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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 07 12_001

Signing the Agreement on Subsidy

On 12 July, 2012 the Marshal of the Mazovian Voivodeship, Adam Struzik, Deputy Marshal Krzysztof Grzegorz Strzałkowski and representatives of the Management of the Warsaw Commuter Rail signed the agreement on European subsidy to purchase 14 modern electric traction units. Eight of them are already at passengers’ disposal to travel, the remaining ones will be on rails by the end of this year. The total value of the project amounts to above 284.2 mln PLN; EU subsidy is above 109.6 mln PLN.

New vehicles mean more comfort for passengers. Interiors of trains are spatial, air-conditioned and adjusted to travels of disabled people, parents with young children and tourists travelling with their single track vehicles. The lowered floor facilitates getting on and out. For travelers safety the wagons are equipped with monitoring. New electronic ticket punchers were installed on board of trains.

– This is the next investment in the rolling stock of Warsaw Commuter Rail, Last month we signed the agreement on subsidy from the Polish Swiss Cooperation Programme for the purchase of six trains, and installing monitoring and passenger information system. The current agreement applies to next 14 modern EMU-s. The railway line has been modernized systematically. I believe that the finish of all investments will be a revolutionary change in the history of company’s activity – stressed Marshall Adam Struzik.

The trains will run on all Warsaw Commuter Rail lines. The WCR line runs from the station Warszawa Śródmieście WKD through Pruszków, Komorów and Podkowa Leśna to Grodzisk Mazowiecki with a branch to Milanówek.

The trains are supplied by „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.” The first train started running with passengers on board in January, 2012. After the completion of so called monitored exploitation, when opinions of passengers were gathered, in February this year the train started running under the current timetable in force. By the end of March the consecutive supplies of remaining 13 vehicles started where the modifications filed by passengers are gradually implemented. All items will be supplied by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012. Eight vehicles were delivered by the beginning of July. As a target they will replace fully the old vehicles series EN94, used since 1972.

– Replacement of the old rolling stock with the new one, modernisation of the railway line, shortening the travelling time, improved comfort and safety of passengers – are the main targets of the complex modernization of WCR lines started in 2010. The purchase of 14 modern trains is one of its most important issues – underlined Deputy Marshal Krzysztof Grzegorz Strzałkowski.

– We wish the Company further success, this time during implementation and settlement of the project. Equally important were activities undertaken so far to provide sources of funding for its realization – stressed the Member of the Management Board of Mazovian Voivodeship – Wiesław Raboszuk.

The vehicles are adjusted to power supply of the final value 3000V. In the transitory time – to the completion of the power supply system restructuring and increase of the voltage of the traction network on the WCR line – the trains will have access to the power supply of current value 600V.

– Traction units of series EN97 purchased by WCR are the first trains in their category adjusted to varied voltage of the power supply to the traction network – first 600V, and finally 3000V of the direct current. The full capacity of the rolling stock will be reached after the restructuring of power supply and increase of voltage, what will develop WCR offer within a dozen or so years – summed up the President of the Management Board of WCR, Grzegorz Dymecki.

The replacement of WCR rolling stock would not be possible without European funding. By the decision of the Management of the Mazovian Voivodeship of 2011 the investment was listed up as the key project of the Voivodeship. In May, 2011 the pre-agreement was signed which guaranteed the project with the funding of 109.6 mln PLN. The purchase was supplemented by the state subsidy of 7.3 mln PLN, the Railway Fund – 18.7 mln PLN and the credit provided by the European Investment Bank. The total value of the project is 284.2 mln PLN.

Calendar of the most important events related to the project realised by the WCR under the Regional Operational Programme of the Mazovian Voivodeship.

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.

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Official transfer of EN97-001

On 17 February, 2012 the official transfer of the new electric traction unit series EN97 took place – the first of 14 pcs. ordered by the Warsaw Commuter Rail in 2010.

Shortly after 12:00 a new vehicle marked as EN97-001 entered the station „Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska” on the track of the 1st platform. After welcoming the guests, the representatives of the Company Management, representatives of the local government – owners of the WCR and representatives of the producer of the new vehicle delivered speeches.

