Bombardier TRAXX MS3

In May 2017 Bombardier officially announced it was working on the completion of the TRAXX 3 platform, introducing the new MS3 and the DC3 versions alongside the AC3, in service since 2013. The TRAXX 3 platform will, over time, replace Bombardier’s TRAXX 2E locomotives, that have been in production since 2006.

When comparing the main technical specs of the TRAXX M2e and the new TRAXX MS3, you’ll find these differences:

  • Maximum traction power will be 6 MW (6.4 MW power boost), which is slightly more than the standard 5.6 MW older TRAXX types have.
  • New is that a multi-system locomotive will be available with a shunting diesel engine and remote radio control. The Last Mile diesel power module is of course optional, but will be slightly more powerful than the unit now used in the AC3 Last Mile with approx. 230 kW of power
  • The maximum starting traction effort in electric mode is slightly higher than before: 340 kN (approx. 300 kN in Last Mile mode)
  • The maximum speed will be 160 km/h. The locomotives will have ‘Tatzlager-Antrieb’
  • ETCS Baseline 3 will be installed if needed
  • Countries for homologation mentioned by Bombardier are the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.

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