LOTOS Kolej enters the Siemens locomotives club

The Polish railway carrier LOTOS Kolej acquired and presented a state-of-the-art Vectron MS locomotive built by Siemens Mobility. The new addition to its fleet will endorse the fast-growing intermodal transport activities in Poland.

The locomotive was purchased with the help of EU funds originating from the Centre for EU Transport Projects (CUPT). LOTOS is not the only company operating the Vectron locomotives in Poland. Sixty such locomotives currently serve the Polish network by rail carriers like GARGOUNIT, DB Cargo Polska, PKP CARGO, and Laude Smart Intermodal.

More intermodal

With the new purchase, LOTOS Kolej’s ambition is clear. The Polish company wants to support its intermodal operations and state firmly that it is a competitive intermodal player. “We are pleased that the locomotive will soon add to our resources. The purchase of a multi-system locomotive allows for comprehensive implementation of intermodal transport in international relations”, said Anatol Kupryciek, president of the management board of LOTOS Kolej.

The locomotive’s presentation in Gdansk.

“The locomotive was purchased to support intermodal transport, which is experiencing a real boom in Poland and is growing by over a dozen per cent year on year. This shows that LOTOS Kolej is very comfortable on the market, investing in modern rolling stock that can run without stopping throughout Europe,” commented Krzysztof Celiński, president of Siemens Mobility.

Vectron’s characteristics

Vectron MS locomotives have a capacity of 6,4 megawatts and reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. Moreover, they are equipped with the ETCS system (Baseline 3 Release 2), making it suitable for use in countries like Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and many more.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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