The President of the Management Board of Warsaw Commuter Rail, Mr. Grzegorz Dymecki assessed that the launch of exploitation of the new rolling stock, which very soon will change transport tasks on the WCR lines, is a very important step and one of the challenges which the Company will have to meet in the current period.

The next speaker, the representative of the producer of the new vehicle – Director of Marketing of the Country Market of the company „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.” – Mr. Jerzy Berg, pointed out that the supplied electric traction unit for WCR is in its category the first two way system vehicle produced at home – and it is adjusted to work under various voltages; first under 600 V and then 3000V of the direct current. The full capacity the vehicle will present after the reconstruction of the power supply system and increase of voltage to 3000V.

Further on there was a consecration of the vehicle and cutting of the label by the representatives of local governments – owners of WCR, Management of the Company and the producer and then the train was symbolically transferred for exploitation.

After cutting the ribbon the train started its exemplary run to Komorów where a short press conference took place. During the conference the Marshall of Mazovian Voivodeship, Mr. Adam Struzik underlined the role and importance of Warsaw Commuter Rail in the transport system of Warsaw suburbs, and also drew attention to the quality improvement of offered services started by the company and local government support through investing into new rolling stock. He stressed that passengers applications should be positively considered. On board there was also symbolic transfer of the vehicle by the major shareholder of WCR – Local Government of Mazovian Voivodeship for the benefit of the operator.

The first train marked as EN97-001 arrived at Grodzisk Mazowiecki on 7 December, 2011 and shortly after technical control started its test run on 11 January, this year. Next day it has its premiere run on regular routes of Grodzisk Maz. Radońska (17:35) – Warszawa Śródmieście WKD (18:32). To 16 February, the vehicle was running under so called monitored exploitation which means that all its runs were thoroughly analyzed. Also the passengers of the train were asked for their opinion – to 15 February there were total of 100 letters with opinions received.

From 17 February the train will perform connections under regular timetable – thus monitored exploitation is finished. The delivery of remaining 13 vehicles which are to replace the old units of series EN94 completely is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2012.

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.

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New vehicle delivered

On 7 December, 2011 the first of 14 pcs of electric traction units produced by the company „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.” arrived at the seat of the Company in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.

It is a two-part vehicle constructed according to the current construction standards, meeting the requirements for realization of passenger carriages at a high level in terms of travelling comfort, passenger services, and maximum safety.

It characterizes with:

  • A big spatial interior
  • Air-conditioned passenger space
  • Monitored vehicle interior
  • Adjustment for people with limited mobility

The remaining 13 pcs. of electric traction units will be delivered consecutively to the end of 3rd quarter of 2012. As a target the new rolling stock shall replace so far used units of series EN94.

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109 mln PLN European Union funding for the new rolling stock of WCR

On 4 May the pre-agreement on subsidy from the means of European Regional Development Fund to finance the project of Warsaw Commuter Rail, covering the purchase of 14 pcs. Of new electric traction units. The signing of the pre-agreement resulted from the decision of Management of Mazovian Voivodeship decision on entering the WCR undertaking on the list of key projects of the Regional Operational Programme of Mazovian Voivodeship. The value of the subsidy amounts to 109.6 mln PLN. The total value of the project equals 284.2 mln PLN.

The pre-agreement was signed on behalf of Management of Mazovian Voivodeship by: the Marshal, Adam Struzik and the Deputy Marshall, Marcin Kierwiński, while on behalf of Warsaw Commuter Rail, the President of Management Board, Grzegorz Dymecki and the Member of the Board,Ms Jolanta Dałek.

As it was underlined by the Marshal of Mazovian Voivodeship, Adam Struzik, obtaining 110 mln PLN of European Union funding is a great success of the Warsaw Commuter Rail. He also added that the purchase of modern rolling stock will be a revolutionary change in the history of the Company performance. He expressed his hope that new trains and systematic modernization of railway lines will improve the travelling comfort of passengers of the western part of Warsaw agglomeration.

