They would be certainly tested all over the state, except the Melba line, to test there performance before earning a few smackaroos. TasRail are trying to rid itself from the old PN days, hence all locos getting a coat of paint. Its sorta rebrands itself as a proper heavy haulage railway.
My thinkings regarding pressing locos into service whilst they await a splash of paint is that that s exactly the difference in all reality. Whos kidding whom. Once they aere good to go , and earn a dollar thats exactly what they ought to be doing, not waiting for a lick and a promise of "newness" . If it were my business id want them plying theri worth adn getting some make-up second.
Its a railway...not a fashion parade. its all well and good to present a company image but whats going to imnpress a business partner more... that your logistics is concerned with getting someting done...lor looking like it is ?
The average Joe Public couldnt give a fig...a train's a train. The typical customer only wants his goods moved in a timely manner. he wont care how your loco is dressed.
Mutton dressed up as lamb is still mutton. Handy, strong and servicable mutton but still mutton. Youre not fooling anyone. Theyre stop gap locos. They might end up hanging around for a while but youd save youre real song and dance for the real NEW locos ..all shiny and squeeky clean, resplendent in company garb etc.
Every day theyre not earning money theyre costing you money.
Business is business.
just my 5c
Its not that, QR may have a clause into when buying locos/wagons off them. Once in your state, needs to be painted. Who knows, the may still own the colours on the two bring ins.
Its bit like when PN left Tasmania here, all PN logos/signage had be gone in 12 months.