The order includes both 12-axle, double Co-Co freight locomotives and eight-axle passenger locomotives. The order follows previous orders for 22 electric locomotives delivered in two batches.

The 14.4MW, 120km/h freight locomotives, which can haul 10,000-tonne trains, are based on CRRC Dalian’s six-axle electric locomotive platform.

CRRC Dalian says the first batch of locomotives was delivered four and a half months ahead of schedule despite the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The locomotives will operate on Uzbekistan’s 1520mm-gauge network, and are designed to handle extreme weather variations, including highs of 50oC and lows of -40oC. The network also has a number of steep gradients and sharp curves, and CRRC Dalian says it has optimised the wheel-rail interface to improve stability and safety when operating through curves.  

The locomotives are equipped with the KLUB-U in-cab signalling and driver monitoring system, and are supplied with Russian-language manuals.

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