This special section is about the 185.2 series locomotives that are property of DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia (former Railion Scandinavia), joint-venture of DB Schenker Rail Deutschland and Swedish Green Cargo. It describes the units that have been taken out of the ongoing delivery for Db Schenker Rail Deutschland as well the six units that Green Cargo ordered on 16.01.2008.
In February 2007, DB Schenker announced its plan to equip 17 new locomotives with a 'Scandinavia package'. This enables them to use these machines for cross-border services from Sweden to Germany via the Denmark peninsula. DB Schenker decided to use Traxx 2 platform machines because of their improved cab isolation (compared with Traxx 1 platform locomotives) which is especially useful in the harsh environments in Sweden. Finally, the designated DB 185 321-337 were selected to form the Scandinavian sub serie.
The construction of 185 321 and 322 was rescheduled (around 4-5 months earlier), so they could already make their first trials in December 2007, resulting in the final approval of Traxx 2 machines with Scandinavia package by the end of April 2008. First commercial services with 'Scandi' 185s started in the third week of June 2008.
The 185.2s with Scandinavia-package are property of a joint-venture of DB Schenker Rail Deutschland and Green Cargo from Sweden. The German company brought in 17 units from the 185.2 series, and Green Cargo ordered six similar units in January 2008.
But there where some changes here, making it all very unclear who owns which locomotive. We see it like this: 185 321-331 and 335-337 were delivered to DB's subsidiary Railion Denmark. 185 332-334 became property of Green Cargo. All units were brought into the fleet of the joint-venture, Railion Scandinavia (formed out of Railion Denmark). Railion Scandinavia was renamed to DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia in February 2009.
By then, the six units that Green Cargo had ordered still had to be delivered; these units got service number 185 401-406 and the normal red DB livery. To compensate for the three units that the DB gave to Green Cargo, no. 401-403 became property of DB Schenker Rail Deutschland (not Scandinavia!). No. 404-406 went to Green Cargo again and became part of the DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia fleet.
All units that are property of DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia (joint-venture of DB Schenker Rail Deutschland and Green Cargo: