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Turkiye presented its first diesel locomotive engine

22 December 2022
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160 series diesel engine in TÜBİTAK’s campus in Gebze
160 series diesel engine in TÜBİTAK’s campus in Gebze. Source: TÜBİTAK
Krechetov Dmitry, Editorial Contributor
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Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Turkiye: A new 160 series V8 engine was developed as part of Özgün Motor (Original Engine Development) project. It was implemented by the Rail Transport Technologies Institute TÜBİTAK RUTE in cooperation with several companies.

Serial production will be organized at facilities of the state rolling stock manufacturer, Türasaş. The developers emphasize that 90% of 3,600 engine parts are of domestic manufacture, and intellectual property rights belong to TÜBİTAK.

The 30.1 l engine features:

    • maximum power of 882 kW at 1,800 rpm,
    • fuel consumption of 200 g/kWh,
    • L×W×H of 1.7×1.4×1.5 m,
    • weight of 4.5 t,
    • maximum torque of 4,960 N·m at 1,300–1,500 rpm.

The 160 series will be available in V8, V12 and V16 options of up to 1,985 kW for use at locomotives, vessels and in the energy sector. The developers are working on a hydrogen option.

New engines are expected to mitigate dependence on foreign suppliers like, for example, GE (acquired by Wabtec in 2019) and EMD (purchased Progress Rail in 2010). In recent years, the Turkish industry has been assembling locomotives under their licenses. The project is implemented as part of Turkiye’s strategy for the development of the national rolling stock manufacture.

At the presentation, the Minister of Industry and Technologies Mustafa Varank announced that Türasaş had completed assembly of the first national mainline electric locomotive. This E5000 series 5 MW vehicle is expected to comply with TSI requirements, and has operational speed of 140 km/h. According to Mr. Varank, the locomotive will soon be presented to the public.