IMPULS trains in full force already serving SKA passengers

All of the modern IMPULS tra­ins orde­red from NEWAG have alre­ady star­ted serving train routes in the Mało­pol­ska Pro­vince. These are low-noise and com­for­ta­ble tra­ins featu­ring wi-fi, elec­tric soc­kets, bicycle racks and ame­ni­ties for the disa­bled, to name a few. The last IMPULS train han­ded over was the hun­dredth elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit manu­fac­tu­red by NEWAG. This train was offi­cially han­ded over to Jacek Krupa, Mar­shal of the Pro­vince by Zbi­gniew Konie­czek, Pre­si­dent and CEO of NEWAG at Cracow’s Main Train Sta­tion on Fri­day, Febru­ary 24, 2017. This was a sym­bo­lic way to fina­lise the EU pro­ject under which the Pro­vince pur­cha­sed 13 state-of-the-art trains.

The IMPULS tra­ins for Mało­pol­ska region were manu­fac­tu­red in over a year and they cost more than PLN 300 mil­lion. In total, the Pro­vince autho­ri­ties pur­cha­sed five five-unit EMUs and eight four-unit EMUs. The first tra­ins star­ted servi­cing the routes as early as Decem­ber last year (six EMUs: four five-unit IMPULS 45WE and two four unit IMPULS 31 WE EMUs). The next EMUs reached Mało­pol­ska and star­ted run­ning on Szybka Kolej Miej­ska – SKA [Fast Urban Rail­ways] in Febru­ary 2017.
“ Inve­st­ment pro­jects of this kind are chan­ging the face of rail­way trans­port. In the last seve­ral years, with a great sup­port from the EU funds, we have pur­cha­sed in total 44 state-of-the-art tra­ins which have ensu­red a totally dif­fe­rent quality of tra­vel­ling by train in Mało­pol­ska. Howe­ver, I can ensure you that this is not the end of inve­st­ments in buil­ding rail trans­port for 21st cen­tury,” said Jacek Krupa, Mar­shal of the Mało­pol­ska Province.

“ I am very proud that the 100th elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit from IMPULS family pro­du­ced by  NEWAG from Nowy Sącz will be car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in the Mało­pol­ska region. This 100th train was manu­fac­tu­red in Nowy Sącz and desi­gned in full by our engi­ne­ers in Nowy Sącz and Kra­ków. I would like to wish lots of suc­cess to Koleje Mało­pol­skie and I hope they will double the num­ber of their pas­sen­gers,’ said Zbi­gniew Konie­czek, Pre­si­dent of NEWAG S.A.

The new tra­ins meet strict TSI Euro­pean stan­dards (PRM, TSI NOI, TSI LOK&PAS, TSI SRT and TSI CCS), which has led to an incre­ased tra­vel­ling com­fort for Mało­pol­ska pas­sen­gers, in par­ti­cu­lar for disa­bled pas­sen­gers and pas­sen­gers with redu­ced mobi­lity. Pas­sen­gers tra­vel in quiet, air-conditioned inte­riors, equ­ip­ped with ergo­no­mic seats, Inter­net access and elec­tric soc­kets. The tra­ins feature state-of-the-art visual and audio pas­sen­ger infor­ma­tion sys­tem, moni­to­ring and pas­sen­ger coun­ting sys­tem. Each four-unit IMPULS can carry 200 pas­sen­gers on seats (inc­lu­ding 16 on fol­ding seats) and the five-unit EMU car­ries 250 pas­sen­gers on seats (inc­lu­ding 20 on fol­ding seats).

IMPULS EMUs are eco­no­mi­cal and safe – they have low energy con­sump­tion due to energy recu­pe­ra­tion to over­head lines while bra­king. The tra­ins are also com­pliant with strict Euro­pean cra­sh­wor­thi­ness and col­li­sion stan­dards (C1 accor­ding to EN 15227  and PII accor­ding to EN 12663). IMPULS tra­ins can tra­vel with an ope­ra­tio­nal speed of 160 km/h.