Railway Operators in Poland


PKP - Polskie Koleje Państwowe

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At the end of 2001 the old PKP was split up in different subsidiaries. The most important for railway operation are: Since December 2008 all regional trains across regional borders are also operated by PKP Intercity. At the same time PKP PR was taken over by the provinces. The Polish network is operated by PLK (Polskie Linie Kolejowe).
In 2009 121.4 million passengers travelled with PR, 51.8 million with PKP Intercity and 37.8 million with SKM Trojmiasto.
In 2011 freight traffic amounted 130.5 million tonnes (34.0 billion tonne-km), 9.1% more than in 2010 (+7.5% in tonne-km). Freight traffic on LHS amounted 8.6 tonnes in 2007.

Websites: http://www.pkp.pl/, http://www.intercity.pl/, http://www.przewozyregionalne.pl/, http://www.skm.pkp.pl/, http://www.pkp-cargo.pl/ and http://www.lhs.com.pl/

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ARP - Arriva RP Sp. z o.o.

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PCC was another new open access freight operator. In cooperation with Arriva, PCC started operating passenger services in the region Kujawsko-Pomorskie (Northwestern Poland) for 3 years in December 2007. 13 motor cars are owned by the region, and also second-hand Danish class MR diesel trainsets are used. In 2009 3 million passengers travelled with Arriva.

In early 2009 former PCC Logistics was sold to DB. At the end of 2009 the freight operating arm was renamed DB Schenker Rail Polska. The passenger service was fully taken over by Arriva and renamed into Arriva RP. 

Website: http://www.arriva.pl/.

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KD - Koleje Dolnoslaskie

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

In December 2008 KD took over the operations of local services in the Dolnoslaskie province. These are operated on the lines Legnica-Jaworzyna Slaska-Swidnica-Kamieniec Zabkowicki-Klodzko-Miedzylesie and Klodzko-Nowa Ruda-Walbrzich. The PESA-built DMUs ordered by the province but so far operated by PKP, are now operated by KD.

Website: http://kolejedolnoslaskie.eu/

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KM - Koleje Mazowieckie

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KM is a new company, operating local trains around Warsaw. It has taken over trainsets and employees from PKP. In 2009 51.6 million passengers were carried (+3.4%).

Website: http://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/

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KS - Koleje Slaskie

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In October 2011 Koleje Slaskie started operating trains by itself, before (former PKP) PR operated all trains in the province. The first lines operated by KS are Czestochowa-Katowice-Gliwice(S1) and Czestochowa -Katowice-Wisła Głęce (S6 during the weekend). Modern electric trainsets are used, plus hauled trains run with locomotives hired from LOTOS.

Website: http://www.kolejeslaskie.com/

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KW - Koleje Wielkopolskie Sp. z o.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

Since June 2011 this new company operates regional passenger trains in Wielkopolskie province, with motor cars and trainsets owned by the province. The first lines are Leszno-Jarocin, Leszno-Zbaszynek and Lesznow-Ostrów Wlkp. New electric trainsets have been ordered for trains around province capital Poznan.

Website: http://www.koleje-wielkopolskie.com.pl/

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SKM - SKM Warszawa Sp. z o.o. o.

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SKM (Warszawa, different from the one operating around Gdansk) operates commuter services around Warsaw using hired PKP electric trainsets. in 2009, 9.8 million passengers (11.7%) travelled with SKM-W.

Website: http://www.skm.warszawa.pl/

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WKD - Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa

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This company operates light rail trains on Warszawa Srodmiescie to Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radonska. It used to be a subsidiary of PKP, but was sold to the Mazowsze regional authority at the end of 2004. In 2010, 6.9 million passengers travelled with WKD. In 2014 (at the earliest, originally planned for summer 2013) the overhead wire voltage will be changed from 600V= to 3000V=.

Website: http://www.wkd.com.pl/

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CTL - CTL Logistics S.A.

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In 2002 CTL took over the Maczki-Bór "sand railway" in Katowice. They now (also) operate open-access freight trains in entire Poland and are expanding to Germany and even The Netherlands.
In 2011 the CTL group produced transported 16.5 million tonnes of freight (+3% on 2010), producing 3.8 billion tonne-km (+11%).

