Alstom and TMH 2ES5 locomotive just obtained the certification, confirming its compliance with Russian mandatory safety norms. By 2020, 200 units will be delivered to the customer, Russian Railways (RZD). The first ones should enter commercial service during autumn and will start operating in Syberia along winter time.
Developed by TRTrans, the engineering centre jointly operated by Alstom and Transmashholding (TMH), the 2ES5 electric locomotive is Russia’s first mainline freight AC1 locomotive with asynchronous motors. Production of the key components, including traction equipment, is localized in Russia and the locomotives themselves are manufactured at TMH’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant.
“The 2ES5 electric locomotive is our second product jointly developed with TMH after the EP20 passenger electric locomotive, currently the fastest in Russia, able to run at up to 200 km/h. The new freight electric locomotive is based on a modular principle and its design will provide the customer with the most advanced engineering solutions in terms of security, control systems, power consumption and driver comfort,” said Thibault Desteract, Senior Vice-President of Alstom Transport in Russia and CIS.
The advanced design of the locomotives enables a significant increase in time between overhauls, ensuring a dramatic reduction in maintenance costs.
The 2ES5 locomotives will be operated in the Eastern regions of Russia, on the Baikal-Amur Mainline, which is now being upgraded as part of a government programme.