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Sinara Group assembles new type of LNG-powered locomotive, source: Sinara Group

Sinara Group assembles new type of LNG-powered locomotive

Lyudinovsky Diesel Locomotive Plant, a part of Sinara Group, has started the assembling of the new type of LNG-powered shunting locomotive. The vehicle will be completed by September. It will be operated by the Russian energy company Gazprom on the Obskaya–Bovanenkovo line, the northernmost railway in the world.

The locomotive of the type TEMG1 will be equipped with two gas engines with a total power of 856 kilowatts. It will have a cryogenic tank with a capacity of 2,600 kilograms. The fully-loaded reservoir provides mileage for up to five days. The new locomotive is capable to haul freight wagons weighing up to 8,200 tonnes. Modern audio and video surveillance system will be installed in the locomotive. The video recordings will be transmitted to the special monitor in the cab. In order to provide more rapid assembling, the TEMG1 locomotive was developed according to the modular design. Sinara Group will produce 24 LNG-powered locomotives for Gazpromtrans, a transport division of Gazprom.

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GT1h LNG-powered locomotive, source: Wikipedia

GT1h LNG-powered locomotive, source: Wikipedia.

GT1h locomotive

Sinara Group has already experienced in the development and producing the LNG-powered locomotives. In 2007 a prototype of the Russian first LNG-powered locomotive was developed by Kuznetsov Design Bureau in cooperation with Voronezh Locomotive Repair Plant. It was classified as the type GT1h. In 2013 Lyudinovsky Diesel Locomotive Plant manufactured the second unit of this type. The GT1h locomotives were equipped with an 8,300-kilowatt LNG-powered turbine. The vehicle is capable to haul 16,000 tonnes of freight. It is being used by Russian Railways on the Yegorshino – Serov line in Sverdlovsk Oblast.

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TEM19 LNG-powered locomotive, source: Transmashholding

TEM19 LNG-powered locomotive, source: Transmashholding.

TEM19 shunting locomotive

Besides Sinara Group, the LNG-powered locomotive is being developed by Transmashholding, another Russian technology group. In 2013 it manufactured TEM19 shunting locomotive. The vehicle has the 880-kilowatt LNG engine It is capable to haul 10,900 tonnes of freight. TEM19 LNG-powered locomotive is in regular service since June 2014. Transmashholding plans to launch the mass production of this type.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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