ELL wins tender in the Netherlands – ELL Vectron’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ to lead the NightJet

Night owls take note. From the end of 2020, passengers travelling from Amsterdam to Vienna (and back) will be able to take the NightJet. This move sees the Netherlands reconnected to the European overnight network for the first time since 2016. Ensuring passengers reach their destinations quickly and safely will be two locomotives from ELL’s fleet. Overnight travel on the Amsterdam – Vienna line requires state-of-the-art, powerful and reliable locomotives capable of running international passenger transport services at speeds up to 200 km/h. The Vectron A10 ‘Flying Dutchman’ (this corridor connects the North Sea to the Black Sea) from our fleet (two locomotives) is the perfect solution. The first trial runs for the NightJet have been successfully completed. Moving forward, passengers now have a comfortable and cost-effective alternative to air travel on these routes.


The trains are operated by NS, the Dutch railways. ELL emerged as the winner of the contract thanks to its many years of experience in 200 km/h passenger transport and the high availability and reliability of its fleet. We are delighted about cooperating in this exciting project with NS, DB and ÖBB and are proud to make our contribution towards achieving the CO2 target in Europe. We would like to wish the first two locomotives a successful start!