Sinara-Transport Machines Holding (STM, part of the Sinara Group) has identified a site for the production of mainline diesel locomotives with an asynchronous traction drive; they will be produced at the facilities of Ural Locomotives, LLC (Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sverdlovsk Region). This refers to a fundamentally new, fully Russian main-line freight two-section diesel locomotive 2TE35A.
“Ural Locomotives is an advanced enterprise with unique competencies in the development and production of high-tech rolling stock, which are not inferior to foreign analogues in terms of their technical, economic, operational and environmental characteristics. It is the Ural Locomotives that have been producing high-speed electric trains Lastochkas since 2014. Nowadays Lastochkas are successfully carrying passengers on 58 routs in 35 regions of the Russian Federation. The Agreement on the Development and Localization of High Speed Trains (signed by STM jointly with the Russian Railways and Siemens at the end of 2020) also provides for the construction of modern rolling stock for high-speed mainlines at the production facilities of this enterprise. Thus, making Ural Locomotives as the center of STM Holding’s mainline locomotive construction site is the most logical choice. We strongly believe in the enormous potential of machines with asynchronous traction drives and have already started the work on their production,” stressed Viktor Lesh, General Director of STM.
The locomotive was developed by the STM Holding’s own engineering services: the team of the STM Research Center is responsible for the technical solutions of the 2TE35A diesel locomotive. Such essential engines’ components as control systems and traction asynchronous electric drive will be produced by the Traction Components company, which is also a part of the Holding.
STM and Russian Railways signed an agreement providing for the supply of 2ES6A and 2TE35A in November 2020 in the framework of the Transport of Russia 2020 Forum. For a mechanical engineering holding, this marks an entry into the mainline locomotive building market. Russian Railways will receive the modern work equipment that guarantees the possibility of transporting goods with a total weight of up to 6 thousand and 9 thousand ton, respectively, on all sections of Russian railways, including the Eastern areas and non-electrified sections of the BAM. In addition, 2TE35A diesel locomotives also have a great potential for operation on other railways’ areas, such as the Northern Latitudinal Railway.