23 January 2019 y.

Transmashholding will ship 23 locomotives for freight and passenger operation to Cuba

Transmashholding (TMH) and local import agency Tradex signed a contract for the supply of LDE-2500 diesel locomotives to Cuban Railways.

In 45 months after the contract’s entry into force, TMH will develop, manufacture, and ship to customer a batch of 23 diesel locomotives for the 1435 mm gauge. Locomotives will qualify for passenger transportation as well as freight service. Bryansk Engineering Plant (BMZ, a part of Transmashholding) will handle engineering and production of the batch.

General Director of BMZ Andrei Vlasenko and General Director of Tradex Jose Antonio Garcia signed the document.

Assembled rolling stock will be shipped to Havana by sea through a port in St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, TMH staff will assist the customer in unloading, positioning on rails, and inspecting locomotives before acceptance.

Locomotives will be adapted to tropical maritime climate, as Cuba’s metal corrosion rating is one of the highest in the world due to its salinity and humidity. The machines must be able to sustain a 30-year lifecycle.

Jose Antonio Garcia, Tradex General Director: “Much work has been done, and we are delighted to see this agreement – a part of our integrated program to renew and develop Cuban railroad infrastructure – signed; we expect Transmashholding’s machinery to become a boon to economic growth of the country”.

Artem Khokhlov, TMH International Cuba Managing Director: “Cuban economy needs reliable and efficient solutions – I am confident that our products exhaustively meet customer’s requirements and will play a tangible role in economic development of the country”.