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An Eesti Raudtee C36-7i led Tank train near Tapa, Estonia

Transoil 2Te166 number 1684 and another unit smoking out from Narva, Estonia


Estonian Diesel Locomotives
Estonia has a one of a kind mixture of the Eastern and the Western motive power, types of which you will find on this page. Most of the diesel locomotives originated from the old Soviet Union, and what remained in the Estonian territory at the start of its second independence period in 1991 pretty much ended up to Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways) and several small private operators. Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways) also bought a large number of used GE C36-7i and C30-7i locomotives from the U.S. operators and has used them for the last 10 years as multipurpose freight locos, even for local switching. The newest locos are from the Czech Republic for use in Sillamäe harbor and quite soon there will be a delivery of new American GE locomotives put together in Kazachstan.

Many of the older locos of the 1520 mm domain have found a new life in Estonia when they have been properly maintained and gone through smaller or larger rebuilding programs. More on the loco reference articles below.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin, Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Hannu Peltola and John McKey.




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Estonia Main Page
The Estonian Railways Main Page is a good starting point for browsing!


Eesti Raudtee C36-7i numbers 1517 and 1538 at Tarto, Estonia
The Estonian Gallery Page has hundreds of railroading pictures from all around the country!


Elektriraudtee Flirt EMU 1406 at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia
The Estonian rolling stock pages cover diesel Locomotives, electric locomotive (just one), EMUs, DMUs and MOW equipment along with the narrow gauge vehicles.

 

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Operators:
Edelraudtee: Tgm4 * Tsem3/Chem3 *
Eesti Raudtee / EVR Cargo
: 2Te116 * C30-7i * C36-7i * Tsem3/Chem3 * (DF7G-E)
ERS:
  Eesti Energia Kaevandused

Eesti Energia Tem2 number 7495 in Vaivara, Estonia


Tem2 of EEK
Eesti Energia also has a sizable fleet of Tem2 locomotives used for logistical moves, mainly carrying burning rock (used to make oil, after which rock is burned to make energy) sand to processing plants from mines. During earlu 2010s the whole fleet was repainted and refurbished to meet the needs of modern production.

Built by: Bryansk Machine Works, 1960 - 1984, Alco RSD copy
Units for Eesti Energia: >10  
Unit numbers: Tem2 number series, both low and high (early and late production) numbers are in use.
Power
: 895 kW (1200 hp) at 750 rpm
Effect: 370 kN (83'700 lbf)  
Usage: typical local or road switcher assignments


Tem2 Theme Page...
   
  Eesti Raudtee EVR Cargo
Eesti Raudtee Tem-Tmh number 057 in Tallinn Ûlemiste, Estonia Tem-Tmh of EVR Cargo
Newest locomotion to EVR fleet are the Tem-Tmh road switchers. This is an interesting model combining both Western and Eastern well working technology to state of the art form in a complex machinery.

Built by: Transmasholding in from 2014 (originally Czech design)
Units manufactured: 4, expect more to be ordered  
Unit numbers: 055 - 058(?)
Power
: 970 kW (1320 hp)
Effect: 345 kN (77'560 lbf)  
Usage: heavy switcher with road switching capability


More info on Tem-Tmh
Eesti Raudtee C30-7i number 1570 at Kehra station, Estonia
C36-7ai of Eesti Raudtee EVR Cargo
Acquired at the opening of the new era for the Estonian Railways the C36-7ai locomotives were imported from U.S.A. as a second hand rolling stock to be used with the heavy freight trains from the Russia to Estonian ports. They still run on the majority of the EVR freights.

Built by: General Electric in 1985 for MoPac and UP
Units imported and refurbished: 57, 2002  
Unit numbers: 1501 - 1557
Power
: 2800 kW (3750 Hp), 438 kN, 96'000 lbs  
Max. speed: 112 km/h (70 mph) 
Usage
: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heaviest freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.


More info on C36-7i of EVR Cargo
Eesti Raudtee 2Te116 units 1435 and 1437 hauling empty cans at Tarto, Estonia


2Te116 of EVR Cargo
A few of the huge 2Te116 double diesels were left to Estonian territory when Soviet Union collapsed. A few of these, not many, ended up for use with Eesti Raudtee wherde they are in active duty.

