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New Bombardier multi-system locos for Czech rail freight company; Russian rail deals for South American companies

Bombardier Transportation and CD Cargo, the freight subsidiary of Czech Railways, have signed a purchase agreement for up to 50 of the newest generation of BOMBARDIER TRAXX multi-system locomotives, TRAXX MS3. United Wagon Company and TMH International AG, a subsidiary of Transmashholding, have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing railway freight transportation in Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Paraguay

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CD Cargo’s 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.”


Michael Fohrer, Bombardier Transportation’s President, Region Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, CIS and China, said: “This order marks the entry of our new locomotive platform in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern European market. With over 2,250 Traxx units sold, we have convinced another important customer.”


According to Bombardier Transportation, the TRAXX MS3 locomotive is the only multi-system locomotive on the market with the "last mile" function that enables it to bridge non-electrified track sections found in ports or freight terminals. The vehicle addresses customers’ need for improved profitability, increased flexibility as well as for more reliable performance and availability throughout the locomotive’s entire lifecycle. This new multi-system locomotive will be equipped with the latest version of the European Train Control System, Baseline 3.


CD Cargo’s first 10 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.


The locomotives will be assembled at Bombardier’s site in Kassel, Germany, with the carbodies coming from Wroclaw, Poland and the bogies produced in Siegen, Germany.


Bombardier is the second largest rolling stock manufacturing company in Czech Republic.


UWC and TMH International will cooperate in sales and deliveries of Transmash locos and UWC freight cars and components as an integrated package.The partnership will utilse industrial and financial infrastructure TMH Argentina, an affiliate of TMH International.


The current South American fleet volume approximates to 145000 freight cars. AAR standards dominate the region with gauges 1,000mm, 1,067mm, 1,435mm, 1,600mm and 1676 mm. The projected demand for freight cars amounts to 4,500 units per year, if the railways expand in line with development of agriculture and extraction industries.


Although best-known for 1,520mm Russian gauge rolling stock, last year UWC shipped almost 600 cars and 200 large casting car sets to North America, Europe, Africa, and Middle East.


Franco Comparato, General Director, TMH Argentina, said: "We believe in the prosperous future of the Argentinian transportation market as well the entire South American continent. Transmashholding is interested to expand the portfolio of products and solutions it can offer to the customers in South America, and we are glad to welcome UWC as our partners."

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