Bryansk Engineering Plant, part of Transmashholding, is testing a TEM28 prototype diesel shunting locomotive at the Penza Operational Locomotive Depot. Experts will evaluate the new locomotive”s technical capabilities and compare them with the earlier TEM18 mode. The full set of tests are due to be completed in October 2016.
During the comparative tests, which are being carried out under identical operating conditions, the efficiency of the diesel generator unit and oil and fuel consumption will be evaluated, as well as the locomotive”s technical reliability as a whole. In addition, the engineers will assess the locomotive”s new and more comfortable cab, which is air-conditioned and offers all-round visibility.
Tests of the new machine at Penza will be held over four months, during which the depot”s experts will analyse the operating parameters and test results and prepare a conclusion for the manufacturer. In addition, the manufacturer will train two engine drivers-cum-instructors from the depot in order to pass on the experience to their colleagues.
The fleet of Russian Railways consists of more than 6,000 shunting locomotives. The Company actively participates in the development of reliable and modern rolling stock.
In accordance with the Company”s fleet renewal strategy, the locomotives should incorporate improved technical characteristics and running costs, offer comfortable conditions for the locomotive crews, a high degree of energy efficiency and be environmentally friendly.