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RTS Austria 1216  
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RTS Austria 1216 series
In January 2007 RTS (rail operator) and Swietelsky (contruction company) announced the purchase of two 1216 series machines, similar to those built for the OBB. A fully fledged 230 kph fast multi purpose locomotive seems a bit overrated for RTS, but choosing this type guarantees a short delivery time, because the machines can be taken out of the ongoing production of 1216 series machines for the OBB in the workshops if Linz. In April and July 2007 the machines were delivered. Both machines are being used for RTS/Swietelsky ‘construction’ convoys, but are additionally available to other open access operators that can hire them for their own services.

Remarkable is that both locomotives got their looks changed in the first months of 2008, as RTS/Swietelsky was not happy with the livery with which the 1216 901 and 902 were delivered. Up front, the silver coloured bar was removed. In February 2008, 1216 901 was transported to Slovenia to start its first trails in this country. RTS/Swietelsky plans on having its modern electrics homologated for this country soon.

1st order - 2 locomotives
RTS designation 1216 901-902
order date 08.01.2007
delivery period 04/07.2007
ES 64 U4-B configuration
2nd order - 1 locomotive
RTS designation 1216 903
order date unknown
delivery period 05.2011
ES 64 U4-B configuration
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Siemens official website:
RTS 1216: news  
open news
2015-11-30 [AT] CargoServ: RTS 1216 901 replaces 1216 933 [correction]
open news
2013-03-18 [BU] RTS 1216 903 back from Turkey
open news
2013-02-13 [EU] RTS 1216 903 in Turkey
open news
2013-01-07 [DE] ODEG: metronom coaches in service with RTS 1216
open news
2011-06-19 [AT] two new ES64U4 released: RTS 1216 903 and WLC 1216 953 [update]
open news
2011-06-08 [HU/AT] MIREL-tests with RTS 1216 903
open news
2011-03-17 [AT] Fleet of RTS Austria soon to expand
open news
2010-02-10 [HU] two ES 64 U4s homologated fur Hungary
open news
2008-02-22 [AT] [SL] ES 64 U4 news
RTS Austria 1216: Select your Locomotive:  
Siemens 21113 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 1216 901 42 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Siemens 21123 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 1216 902 40 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Siemens 21651 2010 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 1216 903 29 picture(s) available   revision data available