The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) currently has a fleet of 3,566 locomotives, including 1,258 shunting locomotives, 550 passenger locomotives, and 1,758 freight locomotives. The CFTS portal obtained the relevant data from Ukrzaliznytsia.
Out of the 550 passenger locomotives, 71 are diesel locomotives and 479 are electric locomotives. The company’s fleet of mainline freight locomotives consists of 609 diesel locomotives and 1,149 electric locomotives.
These numbers exclude the locomotives that are located in non-government-controlled territories. The numbers were valid as of September 1, 2018.
Out of the 550 passenger locomotives, only 287 (28 diesel and 259 electric locomotives) are in operation and 165 are defective, undergoing repairs, or under maintenance (43 diesel and 122 electric locomotives). In addition, 98 DC electric passenger locomotives are in reserve.
Out of the 1,758 mainline freight locomotive, 945 are in operation (including 202 diesel and 743 electric locomotives) and 782 freight locomotives are defective, undergoing repair, or under maintenance (including 393 diesel locomotives and 389 electric locomotives). In addition, 14 diesel locomotives and 17 electric locomotives are in reserve.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Yevhen Kravtsov said in early September that up to 40% of the company's fleet of mainline locomotives could not be restored. "As of today, about 30-40% of Ukrzaliznytsia’s fleet of locomotives (diesel and electric locomotives) cannot be restored. Therefore, we will write them off in accordance with the procedure established by the Cabinet of Ministers," Kravtsov said.
Ukrzaliznytsia told the CFTS portal that about 100 locomotives would be written off in 2019.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s Economics and Finance Director Andrii Riazantsev stated at the beginning of the month that the railway company needed to upgrade 2,000 locomotives within 20-30 years.
Eight of the 30 Trizub diesel locomotives produced by the General Electric company (United States) that are planned for delivery in 2018 have already been delivered to Ukraine as part of the program for upgrade of Ukrzaliznytsia’s traction rolling stock. According to Kravtsov, these locomotives will begin operation in the Ukrzaliznytsia rail network in November this year.
The company has also signed memorandums with other electric locomotive manufacturers (French-based Alstom and Chinese-based CRRC). By the end of the year, the company is expected to decide which of these companies will continue supplying rolling stock to it. Ukrzaliznytsia’s need for electric locomotives over the next 10 years is estimated at 495.