Alstom Tests 2ES5 Electric Freight Locomotive with Russian Partner TMH
Alstom is working together with its Russian partner Transmashholding to undergo tests on the 2ES5 freight locomotive prototype.
Based at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant, the locomotive is a jointly developed train by the two companies and tests will include inspection, start up and commissioning of all systems and components using both static and dynamic tests.
Tests will ensure safe operation
The final tests are set to be executed on the Russian Railways testing ring and the procedure will go ahead to ensure smooth, safe operation of the 2ES5 under genuine conditions, with a second prototype to be provided to speed up the test process.
The new 2ES5 train is the second model to be developed by TR Trans, an equal joing venture of Alstom and THM.
Significant cost saving procedures
The 2ES5 model shares a platform with the EP20 dual-system passenger electric locomotive along with 75% of its parts, ensuring that the new development will consist of significant cost and maintenance savings.
The 2ESF relies heavily on advanced engineering solutions, which includes a traction drive with a synchronous traction motor, along with individual voltage inverters, oil free piston-type compressors with air drying and cleaning units and a microprocessor control and fault detection system.
Manufactured in Russia
The main 2ES5 components will be manufactured in Russia, with the new locomotives helping aid Russian railways in significantly increasing their freight capacity as well as increase energy efficiency and reduce operating and maintenance costs.
The new trains will also go forward in providing the highest level of ergonomics and safety for the operating crews on board, who will benefit from state of the art features such as climate control and impact absorbing units.
Signed on May 30th 2011, the contract also includes the supply of 200 2ES5 electronic locomotives to the Russian railways, with the deliveries beginning at the end of 2013.
According to conditions laid out in the contract, the 2ES5 trains will be supplied to Russian railways until at least 2020 and will be operated in Eastern Siberia and Far East regions.