrial in September 2010.