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Russian Railways and SUEK developing large-capacity train operation

3 February 2020
As part of a pilot project, Russian Railways and SUEK have agreed on a schedule for the departure of trains weighing 7,100 tonnes at the section of Trans-Siberian Railway from Chelutai station (Buryatia) to Vanino. The first heavy train composed of innovative higher-capacity cars has already arrived from Tugnuisky to Vanino. By the end of the month, Tugnuisky plans to dispatch two heavy trains a day.

Heavy trainsdispatched to Vanino make it possible to increase the speed of cargo delivery, to abandon a train weight change at the Volochaevka-2 station, to reduce car demurrage and to relieve the Komsomolsk-Sortirovochny station. They will boost the carrying capacity in the limiting section of Komsomolsk-Vanino.

After trial trips, SUEK is ready to dispatch five heavy trains per day in the eastern direction.

A regular operation of 7,100-tonne trains will enable SUEK to increase shipments to Vanino by up to 2 million tonnes per year.

Such raising the train's maximum weight in the Volochaevka-Komsomolsk Sortirovochny-Vanino section is foreseen by the programme ‘Upgrading the railway infrastructure of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Railways’. This section is critical for the transportation of goods towards SUEK’s state-of-the-art Vanino Bulk Terminal. This year’s throughput of the Komsomolsk-Vanino section is 34 million tonnes, and after increasing the number of heavy trains, it will grow to the target level of 43.3 million tonnes.

At the end of 2019, Russian Railway bought 12 diesel locomotives with alternating-direct current electric transmissions and axial power control to launch the first heavy train at the Eastern Polygon. They will be involved in transportation along the route Volochaevka-2 – Komsomolsk-on-Amur – Vanino. According to Oleg Valinsky, Deputy General Director of Russian Railways, Head of the Power Directorate, in 2020, Russian Railways will acquire another 40 diesel locomotives and 121 new electric locomotives with axial power control. By 2025, Russian Railways will complete the changeover of its locomotive fleet at the Vostochny Polygon to machines capable of long-distance operation and carrying trains weighing up to 7,100 tonnes.

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