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Sinara Transport Machines has announced that its ‘fundamentally new, fully Russian’ 2TE35A main line diesel locomotives are to be produced at the Ural Locomotives factory near Yekaterinburg.
STM and Russian Railways signed a framework agreement for the supply of 2ES6A electric and 2TE35A diesel locos in November 2020, marking the electric and shunting locomotive supplier’s entry into the main line diesel locomotive market.
The 16-axle 2TE35A design has been developed by STM’s research centre, and the control systems and asynchronous traction equipment will be produced the group’s traction components company.
The locos will be able to haul trains of up to 6 900 tonnes, and they are expected to be deployed in eastern Russia, on non-electrified sections of the BAM route and potentially on the Northern Latitudinal Railway.
The Ural Locomotives joint venture of Sinara and Siemens was established in 2010 for the production of electric locomotives and Lastochka (Desiro RUS) electric multiple-units. An agreement on the development and localisation of high speed trains was signed by STM, Russian Railways and Siemens Mobility last year.
‘Ural Locomotives is an advanced enterprise with unique competencies in the development and production of high-tech rolling stock, which are not inferior to foreign analogues in terms of their technical, economic, operational and environmental characteristics’, said STM General Director Viktor Lesh on March 11.
‘Making Ural Locomotives the centre of STM Holding’s main line locomotive construction site is the most logical choice’, said Lesh. ‘We strongly believe in the enormous potential of machines with asynchronous traction drives and have already started the work on their production.’
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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