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Alstom and TMH present new generation freight locomotives for Russia and Kazakhstan at the Expo 1520 in Moscow


Alstom and its Russian partner, Transmashholding (TMH), present their most recent jointly developed locomotives, the 2ES5 for Russia and the KZ8A for Kazakhstan at the 4th International Rail Salon of Engineering and Technologies EXPO 1520 being held in Moscow on 11-14 September, 2013. For the first time, visitors will be able to see the 2ES5 in operation, as well as the KZ8A, unveiled – also for the first time - on Russian soil. The two locomotives are among the most powerful in the world and mark an important milestone in Alstom’s successful partnership with TMH.

The 2ES5 – the first Russian locomotive with asynchronous traction drive

Designed by TRTrans, an engineering centre developed by Alstom and TMH, the 2ES5 is the first AC Russian locomotive with asynchronous traction drive. With a capacity of 8,400 kW, the 2ES5 is a powerful locomotive, able to run at 120 km/h and to haul up to 9,000 tonnes.

The locomotive’s state-of-the-art technology and modular design provide a high safety level and lower lifecycle cost. The locomotive is designed to ensure rail traffic optimisation, due to reduced power consumption, longer intervals between maintenance and the ability to run at maximum speed in a curved profile. The 2ES5 can resist temperatures as low as -50°C.

Innovative solutions for this particular locomotive include the traction drive, modular design and electronic braking which prevents the braking pads from deterioration. The 2ES5 also introduces a new level of ergonomics and comfort for the driver.

The first locomotive is now undergoing dynamic tests on the test track in Sherbinka, near Moscow. 200 locomotives will be supplied to RZD, in accordance with the contract signed on 30 May 2011.

KZ8A: able to run in extreme weather conditions

KZ8A is among the most powerful locomotives in the world (8,800 kW), able to run at 120 km/h and to haul up to 9,000 tonnes. The KZ8A has been especially designed to operate in extreme cold temperatures of as low as -50° C.

The first KZ8A is already being tested in real conditions in Kazakhstan, from Astana to Yermentau and Karaganda. The later locomotives are currently undergoing various testing procedures, including dynamic tests. By the end of 2013, twelve locomotives are planned for delivery to Kazakhstan.

The locomotive is produced at the EKZ manufacturing site, a joint venture between Kazakh Railways (KTZ), Alstom and TMH, in the city of Astana. The plant was inaugurated on 12 December, 2012. It will be able to produce up to 80 locomotives per year after the ramp-up. 200 locomotives will be delivered to KTZ in accordance with the contract.

Alstom and TMH partner to address CIS market needs

Covering 150,000 km, the 1520 rail network[1] is the biggest in the world. Russia and the CIS[2] region are launching an ambitious programme to enhance passenger comfort, increase train performance, modernise aging fleets and extend the rail system, from mainline to regional and urban lines. Alstom and TMH are designing railway solutions that are customised to market needs, and aim to launch a new product per year.

The first product designed by Alstom for the Russian market was the high speed train, Allegro, in 2009. Since then, the partnership between Alstom and TMH has been very fruitful with the launch of the EP20 passenger locomotive launched in 2010, and now with the 2ES5 and the KZ8A. New projects are under development. To date, Alstom and TMH have secured orders for a total of 700 locomotives in Russia and Kazakhstan, totalling €3.5 billion.

About Transmashholding

Transmashholding (TMH) is the largest railway engineering company in CIS in terms of sales volume and one of the largest manufacturers in the world. In 2012 the company registered sales of 130 billion rubles (2.97 billion euro). TMH employs 56,000 people and offers a wide range of products and services, including production and repairs of subway cars, electric and diesel trains, passenger cars, locomotives, freight cars, diesel power plants, locomotive, marine and stationary diesel engines. The company’s rolling stock is operated in all climatic zones.


[1] The 1520 railway network includes Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kirghizstan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldavia, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland where the track gauge is 1520 mm, compared with the standard UIC gauge of 1435 mm.

[2] CIS : Community of Independant States


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