Russian Railways introduces locomotives running on compressed natural gas
The first serially produced mainline gas turbine GT1h-002 has hauled a train weighing
9,000 tons on Moscow Railways. Its first run with a train weighing 9,000 tons from
Rybnoe station to Orekhovo-Zyevo station, a distance of more than 150 kilometers,
took 2.5 hours.
This locomotive has no analogues anywhere in the world. The GT1h-002 gas turbine
power unit has a capacity of 8,500 kW and runs on compressed natural gas, a fuel that
meets the highest European environmental standards. The GT1h-002 not only makes for
improved traction, but also reduced consumption of power and diesel fuel and lower
levels of harmful emissions.
At Orekhovo-Zyevo station, Russian Railways completed testing of another completely
new engine on the Company's network, the TEM19 shunting locomotive, which has a gas-fuelled
reciprocating engine running on compressed natural gas without the use of diesel fuel,
which significantly reduces the locomotive's operating costs.
The TEM19 is equipped with a gas engine and a special container to store liquefied
natural gas. According to the engine's developers, if necessary, its fuel container
can be easily removed and a new one installed, which significantly reduces costs when
The world's first diesel-gas reciprocating engine was presented at the IV International
Railway Salon EXPO 1520 in September 2013.
Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice President for Innovation & Development at Russian
Railways, attended the locomotive's certification testing at Orekhovo-Zyevo station
on 13 December 2014.
It is planned to begin serial production of the locomotive at the beginning of
Locomotives with gas reciprocating engines are planned for use at railway stations
to carry out shunting work.