RegioJet is modernizing its Pershings. Dualization and ETCS installation await them

RegioJet is modernizing its Pershings. Dualization and ETCS installation await them
RegioJet is modernizing its Pershings. Dualization and ETCS installation await them
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This is already the fifth attempt to find a supplier.

The largest domestic private rail carrier in passenger transport is once again trying to find a company to convert their 162 series locomotives, nicknamed as Pershing, into duals. Thanks to this, they should also be able to drive on tracks with an alternating power system.

The tender was announced today, it is published in the Public Procurement Gazette. The launch of the competition comes just a few weeks after RegioJet canceled the same competition due to a lack of bids. It was already the fourth attempt. The estimated price is 200 million crowns. After the installation of the 25 kV 50 Hz traction system, the locomotive will be designated 69E5 instead of the existing 99E1.

According to Jiří Schmidt from RegioJet, the order will be followed by another competition for the installation of ETCS. In both cases, RegioJet will apply for a subsidy. Last year, there were no carriers left, the state instead decided to support, for example, installation in the historic 830 series motorcycle.

The state distributed over a billion crowns to carriers for ETCS, the subsidy will also go to the security of 70-year-old motorbikes

“These are locomotives that still have a future ahead of them, so we want to continue investing in them,” Schmidt explained. He did not say what performance he wants to use them for, but RegioJet also owns a so-called pool from which it lends locomotives to other carriers.

All nine locomotives manufactured at the beginning of the nineties, then still in Škoda Pilsen, which RegioJet brought from Italy in 2010, are to undergo the transformation. After the installation of the 25 kV/50 Hz traction system, the locomotives will be designated as series 362. In the railway nicknames, Pershings (series 162) will become aces (series 362).

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