Bombardier TRAXX locomotive, source: Bombardier Transportation

RegioJet reinforces fleet with multisystem locomotives

Czech open-access operator RegioJet has ordered a new batch of multisystem locomotives. Bombardier Transportation will supply 15 TRAXX MS3 multisystem locomotives. RegioJet intends to use the ordered locomotives for the future growth and launching the new links in Central Europe including the three-country train.

The new deal is based on the contract signed in 2017 when RegioJet ordered eight TRAXX multisystem locomotives with an option for 20 additional units. Therefore, the railway operator could purchase five more locomotives in the future. The railway company will use the new locomotives on both domestic routes and international services to Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. The latter will be added to the operator’s network in June 2020 by launching the Prague – Brno – Vienna – Budapest train.

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RegioJet-branded Bombardier TRAXX MS2e locomotive at Bratislava Central station, source: RegioJet

RegioJet-branded Bombardier TRAXX MS2e locomotive at Bratislava Central station, source: RegioJet.

Currently, RegioJet operates four TRAXX multisystem locomotives of the second generation (TRAXX MS2e) while the newly ordered vehicles will belong to the third generation (TRAXX MS3). “RegioJet is the first passenger operator to order our innovative TRAXX MS3 locomotive. Our TRAXX 3 platform has already shown its outstanding performance in commercial operation in Italy since the beginning of this year. We are excited to introduce these vehicles in passenger service, where the distances are twice as high as in freight transport and punctuality is of paramount importance,” said Tomas Holy, Business Development Manager for Eastern Europe at Bombardier Transportation.

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RegioJet Class 162 locomotive, source: Wikimedia Commons

RegioJet Class 162 locomotive, source: Wikimedia Commons.

RegioJet locomotives

RegioJet’s fleet includes several types of locomotives. The most popular one is the Class 163 developed by the Czech manufacturer Škoda Works (predecessor of Škoda Transportation) in the 1980s. This type was designed for the operations on the electrified routes with 3-kilovolt direct current. The multisystem fleet of RegioJet consists of two classes: Siemens Vectron and Bombardier TRAXX MS2e. The Vectron locomotives have been rented from other companies, they are gradually being replaced by the TRAXX vehicles since May 2018 when the first two TRAXX MS2e units were entered into service. In the future, RegioJet intends to homogenise its multisystem fleet with TRAXX locomotives.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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