The Czech Rail Authority and Turkish State Railways authorized Siemens Vectron locomotive.
The Czech Rail Authority has granted final and full authorization for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate in the Czech Republic. The Vectron locomotive can therefore run on all sections of the Czech network without any restrictions.
Following the successful conclusion of all tests in 2014, the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) authorized the multi-system version of the Vectron locomotive in March 2015. Theauthorization covers the entire Vectron family, paving the way for the Vectron’s operation in Turkey.
As part of the authorization tests, a Vectron equipped with Turkish and European train control system (ETCS) not only operated on conventional routes, but was also tested and used in service on the high-speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara operating at speeds up to 200 kilometers an hour. The Vectron mastered all the commercial test operations as well as heavy-duty loads. The tests covered a total of more than 25,000 kilometers.