Alstom and TMH 2ES5 locomotive just obtained the certification, confirming its compliance with Russian mandatory safety norms. By 2020, 200 units will be delivered to the customer, Russian Railways. The first vehicles should enter commercial service during autumn and will start operating in Siberia along winter time.
Developed by TRTrans, the engineering center jointly operated by Alstom and Transmashholding (TMH), the 2ES5 electric locomotive is Russia’s first mainline freight AC locomotive with asynchronous motors. Production of the key components, including traction equipment, is localized in Russia and the locomotives themselves are manufactured at TMH’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant.
The advanced design of the locomotives enables a significant increase in time between overhauls, ensuring a dramatic reduction in maintenance costs.
The 2ES5 locomotives will be operated in the Eastern regions of Russia, on the Baikal-Amur Mainline, which is now being upgraded as part of a government program.