Russian Railways to purchase 68 2TE25KM main line diesel locomotives from Transmashholding
Russian Railways and the Transmashholding Group are closely linked as a result of their long-standing partnership. Over the course of the cooperation between the two companies, more than 2,000 locomotives have been delivered to the Russian rail network.
While Russia has been faced with the question of import substitution recently, domestic locomotives were produced with 90% of their components manufactured in Russia, noted Vladimir Yakunin, the President of Russian Railways, who was at the presentation of the new generation 2TE25KM locomotive in Bryansk on Friday.
Vladimir Yakunin stressed that for Russian Railways, import substitution is not a campaign which began yesterday, but a policy which the Company had always followed with Transmashholding. The development strategy of Russian Railways provides for a wear and tear level of 50% on traction rolling stock. Now, the wear and tear level is about 69%, but it is still much better than it was before.
"We live in an environment where price and quality allowed us to select Transmashholding and this plant as our partners, so if this work will continue, it will ensure that these orders will be delivered to the plant," said Vladimir Yakunin, who also noted that Russian Railways is currently buying 68 2TE25KM locomotives from Transmashholding.
The 2TE25KM is a main line two-section freight locomotive with AC-DC electric transmission and axle traction control. More than 90% of the components used in the construction of the locomotive are manufactured in Russia. In comparison with mass series diesel locomotives, the 2TE25KM can haul heavier freight trains, thus reducing operating costs. This is achieved by increasing the coefficient of diesel utilisation.
One of the locomotive's key advantages is its simplicity and ease of maintenance and servicing, which is a result of the easy accessibility and adaptability of its main units. The switch to the new locomotives will thus result in reduced maintenance and repair costs for the diesel fleet.
The locomotives are manufactured at the Bryansk Engineering Plant.