Czech operator is the first customer to deploy this new type of multi-system locomotive for freight and passenger traffic in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary
On November 21, 2019, executives of our customer ČD Cargo came to take a look at their first two brand-new TRAXX Multi-System (MS) locomotives at our site in Kassel, Germany. ČD Cargo, the freight subsidiary of Czech State Railways, will be the first customer to deploy this new type of multi-system locomotive for freight and passenger traffic in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary.
The locomotives are part of a purchase agreement for up to 50 locomotives signed in August 2018. The first call-off was for ten locomotives. The first locomotive will be transferred to Czech Republic in the coming weeks.
The ČD Cargo delegation, comprised amongst others of Zdeněk Škvařil, Member of the Board of Directors and COO, Martin Šimek, CFO, Zdeněk Štěpánek, Head of Maintenance and Repair, Radek Nekola, Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Labour Union, and David Votroubek, Chairman of the Loco drivers.
They were welcomed among others by Michael Fohrer, President of the region Central and Eastern Europe and Israel, Bombardier Transportation. The delegation had the opportunity to gain an impression of the technical features and performance of the new locomotive.
“We are very impressed about the production status of the innovative multi-system locomotive,” said Zdeněk Škvařil. “It’s an honour for us to be the first one to roll out this new technology in Czech Republic and additional countries in the region. We are looking forward to use these Bombardier locomotives in freight services soon!”
We are very happy to celebrate this important milestone with such a large delegation of our key stakeholders,” said Michael Fohrer. “We are now taking the final steps towards finalizing the locomotives - and we look forward to introduce them into freight services with ČD Cargo and are also proud to see them in operation in many countries next year.”