Rail products supplier Alstom and its Russian rail engineering partner Transmashholding are testing their jointly developed 2ES5 freight locomotive prototype at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant.
The testing will include inspection, start up and commissioning of all systems and components using both static and dynamic tests. The final tests will be executed on the Russian Railways testing ring. The procedure will ensure smooth and safe operation of the 2ES5 under real conditions. A second prototype will also be provided to accelerate the test process.
Deliveries of the locomotives will start at the end of 2013. According to the contract, 2ES5 locomotives will be supplied to Russian Railways until at least 2020. They will be operated in eastern Siberia and Far East regions.
The 2ES5 is the second train developed by TRTrans, a 50-50 joint venture of Alstom and TMH. Its components will be manufactured in Russia.
With the new locomotives, Russian Railways expects to increase freight capacity, boost energy efficiency and reduce operating and maintenance costs.