PKP class SM30

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Class SM30 locomotives
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Fablok Chrzanów
Model Ls300E
Build date 1957–1970
Total produced 909
UIC classification Bo′Bo′
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Wheel diameter 850 mm (33.5 in)
Length 10,140 mm (33 ft 3 in)
Width 3,130 mm (10 ft 3 in)
Height 4,300 mm (14 ft 1 in)
Locomotive weight 36 tonnes (79,400 lb)
Fuel capacity 1,060 l (230 imp gal; 280 US gal)
Prime mover Wola V-300
Wola 2DVSa-350
Engine type Four-stroke diesel engine
Traction motors LT-31
Cylinders 12
Performance figures
Maximum speed 60 km/h (37 mph)
Power output 220 kW (300 hp)
257 kW (340 hp)
Tractive effort 73.55 kN (16,530 lbf)
Locomotive brake Knorr-Bremse
hand brake
Operator(s) PKP
Class SM30
Number in class 302

SM30 is a Polish series of diesel shunting locomotives used by PKP and industry, built by Fablok, Chrzanów (factory designation Ls300E). They were also used for a local traffic.[1]


SM30 locomotive is the first Polish diesel locomotive equipped with electrical transmission. A design was worked out by the Central Rolling Stock Industry Construction Bureau in Poznań. The prototype was constructed in Fablok, Chrzanów in 1957. 909 items were built in 1957-1970, 302 of them found place in PKP, the rest worked in the industry (with designations Ls300 or SM30).[1] The locomotive was also known under its project designation 1D or early PKP designation Lwe55 (until 1960).[1]

In the 1970s, 109 items of SM30 locomotive were modified for heating passenger wagons with 500V electric heaters, and as a result their class designation was changed to SP30 (able to pull passenger trains).[1] Those machines stayed in regular service until the late 1980s. In 2000 all of them were again, after dismounting heating systems, returned to SM30 series.[2]

Technical data[edit]

SM30 is a Bo-Bo locomotive, what means it runs on two bogies, each equipped with two axles. The general construction of this engine is relatively simple. Being the pioneer machine in the Polish railway industry, it incorporated many solutions from other branches of industry. I. e. the first engine to be mounted, Wola V-300, was taken from tank construction, main DC current alternator was in fact stationery alternator and traction motors were taken from trams. As the first Polish locomotive with electrical transmission it proved high efficiency of that solution and was quite successful.[1]

The locomotive frame is constructed of steel rolled formers. Ball stub-axles are mounted to strend girders, that make welded box construction. A power unit, composed of a diesel engine and main alternator, is mounted on parallel girders. The engine is connected to main alternator with an elastic clutch. Four traction motors (two on each bogie) are mounted with a tram system. Traction motors can be powered in series connection, parallel connection and parallel connection with field reduction of 40 to 60%.

Traction motors are series devices with 60 kW hour power. Main alternator (PABOM-186a type) is a DC machine with 600 V and 367 A. Its power rating whilst working with 1500 rpm. is 220 kW. During engine starting the main alternator serves as electric starter, powered from the battery. For the purposes of enlighting the locomotive and charging batteries an additional alternator (Pw-114a type) is used.

SM30 locomotives had two types of diesel engine mounted. Wola V-300 and 2DVSa-350 (from 1962) 12-cylinder engines had powers, respectively: 300 Hp and 350 Hp.[1] Neutral gear rotation is 600 rpm. and rated rev is 1500 rpm.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f (Polish)Bogdan Pokropiński, Lokomotywy spalinowe produkcji polskiej, WKiŁ, Warsaw, 2009, ISBN 978-83-206-1731-3, p. 69-72
  2. ^ Marcin Mularczyk (2006–2007). "LKK Team". Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ Jarek D. Stwarz (1997–2002). "Chester Home Page". Retrieved 2007-08-30.