SNCF Fret has started up ballast traffic to the Quenast quarry again. Very likely it’s the last season that SNCF will use BB67400 locomotives for this service, as the Infrabel network is gradually equipped with ETCS. Needless to say that many Belgian rail enthusiasts find opportunities to enjoy these beautiful locomotives while we still can. Now that we can’t cross the borders, it makes it all the more special to see these French beauties on Belgian rails.
I won’t show a photo of the ballast train here – maybe later. In Quenast, where the locomotives were parked for a while, I noticed quite a variety of SNCF logos on both locomotives. Actually, all 4 logos that this type of locomotive has worn could be seen.
First of all, the 1967 logo. The BB67400 locomotives were delivered with it, hence it was cast on the front of the loco. 67629 combines it with the latest logo, from 2005.
67629 also sports the 1986 logo on the side – that makes 3 logos on 1 locomotive!
67579, in green FRET livery, sports the 1992 logo: