On October 25, PKP Cargo and Newag signed the contract for the acquisition of three six-axle Dragon 2 locomotives. The total value of the contract is PLN 45.3 million (EUR 10.5 million).
The locomotives are already produced and wait for Office of Rail Transport’s approval which is expected to be awarded by the end of this year.
The Dragon 2 locomotive is the only six-axle electric vehicle with an approval for operation in Poland. Dragon 2 is fully compliant with TSI (Technical Specifications of Interoperability) and it is also fitted ETCS Level 2.
The locomotive traction parameters allow the transport of heavy goods trains with a freight volume of 4,000 tonnes. Dragon 2 locomotive will reduce the level of noise and reduces the energy losses by 50%.
In July, the two Polish companies signed a letter of intent on the acquisition of Dragon 2 locomotives.
Currently, PKP Cargo is implementing an ambitious rolling stock programme. The operator has published a notice on the market recognition relating to new four and six-axle locomotives. The analysis of manufacturers’ proposals will show PKP Cargo what type of vehicles, what technical and traction capabilities is able to purchase which will allow to better prepare future tenders.
In addition, this September, the company has launched the tender for the acquisition of 936 flat wagons to renew its rolling stock fleet.