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Polish private rail freight operator STK has entered into service three brand new Dragon 2 locomotives designed and produced by Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag. The carrier is the third to obtain these type of units during the last month.
STK will use Dragon 2 locomotives to deliver mostly bulk cargo from the Polish town of Silesia to the Baltic ports of Gdynia and Świnoujście. The operation network of the new units is determined by OT Logistics Group that owns STK, several barge terminals on the Oder and other seaport facilities in Gdynia and Świnoujście. STK intends to purchase more Dragon 2 locomotives in 2019-2022. The number of these units will be announced later.
The first Dragon 2 electric locomotive was presented by Newag in July 2018. It is a new generation of Dragon platform having been developed by Newag since 2009. The six-axle locomotive is capable to pull a 40-car freight train with a brutto weight of 3200 tonnes. The Dragon 2 unit can speed up to 120 kilometres per hour. The main feature of this type is its ETCS level 2 safety system and compatibility with Technical Specifications of Interoperability (TSI 2014).
Polish rail freight companies operate 15 Dragon locomotives of the first generation as well as seven units of the second version. Besides STK, two other Polish freight operators, PKP Cargo and CTL Logistics, received four Dragon 2 locomotives in December 2018. Newag has a strong competitor on the Polish rolling stock market. Pesa company also produces electric locomotives, Gama series, but they are used mostly by passenger transport companies like PKP Intercity.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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