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Old January 4th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #741
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In 2015 the travel from Warsaw to Katowice will take 2:10 hrs. Using Pendolino, yes, but the same time would be achievable equally well also by using the traditional locomotive hauled trains. To my knowledge, the maximum speed on the refurbished Central Rail Line will be kept at 200 km/h.

By the way, the Polish version of Pendolino, contrary to its name, will not be tilting at all. Not a very significant factor on the route to Katowice, it's well projected from the very beginning and straight enough. A pity though, because its continuation towards Northern part of the country is different in its nature. The route Warsaw - Gdansk, once planned as a completely new and straight one, is finally being built just as the replacement of the old track, curvy enough for Pendolino to make real use of its tilting potential. A new (once) projected line to Gdansk would have been somewhat more expensive, but probably not that much in the final calculation, as close to 100% of this line's infrastructure will be brand new anyway.
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Old January 5th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #742
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In 2015 the travel from Warsaw to Katowice will take 2:10 hrs. Using Pendolino, yes, but the same time would be achievable equally well also by using the traditional locomotive hauled trains. To my knowledge, the maximum speed on the refurbished Central Rail Line will be kept at 200 km/h.
What locomotives? We have only 10 Siemens locomotives theoretically* capable to run 200km/h and most of them are assigned to operate on the BWE and BGE trains.
* ETCS equipment is installed only on one Siemens.

200km/h on CMK is short term goal, in longer perspective 230km/h (I hope 250km/h) would be available. Track bed, track structure, track geometry, bridges, catenary (overhead lines) etc. on refurbished sections meet the requirements for speeds up to 250km/h (some of these elements even for more).

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The route Warsaw - Gdansk, once planned as a completely new and straight one, is finally being built just as the replacement of the old track, curvy enough for Pendolino to make real use of its tilting potential.
It's debatable. Calculations made ​​by PKP Intercity didn't confirm that.
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Old January 5th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #743
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What locomotives? We have only 10 Siemens locomotives theoretically* capable to run 200km/h and most of them are assigned to operate on the BWE and BGE trains.
The Siemens ES64U4 can theoretically* achieve 230km/h . Polish PKP Intercity have indeed 10 Siemens locomotives now, but we are talking about the purchase choices, don't we? Anyway, I'm not the proper person to express any cardinal judgements concerning this issue. On the other hand, the significance of tilting Pendolinos on the route to Gdansk should not be neglected either.
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Old January 5th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #744
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The Siemens ES64U4 can theoretically* achieve 230km/h
Not with classic cars.

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Polish PKP Intercity have indeed 10 Siemens locomotives now, but we are talking about the purchase choices, don't we?
What choices? The choice has been made. It took few years and now it's done.

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Anyway, I'm not the proper person to express any cardinal judgements concerning this issue. On the other hand, the significance of tilting Pendolinos on the route to Gdansk should not be neglected either.
Why not? Time savings are to small to balance costs of tilting mechanism. PKP Intercity has decided what is better for them. Now some specialists pick holes in it.
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Old January 6th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #745
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Agree. Tilting cars would save couple of minutes on Warsaw-Gdansk line. It is not worth overpaying.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #746
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Offers in tender for 10 diesel locomotives for PKP Intercity was today. It was actually the second tender in this case - the first one was a flap, because of impossibility of choosing winner (there was a swindle with Pesa's offer: that company offered the 15-years maintance for only a 0,01 PLN per km and it was appealed as ' glaringly low price '). It's interesting (and as for it I decided to write it) because it's the first tender in Poland for a long time in which the only bidders are Polish companies - Pesa and Newag. Pesa might deliver locos cheaper (131 mln PLN vs. 160 mln PLN), but the delivery price criterion might give maximally 45% of points in this tender, so there's no possibility to indicate the winner right now.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #747
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Modernization of Kozłów - Kraków section (part of Warszawa - Kraków connection):



Station Tunel modernization is finished. Now trains are allowed to pass through this station with max speed 100km/h (earlier it was 40km/h). It was the slowest section between Central Rail Line and Kraków.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #748
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Several meters height railway bridge construction concrete and metal in Rutki no longer fulfills its original function, but it allows tourists to enjoy the magnificent view of the river Radunia and next to a hydroelectric power plant.

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Old January 13th, 2014, 10:36 PM   #749
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Modernization of Warsaw - Gdansk line. Gdansk - Tczew section.
In first 3 minutes visible construction works on extension of SKM (Commuter rail in Gdansk) including construction of new train station and covering tracks for future commercial development above station.

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Dzisiejszy przejazd z Gdańska do Tczewa. Prace z Wrzeszcza do Pruszcza są praktycznie skończone. Najbardziej drażnią te nieotwarte przejścia podziemne w Gdańsku przez które wagonowy pociąg traci ze 3 minuty.
Liczyłem nagrać czas przejazdu 22 minuty ale 'niestety' pociąg jechał planowo i się niespecjalnie spieszyło mu bo w końcu w rozkładzie ma pół godziny na ten odcinek

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Old January 13th, 2014, 10:38 PM   #750
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Not with classic cars.
What do you mean with 'classic cars'? Yes, existing coaches in Poland may not be suitable for those speeds. However coaches suitable for 230 km/h exist; just take a look at Railjet.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 12:19 PM   #751
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What do you mean with 'classic cars'? Yes, existing coaches in Poland may not be suitable for those speeds. However coaches suitable for 230 km/h exist; just take a look at Railjet.
Which PKPIC would have to buy... Siemens Viaggio Comfort isn't classic coach.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #752
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Old January 16th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #753
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Today:

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Polish regional train operator decentralised
16 Jan 2014

POLAND: The local divisions of country-wide regional train operator Przewozy Regionalne gained autonomy with effect from January 1, giving them greater management freedom accompanied by decentralised accounting, cost allocation and debts.

PR was originally formed by transferring the regional passenger activities of national railway PKP to the collective ownership of the voivodships. Mazowieckie and Śląskie voivodships subsequently set up their own operators to replace PR in their regions, leaving PR as the local train operator in 14 of the 16 voivodships.

It is hoped that decentralisation will increase financial clarity, with the voivodships better able to identify where costs are being incurred. A central PR audit unit will provide monitoring and oversight.
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New Newag 220M Railbus for the Regional Transport









It will be driving in the Pomorze and the Opole region. 2 have been built so far.

There are 60 sitting places, 2 places for wheelchairs, 4 places for bicycles and wifi.

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Old January 19th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #755
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Traveling TLK Wiking Lubliniec-Gliwice-Katowice

0:48 Railway Gliwice- Katowice


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KRAKOW - New Train Station

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When it will be opened?
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looks amazing, the lovely old 1850's Krakow station will become a small screen, retro and indie cinema complex.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 04:08 PM   #760
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First of twenty new PKP InterCity's Pendolino presentation in main polish cities:

Wrocław Główny (Wroclaw main station)


Kraków Główny (Krakow main station)


Katowice (Silesian Metropolis main station)


Poznań Główny (Poznan main station)


Warszawa Gdańska (Warsaw station)


Gdańsk - Stadion Expo (TRAKO - International Railway Fair near Gdansk station)

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