Czech railways orders 50 Vectron locomotives from Siemens

Czech Railways (CD) has ordered fifty Vectron MS multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility, including service for fifteen years. The locomotives will be deployed on cross-border lines for passenger traffic and have a maximum operating speed of 230 km/h for the first time. Delivery will start from December 2025.

Czech Railways will operate the locomotives on the cross-border lines Prague – Hamburg, Prague – Vienna – Graz, and Prague – Budapest lines. Equipped with Siemens’ ETCS on board unit Trainguard, the locomotives are suited for operation in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

“We will deploy them together with 20 ComfortJet non-traction trainsets and they can also run with our Czech Railjets,” said Michal Kraus, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČD and Deputy Director General for Maintenance.

The locomotives for Czech Railways will be manufactured at the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach. Czech Railways (České Dráhy) currently operates 18  Vectron locomotives, and others are used by their subsidiary ČD Cargo.

“For the first time, our locomotives are also suitable for service on high-speed lines with a top speed of 230 km/h”, said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility. “Czech Railways will thus be ideally equipped for providing flexible, sustainable and cross-border rail transport. With the additional service contract, we will also guarantee the operational availability of the locomotives.”

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

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