In 2013, Bombardier Transportation received a contract for the supply of 20 new TRAXX MS locomotives from private freight operator, METRANS, based in the Czech Republic and a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen and Logisitik AG. The locomotives were purchased to extend operations from Germany, Austria and Poland to include the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The BOMBARDIER TRAXX F140 MS is a platform product, which provides operators with the following benefits:
- Can be used for heavy freight and passenger services, nationally and internationally, long term spare parts availability, cost savings from common parts and high residual value over the locomotive's lifespan;
- Modular design accommodates country specific requirements, including conventional automatic train protection systems, as well as European Train Control System (ETCS);
- Developed specifically for cross border operation and can be used with a variety of power supplies, making it ideal for the trans-European rail network.