The development strategy of the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) for the period of 2017-2021 provides for decommissioning 598 old electric locomotives and 575 locomotives and shunting locomotives.

The company plans to upgrade its traction fleet by buying new dual-system electric locomotives, single-system cargo electric locomotives, and mainline diesel locomotives with asynchronous drive.

It is also plans to upgrade its shunting and mainline diesel locomotives with modern engines.

Ukrzaliznytsia expects to increase the productivity of its locomotives by 8.3% within five years: from 157.9 million ton-kilometers gross in 2017 to 171.6 million ton-kilometers gross in 2021.

At the same time, it expects the productivity of its freight cars to increase to 1.8 million ton-kilometers in 2021, compared to the 0.9 million ton-kilometers expected this year.

As reported, Ukrzaliznytsia recently promised to address its shortage of locomotives in September. According to Ukrzaliznytsia’s acting head Yevhen Kravtsov, the company has already developed a program for restoration of its operational fleet of traction rolling stock. According to him, 84 locomotives will be repaired in September and 274 are subject to repair before the end of the year.

Ukrzaliznytsia’s Director of Economics and Finance Andrii Riazantsev said in August that the company planned to add 270 locomotives to its fleet within five years.