2013 08 01_001
2013 07 12_001

Change of sound signals on EN97 vehicles

From 12 July 2013 the EN97 series vehicles are being equipped with a new sound signal system to warn drivers against trains approaching a level crossing. The current two-tone signal – the first high and short and then a low signal – was replaced by one siren of low frequency and lower volume – closer to the signal emitted by the EN95 vehicle on the WCR line since 2004.

The first to be equipped with the new signals are EN97-002 and EN97-014 vehicles which were put into operation on 12 July 2013.

2013 03 13_001

Current use of rolling stock EN97 type

Recently in some mass media there has been a lot of information about problems with the exploitation of electric traction units of the series EN97 (type 33WE) in the Company of Warsaw Commuter Rail.

A lot of the information was either incorrect or incomplete and thus we would like to present official information regarding the rolling stock operated by the Company and other plans and events crucial for our passengers.

Currently the Company owns 14 vehicles of the EN97 series, 24 vehicles of the EN94 series and one vehicle of the EN95 series. Except for the vehicle EN95, which awaits the planned repair P4 (auditoria) connected with the conversion into 3kV, all remaining vehicles are in operation. However, regardless of the completion of the new rolling stock supplies, both “old” vehicles of the EN94 series and the “new” ones of the EN97 series are being exploited at the same time for a number of reasons. This is due to:

  • Limited efficiency of the power supply system 600V – EN94 are the vehicles of 452 kW power (in double traction) while EN97 – 1440 kW. Limited efficiency of the power supply system results in a limitation of the number of EN97 vehicles running simultaneously during rush hours. Exceeding values of consumed power would risk activating protection facilities and switching off the power supply units, resulting in turn in the halting of trains which could be very disruptive during the morning rush hour.
  • Economy – EN94 vehicles can be still exploited for about 1.5 years. Removing them from service earlier would be economically groundless.
  • Time flexibility of EN97 – Unexpectedly quick use of the rolling surface of wheel sets of this vehicle series limits their availability. Of course the deterioration of the rolling surface is a normal and predictable phenomenon, although it is too extensive at the moment. Thus to ensure security, the profile of the wheel set must be corrected which requires the vehicles to be transported to the company’s undertrack lathe which enables reprofiling without dismantling the wheel sets.

Due to the fact that our overriding aim is to maintain our carriage capacity we/the Company carry out our other activities, including e.g. the deadline for changing the voltage of the traction line into 3kV, dependent on maintaining 100% ability to execute the timetable. Our passengers could – albeit with regret – temporarily accept a lower level of travelling comfort but would certainly not excuse the cancellation of trains because of ill-considered decisions. Considering the above we perform all activities in a very thoughtful manner to minimise any inconvenience for our passengers.

The problem of fast deterioration of the rolling surface of the wheel sets of EN97 vehicles is being examined by the manufacturer – „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz” S.A. in cooperation with specialised research units. The current research in progress is aimed at limiting and next eliminating, the problem of fast deterioration of the rolling surface of the wheel sets in those vehicles. Information on progress of the case and other vital activities will be available on our website.  www.wkd.com.pl and www.wkd-rpowm.eu .

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Runs of vehicles with lowered floor according to the timetable

From 09 December, 2012 on the day of the launch of a new time table of WCR trains runs of trains with lowered floors have been guaranteed. In timetables those runs have been marked with a rectangular frame. Thus passengers willing to travel by the vehicle with a better access for the users with limited mobility skills are guaranteed a defined time of this train arrival. Regardless the completion of supplies of new traction units the regular passenger transport will be still serviced by the old type traction units which is gradually being replaced by the new one.

The timetable in force from 09 December, 2012 together with the marked runs of trains with the lowered floors is available here.

2012 10 03_001

The last vehicle EN97 already on the tracks

The last of 14 ordered electric traction units of series EN97, delivered to the locomotive in Grodzisk Mazowiecki on 28 September, 2012 already in the week following formal acceptance was directed for passenger transport. Its launching run took place on 3 October, 2012 as the train No 136 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska (departure 13:22) – Podkowa Leśna Główna (arrival 13:36) – according to temporary timetable in force from 10 September, 2012 to 19 October, 2012. It means that all delivered vehicles can carry passengers.

2012 09 24_002

Delivery of vehicles EN97-013 and EN97-014

On 22 September, 2012 the traction unit EN97-013 was delivered, while on 28 September, 2012 – EN97-014.

The vehicle EN97-013 launched its first run on 27 September, 2012 at 10:58 as the train No 128 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Podkowa Leśna Główna (arrival 11:12), while vehicle EN97-014 – on 3 October, 2012 at 13:22 as the train No 136 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Podkowa Leśna Główna (arrival 13:36) – according to the temporary timetable for WCR trains valid from 10 September, 2012.

2012 08 30_002

Delivery of vehicles EN97-011 and EN97-012

On 28 August, 2012 the traction unit EN97-011 was delivered, while on 30 August, 2012 – EN97-012.

The vehicle EN97-011 launched its first run on 6 September, 2012 at 15:35 as the train No 144 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 16:32), while vehicle EN97-012 – on 7 September, 2012 at 14:20 as the train No 138 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 15:17) – according to the timetable for WCR trains valid from 11 December, 2011.

