M62 Locomotive - Operators - Poland ST44 - Present Use


Present Use

Heavy fuel and oil consumption as well as heavy wear caused to the tracks has resulted in Polish State Railways reducing the use of the class. In 2007 many of them still remain in service with PKP for freight use, although most of them have now been stored. Some routes (e.g. Gdynia - Hel line) forbid the running of the ST44 class due to this Class' excessive weight causing serious damage to lighter built Trackwork.

The locomotives that are still in use in large numbers, are owned and operated by private Railroad companies, as well as the LHS broad gauge lines. Today around 50 of the class are located at Zamość Engine Shed, and it has been decided to mothball them for the moment.

In 2005, two ST44 locomotives were completely rebuilt by Bumar-Fablok S.A. and delivered to the LHS line. Changes made included new Caterpillar 3516B HD Diesel Engines and Primary Alternators. These locomotives were designated as 3001 and 3002.

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