At the end of 2004 the Austrian rail operator LTE bought a ER20 locomotive. In this case it was not a new loco but the ER20 009 which was used until then by Dispolok. On 27.11.2004 the loco went to Wiener Neustadt where during the night the Dispolok logos were removed and service number ER20 009 was replaced by a new one: 2016 903. (SLtB already uses two ER20 locos, numbered 2016 901 and 902). On 29.12.2004 the official approval run was made. Since then the 2016 903, still yellow, was used for regular services and for staff training.
At the end of January 2005, NVR-numbering was added: 93 81 2016 903-3. Also the equipment for ‘Zugsammelschiene’ was removed in order to get the loco also approved for Slovakia, where such system is not allowed because it could causes interruptions in signalling systems. When all this was done the loco was used for Petrolkoks-services Burghausen in Germany and Ziar nad Hronom in Slovakia. All this was done in March; on 18.03.2005. Finally the 2016 903 was transported to the OBB workshops in Linz for some blue paint and a larger fuel tank. In Vienna it got it's vynils and on 06.04.2005 then the loco was officially presented carrying LTE, DHL and European Bulls logos. Next to that the loco also got a name: Maria.