ČD Cargo published a tender, and Bombardier has won. In 2019-2020 the manufacturer will deliver 10 TRAXX MS3 locomotives to the Czech rail freight operator. An option is taken on another 40 machines. This order makes ČD Cargo the third customer for Bombardier’s MS3 locomotive, after TX Logistik and Akiem.
ČD Cargo’s Executive Director Tomáš Tóth: “The acquisition of these interoperable locomotives supports our strategy to expand the activities of ČD Cargo in foreign markets. At the moment, we have licenses to operate in Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary and with this fleet we will be able to make use of them.”
ČD Cargo wants to use the new machines – in the design impression referred to as series 388 – on long-haul international freight trains. ČD Cargo will be able to phase out less reliable and technically outdated locomotives, and so reduce downtime and increase capacity.
The new TRAXX MS3 order was announced together with the acquisition of four extra Vectron locomotives.
It is expected that the final contracts will be signed in days.