Alstom and its Russian partner TMH are successfully testing the 2ES5 freight electric locomotive

Alstom and its Russian partner Transmashholding (TMH) are taking tests on their jointly developed 2ES5 freight electric locomotive prototype at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant. The testing will include inspection, start up and commissioning of all systems and components using both static and dynamic tests; the final tests will be executed on the Russian Railways testing ring. The procedure will ensure smooth, safe operation of the 2ES5 under real conditions. A second prototype will be provided to accelerate the test process.

The 2ES5 is the second train developed by TRTrans, a 50-50 joint venture of Alstom and TMH, after the EP20 dual-system passenger electric locomotive. The two models share the same platform and 75% of their parts, enabling significant cost and maintenance savings.

The 2ES5 relies on advanced engineering solutions, including a traction drive with asynchronous traction motors – a first for a Russian AC cargo locomotive -, individual voltage inverters, oil free piston-type compressors with air drying and cleaning units, microprocessor control and fault detection system. The key 2ES5 components will be manufactured in Russia.

With the new locomotives, Russian railways can significantly increase their freight capacity, boost energy efficiency and reduce operating and maintenance costs due to wider service intervals. In addition, the new locomotives provide the highest level of ergonomics and safety for the operating crews, who benefit from features such as climate control and impact-absorbing units.

The contract, signed on May 30th 2011, includes the supply of 200 2ES5 electric locomotives to the Russian railways. Deliveries of the locomotives will start at the end of 2013. According to the contract, 2ES5 electric locomotives will be supplied to Russian Railways until 2020 at least. The locomotives will be operated in Eastern Siberia and Far East regions.

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Source : Alstom

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