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.