Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ural Locomotives developing new urban express train

Ural Locomotives, the joint venture between the Sinara Group and Siemens, has announced plans to develop a new urban express train.

The new locomotive will be based on Seimens' Desiro Swallow, which Russian Railways has ordered in advance of the Sochi Winter Olympics, TheMoscowTimes.com reports.

Alexander Saltayev, Ural Locomotives' general director, said that the factory hoped to produce and certify six five-wagon trains in 2014 before launching serial production of the new models in 2015.

"The Ural trains will have unique technical features, and therefore require a lot more design work and implementation of new engineering solutions," Sinara said, according to TheMoscowTimes.com. "The technical details of the project should be in place by fall, and by September 2013 we hope to have completely prepared working documents for the transfer of technology and production."

In October, Siemens announced that it would invest $265 million to assemble locomotives and railcars at Ural Locomotives in the Sverdlovsk region, which followed a deal in September to supply Russian Railways with 1,200 Swallow cars starting in 2013.

Russian Railways has ordered 54 Desiro Swallows, known locally as Lastochka and designed especially for Russia, from Siemens to carry passengers to the 2014 Olympics. The first 38 will be built in Germany and the remaining 16 are being produced in Russia, according to TheMoscowTimes.com.

The Swallow, which was built for Russia's wider 1,520-millimeter-gauge tracks, is specially equipped to cope with the country's extreme weather conditions and uses 30 percent less electricity than the current generation of electric trains in use in Russia.