Built by: Lugansk Locomotive Works, 1971 - 2011
Units imported and refurbished: 6 (3 x 2)
Unit numbers: 143x
Power: 2 x 2250 kW (6030 Hp)
Effect: 399 kN  
Usage: Heavy long haul freight locomotive

2Te116 Theme Page...

  More on 2Te116 of several operators

  EVR-Cargo / EVR Retired Units
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i and C30-7i pulling the tank train  C30-7i of EVR Cargo
Acquired at the opening of the new era for the Estonian Railways with its heavier sisters the C30-7i locomotives were imported from U.S.A. as a second hand rolling stock to be used with the heavy freight trains from the Russia to Estonian ports. Units appear to be stored fo the moment.

Built by: General Electric in 1976 - 1984
Units imported and refurbished: 19(?), 2002  
Unit numbers: 1558 - 1577
Power: 2240 kW (3000 Hp)
Effect: 400 - 438 kN, 90 - 96 klbs  
Usage: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heavy freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.

More on C30-7i of EVR
Eesti Raudtee Tsem3 number 1337 sitting idle at Tarto, Estonia Tsem3 / ChME3 diesel switcher of EVR
With almost 10'000 units produced the Tsem3 switchers can be found most anywhere on the 5' gauge network fo the world. This switcher (never seen on the road) was earlier common on all larger stations like Tallinn, Tartu, Tapa, Narva, where these locos are used for what they are best suited for: switching work of all kinds.

Built by: CKD works in Czeckoslovakia, 1960s to 1970s
Units built: thousands, about 10 out of 15 were active for EVR.
Unit number 13xx
Power: 1000 kW (1350 Hp)
Effect: 265 kN (59'600 lbf)
Usage: medium switcher with in reality low effect for local only use


More on Tsem3 / ChME3 of several operators
DF7G-E diesel-electric switchers of EVR
Chinese locomotive manufacturer China CNR closed a deal with EVR on diesel witcher fleet modernization by DF7G-E locomotive in early 2010s. 16 of these Caterpillar engined but otherwise "very traditional" Co'Co' switchers were to be delivered. There is even a video of a test drive made in earlu 2013 on Estonian network. By 2014 it has come clear that these locomotives have most likely been shipped back to China, or to be used in Africa as they are nowhere to be found. Obviously the TMH built Tem-Tmh far exceeded what DF7G-E could offer and these Chinese locos were not certified to Estonian network.

   
  Edelraudtee
Edelraudtee Chem3 in Tallinn, Estonia Tsem3 / ChME3 diesel switcher of Edelraudtee
Edelraudtee still seems to owns some Chem3 units for its immediate needs to move around coaches. You might wish to look for these in Tallinn.

Built by: CKD works in Czeckoslovakia, 1960s to 1970s
Units built: thousands, couple remaining for Edelraudtee
Unit number: 3141, ...
Power: 1000 kW (1350 Hp)
Effect: 265 kN (59'600 lbf)
Usage: medium switcher with in reality low effect for local only use


More on Tsem3 / ChME3 of several operators
Edelrautee TGM4 number 904 at the Little Tallin depot station, Estonia
TGM4 diesel switcher of Edelraudtee
Tgm4 is of classic soviet diesel-hydraulic switcher design. Some are still in secondary use.

Built by: Lyudinovskiy from 1971 onwards
Units built: over 6500, a few in Estonia
Unit numbers: 904
Power: 895 kW (750 hp), diesel-hydromecanical
Effect: n/a 
Usage: medium sized small switcher for secondary duties


  More on Tgm4 switcher
   
  Elron / Elektriraudtee
Tgm6 diesel-hydraulic switcher of the Elektriraudtee
A rare piece of Soviet history was earlier found behind the Elekriraudtee depot in Nömme. Now the loco is gone somewhere, but maybe not scrapped.

Built by: Lyudinovskiy from 1966 onwards
Units built: 3148, very few in Estonia
Unit numbers: 2493
Power: 895 kW (1200 hp), diesel-hydraulic
Effect: n/a kN / lbf, max. speed 10 km/h (6 mph)  
Usage: medium switcher for local only use


  More on Tgm6 switcher
   
  ERS - Estonian Rail Services
  Tem33A of ERS / Vopak AOA
ERS 2Te116 number 788 at Tallin Muuga departures yard, Estonia
2Te116 of ERS / Vopak AOA

Some of the older 2Te116 diesels found their way to ERS through Spacecom (both are Russian companies). Since these units have aged, they are due to be replaced by new GE built locos, starting 2014.

