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GREAT NEWS: CZ Loko Has Delivered the First Shunting Locomotives to PKP Intercity

GREAT NEWS: CZ Loko Has Delivered the First Shunting Locomotives to PKP Intercity
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14 / 11 / 2022

PKP Intercity's fleet has been strengthened by the first six diesel shunting locomotives produced by the Czech company CZ Loko. Ten such vehicles will be delivered to the Polish national carrier. The value of the entire contract is nearly PLN 40 million.

The light diesel locomotives will be used for shunting work and to assemble the carrier's carriages on the sidings of PKP Intercity's plants. The order is worth PLN 39.1 million net and is another step towards increasing the capabilities of the carrier's rolling stock. As part of the contract, CZ Loko will train the carrier's employees in locomotive operation. The Czech rolling stock manufacturer will also provide a four-year warranty and guarantee for the vehicles produced. The remaining locomotives will be delivered to PKP Intercity by the end of February 2023.

"I am pleased that despite the difficult market situation, we are managing not to slow down the pace of the largest investment programme in our company's history. An efficient rolling stock management process is crucial to serving the ever-increasing number of passengers, and shunting locomotives serve this purpose. The new light locomotives from CZ Loko will be a significant reinforcement of our fleet," says Jarosław Oniszczuk, a Member of the Board of PKP Intercity.

Target: nearly 430 locomotives in PKP Intercity in 2030

The light diesel shunting locomotives from CZ Loko are part of a consistently implemented investment programme, the largest in the company's history, PKP Intercity – Railway of Large Investments. By 2030, PKP Intercity's entire fleet will have been replaced with new or modernised locomotives, and the investments will increase safety and travel comfort.

PKP Intercity will spend PLN 24.5 billion gross on rolling stock investments. As a result, 429 locomotives of various types will be available in the carrier's fleet – 11% more than at present. The number of electric multiple units, appreciated by travellers, will also increase by 47% – there will be 109 of them. There will also be novelties in the carrier's fleet, such as 35 hybrid multiple units and 38 seven-car double-deck push-pull trainsets. To ensure a high level of travel comfort, PKP Intercity will also invest in the carriages purchase and modernisation – a total of 2,466 carriages will be in the fleet. Today, the value of the investments contracted by PKP Intercity as part of its rolling stock strategy already amounts to PLN 7 billion gross.

Continued investment in the locomotive fleet

Vehicles from CZ Loko are not the only locomotives that have strengthened the PKP Intercity fleet this year. From FPS – H. Cegielski in Poznań, 11 modernised universal locomotives of the new SU4220 series have already been delivered to the company this year. Thirteen such vehicles will be delivered to the company. They have been upgraded to a two-aggregate version with a 3kV DC power supply function for passenger coaches and were created as a result of upgrading classic SM42-series diesel locomotives. The vehicles gained two modern internal combustion engines, meeting the Stage V emission standard.

In August this year, PKP Intercity announced a tender for the purchase of 20 new single-system (3kV DC) electric locomotives. The locomotives will be adapted to a speed of 160 km/h allowing efficient use of the developed and modernised railway network. The vehicles will be designed to serve domestic relations. In addition, the locomotives will be equipped with ETCS level L1 and L2 safety systems. The opening of bids in this procedure took place in October of this year, and the stage of their analysis is currently underway.

In addition, the first of ten ordered multi-system locomotives manufactured by NEWAG will be delivered to the carrier next year. The right of an option included in the contract makes it possible to extend it by another five electric locomotives, giving a total of 15 locomotives, which will travel on tracks at speeds of up to 200 km/h, effectively using modernised railway lines. With the ability to run on railway lines with different power systems, the new vehicles will also be able to operate foreign services. The locomotives produced by the Nowy Sącz-based company will be approved for operation in six countries: Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary; in addition, they will be equipped with the ETCS Level 2 system, which means that the safety standard on the tracks will be raised. Another solution to be implemented will be a remote diagnostics system, which will allow real-time monitoring of operation and, therefore, even better operation.

A further 45 multi-system locomotives will strengthen the carrier's fleet as part of a project to purchase vehicles together with 38 seven-car push-pull double-deckers. In July this year. PKP Intercity announced the technical requirements for the vehicles. The company plans to select a contractor for the order later this year. The trains will be adjusted to a speed of 200 km/h.

At the end of October, PKP Intercity signed a contract with PESA Bydgoszcz for the delivery of 16 hybrid (electric-fuel) locomotives with a maximum speed of 160 km/h in electric traction and 120 km/h in diesel traction. These will be the first vehicles of this type in the company's fleet.

 

Source: PKP Intercity Press Releases

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