Russian Gas Locomotive passes Acceptance Tests

russian gas locomotiveA gas-powered shunting locomotive built by Bryansk Engineering Plant – a subsidiary of Transmashholding – has successfully completed acceptance trials.

An initial order of 50 TEM19 locomotives has now been placed following testing at the Egorshino Depot of RZD Ekaterinburg Equipment Division.

Created by VNIKTI and BMZ, the TEM19 is fitted with a gas reciprocating engine, which the manufacturer says will help reduce energy consumption by up to 20 per cent a year.

The modular vehicle has an integrated driver’s cab module, cryogenic system with gas conditioning and LNG feeding systems, engine generator set, cooling system, hardware cabinet, electric dynamic brake and compressor unit.