In 1999, ADtrans delivered two 145 series locomotives to BASF, the manufacturer of chemicals from Germany. It was the beginning of open access operators using modern electrics to accomodate their own services. In the following years, more companies got interested in setting up their own railway operator. They started to look for financial parties to finance the modern machines, and so the rise of leasing companies on the railway business started. In this starting period, orders were small, the variety was great, which made us decide to make just one section about all units involved.
From 1999 to 2002, ADtranz/Bombardier supplied 17 145 series locomotives to various operators and leasing companies, that have changed names and appearance many times since then. This section tries to give an overview:
1999: 145-CL 001, 002 > Hannover Mobilien Leasing
It all started with two green painted units, 145-CL 001 and 002 back in 1999. The numbers are based on the DB using the 145 designation for these machines, combined with the letters C and L, which stand for CargoLok. BASF ordered them and they were financed by Hannover Mobilien Leasing. They had a green base livery up till 2006, and then were repainted in silver and red.
145-CL 003, 004 >Deutsche Leasing
145-CL 003 and 004 were originally ordered by Rail4Chem and financed by Deutsche Leasing. They were delivered in October 2000 and February 2001 in a green livery with R4C logos. In July 2010 they still looked the same, although they were operated by Captrain by then.
145-CL 005, 031, 201, 202, 203, 204 > Alpha Trains
Leasing company Alpha Trains, previously known as Locomotion Capital and Angel Trains Cargo, has six units in its fleet. First there was the green painted 145-CL 005, ordered for Rail4Chem. Four units were delivered in the blue and silver livery of the RAG (the 201 to 204) and one unit got a silver livery with blue stripings, operated by TX Logistik (the 031). They all have changed operators since then, but most of them still have the same livery. In March 2010, the 145-CL 031 was selected to be the single one unit to present the new name of its owner, Alpha Trains, and got a striking lime and silver livery.
145-CL 011, 012, 013, 014, 015 > Ascendos Rail
In 2000 and 2001, also the HGK ordered five units for its own services. Porterbrook Leasing Company Ltd (> CBRail > Ascendos Leasing > Beacon Rail) was the one to finance them. They got a red base livery.
145-CL 205 and 206 > RBH Logistics
in 2002, the last two 145 series units for an open access operator were directly delivered to the RAG, RBH Logistics nowadays. They got a blue and silver base livery.