The 160 km/h / 100 mph fast class (E) 186 TRAXX racers have done more than just conquer the high-speed route on the Dutch Railways (NS). They can also be found in upmarket express train service. The HVG V250 trains from AnsaldoBreda were actually planned for service on the Dutch HSL-Zuid high-speed route. Leased E 186 units designed for 160 km/h / 100 mph had to jump in as replacements and were used in regular schedules starting in September of 2009 on the route Amsterdam – Schiphol – Rotterdam – Breda. In the wake of successful results, current planning foresees all ICRm trains with PRIO cars with "Sandwich" motive power (one locomotive at each end of the train) with the E 186 units. At present, the NS has available 20 leased E 186 units as well as 30 units of the newly ordered E 186 001-045.
Prototype: Dutch Railways (NS) class E 186 electric locomotive. The locomotive looks as it currently does in real life.