Lithuania set to get hold of more electric locomotives in 2019

Lithuanian Railways is dealing with electric locomotives that are presently available on the market and is talking with its makers. Few of them, such as Skoda (the Czech Republic) and Siemens (Germany), have already added their products. According to reports, they have already planned their meetings with the manufacturers from Poland, France as well as several other nations.

Rolling Stock Department of Freight Transportation Directorate’s Deputy Director Albertas Bajorinas said that they are looking for a standard product which meets all their demands and might be utilized in Lithuanian railway infrastructure after little adjustments.

And, this would allow them to save some money not just when buying but when maintaining and operating electric locos. They are looking not just into technical characteristics but prices as well. The electric locomotives prices varies on their configuration, the requirement of extra certification, supply terms, amount as well as other details. Still, the price must not be higher than the market price.

Siemens has not just brought in their products but they also offered to talk about cooperation scopes as well as make electric locomotives in Vilnius Locomotive Repair Depot. Electric locomotives are superior efficient and one of the biggest advantages is that they could transport freight at the lowest cost. The electric motor of the loco also does not limit the train’s weight or length, unlike the diesel engines. It is expected that in future, 8000-10000 tonne train formations would be able to travel on the Lithuanian railways without any limitations from technical points of view.