These new locomotives will be used for domestic and cross-border journeys on the electrified networks in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Germany. They are designed for use with various electrification systems and are equipped with an ETCS Level 2 signaling system, as well as all conventional signaling systems for the respective countries.
The Traxx platform offers a flexible and modular design for many applications and configurations (AC, DC, and multi-system) in Europe and neighboring regions. Its strong, modular platform approach results in various advantages for single as well as multi-country applications.
The third generation Traxx locomotive delivers increased operational performance and reliability, and when compared to earlier versions, comes with a higher energy efficiency. In addition, its maintenance intervals have been extended by 33% to improve availability and reduce maintenance effort.
More than 2,400 units have been sold over the last 20 years. They have been approved in 20 countries and cover a total annual distance of more than 300 million km per year.
Radim Jančura, owner of RegioJet, said: “We currently operate 22 multi-system locomotives, 18 of which are the latest generation of Traxx MS3. These modern locomotives are a reliable and proven part of our locomotive fleet. In addition to increased efficiency and lower operating costs, the new locomotives will enable us to further expand our quality and modern rail transport services under the RegioJet brand in the Czech Republic, as well as in other European countries. At the same time, these purchases clearly confirm our commitment to invest in new train technology that brings greater comfort to passengers.”
Dan Kurucz, managing director of Alstom Czech Republic and Slovakia, added, “RegioJet is a valued customer in the locomotive sector with whom we have a long and successful partnership. We are delighted to be able to continue contributing to making passenger and freight transport in the Central Europe region more efficient and sustainable with these 13 Traxx locomotives, that come with an optimized maintenance regime with fewer interventions. We believe that this contract will open the way to other contracts we are negotiating with RegioJet.”