Built by: Lugansk Locomotive Works, 1971 - 2011
Units imported and refurbished: probably around 4-6
Unit numbers: 2Te116-xxxx
Power: 2 x 2250 kW (6030 hp)
Effect: 399 kN  
Usage: Heavy long haul freight locomotive


  More on 2Te116 of several operators
   
  Eurodex Synergy Oü
Eurodex Synergy Tem2 number 9042 idling at Muuga harbor, Tallinn, Estonia Tem2 Rebuilt Unit for Eurodex Synergy Oü
Several rebuilt Tem2 units provide swithing power for Muuga harbor oil terminals.

Built by: Bryansk Machine Works, 1960 - 1984, Alco RSD copy
Units for Eurodex Synergy Oü: several of two different body types 
Unit numbers: 9042 + others
Power: 895 kW (1200 hp)
Effect: 370 kN (83'700 lbf)  
Usage: local use medium switcher

Tem2 Theme Page...
   
  GoRail
GoRail Tep70 number 0320 in at Tallinn Baltijaam, Estonia Tep70 of GoRail
GoRail is one of the few Estonian passenger rail operators. Its long distance trains are served by a pair of Russian built Tep70 diesels.

Built by: Kolomna Savod
Units imported and refurbished: 1970 - 2006 (a copy of English design)  
Unit numbers: 0203 and 0320
Power: 2980 kW (4000 hp)
Effect: 288 kN (64'750 lbf)  
Usage: Generic passenger service locomotive

More on Tep70

   
  Horizon Pulp & Paper
Edelrautee TGM4 number 904 at the Little Tallin depot station, Estonia

Tgm23 small diesel-hydraulic switcher
Horizon Pulp & Paper today owns the pulp and paper factory in Kehra. Plant dating back to 1938 has gathered many interesting railroad equipment, which unfortunately mostly are parked at the stalls due to trucks taking over traffic from them.

Built by: Mrom
Units built: prototypes 1973 - 1975, production 1981 - 198x?
Unit numbers: 272, several thousands built in Russia
Power: 295 kW (395 hp)
Effect: 115 kN (25'860 lbf)  
Usage: light mechanical switcher


More on Tgm23 / Tgm23b

   
  Maardu Raudtee
Maardu Raudtee Tem7 number 0234, Maardu, Estonia Tem7 of Maardu Raudtee
Directly from Soviet era swithing the Tem7 is one of a kind, in World scale! One unit survives working occasionally in Muuga area switching.

Built by: Lyudinovsky Locomotive Works
Units built: protos in 1975, batch production 1977 -
Unit numbers: Tem7 0234
Power: 1470 kW (1970 hp)
Effect: 580 kN! (130'850 lbf)  
Usage: Heavy switcher

More on Tem7 switcher
Maardu Raudtee Tem2 operating in Marrdu, Tallinn, Estonia
Tem2 of Maardu Raudtee
The most often seen current Soviet switcher two units have found their way to Maardu too.

Built by: Bryansk Machine Works, 1960 - 1984, Alco RSD copy
Units for Sillamäe Sadam: 2  
Unit numbers: Tem2 number 5108
Power: 895 kW (1200 hp)
Effect: 370 kN (83'700 lbf)  
Usage: local use medium switcher

Tem2 Theme Page...
   
 Plav RT Grupp Oü
Plav RT Grupp Oü Tem3 in Valga, Estonia Tem2 of Plav RT Grupp
Another old Soviet designed switcher of Plav Grupp can be found switching in Valga, Estonia.

Built by: Bryansk Machine Works, 1960 - 1984, Alco RSD copy
Units for operator: 1  
Unit numbers: Tem2 number 552
Power: 895 kW (1200 hp)
Effect: 370 kN (83'700 lbf)  
Usage: local use medium switcher

Tem2 Theme Page...
   
  RzD (the Russian Railways)
RzD Tep70 Tep70
Bright red and orange RzD owned Tep70 locomotives are always an impressive sight in the border areas. Now the newer Tepo70BS type is replacing many of these.

