Turkish company equips its trams with Polish pantographs
Krakow-based technology company EC Engineering has manufactured the first pantograph of 120EC type for the Turkish supplier Durmazlar. Totally, the Polish producer should assemble 24 pantographs for the Turkish partner. They will be installed on the Durmazlar-made trams to be delivered to Poland.
The pantograph of 120EC type is equipped with the ADD (Automatic Drop Device) system. It allows the device to drop down automatically in case of damage of the pantograph carbon overlays or their excessive wear. EC Engineering has designed its pantograph for operations at a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour. For the Polish manufacturer, the deal is another move in intensifying cooperation with Durmazlar. “Our company has been present in Turkey for many years when it comes to design metro trains and locomotives. Now we are entering this market also with our products for rail vehicles,” said Ireneusz Łuczak, CEO of EC Engineering.
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Notably, the Polish pantographs will eventually return to the home country. All that matters is the deal between Durmazlar and the Polish city of Olsztyn concluded. In July 2018 the latter ordered 24 low-floor bi-directional trams from Durmazlar. Half of them is the firm order while the remainder is an option. Each tram will have a total capacity for carrying up to 210 passengers, 40 of them seated. The firm order costs around 108 million Zlotys (25 million Euros), meanwhile the entire batch of 24 vehicles are valued at 206.2 million Zlotys (circa 48 million Euros). According to the agreement terms, the first Durmazlar-made tram will be shipped to Olsztyn in Spring 2020.
EC Engineering is one of the largest Polish suppliers of spare parts, components and design services for rolling stock manufacturers. It cooperates with major Polish (Pesa, Newag) and worldwide companies (Bombardier Transportation). EC Engineering delivers components not only for trams but for electric and diesel trains, locomotives and passenger coaches, metro trains and freight wagons. The company was participated in developing the Bombardier Zefiro high-speed trains. As for the pantographs of 120EC type, they have been already supplied to the customers in several European countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary and Germany.