Without any official announcement, a light grey locomotive with yellow fronts was being completed at the Bombardier Kassel works in January 2008. Its number: E 186 161. It carried Euro Cargo Rail logos, the EWS/DB Schenker subsidiary for freight services in and from France and Spain. It proved to be the first machine of a batch of 20. The first two machines were being used to obtain the homologation of the Traxx MS in France and Belgium during 2008 and 2009. The Traxx MS fit for running in France were homologated for this country officially on 03.07.2009.
On 25.09.2009 the first eight units were handed over to ECR. Units were then spotted in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany, being used for driver training. First commcercial runs with these units were documented in November 2009.
45 additional units
At the 2009 edition of the Transport Messe in Munich, DB Schenker presented E 186 173 in EuroCargoRail livery. During the fair it was announced that ECR / DB Schenker purchased another 45 Traxx MS electrics, all being fitted for running in France, Belgium and Germany.
first units for DB Schenker
At the end of April 2010, Bombardier delivered the first three units from the second order to DB Schenker; 186 321-323 in DB red. They were then parked in Mannheim. On 27.05.2010 they were officially approved and accepted by the DB and revenue service could start.