Aleksandr Kurchatov, technical director of Yakutia Railways and Michele Molinari, CEO of the Molinari Rail group, signed a contract about the concept development of a new genset locomotive for Russia and the CIS markets .
Molinari Rail has won the competitive tender of Yakutia Railways in May 2014.
Molinari Rail will develop the new genset locomotive in cooperation with Sinara Transport Machines especially to operate in the harsh climate conditions of BAM and AYAM in Russian Federation.
The project’s goal will be achieved by a combination of both, proven and innovative technology from Russia and the USA. The TE8 locomotive platform designed by Sinara is the basis for this new genset locomotive.
Aleksandr Kurchatov, technical director of Yakutia Railways, explains: “This is an important project for us and the Far East of the Russian Federation. It allows us to receive locomotives that will operate in the harsh climate conditions as well as our current and future operational requirements. This project opens a new chapter in the Russian locomotive industry, as no comparable locomotive is available on the market. We are glad, that we have found with Molinari an experienced and reliable partner for this challenging task.”
Michele Molinari, founder and owner of Molinari Rail further states that: “We are happy to have won the tender for this challenging project and thank Yakutia for the trust in our team.
This is a key project for us building on our long-standing relationship with Russia using our international know-how and experience. With Yakutia Railway, we have a partner that knows the challenges of the railroad infrastructure of BAM and AYAM in Russia, and shares this knowledge to reach an optimal solution.”
JSC Yakutia Railways is operator of the rolling stock and owner of the railroad infrastructure since 1995. It has mainline and shunting diesel electric locomotives in its fleet. It provides transportation for the largest region in Russian Federation – Sakha (Yakutia).