Adtranz scoops RZD three-phase deal

first_imgON FEBRUARY 14 Russia’s Ministry of Railways signed a contract with ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Schweiz) AG for the development of three-phase-motored electric locomotives for the country’s 1524mm gauge network. Adtranz is to provide complete traction packages for an initial build of 21 six-axle locos, worth around SFr80m. Designated Class EP10, the 132 tonne Bo-Bo-Bo locos will have proven GTO-based control equipment. Mechanical parts will be assembled at the former Soviet electric loco works in Novocherkassk. The EP10s will be equipped for dual-system operation on both RZD’s 25 kV 50Hz and 3 kV DC networks, although the initial build is mainly intended for the October Railway main line between Moscow and St Petersburg which is now being modernised. The locos are designed for operation at up to 160 km/h in ambient temperatures ranging from -50 to +40°C. Continuous rating at the wheels will be 7200 kW, with a tractive effort of 375 kN when starting and 315 kN at 120 km/h.Adtranz expects the initial prototype to be rolled out ’in two years from now’, with the first of the 20-strong series build entering service a year later. There is provision in the contract for Novocherkassk to build further batches of EP10s, although no details have been released about any technology transfer for local manufacture of the electrical equipment. olast_img read more

WRONG! “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”

first_imgDrug expert: “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”NewsTalk ZB 23 November 2016Family First Comment: Yes – that’s correct. The Drug Foundation are continuing to push for the decriminalising of ALL drugs – including P! Not just Dope. Offering servics for addiction treatment is essential – but removing the illegal status will remove the ability to mandate treatment, and will send a dangerous harmful societal message. #scaryLaw enforcement is not a silver bullet for the country’s methamphetamine problem.A report by Police on arrestees has found an increase in the number of people who had used the drug, and felt dependent on it.Executive director Ross Bell said lots of resources have been put into using police and courts to tackle meth use.“We’ve kind of neglected for a long time putting resources into the health side of things, and I think now we’re all beginning to recognise that we’re never going to arrest our way out of the methamphetamine problem.”In contrast, the statistics also showed a reduction in use of alcohol and cannabis by those arrested, and it is thought that could be down to a change in police practice.The study found 69 percent of detainees reported using cannabis in 2015 – that’s down seven percent from 2011.The number of detainees who reported being dependent on alcohol declined from 23 percent in 2011 to 17 percent last year.Ross Bell said there’s not a lot of data to successfully draw trends.“The cannabis and the alcohol data could well be down to different ways that Police might deal with people – they may not actually arrest people for cannabis and alcohol.” read more