Great Masters have to be celebrated!
The Italian artist, architect, thinker, engineer, philosopher and physician, Leonardo da Vinci
(1452-1519) went down in history as a true jack of all trades. His most famous works are the painting of the Mona Lisa, the mural “The Last Supper” and the drawing “The Vitruvian Man”. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 14, 1452 in a village near Florence in Tuscany. He spent his apprenticeship with the painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. This allowed him to develop his artistic and craft skills. By 1472 the painters‘ guild St. Luke considered him a real master of his trade. He spent the period from 1489 to 1499 in Milan, where he increasingly devoted himself to scientific work. He brought his technical ideas of armoured cars, cannons, submarines, aircrafts and “perpetual motion” on paper. Ever since his early career, he dealt with architecture, hydraulics and
mechanics. Many of his designs were never realised during his lifetime and there remains a long list of unfinished paintings. He was a visionary far ahead of his time on intellectual, artistic and technical levels. Other locations of his work were Florence again, as well as the Vatican. The genius spent his last years in France where he died at the age of 67 years on May 2, 1519 at the Castle “Clus Lucé” in Amboise.
It would not be surprising if the first designs of a railway were to be found somewhere in lost sketches. Famous people often gain public recognition when important express trains are baptized with their names. Therefore, in honour of the great master, Roco dedicates a replica of the EC “Leonardo da Vinci” which is hauled by the legendary locomotives of the DB series 110.3 and the ÖBB series 1044 as well as an art locomotive of the series 1216. The EC follows the train run Dortmund-Milan.
Our special locomotive for Leonardo da Vinci‘s 500th anniversary
will be rolling across the big railways in the spring of 2019. In cooperation with the Austrian Federal Railways, a locomotive of the 1216 series will be branded with a beautiful design and used in front of Railjets in Austria, Germany and Italy.
This special anniversary will thus be carried far into the world.
The design is still top secret and therefore we can only show a small part of our beautiful design locomotive (73484