Railway Equipment Registry (RSFZhT) has issued to Ural Locomotives (UL) a Certificate of Conformity for Lastochka Electric Multiple Unit trains fitted with bogies manufactured by the Russian company based in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sverdlovsk Oblast.

A bogie is an essential element of a railcar chassis which serves to support the rail vehicle body.  The first set of Russian-built bogies was fitted to a five-car Lastochka ES2G-005 EMU which was sent for testing on November 11, 2014. As early as December, following the successful passing of dynamic fatigue and speed validation tests and rail impact testing, the Lastochka EMU No.5 was back at Ural Locomotives. The bogies manufactured by the company were found in compliance with all requirements and recommendations for use on Type ES trains. The certificate enables the company to fit the in-house manufactured bogies to all subsequent versions of Lastochka EMU.

According to Ural Locomotives Director General  Mr. Alexander Saltaev,  the company made first arrangements for EMU bogie production back in 2013. The design of UL-built bogies is adapted to meet the Russian EMU’s unique features and focuses on the use of Russian-sourced materials and components including bogie frames and assemblies. “The plant thus rolls out its Localization Program which will run until 2017, allowing us to reach our import substitution targets,” Mr. Saltaev noted. It bears reminding that pursuant to contract with RZD, the Russian Lastochka production should be 80% localized by 2017.

A unique manufacturing line that includes over 50 units of hi-tech equipment was launched at Ural Locomotives as part of bogie production, while the company employees were trained at the Siemens’ Bogie factory based in Graz, Austria. The amount of investments since project launch was RUB 1.4bln.

The company plans to complete the transfer of the train bogie technology into production of Type 2ES7 and Type 2ES10 locomotives and to adopt import substitution for this important component. Furthermore, the advanced technology used at UL bogie production will eventually be used in manufacture of high-speed rolling stock.