Another case of quite complicated route being used for the transport of imported coal, on account of congestion in large ports, is the just started transport of coal to Poland from Lithuania.
As part of the approval of the PKP CARGO’s Class ET43 for operation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, test runs with ET43-001 were carried out this April on the Czech public network after previous tests on the VUZ Velim test centre (from late 2020). After that, Dragon returned to Velim again and then headed to Slovakia in early June.
On 16 April 2020 PKP Cargo published tender for five multi-system locomotives. This is the last of the PKP Cargo’s batches of those vehicles, for which 50 % of the purchase price is to be supported by EU’s Cohesion funds through the POIiŚ (Program Operacyjny Infrastruktura i Środowisko - OP Infrastructure and Environment), supporting purchase of technics for intermodal transport in Poland.
Simultaneously with the locomotives for LOTOS Kolej, Newag is building the new Dragons for PKP Cargo.