Built by: Kolomna Savod
Units imported and refurbished: 1970 - 2006 (a copy of English design)  
Unit numbers: Tep70 - xxxx
Power: 2980 kW (4000 hp)
Effect: 288 kN (64'750 lbf)  
Usage: Generic passenger service locomotive

More on Tep70
 
Tep70BS
RzD 2Te116u in Narva, Estonia
2Te116
RZD has from the old days by far the largest fleet of Ukrainean 2Te116 locomotives for its use. RZD also has a number of newer 2Te116 units like thsi 2Te116U on the left.

Built by: Lugansk Locomotive Works, 1971 -
Units in use: 1000s
Unit numbers: 2Te116/2Te116x-xxxx
Power, 2Te116u: 2 x 3000 kW (8045 hp)
Effect: 506 kN (2 x 253 kN)  
Usage: Heavy long haul freight locomotive


  More on 2Te116 of several operators
   
  Sillamäe Sadam
Sillamäe Sadam  Tem-Tmh number 13, Vaivara, Estonia Tem-Tmh of Sillamäe Sadam
Sillamäe Sadam was the first operator to receive these durable Russain locos. Now EVR Cargo also has a fleet of Tem-Tmhs.

Built by: Transmasholding in 2013-2014
Units manufactured: 3  
Unit numbers: 013 + 2
Power: 970 kW (1320 hp)
Effect: 345 kN (77'560 lbf)  
Usage: heavy switcher

More info on Tem-Tmh
Sillamäe Sadam Tem2, Sillamäe, Estonia
Tem2 of Sillamäe Sadam
The most often seen current Soviet switcher two units have found their way to Sillamäe Sadam too. These might have been rebuilt to Tem-Tmh.

Built by: Bryansk Machine Works, 1960 - 1984, Alco RSD copy
Units for Sillamäe Sadam: 2  
Unit numbers: Tem2 number 5108
Power: 895 kW (1200 hp)
Effect: 370 kN (83'700 lbf)  
Usage: local use medium switcher

Tem2 Theme Page...
Sillamäe Sadam newer 2Te116 in Sillamäe, Estonia
2Te116 of Sillamäe Sadam
Also the Sillamäe harbor operator initially had one 2Te116 loco to pull its freight szervices between Narva and Sillamäe, a relative short distance.

Built by: Lugansk Locomotive Works, 1971 - 2014
Units for Sillamäe Sadam: 0 -1  
Unit numbers: 2Te116-1667
Power: 2 x 2250 kW (6030 Hp)
Effect: 399 kN (89'700 lbf for both units together)  
Usage: Heavy long haul freight locomotive

More on 2Te116 of Sillamäe Sadam
   
  Transoil
Transoil 2Te166 number 1684 and another unit Narva, Estonia 2Te116 of Transoil
2Te116 being the most common classic but still in production diesel in Russia is also used by Transoil for hauling its long oil can trains.

Built by: Lugansk Locomotive Works, 1971 - 2014
Units for Transoil: hundreds?  
Unit numbers: 2Te116-xxxx
Power: 2 x 2250 kW (6030 Hp)
Effect: 399 kN (89'700 lbf for both units together)  
Usage: Heavy long haul freight locomotive

More on 2Te116 of Transoil
   
  Very old version of the page...
 

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EVR Cargo, former Eesti Raudtee

  Tem-Tmh (Tem-Tmx) of EVR Cargo

Eesti Raudtee Tem-Tmh number 055 in Tallinn Ûlemiste, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee Tem-Tmh number 057 in Tallinn Ûlemiste, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee Tem-Tmh number 057 in Tallinn Ûlemiste, Estonia


Tem-Tmh is the most modern switcher / road switcher locomotive manufactured for West European 1520 mm (~5') gauge. Design was created by CZ Loko in early 2000s and company currently has this model on its list. Early production included some Lithuanian M62s rebuilt to Tem-Tmh, using the frame and bogies but changing just about everything else. Later the production was also started by Transmasholding in Russia, where all Estonian units of EVR Cargo and Sillamäe Sadam were also manufactured.

