CD Cargo, the state-owned Czech rail operator, is to add 50 of Bombardier’s latest rolling stock, trains that are capable of making an uninterrupted transition between electrified and non-electrified track. The capability, known as Last Mile, means the train is well suited for freight operations and is, according to Bombardier, the only multi-system locomotive on the market that can do it.
The TRAXX Multi-System trains will be run by CD Cargo for both freight and passenger use and will – thanks to its interoperability with other countries’ networks – also be used in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary, while extending the fleet’s operability to Slovenia and Croatia.
By being equipped with Last Mile, Bombardier’s trains can reach the non-electrified track areas at ports or freight terminals that can otherwise be difficult for other fleets to reach without being towed or pushed by another train. Bombardier said that its TRAXX MS3 train also addresses customers’ need for “improved profitability, increased flexibility and more reliable performance and availability throughout the locomotive’s entire lifecycle”, something it achieves by being fitted with the latest version of the European Train Control System, Baseline 3, allowing seamless operation from the first day of use.
CD Cargo said that the new TRAXX Multi-System trains, which SmartRail World wrote about in May when the Canadian manufacturer unveiled them, would help the operator to better compete on the international stage. “The new TRAXX MS3 locomotive will be the most modern in our fleet. Its powerful traction and cost-effective long-distance performance will support our international business strategy and be fully interoperable in both the domestic market and neighbouring countries,” said Ivan Bednárik, chairman of the board of directors at CD Cargo.
Bombardier said it was proud of the trust and confidence that CD Cargo has placed in it latest train. “With this success in the Czech Republic, the order marks the entry of our new locomotive platform in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern European market,” said Michael Fohrer, president of Central and Eastern Europe at Bombardier. The trains will be assembled at the train manufacturer’s site in Kassel, Germany, with the carbodies coming from Wroclaw, Poland and the bogies produced in Siegen, Germany. Bombardier is the second largest rolling stock manufacturing company in Czech Republic, where it has more than 1,000 employees in its Ceska Lipa manufacturing site north of Prague.
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