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Tep60 was the locomotive widely used in the former Soviet Union for passenger traffic before it's newer cousin Tep70. Tep60 was also the first locomotive built solely for this purpose. Almost 1500 units were built between 1960 and 1987 and some are still in use in Russia as well as in countries like Latvia. Tep 60 existed both in a form of a single unit version Tep60 and the double unit version 2Tep60 to provide more power to certain routes.      

 The RZD Tep60 nr 1206 in Riga Latvia  

The well preserved to its glory long ago the Tep60 poses for the camera with the distinctive RZD (the Russian Railways) logo and the golden "Red Star" found on a number of ex. Soviet locomotives. Picture above by Stanislav Voronin 2008. Below a not so fortunate cousin number 1006 in Estonian Haapsalu Railroad Museum. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007. 

Technical details for Tep60 / 2Tep60
-> Type: Tep60 / 2Tep60  
-> Usage: Medium heavy passenger locomotive
-> Builder: Kolomna 
-> Production dates: 2 prototypes in 1960, production from 1961 to 1987. 1241 single Tep60 units and 116 double units 2tep60 were built.  
Numbers built: 1473 , remaining units are few outside Russia and with heavy modernization of the Russian railways this model will be rare very soon in Russia as well. 
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5 ft)
-> Users: Rzd (Russian Railways), LDZ (Latvian Railways), ...
-> Former users: Eesti Raudtee (Estonian), ...
-> Possibly seen in: 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 11D45, 2 stroke V16
-> Power output: 2208 kW (3000 Hp) at 750 rpm
-> Transmission: Diesel electric DC
-> Alternator:   
-> Traction motors: DC, ETM type EDT-340, 6 x 310kW, later types ED-101 to 108A
-> Tractive Effort: 201 kN start / 124 kN at 48 km/h
-> Wheel arrangement:  Co-Co 
-> Wheel diameter: 1050 mm (typical Soviet locomotive)

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

-> Length: 19,25m on Tep60, 19,33m on 2Tep60    
-> Heigth:
-> Width:     

-> Weight: 129 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: 21,5 tons     

Picture: The complex bogie of the type Tep60. Resemblance to the later types (like M62/2M62 or Tep70) can already be seen. Picture by Stanislav Voronin.  


Another view to the preserved RZD Tep 60 number 1206 in Latvia. Picture by Stanislav Voronin. 


Created for by John McKey and Stanislav Voronin. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin and Ilkka Siissalo.

 Also on Eastern Rolling Stock  
Finland RdZ Tep70 number 0217 in Vainikkala
The Tep70 heavy passenger locomotive is used in both Russian and international traffic on 5 ft domain.
Transoil 2Te116 number 0635 in Narva Estonia
The backbone of current Russian freight railroading is formed with the monstrous 2Te116, Te116 and 3te116 locomotives. These powerful locos also work regularly on international 1520mm/5ft routes. 
3m62u in Sortavala Russia
2M62, M62 and the 3M62 in the picture created an impressive heavy diesel fleet in Soviet period of the Russia. Most units still exist, either in original condition or rebuilt.   
Tep60 in Riga, Latvia
Tep60 passenger diesel was a predecessor of the formidable Tep70 diesels. Once creating a numerous passenger fleet, many units have found their way to the museum, but you might be able to spot an unit online in countries like Latvia.


Other interesting pages in this category on 
  Tep70 (the newer passenger unit)...   
  2Te116 (the monster double unit)...   


   Main > Reference > Soviet Locomotive Types > Tep60 Railroad Reference 2004 - 2010  -  Created 5.1.2009 John McKey, Stanislav Voronin,  Updated 14.8.2010