Alstom’s JV KazElektroPrivod (JV KEP, 50% Alstom, 50% SOP Trade) has successfully tested its P80 point machine during a 6-months period on a newly installed turnout at Shiderty station, Ekibastuz, Pavlodar region, Kazakhstan.
The tests were conducted in cooperation with Kazakhstan Railways and PMK (Prommashkomplekt) who developed new design of turnout. KEP has received official confirmation from KTZ Ekibastuz signalling and communication department, that during field tests from November 2018 to May 2019 no technical deviations were detected. P80 passed a severe winter operating in the temperatures lower than -40ºC and did 1200 switches.
Manufactured in KEP, Almaty Alstom’s P80 point machine is designed to operate with low maintenance level while providing the highest level of safety. P80 is suitable for mainlines, metro and freight lines. P80 point machine is certified for speeds up to 180 km/h and lifetime up to 20 years of commercial operation. Alstom has installed more than 50,000 point machines in over 30 countries worldwide.
Currently, 2,820 point machines have been in commercial operation and have proven to be reliable and suitable for Kazakhstan’s rail lines.