OJSC Russian Railways commissions world's first gas locomotive
Russian Railways today took part in a ceremony at which the Company received the symbolic key to its new TEM19 locomotive, the world's first shunting gas locomotive.
The Company had commissioned the TEM19 from JSC Bryansk Engineering Plant, which was presented with the government's compliance certificate at the ceremony, which was held at the V International Rail Salon EXPO 1520 now being held in Moscow.
Mikhail Melnikov, Deputy Head of the Federal Budgetary Organisation Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport (FBO RC FRT), presented the compliance certificate to Oleg Kravchenko, the Director of the Engineering Centre at the Bryansk Engineering Plant.
In the presence of Russian Railways' Senior Vice President Valentin Gapanovich, Oleg Kravchenko in turn handed over the symbolic key to gas locomotive TEM19 to the members of the locomotive crew at the Yegorshino locomotive depot at Sverdlovsk Railways, where the engine is planned to enter service.
As part of the plan to introduce natural gas as a motor fuel at Russian Railways, the relevant documentation has been developed and at the Bryansk factory a prototype shunting gas locomotive was made with a capacity of 880 kW and gas engine running on liquefied natural gas without the use of diesel fuel. OJSC Maminykh Volgodieselmash in the town of Balakovo manufactured the gas engine.
Gas locomotives for use on major railway hubs reduce the environmental impact in large cities.
The locomotive underwent full testing at Sverdlovsk Railways and handled the complete range of acceptance tests, whereupon the Commission approved the manufacture of a pilot batch.
Russian Railways plans to acquire one TEM19 locomotive in 2015.
The Company's total investment programme provides for the purchase of 484 locomotives at a cost of 60.2 billion roubles.