So I was looking through the latest pictures in my watch list (which will still take a while) and happened upon this
. In the comments,
said that the beige/blue paint scheme would look great on a 103, and Soma replied that this might be a good idea, but it never wore that in service - though maybe, some day, someone might repaint one. Well, they did.
E 03 001, one of the prototype 103s was presented in this blue version of the livery on April 1st (2014). Yeah, really. I didn't believe it either, but here we are. I'm not certain whether it still wears it; I think it was only applied with vinyls, not actually painted.
The background is that an association of model railroad stores wanted an exclusive model to sell, for which they created an exclusive prototype. The model pretends that this is something that happened in the 1960s, but the real locomotive shows all the signs of being, well, a real locomotive in 2014, meaning modern texts and a sticker advertising these model railroad stores.
As you can maybe see, this isn't actually the classic 1980s version of beige/blue, but the older "Rheingold" variant, which has slightly different hues and a lot more chrome. Certainly looks better. It also got Rheingold lettering on the sides, but that's not visible here.
Taken in the enclosed vehicle hall at the DB rail museum in Nuremberg. The lighting gives a great mood, but it's almost impossible to take good pictures here. For reference, on the left we have a class 38 steam locomotive (prussian P8), behind that all that remains of the original "Hamburg Flyer" prototype high-speed DMU, then the mockup of the new ICx train. Behind the E 03, practically impossible to see, we have a class V 36 shunting diesel locomotive from WW2 (but used way beyond that), and behind that 05 001, the only surviving member of the 05 class of experimental high-speed steam locomotives. Its (scrapped) sister 05 002 was the fastest steam locomotive in Germany ever and second-fastest in the world (it was the fastest until Mallard's run).