has published the news that Koleje Śląskie (or Silesian railways) have accepted the offer of Railpool and LOTOS Kolej for hiring fifteen electric locomotives and fourty drivers. Railpool/LOTOS were the only party to place a bid.
The hiring contract of each locomotive will be valid for twelve months. After four months, either party can terminate the contract. LOTOS states that in no way, this contract will influence the quality of their freight services. On the contrary, they will be able to extend their business model to passenger services.
Currently LOTOS Kolej operates 14 Railpool TRAXX MS locomotives and seven DC machines, also 21 units in total. One machine (5 170 014) is sub-hired to STK. An overview:
Railpool TRAXX MS: 186 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 271-276
Railpool TRAXX MS subhired from CBRail: 186 136, 137 and 139
Railpool TRAXX DC: 5 170 012, 013, 015-019
sources: KAR / rynek-kolejowy.pl / MG