ST43s in the PKP service

 

Although initially less numerous than the famous Soviet ‘Gagarins’, ST43s suffered less from the ‘withdrawal folly’ in the 1990s. For a few years so they remained the most numerous heavy diesels in the PKP service. They number is still quite large (over 120 examples – mid-2013), but not all are serviceable.

 

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ST43-221 at Piwniczna, near southern border; photo taken on September 27, 2001.

 

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ST43-392, PKP, Zawidów station, August 22, 2002

 

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…and once again, over six years later: February 5, 2009.

 

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ST43-340, PKP, photographed at the same location on April 5, 2006.

 

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Zawidów again: ST43-115, photographed on June 8, 2006.

 

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ST43-304, PKP, photographed at Węgliniec loco depot on October 10, 2001.

 

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ST43s are often encountered near Zawidów station, a few kilometers from the Czech border – here ST43-198 and ST43-359 haul a heavy freight train on April 30, 2004, few hours before both Poland and Czech Republic joined the European Union…

 

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Bad weather, but nice view: ST43-355 at Żagań loco depot. Photo taken on August 23, 2004.

 

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Two gentlemen are obviously not impressed by the ST43-140 passing by; Dzierżoniów, May 1, 2006.

 

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ST43-317, photographed near the Jaworzyna Śląska station on the same day...

 

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... and ST43-71, the same day and location; ET22-928 can be seen in the background.

 

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ST43-19, photographed at the Legnica depot on June 9, 2006...

 

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...and ST43-117, photographed on the same occasion.

 

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ST43-295 and slightly battered ST43-55, photographed in Sulików on July 25, 2006.

 

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License plate on the ST43-55 (in Romanian and Polish), photographed on the same occasion.

 

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ST43-404 with a draft of gondola cars and idle ST43-323; Nysa station, June 14, 2008.

 

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 ST43-400, photographed at the Węgliniec station on July 16, 2008.

 

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ST43-80, Zawidów, March 19, 2009.

 

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Two pictures from Węgliniec, taken on March 20, 2009: ST43-304…

 

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…and ST43-198, maneuvering at the station.

 

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ST43-241, Jaworzyna Śląska station, July 8, 2009.

 

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Węgliniec depot again: ST43-22, August 5, 2009…

 

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…and yet again: March 27, 2011. ST43-248 (Electroputere 1049/1971)…

 

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…ST43-63 (Electroputere 376/1966), both probably no longer in use…

 

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…and ST43-144 (Electroputere 662/1968).

 

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Double-heading ST43-227 and ST43-340 crossing a public road near Sowin on May 12, 2008. Photo by Norbert Tkaczyk (used by permission).

 

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Five pictures by Michał Korfel (from my collection): ST43-235, Krosno Odrzańskie, February 2, 2009…

 

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…ST43-05, the same location and date…

 

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…ST43-406, Krosno Odrzańskie again, but four days later…

 

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…ST43-224, Kielce depot, January 29, 2009…

 

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…and ST43-275, Żagań, November 24, 2008.

 

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ST43-233, photographed in Kłodzko on May 1, 1991 (photo from my collection).

 

 

Thirteen more pictures from my collection: ST43-303, Otmuchów sugar plant, April 2003 (photo by Rafał Roskosz)…

 

 

…ST43-258, Bydgoszcz Zachód station, date unknown (photo by Zenon Maternowski)…

 

 

…ST43-260, Bydgoszcz Główna station, April 18, 2003 (the same author)…

 

 

…ST43-336, the same location, date unknown (the same author)…

 

 

…ST43-314, the same location, June 15, 2003 (the same author)…

 

 

…ST43-395, the same location, date and author…

 

 

…ST43-304, photographed between Blizna and Augustów on July 25, 2003 (photo by K.Kociołek)…

 

 

…ST43-216, undergoing a repair or overhaul at the PESA premises, Bydgoszcz, June 18, 2003 (photo by Zenon Maternowski)…

 

 

…ST43-143, Bydgoszcz, date unknown (the same author)…

 

 

…ST43-108, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki, November 11, 2004 (photo by K.Kociołek)…

 

 

…ST43-115, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, May 3, 2001 (photo by Rafał Roskosz)…

 

 

…ST43-229, Toporów, August 14, 1991 (photo by B.Jędrzejewski)…

 

 

…and ST43-189, Bydgoszcz, date unknown (photo by Zenon Maternowski).

 

 

ST43-01, photographed at the Jasło depot on June 28, 2000. In December 2003 this locomotive was transferred to the Chabówka heritage park. Photo by Bartosz Łoziński (from my collection).

 

 

ST43-116, Kłodzko Główne station, May 18, 2014. EZT on the left is EN57-1298. Photo by Chris West (thanks for permission!).

 

 

Next batch of ST43s pictures from my collection. ST43-314, Węgliniec, October 30, 1998 (photo by Filip Sieradzki)…

 

 

…ST43-312, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, June 10, 2000 (photo by M.Plewka)…

 

 

…ST43-11, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki, April 24, 1994 (photo by M.Zaworski)…

 

 

…ST43-103, Krzyż, November 11, 2000 (photo by Roman Szczeciński)…

 

 

…ST43-04, Międzychód, February 27, 2001 (the same author)…

 

 

…ST43-338 (location, date and author unknown)…

 

 

…ST43-97, Zagórz, July 5, 1998 (photo by Roman Szczeciński)…

 

 

…and ST43-13, Opole, April 1998 (author unknown).