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Škoda presents new electric locomotive for Deutsche Bahn Regio

11 July 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

Škoda Transportation has presented its latest universal locomotive Emil Zátopek for service with German operator Deutsche Bahn Regio.

Skoda presents new electric locomotive for Deutsche Bahn Regio

In total, Škoda will supply six Emil Zátopek locomotives to the German operator  for service between Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich. The vehicles are currently undergoing rigorous testing at the Velium test circuit in the Czech Republic.

Škoda will supply six Emil Zátopek locomotives for Deutsche Bahn Regio

The six new locomotives will operate using an alternating current of 15 kV/16 Hz along the route between Nuremberg and Munich. The locomotives, which can travel at speeds of up to 200 km/h, are a part of six six-coach double-deck trainsets of the Push-Pull type. “The new locomotive has a new design in the typical red colour of the German operator Deutsche Bahn Regio with the arrangement of the post and of the operating elements according to Deutsche Bahn Regio. It is an interesting fact that it is possible to carry out partial and fully automatic brake test within both the locomotive and the six-coach trainset,” said product manager of Škoda Transportation Jaroslav Brodský.

Commenting on the order, Zdeněk Majer, vice president of Škoda Transportation said, “Owing to this reference from the Deutsche Bahn Regio, doors are opening for us in other tenders. There is interest for locomotives designed with alternating 15/25kV voltage not only in the German-speaking countries, but also, for example, in Scandinavia, Hungary, Turkey and other countries.”

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