The diesel locomotive of the branded passenger train No. 1 “Volgograd” (Volgograd – Moscow) burst on the evening of Saturday, May 28, near the Archeda station in the Volgograd region.

Passenger train locomotive

It is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Rail Insider.

The train stopped due to an emergency at the Log-Lipki section of the Volga Railway at 18:06. It was reported that the fire area was 20 m2.

The fire was extinguished at 19.01. This was attended by a fire train and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

It is known that the flames engulfed the TEP-70 locomotive with tail number 0287. It was built in 1992 and assigned to the Volga Railway. The cause of the fire has not been reported.

Passenger train locomotive

Before that, according to Russian media, a large fire “due to a spark from a diesel locomotive” broke out on May 24 in the Altai Territory. “To date, about 500 hectares of land, including 80 hectares of forest, have been engulfed in fire, including on the territory of the Zavyalovsky nature reserve,” TASS reports. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, the cause of the fire was a spark struck by a diesel locomotive. However, Russian Railways JSC and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation deny this version.

In general, fires on locomotives in Russia are far from uncommon. So, on March 25 this year, a shunting locomotive caught fire on night, pulling three freight cars on the Vereshchagino-Borodulino section in Perm Krai. According to preliminary data, the cause was a technical malfunction.

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