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Concept of first Russian hybrid locomotive, source: Transmashholding

Transmashholding unveils concept of first Russian hybrid locomotive

Russian manufacturer Transmashholding has unveiled a new concept of a two-axle hybrid shunting locomotive. It was developed to run on both diesel fuel and energy of the lithium-ion batteries. The prototype will be produced in 2020 to become the first Russian hybrid locomotive.

The concept of the first Russian hybrid locomotive was presented at the PRO//Motion.Expo exhibition currently taking place in Shcherbinka, a town in the vicinity of Moscow. Liotech Company, a subsidiary of Rusnano and Ctrl2GO, the Russian engineering company, assisted Transmashholding to develop the concept.

The development team has equipped the concept with the hybrid propulsion system controlled by the intelligent solution to provide the balance between the energy sources. This allows reducing the fuel consumption by 30 per cent compared to the existing shunting locomotives. Also, the Ctrl@Maintenance system, an innovative solution developed by Ctrl2GO, was installed on the concept in order to monitor and predict the technical conditions of the locomotive’s equipment.

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First Russian hybrid locomotive, source: Transmashholding

First Russian hybrid locomotive, source: Transmashholding.

Automatic Train Operation (ATO)

The presented concept of the hybrid locomotive is equipped with computer vision provided by streak cameras, LIDAR technology, ultrasonic sensors and HPC data blocks. At the initial stage, these technologies will assist the driver to avoid collisions. In the future, the locomotive could be driven remotely. Therefore, one driver will be able to manage several locomotives simultaneously. For the long-term perspective, the development team regards the possibility to use these solutions for implementing the fully automated train traffic on the Russian railway network.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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