EP09-015 crosses Nogat with the EIC45000 (103) Sobieski. This picture was taken from the northern bridgehead of the former road-rail bridge, which carried the narrow gauge railway from the station in Kalthof (post-war: Malbork Kałdowo Wąskotorowy) into the grounds of the Malbork castle and further towards Marienburg Kleinbahnhof (Malbork Wąskotorowy). The line then continued to Lichtfelde (Świetliki). Destroyed during the WW2, this bridge was never rebuilt.
One of the evening fast services from Gdynia to Warsaw, the EIC5102 Gdynia Główna - Warszawa Zachodnia reduces the speed ahead of the station stop in Malbork. Formed of an EP09 and seven carriages, this might be your choice if you prefer loco-hauled trains over the Pendolinos.
EU07-060 is passing the stop of Marcinków with the last TLK31110 Połoniny from Przemyśl Główny to Warszawa Wschodnia. The day after this photo was taken, the Połoniny have been renamed to Witos and another pair of IC trains have been added on the once forgotten railway between Tarnobrzeg and Skarżysko Kamienna.
EP09-046 is approaching the city of Rzeszów from the east, hauling the TLK38170 ‘Ustronie’ from Przemyśl Główny to Kołobrzeg. The full journey is 1132 km long and takes over 17 hours, enough to enjoy a proper sleep in either the sleeper or the couchette at the end of the formation.
EP07-542 arrives into Rzeszów Główny with the usually delayed IC3700 Siemiradzki from Przemyśl to Poznań and Zielona Góra. Since the introduction of the 2018 timetable, the trains between Kraków and Przemyśl have been subject to many delays resulting from poor loco diagramming. Extensive engineering works in the Kraków area don’t help, either.
In February 2018, PKP Intercity leased two Newag Griffin E4DCUd locos to provide a replacement for their EP09 fleet undergoing overhaul. The E4DCUd provides a power output of 5600 kW and a maximum speed of 160 kph. In addition to the electric traction engines, the E4DCUd is fitted with an auxiliary diesel power generator allowing for shunting in non-electrified areas. On a sunny March evening, E4DCUd-004 is on approach to Rzeszów, whilst hauling the TLK31100 ‘Malinowski’ from Przemyśl to Warszawa Wschodnia.
After a period of fascination with ‘corporate’ liveries, Polish railway companies started to repaint some of their locos into various historical liveries. One of such examples is EP07-338 carrying a very smart livery from the 1980s, commonly referred to as ‘trapezium’ by the Polish railway enthusiasts. On a nippy February afternoon, the TLK13111 ‘Połoniny’ from Warszawa Wschodnia to Przemyśl Główny, via Radom, Sandomierz and Stalowa Wola is seen passing a quiet village of Styków near Starachowice.
In 2012 PKP Intercity decorated ten EU44 and ten EP09 locos in preparation for EURO2012 which took place in Poland and Ukraine. Sixteen locos received a livery in colours of the competitor countries, and four of them were decorated with vinyls showcasing Polish EURO2012 host cities. Under the overall roof of Berlin Hauptbahnhof high-level, EU44-002 awaits a ‘right away’ before pulling the empty stock of the Warszawa Wschodnia - Berlin Hbf EuroCity train to the carriage sidings.