March 22, 2013

Belarusian electrification moves forward

Written by  Alexander Kava
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BELARUS Railways (BC) carried out the first test runs with an electric locomotive on the Osipovichi – Bobruysk section of the Minsk – Kiev line on March 20, marking the completion of another phase of the country’s electrification programme. Electric services are due to start on the 42km stretch next month.

This year BC also plans to electrify the Bobruysk – Zhlobin (65km) and Zhlobin – Gomel (86km) lines, together with the line from Molodechno to the Lithuanian border.

The projects are part of BC’s 2011-15 electrification programme, which will create a 387km north-south electrified route between Lithuania, Minsk, and the Ukrainian border. Together with the extension of electrification in Lithuania and Ukraine, this will create an electrified corridor between Klaipeda on the Baltic coast and the Black Sea at Odessa.

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