The TRAXX MS locomotive is specifically designed for cross-border services. This locomotive covers all mainline applications in continental Europe under all four catenaries 15 and 25 kV AC, as well as 1.5 and 3 kV DC. It operates between Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany, and between Germany and Poland, as well as cross-border between Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The TRAXX MS has been ordered by leasing companies, notably Railpool, Alpha Trains, CB Rail and MRCE, as well as by private and state operators. The train protection systems use the technology and core components of the ETCS, a European signalling system.
The locomotive is based on the proven concept of theTRAXX locomotive platform: it has a high degree of commonality with the TRAXX AC, the TRAXX DC and theTRAXX DE locomotives. It is a four-axle, multi-system 5600 kW locomotive able to operate on standard gauge railway lines. It has been homologated for freight and passengers transportation at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.