Newag hands over first Freightliner ‘Dragon’ locomotive


    Newag has handed over the first of five six-axle Dragon locomotives to Freightliner PL, the Polish subsidiary of Freightliner Group.

    A naming ceremony was held at Warszawa Wschodnia railway station on June 9 to mark the official handover of the first locomotive.

    The locomotives, which have been financed by ING Lease, are dual power units, allowing them to operate on both electrified and non-electrified routes.

    The first locomotive has been named after Polish engineer Ernest Malinowski, who led the construction of the Ferrocarril Central Andino railway in Peru in the late 19th century.

    Konstantin Skorik, president of the board at Freightliner PL, said: “Investing in modern rolling stock is one way to uplift the image of railway services. From the very beginning of its operations, Freightliner has implemented a strategy of maximum efficiency based on new and reliable locomotives and wagons.

    “Our locomotives are, on average, eight years old. We believe that if you are not moving forward, you are going backwards.”



    1. As these new freightliner dragon locomotives are dual power units which means they can operate on both electrified and non-electrified lines which they could be Bi-Mode locomotives running on both electric mode with a pantograph connected onto the live overhead wires and diesel mode for non-electrified lines. Similar to the Hitachi’s Class 800’s & Class 801’s IEP’s that are Bi-Mode trains that are currently being built and to be used for GWML and ECML aswell Class 802’s that are electric only to be used for other routes.


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