LTG Cargo Polska acquires new locomotives

Image: LTG Cargo

The Polish subsidiary of LTG Cargo acquired four new locomotives that will help it undertake rail freight operations in Poland. The locomotives belong to the Gama 111Ed locomotives with the Marathon operating system, manufactured by the Polish company PESA Bydgoszcz.

The Gama Marathons are diesel-electric locomotives used by multiple companies in Poland. LTG Cargo Polska sealed the acquisition deal with Rail Capital Partners, a rolling stock leasing company that will provide the locomotives to the carrier, as the Polish website Rynek Kolejovy reports.

A Gama Marathon locomotive operated by Lotos Kolej. The same type of locomotive was acquired by LTG Cargo Polska. Source: PESA Bydgoszcz.

Now with its own drivers

In late December, LTG Cargo Polska gained the right to operate trains in Poland using its own drivers. As the company narrates, “trains operated by LTG Cargo drivers to Poland ran only to the first border station – Trakiškės – due to the need for bilateral agreements between the railways and the certification of drivers”. For this reason, drivers from the company were trained theoretically and practically in Poland to be eligible to operate trains in the country. “After passing the necessary exams, two fully trained instructors of the Instruction Group in the Kaunas region and 14 drivers in Vilnius and Kaunas Train Control Groups can drive independently in Poland,” concludes the company.

Presence in Poland ramping up

LTG Cargo established its Polish subsidiary in 2020 when it signed a joint activity agreement with PKP Cargo for intermodal transportation to diversify its operations and reach out to international markets. In the same context, it opened a Ukrainian subsidiary as well.

Later, in February 2021, PKP Cargo and LTG Cargo submitted a request at the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection to establish a joint carrier. The two companies wanted to establish a joint logistics operator that would function as an intermodal carrier between Lithuania, Poland, Italy and Germany. LTG and PKP collaborating so strongly in combination with the latest developments indicates that there is much space for the Lithuanian carrier to grow in the Polish market

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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