UKRAINE: A framework agreement for co-operation in the potential modernisation of Type M62 diesel locomotives for the Ukrianian market was signed by Newag, Skinest Rail Ukraine and Latvia’s Daugavpils Rolling Stock Repair Plant at a Polish Business Day held in Kyiv on November 26. Newag estimates current demand at potentially 150 to 200 locomotives.
Newag said it has drawn on its experience of previous projects including the modernisation of 1 520 mm gauge locomotives for PKP LHS and Kolprem to develop the design concept. A new modular body would house a new engine and generator with modern control and diagnostic systems, designed to offer improved reliability with reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The cabs would have ergonomic control panels and ‘additional amenities’ for driver comfort.
Finance could come from Polish export funds and commercial banks. ‘The design and technology works have practically been completed,’ said Newag CEO Zbigniew Konieczek. ‘Ukraine may receive several dozen modernised diesel locomotives as early as next year.’