Russia: A new generation shunting locomotive from TMH was handed over to a metallurgical company for controlled demo operation.
The first TEM23 will work for two months at the Cherepovets Steel Mill. During this period, technical and consulting support will be provided by specialists from the Bryansk Machine Building Plant (part of TMH). “During the controlled operation, it is planned to check the functioning of the main components and assemblies of the locomotive in different modes in real operation. The convenience of driving the locomotive and the working conditions of the driver will also be evaluated”, TMH highlights.
TEM23 launch into trial operation at the Cherepovets Steel Mill. Source: Transmashholding/Vk/span>
Four-axle TEM23 was first introduced in 2021. It has already been tested before certification at Russian Railways facilities. At the end of 2022 the locomotive received approval for serial production. In the TMH portfolio, this vehicle is supposed to be a functional replacement for the TEM18DM shunting locomotives. The key features of the new diesel locomotive are improved traction possibilities, the use of modular design, a two-diesel version of the traction system (including the variability in the choice of engines), the capability to pass curves with a minimum radius of 40 m.
Inside the cab of TEM23 shunting diesel locomotive. Source: TMH
One of the TEM23 options involves the installation of the Automatic train operation system from TMH Smart Systems on the locomotive with three operating modes: unmanned movement, obstacle detection and remote control. It should be noted that the vision system from TMH Smart Systems has already been tested at the Cherepovets Steel Mill in 2020. The TGM6A shunting diesel locomotive was equipped with it.