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In November 2006, IÉ began an overhaul programme of twelve units only, leaving the fate of their remaining six units in doubt.
They were originally intended by Yugoslav Railways for use with Tito's special Blue Train, hence their all blue livery.
Three locomotives are currently not operational and awaiting overhaul, while 003 (Sutjeska) started running test rides in January 2015 after an overhaul in Kraljevo.
On 23 January 2015 003 re-entered service.7 locomotives in Black & Silver railfreight livery. The 071 Class was available as a 00 gauge Resin kit by Model Irish Railways (MIR) but is no longer made.
The Córas Iompair Éireann 071 Class locomotives were the principal passenger locomotives on the Irish railway network for twenty years from their introduction in the late 1970s.
They displaced the older CIÉ 001 Class and NIR 101 Class locomotives and were themselves replaced in turn by the new 201 Class locomotives.
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In July 2017, loco 073 was overhauled and repainted back to the original Irish Rail livery dating back to 1987 in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company.