In December 2007 revenue services to the Netherlands started. For this, Railion had the 189 023 (prototype), 065-080, 082-089, and 100 refitted; All machines got extra pantographs, ETCS detection systems, UIC service numbers and white front surfaces for better visibility, obligatory in Holland. The 189s can run on both the classic freight corridors and the BetuweRoute and represent the ES 64 F4 sub type VJ.
189 065 got a special livery to clebrate DBs expansion to the west. 189 023 kept on performing trails. In the summer of 2008 it was hired to ProRail for example for testing on the HSL-Zuid.
Blumen-lok 189 065 attended the opening of a new exhibition about freight transport in the National Railway Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands, back in November 2007.