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  C36-7ai of EVR Cargo (Ex. Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways))

Eesti Raudtee C30-7i number 1570 at Kehra station, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i unit 1529 at Narva yard, Estonia

An Eesti Raudtee C36-7i led Tank train near Tapa, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i numbers 1517 and 1538 at Tarto, Estonia

The formidable American heavy C36-7ai freight locomotives started a new modern era for the EVR Cargo (ex. EVR) in 2002. The ex. Missouri Pacific / UP and Conrail units were regauged for 5' and received upgraded electronics, thus the letter i in their type. Small a means that units are equipped with cab.

Locomotives were shipped after reagaugin and refurbishment upgrades from U.S. to Estonia. There units have served well in various assignments from occasional local switching to multiple unit use on the heavy international freight trains. In the early years when the Eesti Raudtee (later EVR Cargo) was owned by the American Ed Burkhart much of the traffic was Russian imports, just passing through Estonian ports. During the later years Russia has invested itself to ports and capacity aid from the neighboring countries is no longer needed in a large scale. Many consists running today are export products of either Estonia or Russia so there is now traffic both ways. At this point you have to remember, that while Estonia is part of the European Union, it is from historical reasons still separated from the union with a Russian track width of 5' (1520mm) instead of the "normal gauge" 4' 8,5" (1435mm). This makes it difficult for the Estonian industries to rationally import and export good by rail to and from EU countries, so the eastern direction is the only rails can serve well.

Currently EVR Cargo has a substantial surplus of heavy freight locomotives, these are of the types C36-7i, C30-7i and 2Te116. There is also occasional criticism towards the American locomotives with their huge weight and rigid bogies destroying infrastructure. So the 2Te116 from Russian seems to be the number one choise to use to preserve the track and switches, while the C3x's serve as a surplus power. GE C30-7ais have all been withdrawn now and first units have also been retired from C36-7ai fleet. First these will serve as spare parts source and once these become hard to acquire, it is likely that EVR Cargo will simply buyt new Tem-Tmh road switchers instead. With latest Caterpoillar engines these are much more fuel efficient than EVR Cargo aging GE unit fleet.

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C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee (EVR)
-> Builder: General Electric  

-> Type: C36-7i, original units built as C36-7  
-> Original users: Union Pacific railroad and Missouri Pacific (as a part of UPRR)
-> Usage: heavy freight locomotive for all uses, heavy road freights and down all the way to occasional local switching work at junctions.  

   
Built by: General Electric in September to November 1985 for MoPac and UP
Units imported and refurbished: 57, 2002 (some sources quote the 1558 as a C36-7i, but it has all the characteristics of the smaller C30-7i)  
Unit numbers: 1501 - 1557
Power: 2800 kW (3750 Hp)
Effect: 438 kN, 96'000 lbs  
Usage: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heaviest freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.

-> Production dates: 1985, refurbished 2002    
-> Numbers imported and refurbished: 57 units in 2002    
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5'), originally 1435 mm (4' 8.5") 

-> Users: Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways)
-> Seen: Estonian rail networks  
-> Operators outside Europe: a few units might survive in museums in the U.S.A.    
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: GE 7FDL16, 4-cycle
-> Power transmission: electric, generator type GE GTA24
-> Track motors: DC, GE 725AF
-> Power output: 2800 kW (3750 Hp)    

-> Tractive Effort: 438 kN, 96 klbs   
-> Air brakes: Westinghouse
-> Braking effort on traction motors: dynamic brakes can be used    
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    

-> Electronics: rebuilt in 2002  
-> Safety Systems:  


-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  112 km/h (70 mph)   
-> Multiple unit operation capability: seen often in pairs  

-> Length: 20,42 m, 67'3"     
-> Heigth: m   
-> Width: 3,05 m, 10'2.25"     
-> Weight: 166 - 190,5 tons, (366-420 000 lbs) originally   
-> Axle weight max: 27,6 - 32 metric tons (divided evenly from the original weight), too heavy for a great majority of the European track



   Estonian C36-7i and C30-7i Page...

   Estonian Gallery with dozens of the C36-7i pictures...
   Old Estonian Loco Roster Page with C36-7i pictures and info...

