Kazakhstan’s SilkwayTransit acquires four new locomotives

SilkwayTransit, a Kazakhstani transport company, acquired four TEM14 shunting locomotives. Sinara Transport Machines Holding (STM) supplied the locomotives to the Kazakhstani company last June.

The four new TEM14 shunting locomotives will be used for operations in the Dostyk-Alashankou border point, currently the busiest border crossing along the New Silk Road.

For STM, it is not the first time providing equipment to Kazakhstan. Only during 2020, the company delivered eight shunting locomotives to the country’s metallurgical enterprises. Since 2007, STM has supplied 46 diesel locomotives of the TEM7A, TEM9, TEM14, TGM4B, TGM6D series, over 80 units of track maintenance vehicles and 246 hopper cars to Kazakhstan.

Valuable equipment

STM is currently active in 30 countries worldwide and explores opportunities to expand in big railway markets. Kazakhstan is one of them with all the potential it has as a New Silk Road transit country. That is why STM is so active in it for 14 years now. However, it is not only the countries that make the difference.

STM also produces and provides valuable equipment according to the needs of railway companies and specific transport routes. For instance, recently, it announced the development of a new high-speed flatcar that reaches speeds up to 140 kilometres per hour. The high-speed flatcar also has better weight distribution allowing it to carry two 40-foot containers per time. Its most significant contribution is that it could transform transit between Russia-China, reducing the travelling time to seven days.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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