2ES5 freight electric locomotive, Russia’s first electric freight locomotive with AC asynchronous traction motor, meets all the technical requirements and safety standards for rail transport. This was the conclusion of the Russian the interdepartmental committee (IAC) for 2ES5 commissioning, chaired by Russian Railways Senior Vice President – Chief Engineer Valentin Gapanovich.
The locomotive is developed by TRTrans, a JV of Alstom and its Transmashholding (TMH), at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant. The contract for the supply of 200 units to the Russian Railways was signed in May 2011. The locomotives will be supplied to until 2020 at least.
According to Alstom, 2ES5 is the most powerful loco in Russia, able to run at speeds of up to 120 km/h pulling freight convoys weighting more than 6000 t. The 2ES5 has individual voltage inverters, oil free piston-type compressors with air drying and cleaning units, microprocessor control and fault detection system. With the new locomotives, Russian Railways can significantly increase their freight capacity, boost energy efficiency and reduce operating and maintenance costs due to wider service intervals. In addition, the new locomotive provides the highest level of ergonomics and safety for the operating crews, who benefit from features such as climate control and impact-absorbing units.
The key electric components, including the traction equipment, are manufactured in Russia.
The “double bobo” locomotives will be operated on Baikal–Amur Mainline, aiming to increase traffic volume on this route.