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  C30-7i of Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways)
Eesti Raudtee C30-7i number 1570 at Kehra station, Estonia
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i in the old depot in the center of Tallinn, Estonia




The American medium heavy C30-7i freight locomotives started a new moders era for the Estonian Railways (EVR) in 2002. The ex. Conrail units were regauged for 5' and received upgraded electronics, thus the letter i in their type. Locomotives were shipped to Estonia, where they have served well in various assignments from occasional local switching to multiple unit use in the heavy international freight trains. In the early years when the Eesti Raudtee (EVR) was owned by the American Ed Burkhart much of the traffic was Russian imports passing to Estonian ports. During the last few years the Russia has invested itself to ports and capacity aid from the neighboring countries is no longer needed in a large scale. Many consists today are export products of either Estonia or Russia so there is traffic both ways. At this point you have to remember, that while Estonia is part of the European Union, it is curiously still separated from the union with a Russian track width of 5' (1520mm) instead of the "normal gauge" 4' 8,5" (1435mm). This makes it difficult for the Estonian industries to rationally import and export good by rail to EU countries, so the eastern direction is the only rails can serve well.

Currently EVR has a substantial surplus of heavy freight locomotives, these are of the types C36-7i, C30-7i and 2Te116. There is also occasional criticism towards the American locomotives with their huge weight and rigid bogies destroying infrastructure. So the 2Te116 from Russian seems to be the number one choise to use to preserve the track and switches, while the C3x's serve as a surplus power. Probably this will finally lead to the withdrawal of the both C36-7i and C30-7i, which will be replaced with one of ther modern diesel locos from Western Europe or Russia.


C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee (EVR)
-> Builder: General Electric  

-> Type: C30-7i, original units built as C30-7  
-> Original users: Conrail and its followers
-> Usage: heavy freight locomotive for all uses, heavy road freights and down all the way to occasional local switching work at junctions.  

   
Built by: General Electric
Unit numbers: 1558 - 1580?
Power: 2240 kW (3000 Hp)
Effect: 408/438 kN, 90/96 klbs
Usage: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heavy freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.

-> Production dates: 1975 - 1984, refurbished 2002    
-> Numbers imported and refurbished: 57 units in 2002    
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5'), originally 1435 mm (4' 8.5") 

-> Users: Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways)
-> Seen: Estonian rail networks  
-> Operators outside Europe: a few units might survive in museums in the U.S.A.    
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: GE 7FDL16 or 7FDL16, 4-cycle
-> Power transmission: electric, generator type GE GTA11
-> Track motors: DC, GE 752
 
-> Air brakes: Westinghouse
-> Braking effort on traction motors: dynamic brakes can be used    
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    

-> Electronics: rebuilt in 2002  
-> Safety Systems:  


-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  125 km/h (70 mph)   
-> Multiple unit operation capability: seen often in pairs  

-> Length: 20,42 m, 67'3"     
-> Heigth: 4,57 m   
-> Width: 3,05 m, 10'2.25"     
-> Weight: 162,8 - 190,5 tons, (366-420 000 lbs) originally   
-> Axle weight max: 27,1 - 32 metric tons (divided evenly from the original weight), too heavy for a great majority of the European track


   Estonian C36-7i and C30-7i Page...

   Estonian Gallery with a lot of the C30-7i pictures...
   Old Estonian Loco Roster Page with C30-7i pictures and info...

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  2Te116 of several operators
ERS 2Te116 number 788 at Tallin Muuga departures yard, Estonia
Transoil 2Te166 number 1684 and another unit Narva, Estonia
Transoil 2Te166 number 1684 and another unit smoking out from Narva, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee 2Te116 units 1435 and 1437 hauling empty cans at Tarto, Estonia

The 2Te116 is synonymous for heavy freight transportation in the most 1520 mm gauge countries around Russia. In Estonia too these mammoth locomotives form a great majority of the motive power outside the leading operator Eesti Raudtee. At least 10 separate operators are either operating these locos or have used them in the past. While some units from the East are in a pretty bad shape, others are kept in a mint condition.

There are two major batches of the 2Te116, the difference showing behind the cab. The newer units have an easy to spot radiator hump there. For easy spotting please see the second picture from above.

  2te116 seems to be an old school pure road locomotive, newer seen in switching duties. In the old Soviet time road locomotives hauled commodities to their destinations where pure switching duty locomotives took over. Observing this from the Western view point with all the road switcher around Soviet time use division seems strange way of not optimizing resources. But you have to realize Soviets newer understood the meaning of resource usage, or the results of the lack of undestanding it. In the end resource usage was one of the main resons leading to crash of Soviet Union and rebirth of Russia.


