First Batch of Russian Locomotives Arrive in Cuba

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A few days before celebrating the 180th anniversary of the Cuban railway, the first seven Russian locomotives of a contract of 75 arrived in, the rest will get to the island gradually, reported the Cuban Union Railways (UFC) today.

In a conversation with Prensa Latina, the UFC deputy director Rolando Navarro explained that seven of the 15 locomotives acquired this year have arrived, and the remaining 8 must be entering into Cuba during the first half of January 2018.

Navarro pointed out that the newly-arrived machines will be used in the western zone in the transportation of the sugar harvest and cargo, both priorities of the country due to the need to move the products, fuel, containers or food.

Each of these locomotives has a value of one million euros, he said, and come from the factory of Liudinovo, located 400km from Moscow, in Kaluga; they are TGM 8 type and have a towing capacity of 1,600 tons and their average speed is 80km/h.

Cuba already has experience in working with equipment produced in this factory, which are also used in the sugar harvest, and are of the types TGM 8 and TGM 4, he said, adding that the former have been on the island for about twenty years.

UFC expert Jose Ledesma considers that the new locomotives differ from the previous ones due to their modernizations, their engine is more powerful, the equipment is hydraulic diesel, similar to the previous one, they have a new compressor and the transmission and command and control signaling systems have been improved.

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