This heavy freight locomotive will soon cross Azerbaijan

Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotive

Alstom in Kazakhstan has delivered the last of 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotives to Azerbaijan Railways (ADY). This is a milestone, as it means the order from the Kazakh joint venture signed in 2014 has been delivered.

“The final delivery is a milestone that we always celebrate. The shipment of locomotives for Azerbaijan is of particular importance for us, as this is our first export contract for Kazakhstan. Despite all the difficulties posed by the pandemic, we have been able to reach this milestone as a result of the commitment of our team”, said Kanat Alpysbayev, managing director of Alstom in Western and Central Asia.

Trans-Caspian railway corridor

According to Alpysbayev, the locomotives play a key role in boosting the freight transportation capacity within Azerbaijan, and, moreover, they contribute to the ambitious goals of increasing the transit potential of the Trans-Caspian railway corridor. “

We are continuing to develop our close partnership with Azerbaijan Railways, including the organization of the locomotive fleet maintenance and the implementation of railway signaling projects.”

The deal

In 2014, ADY signed a contract with Alstom for 288 million euros for 50 electric locomotives, which includes 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotives produced at Alstom’s JV EKZ in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and 10 Prima M4 AZ4A passenger locomotives produced in Belfort, France.

Alstom’s Prima T8 is a 25 ton per axle two-section freight locomotive, capable of towing up to 9,000 tons and running at 120 km/h, with installed continuous power of 8.8 Megawatts. The Prima T8 AZ8A is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 50°C. It requires minimum maintenance and provides high reliability levels and low lifecycle costs thanks to its modular design.

About Alstom

Alstom’s Prima range covers locomotives from heavy-haul, freight and passenger operation and shunting or track work operation. Over the past 20 years, more than 3,200 Prima locomotives (more than 4,600 sections) have been sold worldwide.

EKZ, a joint venture of Alstom, employs around 850 people and is working on supplying and maintaining the Prima electric locomotives ordered by KTZ, Kazakhstan’s national railway company and export markets, like Azerbaijan.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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