On 10 December 2021, ERA issued a type approval for TRAXX MS3 locomotives in the version equipped for operation in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Following conditions of test operation in the Czech Republic being fulfilled, remaining TRAXX MS3 locomotives ordered so far by Czech operators can be delivered, as they can use them at least within the country.
Conditions given by Drážní úřad for test operation of the very first TRAXX MS3 locomotives in revenue service, 388.001 and 002, were fulfilled recently.
On 12 June 2020, both first ČD Cargo TRAXX MS3 locomotives, which are present in the Czech Republic, moved from the VUZ Velim test centre to the Ústí nad Labem depot. Following all necessary paperwork being sorted out, the first run in the test regime took place on 23 June.
On 18 March 2020, the locomotive 163.022 was handed over to ČD Cargo, which was the first of the operator’s 3 kV DC Class 163 to be equipped with the on-board ETCS.
Within the process to award the approval of the test service on the public network, locomotives 388.001 and 002 for ČD Cargo underwent another round of EMC measurements at the VUZ Velim test centre n 21 April 2020.
Following the prototype 742.711, taken over by the operator on 30 July 2019, CZ LOKO started deliveries of a batch of 50 Type EffiShunter 1000-M modernised diesel locomotives.