New 2ES7 mainline electric train pulls 30 heavy trains on Baikal-Amur Main Line
The new 2ES7 mainline electric train was tested for its traction and power on the
Taishet - Taksimo stretch at East Siberian Railways during October-November 2017.
Since November 2016, this modern rolling stock has hauled 30 heavy trains weighing
6,000 tons along the Baikal-Amur Main Line.
As a result of these tests, it was concluded that the mass of the trains pulled
could be increased, while at the same time reducing operating costs by 12%.
Earlier on the Baikal-Amur Main Line, trains with such a weight hauled three-section
Ermak 3ES5K locomotives with 12 traction axles and a total capacity of 9.84 MW.
The 2ES7 locomotive, which has a capacity of 8.8 MW and eight-axle traction, successfully
hauled a train weighing 6,000 tons along a similar stretch between Taishet - Taksimo
and used on average 25% less electrical power thanks to an improved booster system
on the 2ES7 and the traction characteristics of asynchronous electric motors.
The Taishet - Taksimo stretch combines a whole range of factors that impede the
operation of locomotives, including a large number of passes and tight curves, air
temperature ranging from plus 50°C in the summer to minus 50°C in the winter,
while heavy snowfall on the rails complicates movement along the tracks in winter.
In terms of cold weather, traction rolling stock is also subject to sudden changes
in external temperatures when passing through the Severomuisk railway tunnel, which
is over 15 km in length. Due to the technological features in maintaining the tunnel,
its internal temperature never falls below plus 15°C all the year round. As a
result, the high temperature difference between the air inside and outside the tunnel
in winter places a much greater stress on all the locomotive's systems, components
The 2ES7 is Russia's first mainline electric freight AC asynchronous motor drive.
Created at the Ural Locomotives plant in 2013, it utilizes an asynchronous traction
motor, which gives the locomotive high pulling power.