2012 07 24_001

Delivery of vehicles EN97-009 and EN97-010

On 24 July, 2012 the traction unit EN97-009 was delivered, while on 31 July, 2012 – EN97-010.

The vehicle EN97-009 launched its first run on 5 August, 2012 at 3:50 as the train No 100 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 4:45), while vehicle EN97-010 – on 10 August, 2012 at 5:10 as the train No 106 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Malichy (arrival 5:42) – according to the temporary timetable for WCR trains valid from 2 July to 31 August, 2011.

2012 06 28_001

Delivery of vehicles EN97-007 and EN97-008

On 26 June, 2012 the traction unit EN97-007 was delivered, while on 28 June, 2012 – EN97-008.

The vehicle EN97-007 launched its first run on 3 July, 2012 at 4:40 as the train No 104 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Malichy (arrival 5:12), while vehicle EN97-008 – on 5 July, 2012 at 9:40 as the train No 116 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Malichy (arrival 10:12) – according to the temporary timetable for WCR trains valid from 2 July to 31 August, 2011.

2012 05 31_005

Delivery of vehicles EN97-005 and EN97-006

On 30 May, 2012 the traction unit EN97-005 was delivered, while on 31 May, 2012 – EN97-006.

The vehicle EN97-005 launched its first run on 1 June, 2012 at 22:45 as the train No 158 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 23:42), while vehicle EN97-006 – on 5 June, 2012 at 13:20 as the train No 134 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 14:17) – according to the timetable for WCR trains valid from 11 December, 2011.

2012 04 25_001

Delivery of vehicles EN97-003 and EN97-004

On 25 April, 2012 the traction unit EN97-003 was delivered, while on 26 April, 2012 – EN97-004.

The vehicle EN97-003 launched its first run on 10 May, 2012 at 14:50 as the train No 142 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 15:47), while vehicle EN97-004 one day earlier – on 9 May, 2012 at 14:50 as the train No 142 at the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 15:47) – according to the timetable for WCR trains valid from 11 December, 2011.

2012 03 28_001

Delivery of vehicle EN97-002

On 28 March, 2012 the traction unit EN97-002 was delivered.

The vehicle EN97-002 launched its first run on 3 April, 2012 at 17:35 as the train No 148 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 18:32) – according to the timetable for WCR trains valid from 11 December, 2011.

2012 01 12_001

The first ride of EN97-001 in passenger traffic

On 12 January, 2012 the vehicle EN97-001 started monitored exploitation in passenger traffic.

The electric traction unit EN97-001 started its first ride in passenger traffic at 17:35 hours as the train No 148 on the route Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (arrival 18:32) – according to the timetable of WCR trains valid  from 11 December 2011.

The monitored exploitation will last about one month and is targeted at gathering essential experience by the staff (drivers and employees of workshop and service back-up), and by all means the opinion of passengers in the field of eventual modifications which could be implemented during delivery time of further vehicles. Consecutive deliveries should start by end of march, 2012.

2010 11 10_002

7.3 mln PLN of the state subsidy in 2010 for the purchase of modern trains for WCR

The agreement on state subsidy for the project of purchasing 14 pcs. of new electric traction units for Warsaw Commuter Rail was signed.

The agreement was signed on 10 November, 2010. by Jacek Kozłowski, Mazovia Voivode and Adama Struzika, Marshall of Mazovian Voivodeship. It provides state funding for the purchase of modern trains for Warsaw Commuter Rail. They will replace all currently used traction units of series EN94 of 1972. According to government resolution passenger carriages will be subsidized for six consecutive years – to 2015. The means come from targeted subsidy of the state budget and are for the purchase and modernization of rail vehicle in the country.

The total value of the purchase of 14 trains is almost 282 mln PLN. The first vehicles produced by Bydgoszcz „PESA” will appear on tracks in the 4th quarter of the next year, remaining ones before the end of 2012. the Company WCR applied for including the investment into the list of key projects of ROP of Mazovia Voivodeship. Remain means will come from the Rail Fund and outside funding resources (between others from EIB credit). New trains will run on routes of Warszawa Śródmieście WKD – Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska and Podkowa Leśna Główna – Milanówek Grudów. They will definitely improve the comfort and safety of passengers including those on wheelchairs, or with baby prams or bikes. On board of trains automatic ticket machines and ticket–punchers will be installed .

- Apart from building motorways the government does not forget the rail carriages which are for many everyday commuting means of transport to work. Their speed, accessibility and comfort are of great importance for the region development – said Jacek Kozłowski, Mazovia Voivode.

- Investment in rolling stock is essential. Year by year more and more passengers use rail transport which is more modern, more comfortable and is an alternative to overcrowded roads. Gathering means for the purchase of 14 trains for WCR is a good piece of news for passengers who every day make use of our services  – stressed the Marshal, Adam Struzik.

- The purchase of new rolling stock and change of voltage of traction network are two basic conditions to improve WCR carriage capacity. The first condition is just under execution – added Grzegorz Dymecki, WCR President.