New passenger locomotive unveiled for Azerbaijan Railways
Azerbaijan’s new passenger locomotive, the Prima M4, has been unveiled by its manufacturer, Alstom.
In total, ten Prima M4s will be manufactured at Alstom’s site in Belfort, France as part of a contract awarded by Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) in 2014.
The locomotes will operate under both 25kV AC, 50 Hz for the East-West corridor and under 3kV DC for the North-South corridor.
With around 3,000 km of track, the Azerbaijani railway network is an important link between the Black and Caspian Seas and between Russia and Iran.
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We are very pleased to… become a part of ambitious projects to increase transit link between the Black and Caspian Seas and between Russia and Iran”
“We are very pleased to deliver our first multi-purpose Prima locomotive to Azerbaijan and become a part of ambitious projects to increase transit link between the Black and Caspian Seas and between Russia and Iran,” said Bernard Peille, Alstom Managing Director for Western and Central Asia Cluster. “This technologically tailor-made product is the result of a solid relationship of trust between Alstom’s and ADY’s project teams.”
The AZ4A passenger locomotive is based on the Alstom Prima modular platform and is able to run at 160km/h in passenger service with longer runs in between maintenance and repair. Furthermore, the AZ4A version of the Prima M4 was specifically designed for Azerbaijan Railways’ technical requirements and is in compliance with GOST (CIS norms) standards and specifications.