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Rail contract is good news

Rail technology firm Bombardier Transportation, which employs more than 300 people in Crewe, has signed a purchase order with CD Cargo, the freight subsidiary of Czech Railways, for up to 50 of the newest generation of Bombardier Traxx multi-system (ms) locomotives. This first call-off is for 10 Traxx MS3 locomotives.

Ivan Bednárik, chairman of the board of directors, CD Cargo, said: "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.

“We are proud of the trust and confidence that our new customer CD Cargo has placed in our innovative Traxx MS3 locomotive”, said Michael Fohrer, president of region central & eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, CIS and China, Bombardier Transportation.

“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. Once again, the Traxx locomotive platform's excellence, and its track record of over 2,250 units sold, has convinced another important customer.”

The Traxx MS3 locomotive is the only multi-system locomotive on the market with the "last mile" function that enables it to easily bridge non-electrified track sections found in ports or freight terminals. This new multi-system locomotive will be equipped with the latest version of the European train control system, Baseline 3, ensuring seamless operation from day one.

The new order means 54 modern, interoperable Traxx multi-system locomotives have been ordered by Czech customers. CD Cargo’s first ten locomotives will be used for freight and passenger transport in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary, while extending the fleet’s operability to Slovenia and Croatia.

Bombardier is the second largest rolling stock manufacturing company in the Czech Republic. It has more than 1,000 employees in its Ceska Lipa manufacturing site, which is the key supplier of welded components for Bombardier’s regional and commuter trains, trams and metros.

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