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9 June 2010 y.

Transmashholding and RZD have signed a contract for supply of 200 innovative passenger electric locomotives


CJSC Transmashholding and JSC RZD on Thursday, 27 May 2010, concluded a contract for supply of 200 dual-system passenger EP20 locomotives of the new generation in the period of 2012 – 2010. It has been reported by Public Relations Department of the Holding.

The contract was concluded in Sochi within the framework of the V International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership”. It was signed by the President of JSC RZD Vladimir Yakunin and the Chairman of the Board of Directors CJSC Transmashholding Andrey Bokarev.

Locomotive is developed by the joint engineering company, established by Transmashholding and French concern Alstom Transport under the General Partnership Agreement for development and production of the new rolling stock and railway components, signed on the 1st of May 2010 in Paris in the presence of the presidents of the Russian Federation and France.

High-tech and future engineering solutions are used in the design of the new locomotive, providing in comparison with locomotives of the previous generation essentially higher operational characteristics, design reliability and more comfortable width=100% working conditions for the drivers.

Electric locomotives will be produced at Novosherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant.

It is planned, that the first EP20 locomotives will be produced in 2011, and after that they will be fully tested and pass state certification. 36 locomotives will be handed over to JSC RZD in 2012-2013 and they will be used in passenger transport management on the Moscow-Sochi route, including the Winter Olympic Games period.

EP20 – is the first Russian electric locomotive, which is capable to haul trains at a speed of 200 km/h. The locomotive will be equipped with asynchronous drive on the basis of IGBT-transistors. The technical solutions involved will allow to reduce a scope of maintenance, to increase run between repairs and provide energy saving.

EP20 will become a framework for electric locomotives basic platform which will be developed into a family of passenger and freight electric locomotives of various types. The concept of a new-generation locomotives basic platform will allow to increase units and systems unification for new series of passenger electric locomotives EP2 and EP3 up to 85% and up to 70-75% for freight electric locomotives E2, E3, 2ES4, 2ES5.

Design features of dual-system electric locomotive EP 20:

  • asynchronous traction motors;
  • traction converters with IGBT-transistors;
  • disk brakes; wrought wheels;
  • oil-free compressor;
  • electronic brake valves;
  • safety system;
  • traction motor and gearbox with support frame suspension (3rd class drive);
  • LED headlight and lamps;
  • Modular control cabinet with the built-in energy absorption modules in case of collision.