Kazakhstan: Silkway Transit Receives Four Diesel Shunting Locomotives

Silkway Transit, the largest cargo operator in Kazakhstan, has taken possession of four diesel shunting locomotives, type TEM14, which were manufactured by Sinara Transport Machines.

The locomotives will perform shunting operations at the Dostyk-Alashankou border crossing point between Kazakhstan and China. This crossing point is the busiest along the east-west rail freight corridor and the one through which the majority of all rail freight is transported under the Chinese One Belt, One Road initiative, which launched in 2013.

TEM14 diesel shunting locomotives for Silkway Transit
TEM14 diesel shunting locomotives for Silkway Transit

Anton Zubikhin, General Director of STM, said developing the export potential of the company as one of its main strategic goals.

Anton Zubikhin:

“Nowadays, STM products are successfully operating in more than 30 countries, and our plans include a significant increase of this indicator. Kazakhstan is the owner of one of the longest railways among all the CIS countries, therefore, of course, this market is of great interest to us, and we are confident in increasing the supply of our equipment to various Kazakhstan's companies in the future.”

Since 2007, STM has supplied a total of 46 diesel locomotives and more than 80 track maintenance vehicles and 246 hopper cars to Kazakhstan.

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