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Temperature drops make it harder to de-ice remaining 90 km of ice-covered rail lines

PKP Energetyka S.A. is struggling to de-ice the traction network using all available means, as it disables passage of electric trains. In total, over 215 track-kilometres have been cleared off already. It is estimated that in the most difficult moments, over 400 track-kilometres of the overhead contact line were covered with ice.

Approx. 90 kilometres of railroads have still not been cleared off (over 180 track-kilometres of the traction network). At the moment, 15 maintenance trains owned by PKP Energetyka S.A. are in service (with about 200 people). The works have been focused on the following routes:

  • Częstochowa – Zawiercie – one track completely cleared off for electric trains, pending works on the other track are coming to an end. Four maintenance trains have been continuously busy removing ice built up on five kilometres of tracks.
  • Częstochowa – Koniecpol – 3 maintenance trains have been working to clear off the first track (ice continues to cover 12 km of the traction network). When these works are finished, the employees will proceed with clearing off the second track.
  • Czstochowa – Lubliniec – both tracks are available to trains with diesel locomotives
  • Bukowno – Tunel – one track is available to trains with electric locomotives; five maintenance trains keep on working on the other track.
  • Działdoszyn – Herby – one track cleared off for trains with diesel locomotives; removal of trees fallen under snow being continued on the other track. Three maintenance trains keep on working in this location.

Weather conditions prevent works to be conducted at the current pace. Temperature drops (to as low as -15 degrees Celsius) significantly prevent the employees from conducting the works.

PKP Energetyka S.A. is the power enterprise with a nationwide presence, in operation since 2001. Isolated from railway structures, the company is presently an active stakeholder in Poland’s electricity market. It sells and distributes electricity (traction power for the needs of railway carriers and non-traction power for other customers via direct connections or as TPA) and provides electric power services. PKP Energetyka S.A. caters to approximately 45,000 customers, including 37,000 institutional customers, over 7,000 thousand individual customers and 25 railway operators. During the first six months of 2009, the company sold a total of 1,729 GWh of electricity.

Last modified: 2/29/2016