The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has begun training the locomotive crews that will operate locomotives of the series TE33AS that the General Electric company is currently manufacturing for Ukrzaliznytsia in the United States. The first 10 train drivers will learn operation and maintenance of the locomotives at the Center for Evaluation and Development of Rail Transport Personnel in Astana (Kazakhstan). Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
According to the statement, a plant has been assembling TE33A diesel locomotives in the capital of Kazakhstan for several years.
"In accordance with the agreement that was signed, General Electric will train 10 Ukrzaliznytsia drivers, who will then launch full-cycle theoretical and practical training of their colleagues locally together with personnel services specialists," Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Yevhen Kravtsov said.
As reported, 30 locomotives will be manufactured for Ukrzaliznytsia at GE Transportation’s plant in Erie (Pennsylvania, United States) under a contract that was signed in February this year. Ukrzaliznytsia expects to take delivery of this consignment before the end of 2018.
The first diesel locomotive is expected to be delivered to a Ukrainian port in August.
Ukrzaliznytsia will name the locomotives Trident.