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IPS Tabor

The Rail Vehicles Institute “TABOR” is the only research and development unit realizing the works related to the designing, constructing and testing of the rail vehicles comprehensively in Poland. It has been in existence on the market since 1945. The experienced staff, from the beginning of existence of the company, is the most important resource of the IPS „TABOR”. That thanks to the people it is possible the continuous development of the company and putting the new ideas into practice. Most of the rail vehicles, operated on the Polish tracks, is the work of the specialists of the Institute. The scientific and technical staff has training in the well – known European companies producing and testing the rolling stock.

Many specialists of the Institute is appointed to take part in the works of the domestic and international organizations of the rail rolling stock, among other things AEIF (European Association for Railway Interoperability ), UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer). Caring for the high essential level of the works the IPS „TABOR” keeps cooperating with many universities and the other scientific, research and development units and it keeps the continuous contacts with the producers of the railway rolling stock at home and abroad.

Within its activity the IPS „TABOR” publishes the scientific publications of the railway sector of industry and the quarterly “Rail Vehicles”.


The modern measuring apparatus, the continuous automatization and computerization of the measuring processes, the rich testing equipment supported with the high qualification of the experienced staff enable to carry out the tests in accordance with the requirements of the international organizations, as:

  • International Standardization Organization (ISO),
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC),
  • International Union of Railways (UIC/ERRI)
  • Association of American Railroad (AAR),
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN),
  • European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELAC).

IPS „TABOR” can realize the tests in accordance with the international methods and programs, as well as with its own ones and with the ones charged by the customer.

IPS „TABOR” carries out, systematically develops and improves the movement tests of the vehicles on the railway lines with the speeds required by the orderers. First of all there are the tests: static, quasi-static and dynamic properties and the acoustic, strength and the comfort properties of the rail vehicles. Versatility of the testing and measuring equipment makes the IPS „TABOR” can also carry out the tests of the objects and devices from the related fields (e.g. cars, working machines), within the static and fatigue strength, power transmissions, movement parameters, thermal and flowing problems, vibration resistance, acoustic properties.

Designing services

IThe Institute offers the complex designing services within all types of rail vehicles as locomotives, passenger cars, freight wagons, trams, rail buses, rail-road vehicles. It also offers the wide range of works related to the modernization of the operated vehicles up to now. Owing to the modernization the vehicles obtained the much more advantageous operational parameters.

The examples of the modernized and initiated works are: diesel locomotives of type SP32, SM48, SM42, ST44, the electric locomotive ET22 and the electric traction unit EN57.

Production services

Basing on the own studies the modern subassemblies of the rail vehicles are produced as: the pneumatic boards and containers, the screw compressors for the traction vehicles, the air shut-off cock, the desk controller.


The Institute possesses the accreditation of the German railway office EBA (Eisenbahn Bundesamt). Within of the acceptance of EBA the Laboratory for Rail Vehicles Tests has obtained the authorization to carry out the following types of trials and tests:

  • static strength tests of rail vehicles body shells,
  • static and dynamic strength tests of bogie frames,
  • static and dynamic tests of buffers and their subassemblies,
  • impact tests for passenger and freight trains,
  • tests of brake systems of rail vehicles,
  • fatigue strength tests for suspension systems of rail vehicles,
  • safety tests against derailment during passing along the twisted track, and torsional rigidity tests of rail vehicles body
  • tests of fire protection properties.

In addition the Laboratory for Rail Vehicles Tests of the Institute possesses the accreditations of the Polish Accreditation Center No AB 744 according to standard PN EN-ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

The Institute possesses the authorization resulting from the Decree of Minister of Infrastructure dated 2005 concerning to carrying out the tests and elaborating the opinions necessary to obtain the certificate of admittance to operation of the type of railway vehicle, and also the Certificate TÜV Rheinland-Polska according to standard ISO 9001:2000.

Since 2007 the Institute has been notified in the European Union at No NB1940 in the range of certification of the rolling stock and its components basing on the directives 96/48/EC (conventional railways) and 201/16/EC (high speed railways).


