Poland - private cargo trains

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DB Cargo (DB Schenker Rail Polska)

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A class 66 locomotive of the German DB Cargo (formerly DB Schenker Rail Polska) hauling a heavy coal train. Note the UIC table at the side of the locomotive: The machine is still in UK register. Photo from Rybnik 29.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another class 66 diesel of DB Cargo in UK register hauling a heavy coal train. Photo from Rybnik 29.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Germany lost in WWII its precious coal mines of upper Silesia, but today it's again German DB trains that haul the coal there. Photo from Rybnik 29.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This incredible and odd looking creature is a totally renewed old Russian M62 locomotive. It has been rebuilt beyond recognition and it is not immediately eveident from the picture either, but it actually belongs to DB Cargo. DB uses it for transporting Silesian coal to the ports by the Baltic Sea. Photo from Rybnik 29.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another picture of the same rebuilt M62 as above. Only the undercarriage structures and bogies are left from the original Russian locomotive. Photo from Rybnik 29.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This is a new Siemens Vectron, class 5170 of DB Schenker Rail Polska, here rented for trial purposes to PKP Intercity. Picture from Krakow Glowny 7.3.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Freightliner

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A class 66 locomotive of the British company Freightliner, moved from Britain to Poland and here parked at a siding near the small village of Papierna in eastern Poland. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 25.6.2015.

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The class 66 is something very British and very odd in the Polish countryside, but there is a paper factory in Papierna, which probably is the reason why the machine was there, engines running. Picture in Papierna by Ilkka Siissalo 25.6.2015.

Lotos Kolej

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Lotos is a large petroleum and chemical industry company, which has its own railway subsidiary Lotos Kolej (Lotos railroads>). This picture is from the main depot of Lotos Kolej in Gdansk. The locomotive is an old PKP diesel switcher of the class SM42, but modernised by the company Newag and operated by Lotos. Picture in Gdansk 4.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another SM42 switcher. This one is owned by the company Wiskol, but it operates on behalf of Lotos Kolej. Picture in Gdansk 4.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Lotos bought a number of old Czech electric locomotives of the Czech class 181 as it was fairly straightforward to get them registered in Poland too. In Poland they became class 3150 and as is evident from the pictures, the machines retained their Czech registration numbers in addition to the new Polish ones. The model is a six axle heavy electric loco built by Škoda Works 1961-62. Picture in Gdansk 4.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Lotos has about 80 km of its own tracks near the huge petroleum refinery that the group owns in Gdansk. Picture in Gdansk 4.4.2017 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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