This section is about a batch of twenty so called 'Vertriebslagerloks', that we will call stock locomotives from now on. Between 2008 and 2011, Siemens (slowly) built a batch of twenty stock locomotives. It started with 189 800 for MTEG and 189 700 and 701 for Cargo Trans Vagon from Rumania, followed by another 17 units in a white base livery.
The first three white units, designated E 189 801, E 189 840 and E 189 820 were decorated with Siemens promotional logos and markings, similar to those once applied on former test locomotives E 189 929. The remaining 14 machines just got a white base livery and a black frame. The ones with Italy in their base package (sub type VE, 189 82x) got a red front surface.
With the completion of 189 846 and 823 before the summer of 2011, this bacth was completed, by delivery a total of four different configurations was there:
class 189-VE: 4 locomotives: E 189 820-823
class 189-VH2: 7 locomotives: E 189 800 for the MTEG and E 189 801-806
class 189-VM: 7 locomotives: E 189 840-846
class 189-VR: 2 locomotives for CTV: 189 700 and 701
The idea is that Siemens can serve customers with small orders on the short term with these machines. In the near future, the Siemens Vectron will offer the same possibilities, but it still will take years to get this new platform approved and working in all the countries where the ES 64 F4/189 is already welcome.
MRCE Dispolok was the first to purchase Siemens E 189 stock locomotives. In June 2011, Siemens delivered E 189 840-844, all repainted in black, to the leasing company.