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Can LNG locomotives be another part of the green rail future?

Can LNG locomotives be another part of the green rail future?
photo: STM press materials/Can LNG locomotives be another part of the green rail future?
05 / 02 / 2022

“We have all the necessary competencies for the development of railway transport operating on alternative energy sources. The use of liquefied natural gas is very promising in railway transport due to its environmental friendliness and efficiency,” said Victor Lesh, the CEO of STM.

As gas-filling infrastructure on Russian railways is growing Sinara Transport Machines makes its move in hopes of the market being more and more interested in gas-propelled trains. Trains running on LNG, such as the 4-axle TEMG1 gas-powered shunting locomotive, can achieve a great deal of emission reduction, up to 40%. Milage is up to 5 days and the engine power consists of 1,120 hp.

The place of the first test will be the Orenburg branch of Gazpromtrans and will happen in February 2022, according to the plan of LNG locomotive fleet expansion. Meaning the locomotives running on liquefied gas also known as LNG.

Some of you may ask, what are some of the technical parameters of such a new locomotive? The design includes advanced technical solutions like modular structure, microprocessor-based engine control system, and asynchronous drive for all auxiliary machines. TEMG1 locomotive was produced at the facilities of the Lyudinovo Diesel Locomotive Plant (LTZ, the STM daughter company).

Manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines passed all the tests for CU TR 001/2011 regulations of Customs union and therefore was issued a Certificate of Conformity by RS FzhT (Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport) for its TEMG1 shunting locomotive running on LNG.