Monday, October 17, 2011

Russian Railways Sign New Contracts for Freight Locos and Logistics Facilities

Memorandum with Slovakians on integration
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA / SLOVAKIA – Russian Railways (RZD) and Slovak Republic Railways (ZSR) have signed a memorandum of cooperation concerning the development and modernization of Slovakia’s transport infrastructure.

The agreement is designed to engage the two companies more closely with their plans to integrate the railway networks of the Russian Federation and the Slovak Republic into the European and Eurasian transport systems, with confirmation of the agreement between the two national railway networks to construct a wide-gauge 1520 mm line to Bratislava and Vienna, and create an international logistics centre.

RZD has also announced that they have awarded STM-Service the contract for the maintenance of their main electric freight series, the Sinara 2ES6. The deal will see STM-Service – which is part of the Sinara Group – open five dedicated service sites in Russia.

The Sinara 2ES6 electric freight locomotive was introduced in December 2006 and is equipped with a microprocessor control system, and electric engines that use asynchronous traction. The locomotive is designed to reduce energy consumption, the need for non-routine repairs and to lessen the necessity of overhauls in order to increase mileage.