New TEM28 shunting locomotive
28 November 2016 y.

New TEM28 shunting locomotive

TEM 28, the new shunting diesel locomotive manufactured by Bryansk engineering Plant (BMZ, part of JSC Transmashholding) completed operation tests with success. The locomotive is back from Penza depot where it has passed the 300-hours running test without objections, and confirmed its designed technical characteristics. 

According to the information from the deputy chief design engineer of BMZ division for new developments, Yuriy Dulikov, TEM28 demonstrated excellent results in gravity hump tests, which is deemed to be the most difficult part of locomotive testing. 

In the course of operation, the locomotive proved its capability of hauling trains weighting 7 thousand tons while the series-made TEM18DMs move trains with the weight not exceeding 2,700 tons. Such performance is achieved due to advanced traction drive characteristics of the new locomotive. Fuel consumption is lower as compared with TEM18DM. 

The new shunter was well received by drivers engaged in tests. They highly appreciated its technological advantages over the operated TEM18DM locomotives and underlined the comfortable cab layout, in particular the panoramic view, available HVAC system and a microwave oven. 

Again, TEM28 is a hood-type locomotive. It consists of five main modules: cooling chamber, diesel-generator set, electric equipment, driver’s cab, and brake equipment module. The modular design offers the possibility to introduce new approaches to maintenance, and to transfer the maximum scope of manufacturing and maintenance operations from depot to plant facilities thus shortening the idle times of rolling stock and reducing the period and cost of development and launching into manufacture of consequent locomotive models. 

 The wheel-motor unit with a rolling axle-bearing used in the design of three-axle bogie provides for shorter maintenance time during operation and for reduced life cycle cost consequently. 

The new shunting diesel locomotive shows great cost and environmental performance as well as high reliability. 

In early 2017, it is expected that the certificate is obtained and manufacturing of the preproduction batch starts.