Pursuant to the contract signed on 4 April this year, 60 diesel locomotives, SM48 series will be modernised from October 2018 to May 2021, including a series upgrade to ST48; modernisation will consist of constructing a new bodywork in a module technology, replacement of the generator unit, the braking installation, as well as auxiliary machines and devices. Locomotives will be equipped with a modern steering system and a new ergonomic operator’ cabin, and will be adjusted to one-person operation. The contract also includes the supply of software and a licence required to operate the locomotive, and a set of specialist tools for diagnostics and repairs of the diesel engine.
“The concluded contract is a part of the Company’s strategy aiming at consistent increase of market shares and building competitive advantage. This is also a response to market needs, especially in terms of an increase in aggregate transport that we will be facing in the coming years. Modern construction solutions applied during the modernisation allow improving traction performance with a simultaneous substantial decrease of fuel consumption and an improvement of the availability rate. The beneficial influence of modernisation of locomotives on the natural environment thanks to the replacement of diesel engines is also important”, said Czesław Warsewicz, the President of the Management Board of PKP CARGO S.A.
“We are happy that we can continue the process of modernising diesel locomotives SM48 series for PKP CARGO S.A. In the years 2013-2016 we have already modernized 30 units. Experience gained during this period as well as our modern technologies and professional team guarantee full and timely performance of the contract”, added Zbigniew Konieczek, the President of the Management Board of Newag S.A.
(Source: PKP Cargo)