The new 109E Emil Zátopek electric locomotive manufactured by Škoda Transportation has obtained approval from the German Federal Railway Authority to operate on the German railway network.
“We have successfully completed a series of prescribed and demanding tests that were necessary to obtain approval for operation on German railways and the German Railway Institute EBA issued a key approval for operation to us. The whole process was very challenging and I am pleased that this Czech locomotive is one of the first HS locomotives in the world to obtain these approvals,” said Tomáš Ignačák, General Director of Škoda Transportation.
The new three-system locomotive was designed for operation on the lines of the railway corridors in all neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and in Hungary. The vehicle complies with the specific conditions of the railway lines and their power supply systems with AC voltages of 25kV/50Hz, 15kV/16.7Hz or possibly DC voltage of 3kV.
Škoda Transportation has invested more than 950 mil. CZK into the development of the new electric locomotive.