Pesa Gama locomotive with the designation “Dual Power” was seen at the Bydgoszcz Glavna station. This is the announced prototype of the hybrid Pesa locomotive, which has already passed the first test drives.

Hybrid locomotive testing
Pesa

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Nakolei Pl.

In July 2021, Pesa Bydgoszcz presented its strategy for the period up to 2025+. Then there were announcements about the creation by 2025 of new trains for 160 and 200 km/h, and later up to 250 km/h. During this event, concepts for the development of locomotives on the Gama platform were also presented.

At present, Gama diesel trains operating on non-electrified PKP Intercity train routes, and Gama Marathon electric locomotives used by freight carriers, with a siding module that allows operation, for example, on sidings.

Hybrid locomotive testing
Pesa

Pesa’s next step in the development of locomotives on the Gama platform is the construction of a full-fledged diesel-electric hybrid, which, as it turns out, has already been created, as it was already seen during the first test drives in Bydgoszcz. The Pesa Gama locomotive with the designation “Dual Power” will accelerate to 160 km/h on electric traction and up to 120 km/h on diesel traction.

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The implementation of the Pesa hybrid locomotive project was supported by the National Research and Development Center of Poland.

The plans for the Gama locomotive platform do not end there. The next step for the manufacturer from Bydgoszcz is the multi-system locomotive (for power systems of 3 kV, 15 kV and 25 kV) that will accelerate to 200 km/h.

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