An overview of the development of Soviet electric locomotive construction in 1976-1980 period is given. Presently, the annual freight traffic on Soviet railway lines amounts to nearly half the volume of world railway traffic and by 1980 is expected to exceed 4100 billion ton km. By 1980, 55% of all rail freight traffic movements will be handled by electric traction; 2500 km more of railway lines will be electrified. The basic developmental trends of the industry for 1976-1980 provide for the development and beginning of series production of three types of main-line electric freight locomotives: the type VL84 ac locomotive for operation on the Baikal-Amur main line (BAM): the type ET42 dc locomotive for delivery to Poland; the type VL14 3 kV dc locomotive. There are three main electric-locomotive plants at Novocherkassk, Tbilisi, and Drepropetrovsk. The one-hour characteristics of the VL84 locomotive are as follows: output 7576 kW (10,300 horsepower); tractive effort 452.8 kN; speed 52.3 km/hr. The locomotive will be equipped with electric braking and there will be provision for smooth voltage control. Prototype ET42 locomotives have 4680 kW output, 325.4 kN tractive effort, speed of 50.5 km/hr with regenerative electric braking. The VL14 locomotive, with output in excess of 7355 kW (10,000 horsepower) frame-suspended has traction motors and regenerative braking.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Allerton Press, Incorporated

    150 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10011
  • Authors:
    • Berdichevskii, G A
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00188129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM