First Polish hybrid train makes its maiden journey in Gdansk

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Poland's first 'Impuls" 36 WEh hybrid passenger train made its first every trip to mark the opening of the Traco 13th International Railway Fair which began in Gdansk, northern Poland, on Tuesday.

According to Newag, a producer of railway rolling stock, the 'Impuls' type 36 WEh hybrid trains, in addition to electric motors, have internal combustion engines which allow them to travel sections of railway lines that do not have a traction power network. They can carry close to 330 passengers and reach speeds of up to 160 km/h.

The passenger train set off from the Gdansk Stadion Expo station to the Sopot station, from where it returned to the initial station. On board were Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk and Deputy Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Bittel.

Adamczyk said that the hybrid train was a great solution for Poland's future, as this meant a very easy transition from electric traction routes to non-traction routes. He added that long stops and the unplugging of diesel locomotives will no longer be unnecessary.

The minister also said that thanks to these vehicles, access to all areas of Poland will be possible, as the trains do not require access to electric traction.