The Rätische Bahn had problems with the number of shunting locomotives in the 1980’s. The Ge 2/4 locos had more and more problems, due to their age (over 70 years). They also lacked enough power. Together with the second serie Ge 4/4 locomotives, the Rhätische Bahn order 2 modern and powerfull locos: Ge 3/3.
The 2 machines came in service in 1984 with the numbers 214 and 215.