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Pulling More Than Its Weight

Russia’s gas turbine locomotive GT-1 runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Posted on February 13, 2013

The Russian-developed GT1-001 gas turbine-electric locomotive has undergone further field tests in Moscow in readiness for deployment on non-electrified freight-intensive areas of the railways.

Russian Railways (RZD) said that the GT-1 – Russia’s first gas turbine locomotive – set a world record at the test ring of the Science and Research Rail Transport Institute (VNIIZhT) in the town of Shcherbinka outside Moscow.

Hauling 14 515 tonnes in 170 rail cars, the 300 tonne two-section GT1 combines a turbine and power unit with a separate section containing the 17 tonne liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tank. The engine can develop 8300 kW of power and when fully fueled can drive the train 750 km with a top speed of 100 km/hr.

In line with the Russian Energy Strategy, Russian Railways (RZD) has set a goal of replacing up to 30% of diesel fuel used in internal combustion engine-powered locomotives with natural gas by 2030.