E1000 Electric Locomotive developed by Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and manufactured by TÜLOMSAŞ will enter service by 2016, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Isik stated on Friday. The one-megawatt-power electric locomotive will be used for shunting and short distance freight services.
“We have produced the electric locomotive. Our Turkish-made locomotives will be on track in 2016. Next, an electric train is on the agenda.” Isik said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.
Apart from the production of electric locomotives, there is also an ongoing R&D project aimed at producing engines for these vehicles, Isik said.
Launched in 2011, the project estimated at EUR 3.5 million was financed under TÜBİTAK Public Institutions Research Funding Program (1007 Program). TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center – developed the traction converters and control systems, while TULOMSAS supplied the mechanical components.