September 28, 2017

PKP Intercity and Pesa to develop bi-mode locomotive

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A Pesa Gama Marathon last-mile locomotive for Rail Capital Partners is on display at Trako this week. A Pesa Gama Marathon last-mile locomotive for Rail Capital Partners is on display at Trako this week.

IRJ at Trako 12th International Railway Fair, Gdansk, Poland: Polish long-distance operator PKP Intercity signed an agreement with Pesa Bydgoszcz and Poland’s Institute of Rail Vehicles (IPS Tabor) in Gdansk on September 27 to develop a new-generation main-line electro-diesel locomotive.

Pesa will be responsible for designing the TSI-compliant locomotive, with IPS Tabor acting as subcontractor. PKP Intercity will act as a consultant and operator, testing the prototype locomotive for an initial period of 12 months. The prototype will be owned by Pesa and PKP Intercity will have rights to purchase a production variant of the design.

The locomotive will have a maximum output of 2.8MW in electric mode and 1.8MW under diesel power.

PKP Intercity says the project will combine its know-how in the operation of diesel locomotives with Pesa’s experience in the production of electric locomotives capable of last-mile diesel operation in a project which supports the objectives of the Luxtorpeda 2.0 programme, which aims to stimulate the development of modern rolling stock.

The project will be split into four stages and a committee will be established with representatives of each of the partner organisations, which will be responsible for approving each phase of the programme.

Co-financing for the project is being provided by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) through its Innotabor programme.

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