On December 14, EP20 made its first trip. It successfully delivered Nevsky Express from St. Petersburg to Moscow. In this journey, the EP20’s speed reached 195 km/h.
On 30th November Alstom and Transmashholding (TMH) officially delivered their EP20 passenger locomotive to the Russian Railways. The event took place at Novocherkassk Plant (NEVZ) in the Rostov region (Russia), where they are being manufactured in the presence of the Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev.
The EP20 is the first Russian electric passenger locomotive which can run at a maximum speed of 200 km/h and the first of this kind to be produced in Russia. The main advantage of the EP20 is its dual-system (3kV and 25 kV) allowing it to operate on tracks, which are electrified both with direct and alternative current. The locomotive is equipped with asynchronous traction drive which allows a significant reduction in life cycle costs, with longer intervals between maintenance operations and significant energy savings.
In 2012–2013, the locomotives will be delivered at a rhythm of three units per month to the Russian Railways which plan to operate the fleet on the Moscow-Sochi route for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Photo: Arrival in Moscow