The Taurus No. ES 64 U2-009 for MRCE (Mitsui Rail Capital Europe), Inc. has been running since June 30, 2014 with the decoration for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic. The locomotive can be seen in Austria and Germany (currently it is pulling passenger trains on the DB between Berlin and Hamburg).
The same locomotive for the GYSEV/Raaber Railroad, Inc. AG (road number 91 43 0470 505-8) was presented in Sopron on August 18, 2014. Since then it has been pulling passenger and freight trains in Hungary and Austria. We have thus achieved our plan: to carry the message of the anniversary with the same motif on the locomotives in all three countries participating in this historic process (in Hungary, Austria, and Germany) – EUROPE WITHOUT BORDERS. These historic events began with the Pan-European Picnic and have continued with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
The locomotive decoration project was realized due to the initiative of Loc & More, Inc. and is based on its plans (graphic artist: Péter Tranta). The costs of the project were born by GYSEV, Inc. and Loc & More, Inc. – with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Foundation for a Civic Hungary (PMA).
What is the Pan-European Picnic? A good summary of the events can be read on the home page of the Pan-European Picnic: http://www.paneuropaipiknik.hu/index.php?site=30
The author is Dr. Imre Tóth, historian, Director of the Sopron Museum. The presentation of the locomotive decoration as a motif appeared as early as the 20th anniversary of the logo developed by the Picnic, this time in a silver color – corresponding to the 25th anniversary. A wire fence motif can be seen on the train in Austrian and Hungarian colors representing the border between Hungary and Austria. The GDR citizens are breaking out of the darkness of the communist era, severing the barbed wire, coming to the light of freedom, and uniting with their relatives and fellow citizens.
The motif on the other side of the locomotive no longer "tells" the personal history of the German refugees, but rather represents the historic events that began with the Pan-European Picnic. The severed barbed wire, the houses of Sopron, the lighthouse as the town's landmark, a Trabi left behind, a watchtower … and thus we come to the Berlin Wall, to the Brandenburg Gate. The sky above is done in the colors of the three participating countries. Both sides and the ends of the locomotives also have inscriptions in the languages of the participating countries. They send the most important message: EUROPE WITHOUT BORDERS – since 25 years.