Pretty in Pink

Posted on 06 September 2019 by Katrin Auernhammer, Images by Abellio ScotRail

ScottRail's Twitter users voted for a pink engine

MTU rail engines are usually spray-painted blue or red. Since 28 August 2019, ScotRail has been able to boast a pink-finished MTU 16V 4000 unit in its Inter7City 43127 locomotive. The Scottish train operator decided to hold a vote among Twitter followers on the color of the engine, giving them a choice of yellow, turquoise or pink. Over 2,000 took part, with the color pink carrying the day. 

The engine had been sent to MTU UK in East Grinstead for QL3 maintenance, which takes place halfway through the service life (TBO). A face-lift in the form of a new spray of paint is part of the service package, and ScotRail decided on a new pink look for one of its rail engines, which are usually grey. “It was Alan Stewart, ScotRail's service delivery manager for HSTs, who phoned to tell us about the campaign,” grinned Rod Riley, MTU Service Manager. “Maybe we will suddenly find a big demand for pink engines,” added sales colleague David Eaton. 

ScotRail is introducing 26 fully upgraded InterCity high-speed trains for its services between Scotland’s seven cities. Each train has two locomotives, each powered by a 16V 4000 unit. From now on, that means a fleet of 53 grey engines, with one painted pink. The trains are in service in Scotland, connecting the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. 

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