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The first modernised electric locomotive for Armenian Railways was delivered to Yerevan.

October 2008.

The first electric locomotive for Armenian Railways modernized by Tbilisi electric locomotive building plant was delivered to Yerevan, the chief of exploitation department of Yerevan locomotive depot Levon Akopyan informed journalists on Tuesday.

«It is one of the most qualitative locomotives not only in Armenia, but also on the territory of the CIS. Electric locomotive completely justified itself in last 20-30 years and one of them after major repairs will start to ply between Airum and Gumri», - the chief said. Akopyan informed that one locomotive is capable to transport about 1,9 thousand tons of various goods daily from Airum in Gumri. The chief of exploitation department of Yerevan locomotive depo noticed that the return of three more modernised locomotives is expected in the near future. Akopyan said that modernized locomotives will serve both freight and passenger trains.

On January, 16th, 2008 JSC «Russian Railways» was declared winner in the tender on transfer of the Armenian railways in concession management. According to the financial offer published in the end of 2007, «Russian Railways» declared readiness to invest in «Armenian railways» 570 million US dollars, with 230 million US dollars within the next five years. JSC “South Caucasian Railways» – absolute "daughter" of «Russian Railways». On June, 1st, 2007, JSC «South Caucasian Railways» had the property of Armenian Railways transferred on its balance: over 2,000 freight cars, 58 passenger cars, 85 locomotives and 30 train sections.


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