Czech Railways is negotiating the sale of 380 series locomotives to a freight carrier in Turkey.

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This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.

The company faces a difficult choice: sell itself at a loss or pay another hundred million for ETCS.

Twenty locomotives of the 380 series from Škoda Transportation can be used in Turkey, but not on Czech rails.

Czech Railways has been negotiating with a Turkish freight carrier for several months to sell these locomotives, which, with the fine, have become one of the most expensive traction machines in the world.

The information was confirmed to the daily newspaper by two independent sources from the Czech Railways.

Czech Railways does not officially comment on communication with the Turkish carrier.

This is not surprising: as early as autumn 2020, Czech Railways began offering locomotives.

They offered carriers long-term leases. Turkey has a big advantage: in the local network there is no obligation to use the ETCS security device, which these locomotives do not have.

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Czech Railways is now choosing the company to install ETCS locomotives on the third try.

Next week is the deadline for submitting applications for participation in the competition for the installation of the system. The previous two competitions ended due to too high prices.

Thus, the Czech Railways decides which option is worse: to sell the locomotives at a loss or to invest another hundred million crowns in the security system.

The Czech carrier has twenty locomotives of the 380 series, so with an ETCS price of about 20 million kroons, one of the locomotives will cost at least 400 million kroons.

If the locomotives are sold, the company will almost certainly suffer losses.

However, investing in a security device will further increase the cost of acquiring it.

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