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Ceské dráhy 109E  
We had to wait for more than four years, but on 24 July 2008 the big day was there: the new Skoda 109E locomotive had its official roll-out. In Pilsen the blue and silver painted locomotive was presented for the international press that day. With the completion of the machine a whole new era has started for Skoda, presenting its first new electric locomotive development in fifteen years. With the 109E Skoda enters the third millennium with a product that has international ambitions and which does meet all the latest European standards. It is flexible and modular, has a top speed of 200 kph and is compatible with both AC and DC catenaries; basic characteristics of a multisystem locomotive nowadays.

The development of the 109E was initiated after the Czech national railways (CD) awarded Skoda with an order for 20 multisystem electrics in May 2004. The CD already started a first tender for new electrics back in 2002, but a second tender was needed, supported by European funds, to make it possible for the CD to really place an order. The CD plans on using their new locomotives, the designated CD 380 series, for passenger services on main corridors in their home country. Additionally, the CD plans on homologating the 380 series for Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

initial exterior design of the Skoda 109E

Very soon the first design impressions leaked, giving the world an idea how the exterior design of the 109E would be. What we saw was a very futuristic looking silver machine with a rounded cabs and side grids with diagonal lining. Porsche Design was responsible for this design, which immediately gave a face easy to recognize to the new and ambitious plans of Skoda.

revisited exterior design, meeting the EN15227 impact resistance standards

After that, the long and difficult phase started of making a feasible locomotive, able to fulfill its purpose, without loosing the original identity of the design. This process took around two years. In 2006 the final design was presented with a 1:20 scale model on the Innotrans 2006 international railway fair in Berlin. In December that year also a first body of the 1:1 scale version was ready for static testing. It was immediately clear that the looks of the 109E had changed drastically in the mean time.

the first complete body of a 109E is transported to for fatique tests at the end of 2006

Especially the construction of the cabins of the machine had to go through a long process of redesign to meet all the latest regulations concerning driver safety (e.g. fire resistance) and crash impact (deformation zones and energy absorption). Skoda states that the construction of the 109E corresponds to the specific characteristics of the Central European rail infrastructure. The 109E can deal with small curves and minimizes wear on the tracks. Last but not least, the 109E is prepared for installing ECTS, the European standard on board safety and signalling system.

