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On 14.12.2018 a mobile art installation on rails left Katowice in Poland, starting a tour across Europe. This is ‘Noah’s train’: Ten green containers serve as canvas for different graffiti artists from five countries: Poland, Austria, Germany, France and Belgium. 5 stops, and every time two more containers get a colourful new design – portraying animals.
Noah’s train is organised by Rail Freight Forward, a common initiative by PKP Cargo, DB Cargo, SNCF, Lineas and the Rail Cargo Group. The World Climate Conference in Katowice in December 2018 was chosen as the starting point of a campaign that combines the idealistic ‘save the climate’ theme with an economical one: The rail operators want to boost the share of rail in overall freight transport from 18% to 30% by 2030.
The designs have a clear reference to the biblical story about Noah’s ark. Will we save the world this time?
We thank Adam Kupniewski and Alexander Eristoff for sharing their photographs.
Station 1: Katowice in Poland on 14.12.2018Locomotive: PKP Cargo ET25-003 – animals depicted: zebra, shark, lion and wale
ET25-003 and Noah’s train in Katowice (PL), 14.12.2018 Author: Adam Kupniewski
Station 2: Vienna Austria on 14.01.2019Locomotive: ÖBB 1016 023 – animals depicted: flamingo, kingfisher, chameleon, killer wale
ÖBB 1016 020 with Noah’s train in Vienna on 14.01.2019 – Photo: Alexander Eristoff
Station 3: Berlin Germany on 24.01.2019Locomotive: DB Cargo 193 310 – animals depicted: bear (of course), frog, crab and ladybug – the train was welcomed at Berlin’s Gesundbrunnen station by Svenja Schulze, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Alexander Doll from the DB Management Board, Dr Roland Bosch, head of DB Cargo, and Vice President of VDV (Association of German Transport Companies) Joachim Berends.
Next stops: Paris and Brussels
This article first appeared on railcolornews.com
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