The locomotive, designed to sort railway vehicles, was manufactured in late 2010 at Lida’s locomotive depot. Its solemn transfer into trial exploitation took place at Minsk-Sortirovochny — Belarusian Railways’ largest station.
“This is a landmark event for Belarusian Railways and for our domestic transport complex,” notes Belarus’ Transport and Communications Minister, Ivan Shcherbo. “Localisation of this locomotive will be gradually expanded, using other components produced at Belarusian industrial enterprises.”
The trial exploitation of the locomotive will last for a year. It boasts a contemporary design and enhanced security, alongside comfortable conditions for workers and can move railway carriages weighing up to 6,000 tonnes. Frontal and side windows ensure a complete overview; moreover, it has two similar control panels, enhancing its security.
The construction of a special workshop to produce locomotives is set to be launched this year at Lida’s locomotive depot. Over the next four years, around 50 manoeuvrable locomotives are to be manufactured.