Czech Railways (ČD) has ordered 50 Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility including the provision of service for fifteen years.
With a maximum operating speed of 230 km/h, the locomotives are suitable for operations on conventional as well as high – speed lines in fast cross-border passenger traffic. Delivery will start from December 2025.
ČD is currently operating “18 Vectron locomotives and others are used by our subsidiary ČD Cargo. We believe this next generation of Vectrons with a maximum speed of 230 km/h will earn equally positive references. We will deploy them together with 20 ComfortJet non-traction trainsets and they can also run with our Czech Railjets,” Michal Kraus, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČD and Deputy Director General for Maintenance said.
The Vectron MS locomotives for Czech Railways will be manufactured at the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach.
They will be equipped with Siemens’ ETCS on board unit solution Trainguard 100/200/300 and will be available to operate on the rail networks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
Czech Railways plans to operate the locomotives on the Prague – Hamburg, Prague – Vienna – Graz, and Prague – Budapest lines.
Vectron locomotives are the most modern locomotives for passenger transport in Europe and ensure the greatest flexibility thanks to an extensive portfolio of country homologations.