Russia’s first gas turbine locomotive GT-1 pulls train weighing 16,000 tons
"Today, at the test ring of the Science and Research Rail Transport Institute (VNIIZhT)
in the town of Shcherbinka outside Moscow, the GT-1, Russia’s first gas turbine
locomotive, pulled a train consisting of 170 loaded wagons and weighing 16,000 tons
at the III International Railway Exhibition "Expo 1520". No other locomotive in the
world is able to pull a train of this weight and length," said Vladimir Yakunin, the
president of Russian Railways.
The GT-1 is the world’s first gas turbine engine that runs on compressed
natural gas. It was assembled at the Voronezh Locomotive Works. The gas turbine locomotive
consists of two sections, one containing the turbine and the power block, the other
a tank for holding 17 tons of fuel, enough for 750 km. The gas turbine has a total
(maximum) capacity of 8,300 kW and a total weight of 300 tons. The locomotive can
pull a goods train at up to 100 kph.
The GT-1’s record was achieved at the demonstration area of the "Expo 1520"
exhibition, where visitors and participants had the opportunity to observe new rolling
stock in action, including new domestic-produced locomotives in the series 2ES10,
Demonstrations of veteran engines were also given on the experimental ring, including
three operational steam locomotive of the legendary series P, E and L.