E1000 Type Electric Locomotive prototype developed by Turkish State Railways (TCDD) will begin operating in November, stated Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Fikri Işık to the local press.
“We are planning to put 70 shunting locomotives and 110 high-speed trains on tracks by 2023. We have produced a prototype of an electric locomotive and carried out its test drive successfully,” he added.
The one-megawatt-power electric locomotive to be used for shunting and short distance freight services was designed and manufactured in Turkey. 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 to be applied to E1000 locomotive project, while TULOMSAS supplied the mechanical components.