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AKIEM BB 37000: for rent  
In 2008, SNCF strated to expand it activities outside France by acquiring (shares of) several open access operators. In 2008, SNCF took a 75% share in ITL, an operator active in the Benelux, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Later its share was raised to 100%. At the end of 2009, SNCF took over all Veolia Cargo activities outside France.

Within the SNCF group more and more operaters were united. The SNCF also decided to restructure its fleet of modern lcoomotives. Many Prima units, including al 59 BB 37000s available at that time gradually became property of a new company subsidiary; Akiem. From 2010 on, this company can lease these units to various operators.

This started in January 2009 with some first units running for others operators that were part of the SNCF group by then, for example ITL from Germany and Wincanton Rail.

The BB 37027 was the first to change livery, as you already have read in the previous chapter. In december 2010, another two units followed: BB 37030 and 37032. As you can imagine that other operators do not want to promote Fret-SNCF, Akiem decided to repaint both locomotives in a more neutral silver livery. Operator VFLI was the first to use them.