Ceské dráhy 109E: news  
2016
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2016-12-02 [CN/EU] CRRC confirms plan to buy Škoda Transportation
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2016-08-11 [CZ] CD 380 013 in a new livery -Slovenská strela-
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2016-04-10 [CZ/DE] Rumors thicken: Czech railways want Vectron for services to Germany
2015
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2015-12-28 [DE/CZ] CD 380 series prepares for its debute in Germany
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2015-11-27 [CZ] 109E locomotive dispute: CD has to pay Skoda
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2015-09-15 [CZ] New livery for CD 380 011: Nostalgie [updated]
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2015-05-22 [CZ/DE] Skoda 109E approved for Germany
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2015-01-13 Meanwhile on facebook :)
2014
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2014-11-20 [HU/CZ] Driver instruction on CD 380 continious into GySEV territory
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2014-11-19 [CZ] CD 380 002 -Sportuj s námi-
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2014-10-23 [CZ/HU] CD 380s in service on Praha - Budapest
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2014-10-05 [HU] Driver training with CD Class 380 in Hungary [updated]
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2014-06-04 [DE] Skoda locomotives go to DB Systemtechnik
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2014-05-30 [CZ/DE] CD 380 series on Prague > Berlin ( > Hamburg) route
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2014-05-07 [DE] CD 380 series: tests in Germany
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2014-02-14 [PL/CZ] Poland grants Škoda’s 109E electrics full authorisation
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2014-01-30 [HU] More 109E locomotives in Hungary for approval
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2014-01-22 [CZ/HU] CD 380 003 and 014 in Hungary for acceptance
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2014-01-11 [CZ/AT] CD 380 series in service in Austria
2013
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2013-12-10 [AT] Analyzing parasitic current with 380.011 + 380.002
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2013-11-16 [CZ/AT] CD 380 authorised for Austria until 30.06.2014
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2013-10-24 [DE/PL] Transition tests Germany - Poland with Skoda 109E
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2013-10-13 [SK] CD 380 011 in Eastern Slovakia
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2013-10-02 [CZ/SK] CD 380 003 in Bratislava [edited]
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2013-09-10 [HU] Skoda 109E no. 380 011 tested in Hungary
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2013-06-28 [CZ] Presentation of Skoda 380 007 -Emil Zátopek-
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2013-05-18 [CZ] Portrait of the D1 Express
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2013-04-20 [CZ] Locomotive 109E received homologation according to TSI
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2013-03-29 [HU] Skoda 109E in Hungary [updatedx2]
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2013-03-28 [CZ] Adjustments on the CD 380 series
2012
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2012-10-11 [CZ] 380 009 and 013 now dedicated to new D1 Express
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2012-09-30 [CZ] D1 Express is coming [updated]
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2012-05-09 [CZ] CD 380 011 - Vlakem na Euro -
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2012-04-03 [PL] Vectron DC and Skoda 109E evaluated by PKP IC
2011
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2011-11-07 [AT/CZ] impounded CD 380 004 free again [update]
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2011-10-30 [DE] Skoda 109E with ALEX coaches in Germany
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2011-10-19 [DE] Skoda in the night
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2011-10-13 [PL] TRAKO 2011: Skoda 109E no.20
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2011-10-02 [DE] Skoda 109E in Germany, Austria and Switserland
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2011-03-20 [CZ/AT] CD class 380 in Austria
2010
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2010-12-21 [CZ] CD 380 007 in action
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2010-12-16 [CZ] Regular service with Skoda 109E has started
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2010-05-27 [CZ] Skoda 109E: first run at the public network
2008
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2008-12-08 [CZ] Skoda 109E reaches for 200 kph
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2008-09-25 [DE] Skoda 109E @ Innotrans 2008
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2008-09-06 [CZ] Skoda to Velim
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2008-07-28 [CZ] Skoda 109E revealed
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2008-01-16 [CZ] first Skoda 190E multi-system locomotive in service before 2009
Ceské dráhy 109E: trial phase  
380 001
As second machine of its type, CD 380 001 was presented to the outside world. While 380 002 already started dynamic trails at Velim (CZ), 380 001 was presented at the Innotrans 2008 international raileway fair in Berlin.

380 002
On 24.07.2008, one 109E locomotive was presented at the Skoda factory, this was 380 002. At 03.09.2008 it arrived in Velim, for dynamic trials.

In 2009 both 380 001 and 002 were present in Velim. Test were done in double traction. A 380 unit was even combined there with a Railjet-rake of the Austrian railways.


380 003
The third engine made its public debute in September 2009.



380 007 and 008
Unit 7 and 8 were the first to be used for trails during revenue service, starting in 2010.


380 011
Unit 11 was present at Innotrans 2010 in Berlin.

Ceské dráhy 109E: liveries  
Ceské dráhy 109E: Select your Locomotive:  
Škoda 9771 2008 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 001-8" 19 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9772 2008 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 002-6" 36 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9773 2009 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 003-4" 14 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9774 2009 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 004-2" 14 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9775 2009 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 005-9" 10 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9776 2009 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 006-7" 25 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9436 2010 109E0 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 007-5" 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Škoda 9778 2009 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 008-3" 13 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9779 2009 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 009-1" 9 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Škoda 9780 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 010-9" 12 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Škoda 9781 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 011-7" 33 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9782 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 012-5" 8 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9783 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 013-3" 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Škoda 9784 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 014-1" 11 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9785 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 015-8" 10 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9445 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 016-6" 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Škoda 9446 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 017-4" 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Škoda 9788 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 018-2" 9 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9789 2010 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 019-0" 12 picture(s) available        
Škoda 9449 2011 109E1 Bo'Bo'-el ČD  "380 020-8" 11 picture(s) available   revision data available