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ChME3 locomotive rebuilt

22 Dec 2013

UKRAINE: Slovakian firm ZOS Zvolen has completed the first of six ChME3 heavy shunting locomotives which are to be rebuilt under a contract awarded by Ukrainian Railways in March. If the rebuild proves successful, up to 100 more could follow at a cost of up to €200m.

ZOS Zvolen’s first contract for the 1520 mm gauge market is being undertaken in collaboration with Poltava Diesel Locomotive Repair Plant. The work includes installation of a Caterpillar 3508B engine, new cab and electronic controls, with the frames and bogies retained.

This is expected to extend the locos’ lives by 30 years, with a significant cut in fuel and oil consumption and a 50% reduction in maintenance costs.

There is a large potential market for ChME3 modernisation, as 7459 of the type were supplied to the USSR by CKD in 1963-92.