Website: http://www.ctl.pl/

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DB Schenker Rail Polska (former PCC Rail S.A./KPS and PCC-Arriva)

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PCC was another new open access freight operator. They have operated trains on their own network (connecting sand mines) for some 50 years. In August 2007 it was announced that PCC had taken over PTKiGK Rybnik, another open-access freight operator.

In cooperation with Arriva, PCC started operating passenger services in the region Kujawsko-Pomorskie (Northwestern Poland) for 3 years in December 2007. 13 motor cars are owned by the region, and also second-hand Danish class MR diesel trainsets are used. In 2009 2.5 million passengers travelled with Arriva PCC.

In early 2009 former PCC Logistics was sold to DB. At the end of 2009 the freight operating arm was renamed DB Schenker Rail Polska. The passenger service was fully taken over by Arriva and renamed into Arriva RP. Former freight operations of PTKiGK Rybnik were renamed into DB Schenker Rail Rybnik. On 1 January 2011 also PTKiGK Holding was incorporated in DB Schenker Rail Polska, becoming DB Schenker Rail Zabrze. Also NZTK (Nadwislanski Zaklad Transportu Kolejowego Sp. z o.o.) was incorporated into DB Schenker Rail Polska.

In 2009 DB transported 89.8 million tonnes of freight, producing 3.825 billion tonne-km.
Website: http://www.rail.dbschenker.pl/

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EN - Euronaft-Trzebinia

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This is another new open access freight operator. More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

Website: http://www.euronaft-trzebinia.pl/

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FPL - Freightliner PL

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

Freightliner PL is a subsidiary of Freightliner from the UK. They operate open-access freight trains, mainly coal between mines and power plants. They started operation in 2007 with 7 locomotives Class 66.

Website: http://www.freightliner.pl/

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KB - Kolej Baltycka S.A. (Baltic Rail)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

Kolej Baltycka is the Polish subsidiary of Heavy Haul Power International. It used to operate international trains between Germany and Poland in cooperation with HHPI from Germany, but is now mainly active inside Poland, around Szczecin.

Website: http://www.kolejbaltycka.pl/

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LOTOS - LOTOS Kolej Spółka z o.o.

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This is another new open access freight operator, based in Gdańsk. In 2012 Lotos transported 10.5 million tonnes of freight, 5% more than in 2011.

Website: http://www.lotos.pl/

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OK - Orlen Koltrans

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Another new open access freight operator.

Website: http://www.koltrans.pl/

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Pol-Miedź Trans - KGHM Polska Miedź SA

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

Apart from shunting duties on its own network, this company operates open access trains with copper ore from Lubin Górniczy to the copper smelter in Głogów.

Website: http://www.pmtrans.com.pl/

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PRKiI - Przedsiebiorstwo Robót Kolejowych i Inzynieryjnych S.A.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

This company is a subsidiary of COMSA from Spain through Polish infrastructure company Trakcja Polska-PKRE. They received a license to operate open-access trains over the Polish network in May 2006.

Website: http://www.prkii.com.pl/

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RP - Rail Polska

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In 1999 Ed Burkhardt (well-known from EWS in the UK and Eesti Raudtee in Estonia) founded this freight railway company. In 2003 the company bought up the Polish companies Kolex and ZEC-TRANS that mainly operated coal trains from mines to power stations.

Website: http://www.railpolska.pl/

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SKPL - Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych sp. z o.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

SKPL operates freight and passenger trains on 7 narrow gauge lines/networks throughout Poland: Kaliska Kolej Dojazdowa, Krosniewicka Kolej Dojazdowa, Mlawska Kolej Dojazdowa, Naleczowska Kolej Dojazdowa, Przeworska Kolej Dojazdowa, Smigielska Kolej Dojazdowa and Pleszewska Kolej Lokalna. For this they own 27 locomotives and 6 motor cars.

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STK - Specjalny Transport Kolejowy

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This new open-access operator specializes in transporting out-of-gauge loadings using large platform wagons.

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TS - Transoda Sp. z o.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company, based in Inowrocław, operates freight trains between Inowrocław/Janikowo and Gdańsk Kanał Kaszubski.

Website: http://www.transoda.com.pl/

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Last update: 11-04-2014