[PL / Expert] The tipping point? New versus modernized locomotives for PKP Intercity

PKP Intercity has invited interested companies to submit bids for overhaul + modernization of 20 electric locomotives series EU07/EP07, including increasing their maximum speed from 125 km/h to 160 km/h. Will this result in a new contract? We will soon find out. First, a bit of history about this kind of projects, Łukasz Piotrowski is here to give you the complete overview:

The “fast” locomotives fleet on PKP Intercity

The vehicle fleet of the passenger operator comprises different types of locomotives, with a top speed above 125 km/h:

  • EU07A: 3 locomotives (maximum speed 160km/h);
  • EP08: 9 locomotives (maximum speed 140km/h);
  • EP09: 46 locomotives (maximum speed 160km/h);
  • EU44: 10 locomotives (maximum speed 230km/h, in Poland for now only 160 km/h).

Most of these more than 30 years old, having more than one main overhaul on their CV, next to incidental repairs after a collision for example, or other corrective maintenance). The youngest vehicles are the EU44s, but these are normally assigned to the international trains between Warsaw/Gdynia and Berlin.

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