Škoda’s new 109E Emil Zátopek locomotive has obtained approval to be put into operation on all German railways and it is the second locomotive in the world to obtain the TSI High Speed RST certificate, necessary for the European interoperability of a high-speed railway system.
The 109E locomotive is a three-system, high-speed machine designed for commercial operation with speeds up to 200 km/h.
“We have successfully completed a series of prescribed and demanding tests that were necessary to obtain approval for operation on German railways and the German Railway Institute EBA issued a key approval for operation to us. The whole process was very challenging and I am pleased that this Czech locomotive is one of the first HS locomotives in the world to obtain these approvals,” says Tomáš Ignačák, General Director of Škoda Transportation.
Škoda Transportation invested more than 950 mil. CZK (EUR 34.66 million) into the development of the fastest and most powerful domestic locomotive.
The 109E locomotive already been obtained before this in five other countries, namely Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.