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Presentation of Deutsche Bahn's class 185 electric locomotive
Railway History Park, 16 December 2000
In 2000, MÁV and GYSEV/Raaberbahn announced a public procurement procedure for high-power, dual voltage electric locomotives. ADtranz (now Bombardier Transportation) competed with a passenger-train-, 200 km/h fast variant of the class 185 locomotives used by Deutsche Bahn. Since not one locomotive of this kind was built by then, ADtranz brought the 185 001 to Hungary to present to both Hungarian railway companies.
That time ADtranz did not win the tender. MÁV and GYSEV/Raaberbahn chose the Eurosprinter locomotive ES64 U2-V4 by Siemens (class 1047). But several years later, one member of this locomotive family - already called TRAXX - won MÁV's further tender for 25+25 locomotives. The new dual voltage, 160 km/h fast, class 480 locomotives were delivered from 2010.
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