by Josephine Cordero Sapién
20 Jul 2020
Bombardier Transportation and ČD Cargo have put the first TRAXX MS3 locomotives into commercial trial operation in Czech Republic.
These TRAXX MS3 locomotives are the first to meet the new Czech electromagnetic compatibility requirements.
ČD Cargo signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation ordering up to 50 TRAXX MS3 locomotives, to be deployed in both passenger and freight operations. The first call-off order was for ten units. The first two of these locomotives have now entered commercial operation. They will run in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary and extend the fleet’s operability to Slovenia and Croatia.
“Using this modern locomotive in our fleet will enable us to offer our customers additional services, thanks to its increased power and efficiency.
“We are also proud to be the first ones to operate the TRAXX MS3 locomotive, the first locomotive to be fully compliant with the new Czech Electromagnetic Compatibility standard, which is one of the most stringent in Europe. This recently achieved authorization shows that our new locomotive is at the forefront of modern rail vehicles in Europe.”
ČD Cargo has a vehicle fleet consisting of almost 800 locomotives and more than 20,000 cars.
“Our TRAXX 3 platform is our latest product development in the locomotives segment and it’s a very proud moment, not just for me, but for everyone at Bombardier to see the TRAXX MS3 locomotive enter in commercial operation. The vehicle addresses our customer’s need for a forward-looking product based on a proven platform: to date, more than 2,000 TRAXX locomotives are operating in 20 countries, covering a combined distance of 300 million kilometres per year.”
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