In 2013 Koleje Mazowieckie announced a tender for 22 double-decker carriages and two locomotives. This was considered to be an easy win for Bombardier, as the company had already delivered this type of vehicles to KM before. Surprisingly, Bombardier could not be bothered to place their bid, and eventually, a deal was struck with Pesa Bydgoszcz. Compatibility with the Bombardier stock was a requirement so that formations could be extended with new intermediate coaches. After initial teething problems, the sets achieved a decent reliability and it’s a common sight to see vehicles from both series in the same consist. On a November afternoon, the 12682 ‘Radomiak’ semi-fast train is ready for departure from Warszawa Wschodnia, formed of a Bombardier DVT, four intermedia Pesa coaches and a Bombardier TRAXX loco.
EN57-1810 stops at the temporary platform in Warszawa Służewiec with the midday 12229 from Warszawa Wschodnia to Radom. The temporary platform was used during the construction of the short rail link to the Warsaw Chopin Airport. Several things are interesting about this photo. The sidings to the industries of Służewiec have now been removed and the only remainder is an empty lot of land directly behind the temporary platform. Although the old platform is no longer in operation, the ticket booth wasn’t moved and passengers had to climb to the high viaduct of Marynarska Street twice in order to get their travel documents sorted and board the train. This was addressed soon after this photo was taken and the ticket booth was placed adjacent to the temporary platform. Although the EN57 looks immaculate, the last set of doors is not completely closed - this was a nuisance of the whole class which wasn’t resolved until after 2010, half a century after the first EMU of this type entered the service! Finally, the driver didn’t do a great job stopping at the platform with his short formation (Radom trains are normally two EN57s) and the passengers have to dash for the doors.