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October 7, 2014

TMH’s NEVZ delivers first two electric locomotives to Russian Railways

Russian Railways (RZD) has taken delivery of its first two 2ES5 Scythian freight electric locomotives from Transmashholding's (TMH) Novocherkassk electric locomotive plant (NEVZ) at the Vikhorevka depot of the East-Siberian Railway.

2ES5 Scythian freight electric locomotives

Russian Railways (RZD) has taken delivery of its first two 2ES5 Scythian freight electric locomotives from Transmashholding’s (TMH) Novocherkassk electric locomotive plant (NEVZ) at the Vikhorevka depot of the East-Siberian Railway.

The new locomotives will play a key role in the Russian Railway Transport Development Strategy and will increase transport and freight traffic on the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Railways.

The vehicles are part of an order for 200 2ES5 locomotives, which was awarded to Alstom and TMH by RZD in June 2011. Deliveries are scheduled to run until 2020.

Equipped with asynchronous traction motors and anti-skid system, RZD’s 2ES5 Scythian is the first Russian mainline freight AC electric locomotive capable of delivering an output of 8,400kW.

"The new locomotives will play a key role in the Russian Railway Transport Development Strategy."

Developed to satisfy all requirements of technical design assignment and railway safety regulations, the new locomotive are designed to haul heavy trains on complex profile routes, enhance tonnage rating and highly improve railway traffic capacity.

The new freight locos feature a control system for diagnostics of board systems and equipment, new automatic train operation with GLONASS and GPS navigation satellite systems for safe and power-saving mode of train performance.

Incorporating several advanced technical solutions, the 2ES5 service is believed to benefit the operator by significantly reducing maintenance and repair costs, as well as repair idle time.

The units are also fitted with a modular driver’s cab with air conditioning, all up-to-date sanitary, ergonomics and safety standards.

The 2ES5 is the second train developed by Russian engineering centre TRTrans, a 50-50 joint venture of Alstom and TMH, following the EP20 dual-system passenger electric locomotive.


Image: The 2ES5 asynchronous double-bogie freight locomotive will run at speeds of up to 120km/h. Photo: courtesy of Transmashholding.

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