[PL] IPS Tabor and Pesa present: the first 19D modernization locomotive

Polish rail vehicle institute IPS Tabor has been working on the development of a modernized version of the Polish type SM48 diesel locomotive. The project is jointly performed with PESA Bydgoszcz and co-financed by the Polish National Research and Development Center.

The six-axle loco has been given the type designation 19D and, according to IPS Tabor, the concept would have to meet the following general requirements:

  • modern diesel engine(s) meeting Stage IIIB emission legislation
  • modern generators
  • electric circuit meeting the requirements for interference and noise
  • drives supporting the use of alternating current motors
  • a modern brake system with pneumatic parking brake
  • microprocessor control system and diagnostics of the drive and the entire locomotive
  • modern cabins with new acoustic and thermal insulation, and modern air conditioner (or cooler) and other sanitary facilities for improved ease of use
  • upgraded bogies improving running characteristics, improving the tightness of the transmission, improving the durability of the rim (as a result of flange lubrication systems) and improving the durability of the traction motors (change of insulation)
  • modern detection systems, alarms and fire extinguishing for all systems
Proposed cabin interior design of the 19D diesel locomotive. Graphic: IPS Tabor

Meanwhile, the project has left the drawing board and is being executed at the Pesa works in Bydgoszcz, where a first prototype locomotive has reached an advanced stage of construction:

The prototype locomotve type 19D. Photo: Kolej na kawę
The 19D locomotive, marked as TEM2-154 on test drive on route Bydgoszcz <-> Laskowice Pomorskie. Photo: Kolej na kawę