On 31.01.2018 EP Cargo signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation for the delivery of two TRAXX AC3 locomotives. Both 187s were ordered for by EP Cargo Deutschland – based in Berlin – to haul fly ash and gypsum trains from Brandenburg and Sachsen to Stralsund. The trains come from power plants of Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke, like EP Cargo part of the EPH Group.
The first locomotive, delivered on 27.03.2018, was EP Cargo 187 085 - the next one in a series of ‘basic’ TRAXX AC3 locomotives without Last Mile diesel shunting module and no homologations for countries outside of Germany. Similar locomotives have previously been sold to RheinCargo (187 070-079) and DB Cargo (187 080-084).