Deputy Marshal, Marcin Kierwiński added that the signed pre-agreement is a further step in creating modern rail transport in the area of Mazovia and a nice present for the Company at its 10th anniversary of establishment as a completely independent enterprise.

The President of the Management of the Board of Warsaw Commuter Rail, Grzegorz Dymecki emphasized that the purchase and launching exploitation of new rolling stock will result in significant increase of quantity and quality of services offered to passengers. Direct result will mean improved capacity to service current and new groups of passengers, better comfort of carriages and shortening the travelling time. All passengers will get a better access to new rolling stock thanks to its better adjustment to their current needs.

Member of the Board of Warsaw Commuter Rail, Ms Jolanta Dałek completed that the purchase of new rolling stock by the Company is not the only undertaking to be implemented in coming years with a thought of better offer for passengers. The other ones already started or being at the last stage of preparation are, between others: the purchase of automatic ticket punchers, modernization of power supply system, modernization of traffic drive system and assembly of dynamic passenger information system. Furthermore in the nearest years the complex programme of track way renovation will continue.

14 new electric traction units, which are the object of the pre-agreement in compliance with the agreement signed with the producer – company Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.” – will be delivered by the end of 3rd quarter of 2012. The first one shall appear on WCR lines before the end of this year. The vehicles will be adjusted to power supply of targeted voltage of 3000V. In the temporary period – to the time of all vehicles supply – trains will have a power supply of current value of 600V.

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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.

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New trains !!!

WCR – local governments Company will gain 14 new electric traction units. On 26 March of this year the agreement on this matter was signed by the Company Authorities with the Bydgoszcz PESA. The tender was settled on 19 January, 2010. The most beneficial offer was filed by „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.”. The value of the order is 281,820,000 PLN gross. The first vehicle will be on rails by the end of 2011, while all pcs will be delivered by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012. The solemn signing was participated by Szprendałowicz – Member of the Management Board of Mazovia Voivodeship and representatives of local governments – owners of WCR and Mazovia Voivodeship Seym.

New vehicles mean better comfort of travelling for passengers. The vehicle interiors are spatial and air-conditioned. Thanks to lowering the floors and eliminating stairs getting in and out at halts will be easier. The safety of passengers will be provided by the monitoring system in the interior of trains. On board of trains there will be ticket machines and ticket-punchers installed integrated with the city transport under Management of City Transport in Warsaw.

Modern vehicles will run on all lines of Warsaw commuter Rail. The WCR line runs from the station of Warszawa Śródmieście WKD via Pruszków, Komorów and Podkowa Leśna to Grodzisk Mazowiecki with a branch to Milanówek.

Under the agreement PESA is bound to provide maintenance services for six months from the date of transfer of each vehicle. The producer will train employees in the field of service, maintenance and current repairs of rail vehicles. Each vehicle is covered with a quality guarantee of producer which will last four years since the receipt date.

In order to guarantee relevant development potential of carriages on WCR lines and related requirements for the new rolling stock it will be necessary to change the value of voltage in the system of power supply of WCR traction lines from the current 600V to 3000V of direct current. This change will guarantee following results:

  • Provision of efficient power to traction vehicles enabling full use of vehicle potential,
  • Provision of relevant reserve of power enabling arrangement of carriages at the level of 12 train/hour for one direction (every 5 minutes at rush hours);
  • Limiting the energy loss on traction networks (to 25%);
  • Limiting the number of modernised traction sub-stations to two objects (currently 7);
  • Limiting to minimum the cost of reconstruction of traction network as the current one regardless its work under 600V is adjusted to work under 3000V;
  • Limiting emission to atmosphere the thermal energy from the traction network and the return one.

The vehicles will be adjusted to voltage of targeted value of 3000V. In the transformation period – when all vehicles are delivered – trains will have a Chance using voltage of current value 600V. Adjustment of all vehicles to values from 600V to 3000V will be performed by the producer in not longer than 48 hours, observing all provisions regarding the length of guarantee and maintenance services in reference to subunits under replacement.