POLISH State Railways (PKP) subsidiary PKP Intercity has awarded a Zlotys 39.1m ($US 10.6m) contract to CZ Loko, Czech Republic, for the supply of 10 new EffiShunter 300 diesel shunting locomotives. 

The two-axle units will primarily be used for light shunting at depots and sidings, and will be deployed at important railway junctions such as Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wroclaw, Katowice and Krakow.

The units are equipped with 328kW Caterpillar C13 diesel engines and the Polish SHP national train control system.

The first locomotive will be delivered within 18 months of signing, with the full fleet delivered within two years. As part of the contract, CZ Loko will provide training to PKP Intercity employees and will provide a four-year warranty for the units. 

The fleet order is part of the ‘PKP Intercity - Large Investments Railway’ rolling stock strategy, through which PKP plans to invest Zlotys 19bn in new rolling stock by 2030. The plans include investments in modern locomotives, EMUs, freight wagons and push-pull double-deck coaches. The investments are intended to increase efficiency and offer significant reductions in CO2 emissions, in line with the principles of the European Green Deal. 

“We have a very comprehensive approach to the Polish rail modernisation programme,” says Mr Krzysztof Mamiński, president of the management board of PKP. “We care not only about the reconstruction of railway stations, the modernisation of railway lines, and the provision of a fleet of modern trains, but we also invest in infrastructure and rolling stock for technical maintenance of trains.” 

The contract follows the launch of a new tender by freight subsidiary PKP Cargo for five multi-system locomotives last month, which closed for submission of new bids on February 15.  

Two locomotives will be delivered before October 31 2022, with the remaining three arriving before November 30 2022. 

The locomotives will have a minimum tractive effort greater than 300kN, a maximum axle load effort of 221kN/axle, and a maximum track gradient of 10‰ with an 1800-tonne train. The units will also be authorised to operate with ETCS Level 1 and 2 in Poland and Austria by the delivery date, and in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany by the end of 2023. 

The tender replaces a previous call for bids announced in April 2020, which was withdrawn in November. 

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