Not 18, but 26 supplemental TRAXX MS locomotives will be delivered to the Dutch railways (NS). This means NS will soon own 45 multi system electrics for its passenger services. The operator wants to operate all its trains for which it is using ICRm PRIO stock in sandwich formation (one loco on every end of the train). At this moment this is already done with the IC Direct shuttles Amsterdam - Rotterdam via the high speed line between both cities.
In the end, the NS TRAXX MS locomotives in sandwich will be used for:
- IC Eindhoven - The Hague (incl HSL Breda - Rotterdam)
- IC Amsterdam - Rotterdam (incl HSL)
- IC Amsterdam - Breda (incl HSL Amsterdam - Rotterdam and Rotterdam - Breda)
- IC Amsterdam - Brussels (BE) (incl HSL Amsterdam - Rotterdam, Rotterdam - Breda, Breda - Antwerp or directly from Rotterdam to Antwerp, this is still unclear)
Note that the route of the IC to Brussels will change compared to the current service. The train will no longer halt in The Hague, Dordrecht or Roosendaal, as the 'new' IC to Brussel will use the high speed line as much as possible.
Delivery of a second batch started this week with unit no. 186 021. In the next weeks 186 022 and 020 will come to the Netherlands. NS already owns 19 machines of this type (186 001-019). When delivery is completed, NS will own 45 186 series locomotives. NS will also continue the lease of 12 identically configured TRAXX MS locomotives from Alpha Trains: 186 111-122. These machines have all recently been subjected to a R1 overhaul in Dessau (DE) including a repaint in NS blue and yellow.
NS is also still hiring TRAXX MS locomotives from Macquarie Rail, being 186 142, 144, 148, 149, 236, 237, 238 and 239. Of these machines, 186 148 is currently away to Dessau (DE) for a R1 overhaul. It is not clear if these will be returned as soon as more new locomotives are being delivered.