US plans to supply locomotives to Mongolia

Mongolian financial company Bodi International entered into an agreement with Progress Rail (Caterpillar) for the purchase of 16 EMD SD70Ace / LW locomotives for the Tavan Tolgoi – Gashuun Suhait railway project. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply citing Railway Age.

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Picture: EMD® SD70Ace/LW

The 250-kilometer railway line which will be operated by Mongolian state-owned Tavan Tolgoi Railway Co. is expected to be completed in 2022.

The new locomotives are designed to operate on 1520 mm gauge tracks and will be powered by 4500 hp 16-cylinder EMD 710 engines. from. (3355 kW). The units comply with the emission standards of the International Union of Railways.

Progress Rail expects deliveries of the locomotives to begin in 2022.

As noted, the EMD SD70ACe / LW for Mongolia is similar to the units built for Russia and directly competes with the 4400 hp Wabtec (GE) locomotive for international markets, also known as TE33A.

The locomotive is designed for harsh operating conditions. It can withstand temperatures up to 50 °C below zero and has extended maintenance intervals of up to 184 days. There is a system for remote monitoring of technical condition. Maximum speed: 120 km/h.


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