Bombardier Transportation and ČD Cargo signed the contract for the supply of up to 50 Traxx MS3 locomotives. On the basis of the signed contract, ČD Cargo will receive 10 Traxx MS3 locomotives between 2019 and 2020. The number of these locomotives may be further increased with the supply of up to 40 more engines using the contractual option open until 2022.
The first 10 locomotives will be used for freight and passenger transport in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary while extending the fleet’s operability to Slovenia and Croatia.
The locomotives will be assembled at Bombardier’s site in Kassel, Germany, with the carbodies coming from Wroclaw, Poland and the bogies produced in Siegen, Germany.
The new multi-system locomotive will be equipped with the latest version of the European Train Control System, Baseline 3, ensuring seamless operation.
“The new Traxx MS3 locomotive will be the most modern in our fleet. Its powerful traction and cost-effective long-distance performance will support our international business strategy and be fully interoperable in both the domestic market and neighbouring countries,” Ivan Bednárik, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CD Cargo, said.
The Traxx MS3 locomotive is offering Last Mile function that enables to easily bridge non-electrified track sections found in ports or freight terminals.