Poland - PKP Cargo

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A class ET22 electric cargo locomotive at the station of Ostroleka. The six axle ET22 is still today a very common cargo locomotive in Poland, especially with heavier trains. They were built by Pafawag 1969-1989. It weighs 120 tons, has a maximum speed of 125 km/h and operates only under the Polish 3000 V DC electric system. Over 1100 of these locomotives were produced and that explains why it is even today so common. Picture from Ostroleka 27.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Two more ET22 locomotives used as a pair. Picture from Ostroleka station 27.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same two ET22 locomotives as in the picture above. Note that the machine closest to the photographer has recently been partly renovated and the drivers' cab now has an airconditioning system installed on the roof. Also the headlight lamp over the winscreen window is different now. Picture from Ostroleka station 27.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Poland is full of old SM42 switcher diesels, but this one does not even remotely resemble one, even though the text SM42 is clearly painted on its sides. It is a totally rebuilt SM42, modified by the company Newag and it is now a totally new machine. Picture in Suwalki 3.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Poland used to be absolutely full of SM42 and SU42 locomotives, made by Fablok. And in the old days they all were light green, just like most other Polish locomotives as well. These two types look the same. SM42 is the pure shunter versio, SU42 (U for universal) was also intended for main line use. There are still many of them in use and many are also being totally rebuilt, as can be seen from this page. This one and its comrades however, have found a resting place at the Chojnice scrapyard of outdated trains. Picture from Chojnice 5.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The type SU45 was a real universal machine (S stands for diesel, U for universal). It was used both in long distance passenger trains as well as heavy cargo trains. A couple of them may still be in use, but most -like this one - have ended up at scrapyards. They were built by Cagielski 1970-76 and they had engines from Fiat. Picture from Chojnice 5.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.


In Nordic countries timber transport does not usually happen like this, with wagons designed for coal transport, but in Poland it does. Picture in Jastrowie 5.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.


...and it wasn't just one or two logs 8-) Picture in Jastrowie 5.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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