PKP’s Class ET22 Co’Co’ electrics, designed for freight duties, were built between 1969 and 1989 at the Pafawag works in Wrocław, an establishment which now belongs to Bombardier Transportation. Their type designation was 201E, and no fewer than 1,183 were outshopped. In December 2003 PKP Cargo awarded ZNLE Gliwice a contract to realise a prototype modernisation, the candidate selected for this being ET22-315, which at that time was based at Źurawica depot, near Przemyśl and the border with Ukraine.
ET22-2001 undertook its first test run, from Gliwice to Kędzierzyn-Koźle, on 5 March 2009, subsequently making trips as far as the border station at Chalupki, where it is seen in the accompanying photo on the 13th of the month. It wears the most recent PKP Cargo livery.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta