20 locomotives for PKP Intercity

On Sep­tem­ber 25, 2013, during the second day of the TRAKO Inter­na­tio­nal Rail­way Fair, Newag S.A. signed a con­tract with PKP Inter­city for moder­ni­sing  twenty SM42 die­sel loco­mo­ti­ves. The Nowy Sącz com­pany will earn more than PLN 76 mil­lion for deli­ve­ring the loco­mo­ti­ves under the con­tract. The car­rier will obtain part of the funds needed to imple­ment this pro­ject from the EU Infra­struc­ture and Envi­ron­ment Programme. 

In the scope of the moder­ni­sa­tion, the loco’s power will be boosted to 800 — 1000 kW, and its maxi­mum speed will be incre­ased at east to 90 km/h. Half of the locos to be moder­ni­sed, apart from having their old die­sel engi­nes repla­ced with the new ones, will be fit­ted with the sys­tems ena­bling  tra­ins to be powe­red by electricity.

As a result of the moder­ni­sa­tion, loco­mo­ti­ves will make less noise and pro­duce less exhaust fumes. The moder­ni­sed rol­ling stock will have cer­ti­fi­ca­tes  of con­for­mity with cur­rent valid envi­ron­men­tal, safety and inte­ro­pe­ra­bi­lity stan­dards (com­pliant with the EU Tech­ni­cal Spe­ci­fi­ca­tions for Inte­ro­pe­ra­bi­lity – TSI)  as well as the Direc­tive No 2004/26 spe­ci­fy­ing the requ­ire­ments  con­cer­ning exhaust-gas emis­sions by die­sel engi­nes of rail vehicles.

Moder­ni­sed loco­mo­ti­ves will be used in holi­day seasons to drive tra­ins to  tourist desti­na­tions for exam­ple ope­ra­ting on such routes as Gdy­nia — Hel, Kłodzko — Kudowa Zdrój, Olsz­tyn — Bra­niewo,  which pre­sen­tly are not elec­tri­fied. They will also be used for shun­ting ope­ra­tions of PKP Inter­city tra­ins per­for­med at the hub sta­tions of War­szawa Gro­chów, Wro­cław Główny, Kra­ków Pro­ko­cim, Gdy­nia Gra­bó­wek, Olsz­tyn and Szczecin.

The deadline for the order deli­very is not later than 18 mon­ths since signing the contract.