2 August 2013 y.
Kolomenskiy Zavod Delivered the 200th EP2K Type Locomotive to the Customer
Kolomensky Zavod (part of CJSC Transmashholding) delivered the main-line passenger DC electric locomotive EP2K No. 200 to Barabinsk depot of the West Siberian Railway.
EP2K locomotives are to replace CzS2 electric locomotives of Czech production and as compared to the latter, they are distinguished by many essential technological edges in capacity and traction characteristics - 14% increase in capacity and 20% in traction force. The new locomotive is designed to haul passenger trains in climatic areas with outside air temperatures from minus 50°C up to plus 40°C.
Barabinsk depot became the main base of the Russian Railways in the context of EP2K DC electric passenger locomotive operation and maintenance. Inclusive of the milestone EP2K locomotive, there are 180 EP2K electric locomotives in Barabinsk loco fleet.
Apart from the West Siberian Railway, EP2K electric locomotives manufactured by Kolomenskiy Zavod are operated on the Oktyabrskaya Railway (assignment depot “Sankt-Petersburg”). Totally,
21 EP2K locomotives are in operation in the northern Russian capital.
OAO RZD expressed the intention to purchase 514 EP2K passenger electric locomotives by 2015 in the course of retrofitting and refurbishing program of rolling stock in Russia.
The first EP2K DC electric locomotive prototype was manufactured by Kolomensky Zavod in the late 2005. In 2008, the plant launched of pilot batch manufacturing of the brand new locomotive in Russia. In December 2010, EP2K electric locomotive was certified for the serial production.
In 2013, Kolomensky Zavod plant plans to produce 50 more EP2K locomotives.