General Electric has completed the delivery of 30 ТЭ33АС diesel locomotives under a contract with the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (JSC Ukrzaliznytsia).
The final five locomotives were unloaded at the Chornomorsk seaport on Friday, January 1, Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov said on Monday, the CFTS portal reports.
Like the previous diesel locomotives, these locomotives will be sent to the Kryukov Railcar Building Works for finishing. Ten of the locomotives that arrived in Ukraine earlier are currently at the Kryukov Railcar Building Works.
"Those that are already in operation are proven to be extremely efficient. For example, fuel consumption on the Zaporizhia-Kamysh-Zoria-Volnovakha railway line is 30% lower. In addition, the old locomotives travel at an average speed of 360 kilometers per day while the GE diesel locomotives travel at 540 kilometers per say," Kravtsov said.
In addition, according to Ukrzaliznytsia’s board chairman, the 15 locomotives already operating at regional railways account for a quarter of the diesel locomotive traction at the Prydniprovsk, Donetsk, and Odesa railways.
As reported, the previous batch of five locomotives arrived in Ukraine on January 17. Ukrzaliznytsia received the first diesel locomotive under the contract with GE on September 11, 2018.