The first diesel locomotive modernised for PKP Intercity is ready

On June 11th , the moder­ni­sa­tion of the first out of twenty die­sel SM42 loco­mo­ti­ves for PKP Inter­city was com­ple­ted. NEWAG S.A. will hand it over to the car­rier for ope­ra­tion in July this year. The loco­mo­ti­ves will pull tra­ins to tourist desti­na­tions such as on the route Gdy­nia — Hel or Kłodzko – Kudowa Zdrój during the sum­mer season. The pro­ject value is nearly PLN 77 million.

Under the con­tract signed with PKP Inter­city, NEWAG will  moder­nise twenty SM42 loco­mo­ti­ves, inc­lu­ding ten single-generator locos (18D type) equ­ip­ped with the battery-powered drive mode as well as ten double-generator loco­mo­ti­ves (6D1 type) equ­ip­ped with the elec­tric power sup­ply sys­tem for the train set.

The scope of the moder­ni­sa­tion inc­lu­ded con­struc­ting  a com­ple­tely new loco body with only the frame, bogies and fuel tanks rema­ining from the old  loco. It was equ­ip­ped with a modern spring-actuated brake sys­tem, spring-applied par­king brake and with  spe­cial crash buf­fers which absorb crash energy. The loco­mo­tive also has a micro­pro­ces­sor con­trol sys­tem, an elec­tro­nic fuel con­sump­tion moni­to­ring sys­tem, a fire detec­tion and extin­gu­ishing sys­tem, a GPS, a modern tacho­graph and moni­to­ring with an event recor­der. A modern, air-conditioned driver’s  cab has been  fit­ted with two ergo­no­mic con­trol panels and amenities.

“These loco­mo­ti­ves con­sti­tute the second gene­ra­tion of SM42 die­sel loco­mo­ti­ves moder­ni­sed by  NEWAG S.A. We have applied modern and tested tech­ni­cal and func­tio­nal solu­tions based on our pre­vious expe­rience with over­hau­ling more than 150 loco­mo­ti­ves. These loco­mo­ti­ves are used by nume­rous Polish train ope­ra­tors and the tech­ni­cal and design solu­tions applied are com­pa­ti­ble with the new loco­mo­ti­ves,” said Maciej Górow­ski, Deputy Head of the Rese­arch and Deve­lop­ment Depart­ment at NEWAG S.A.