2Te116 Technical Details

-> Type: 2Te116   
-> Usage: Heavy road freight locomotive.

-> Builder: Lugansk
-> Production dates: 1971 to current
-> Numbers built: 1700+ , remaining units unknown  
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5 ft)
 
-> Users: Eesti Raudtee EVR, Rzd, Spacecom, Transoil, E.R.S.As in Estonia, ...
-> Seen: Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, probably much of the ex. Eastern Europe.
 
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: Kolomna type 1A-5D49 V16, 4 stroke ; later units 1A-5D49-2

-> Power output: 2 x 2250 kW (6030 Hp) at 1000 rpm      
-> Transmission: Diesel electric AC/DC

-> Alternator: AC, type ?   
-> Traction motors: DC, ETM type ED-107A, 12 x 305kW,
       later types ED-118A, ED-118B, ED-118D and ED-125B 
-> Tractive Effort: 399 kN  start / 248 kN at 24km/h
-> Wheel arrangement:  Co-Co + Co-Co 
-> Wheel diameter: 1050 mm
 
-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  100 km/h (62 mph)   

-> Length:  18,15m 
-> Heigth:
-> Width:      

   
-> Weight:  138 metric tons x 2  
-> Axle weight max: 23 tons
 


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  Tep70 of several operators
A former EVR Express Tep70 locomotive number 0203
A sister locomotive in different coloring
An RzD Tep70 locomotive, Narva Estonia

Tep70 is synonymous for most passenger traffic on nonelectrified rail segments around Russia and in its border areas. In Estonia a handfull of these locomotives are in opearion every day.


Technical details of Tep70

-> Type: Tep70
-> Usage: Heavy passenger locomotive
-> Builder: Kolomensky Zavod
-> Production dates: 1973 to current (the current model is Tep70BS,
the builder refers to Tep70 production starting in 1988)
-> Numbers built: >350 , remaining units from the original
production runs unknown
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5 ft)

-> Users: GO Rail, Rzd, ...
-> Seen: Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Biela Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, much of the ex. Eastern Europe, Eastern Russia, Central Asia


-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engine: Kolomna type 2A-5D49, 4 stroke V16
-> Power output: 2942 kW (4000 Hp) at 1000 rpm
-> Nominal axle power: 600 kW (on Tep70BS)
-> Transmission: Diesel electric AC/DC
-> Alternator:
-> Traction motors: DC, ETM type ED-119, 6 x 411kW, later types ED-121A, 6 x 413 kW
-> Tractive Effort: 288 kN start / 167 kN at 48 km/h
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 3200 kW
-> Wheel arrangement: Co-Co
-> Wheel diameter: 1220 mm
-> Minimum negotiable curve: 125 m

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 160 km/h (100 mph)

-> length:
-> Height:
-> Width

-> Weight 135 metric tons +-3%
-> Max. axle weight 21,8 tons

 

 


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  Tsem3 / ChME3 diesel switcher of several operators and owners

Eesti Raudtee Tsem3 number 1337 sitting idle at Tarto, Estonia
EVR Chem3 number 1336 stored in Tallinn, Estonia

Tsem3 / ChME3 were built in Szechoslovakia.


Technical details of ChME3

-> Type: ChME3
-> Usage: Local switcher for much of the east European networks, slowly being phased out
-> Builder: ČKD
-> Production dates: 1963 - 1991
-> Numbers built: 7459
-> Number remaining in service: getting smaller every day
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5 ft)

-> Users: Eesti Raudtee, Edelraudtee, others
-> Seen: Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Biela Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, much of the ex. Eastern Europe, Eastern Russia, Central Asia


-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engine: 163 liters, turbocharged and intercooled
-> Power output: 993 kW (1330 Hp) at 750 rpm
-> Transmission: Diesel electric DC
-> Generator: DC TD-802
-> Traction motors: DC
-> Tractive Effort: 308 kN start
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):
-- on some models from 1984 - 1991
-> Wheel arrangement: Co-Co
-> Wheel diameter: mm

-> Maximum operational speed: 95 km/h (59 mph)

-> length: 17,2 m
-> Height:
-> Width:

-> Weight: 123 metric tons
-> Max. axle weight: 20,5 tons



Notes
-- some units have gone through the main components modernization

-- most units are replaced with the more modern switchers / road switchers


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