Lately we have informed you on the preliminairy type approval of the Vectron MS in the CZech Republic and Slovakia. On 10.11.2014 also Vectron DC locomotives were granted approval for 'commercial test service' on the Czech network. [update] The approval is restricted to lines from the PL/CZ border to the stations Petrovice u Karviné, Bohumín and Lichkov.
This permit is valid for the Polish Vectron DC locomotives with the service number 5 170 034 - 049. The first one of this batch is a white Siemens demonstrator locomotive. The others are red and in service of DB Schenker Polska.
DC locomotives can only run on a part of the Czech network of course, as the country is partially AC voltage territory. - MG/PK/PS