Among the more important companies, with that the institute cooperates, it should be mentioned: Grupa PKP in this: PKP Intercity, PKP Przewozy Regionalne, PKP Cargo; H.CEGIELSKI – Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych Sp. z o.o. – Poznań; ALSTOM Konstal S.A. – Chorzów; BOMBARDIER Transportation Polska – Wrocław, SIEMENS Polska – Warszawa; PESA – Bydgoszcz; Pierwsza Fabryka Lokomotyw w Polsce “FABLOK” S.A. – Chrzanów; GATX Rail Polska – Warszawa; Metro Warszawskie – Warszawa; Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne – Poznań and many others.

The Institute participates indirectly in the international programs performing the works for the benefit of these programs basing on the bilateral agreements with the biggest producers in Europe and out of it. It refers such companies as: GEC ALSTOM – England, France, Switzerland; BOMBARDIER – Germany, Canada, Switzerland; FAIVELEY TRANSPORT NORDIC AB – Sweden, France, Italy, Germany; SIEMENS – Germany; FIAT FERROVIARIA – Italy; KEYSTONE – USA; FTZ MINDEN – Germany; ABB DAIMLER BENZ – Switzerland and many others.

Management of Institute:

Director of Institute Maciej Andrzejewski
Vice-Director of Development Jarosław Czerwiński
Financial & Economic Vice-Director

Chief Accountant

Wiesław Szukała
Director’s Plenipotentiary Włodzimierz Stawecki
Chairman of the Scientific Board Franciszek Tomaszewski

tel.: +48 61 664-13-00 tel.: +48 61 653-40-01

mail: sekretariat@tabor.com.pl

Heads of departments, subdivisions and specialists:

Department of Locomotives Piotr Michalak +48 61-66-41-461 lokomotywy@tabor.com.pl
Department of Passenger Wagons Mariusz Far +48 61-66-41-499 osobowy@tabor.com.pl
Department of Freight Wagons Wojciech Jakuszko +48 61-66-41-480 towarowy@tabor.com.pl
Department of Driving and Running Systems and Units p.o.Tomasz Antkowiak +48 61-66-41-423 wozki@tabor.com.pl
Department of Kinematics, Dynamics and Strength Marcin Kruś +48 61-66-41-440 obliczenia@tabor.com.pl
Department of Pneumatic and Braking Systems and Units Damian Goliwąs +48 61-66-41-442 hamulce@tabor.com.pl
Electrotechnical Department Jarosław Iwanowski +48 61-66-41-479 elektrotechnika@tabor.com.pl
Department of Information and Informatics Władysław Stankowski +48 61-66-41-488 ointe@tabor.com.pl
Laboratory of Rail Vehicles Tests Michał Kowalski +48 61-66-41-457 laboratorium@tabor.com.pl
Department of Prototypes Zbigniew Zieliński +48 61-66-41-417 prototypy@tabor.com.pl
Economic Department p.o. Grażyna Król +48 61-66-41-411 ekonomiczny@tabor.com.pl
Department of Quality Control Sylwin Tomaszewski +48 61-66-41-478 kontrola_jakosci@tabor.com.pl
Department of Purchasing and Administration Jacek Andrzejewski +48 61-66-41-424 administracja@tabor.com.pl
Department of Providing the Working Conditions Jan Strzemkowski 61-66-41-431 ruch@tabor.com.pl
Principal Specialist of Marketing and Foreign Cooperation Ryszard Szerbart +48 61-66-41-444 sekretariat@tabor.com.pl
Principal Specialist of Quality Control Piotr Cieślak +48 61-66-41-485 qms@tabor.com.pl
Centre of Product Certification Rafał Cichy +48 61-66-41-434 certyfikacja@tabor.com.pl
Board of Advisors Zbigniew Durzyński +48 61-66-41-465 z.durzynski@tabor.com.pl
Marek Sobaś +48 61-66-41-446 m.sobas@tabor.com.pl
IT Department Alina Górna +48 61-66-41-483 lanadmin@tabor.com.pl
Editor’s Office of “Rail Vehicles” Władysław Stankowski +48 61-66-41-488 redakcja@tabor.com.pl