‘Powerful’ freight locomotive to be tested on Baikal–Amur railway in Russia

Photo: Transmasholding.
Photo: Transmasholding.

Transmashholding subsidiary Bryansk Machine-Building Plant (BMZ) is to test its most powerful freight diesel locomotive on the Baikal–Amur railway in Russia.

3ТЭ25К2М has been tested in central Russia and will now face the challenging climate and terrain of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East.

The locomotive has been specially designed to operate under severe conditions and is able to haul up to 7,100 tonnes. It uses GE Transportation’s GEVO-12, a 12-cylinder diesel engine with up to 3,100 kW power.

The Baikal–Amur railway currently uses 2TE25A and 3TE10MK locomotives to haul trains of up to 5,600 tonnes.

The new locomotives will significantly increase the total capacity for freight to be carried along the line without the construction of new tracks.

Transmashholding presented 3ТЭ25К2М for the first time to the public in February 2017.

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