The Class 189 ("Teufelszebra" / "Devil's Zebra")
The Railroad Transport Company (EVU) "Lokomotion – Company for Railroad Motive Power, Inc." has created an unmistakable look with its "Zebra" locomotives in order to set themselves clearly apart from the competition in terms of appearance. Initially, the Lokomotion locomotives had a paint scheme of only white with blue zebra stripes. To the delight of many railroad fans came then units with red, red-blue, green, gray, and white reflective zebra stripes. The locomotives in the red "zebra look" quickly acquired the nickname "Teufels-Zebra" / "Devil's Zebra".
As the first private railroad service firm, Lokomotion made use of the opportunities offered by the liberalization in Alpine transit in October of 2001 and has since developed into one of the leading railroad service firms in freight service across the Alpine area on the Brenner and Tauern axis. Focal point here are the combined service as well as carload service partially in cooperation with experienced reliable partners domestically and abroad. In Italy, this is the South Tyrol Rail Traction Company, Inc. (RTC), which has also had several of its locomotives painted in the Zebra design. A continuous production chain can thus be offered from Germany to Italy, because since 2005 a large part of the Lokomotion trains run with just a crew change at the current system border between Austria and Italy, which minimizes border stops and facilitates operations. Lokomotion uses its own and leased electric locomotives from the classes 139, 185, 186, and 189. Among the red "Devil's Zebras" are also four class 189 four-system units (Siemens nomenclature "ES 64 F4"), which run chiefly between Munich and Italy. They can be use as "new" Europa locomotives under both 15 and 25 kilovolt AC voltage and under 1.5 and 3 kilovolt DC voltage. The class 189 units are based on the DB class 152, but the former has considerable differences from its predecessor in the mechanical and especially in the electrical areas. Externally, there are two striking differences in the ribbed side walls and the headlights consisting of LEDs.