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General Electric locomotive stuck on Ukrainian railway, - ex-Transport Ministry official

The U.S.-made vehicle could not even carry the much smaller weight than that carried by the old locomotives
16:13, 8 January 2019

National Investment Council of Ukraine

A General Electric's locomotive has stuck on the Ukrainian railway. Oleksandr Kava, the former deputy head of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Ukraine posted that on Facebook.

Kava released the reported by the State Service for Transport Safety dated January 3. According to it, the new locomotive stuck on the railway between Volnovakha to Komysh-Zorya, in Donetsk and Zaporizhya region, respectively. It pulled the train with the total weight of only 3,768 tons. 'We had to summon an old 2TE116 vehicle, built at Luhanskteplovoz factory 37 years ago', he wrote.

Kava pointed out that the vehicle could not even carry the much smaller weight than that carried by the old locomotives.

'Thus, in order to bring the same amount of cargo in this section, one will need more runs than these performed by the old 2TE116 locomotives. Respectively, we need more locomotives and more crews. The level of efficiency is obvious', Kava concluded. 

Ukraine is to get 30 locomotives from General Electric, which is foreseen by the respective contract.

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