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ЧМЭ3 (ChME3,ČME3).jpg
ЧМЭ3-912 at Dnipro railway station
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
Build date1963-1994
Total produced8,200
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
1,520 mm (4 ft 11+2732 in) Russian gauge
1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Wheel diameter1,050 mm (41.34 in)
Minimum curve80 m (262 ft)
Wheelbase8,660 mm (28 ft 5 in)
Length17,220 mm (56 ft 6 in)
Axle load21 t (21 long tons; 23 short tons)
Loco weight126 t (124 long tons; 139 short tons)
Fuel typeDiesel
Fuel consumption220 g/(kW⋅h) (2.2 oz/MJ; 5.8 oz/(hp⋅h))
Prime moverČKD K 6 S 310 DR
RPM range750
Engine typeStraight-six Diesel engine
GeneratorČKD TD 802 B
Traction motorsČKD TE 006 6x
Cylinder size310 mm × 360 mm
(12.20 in × 14.17 in)
MU workingyes
Performance figures
Maximum speed95 km/h (59 mph)
Power output1,000 kW (1,300 hp)
Tractive effort265 kN (60,000 lbf)
Max 362 kN (81,000 lbf)

The ČKD ČME3 is a six-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by ČKD. The class was used primarily for shunting and mainline duties. With over 8,000 produced during a production run of 31 years, it is one of the most produced locomotives in the world. Units have been operated by Russia, Belarus, Ukraine (as class ЧМЭ3, transliteration ChME3) and other ex-Soviet bloc countries, in Czechoslovakia (as class T669.0, T669.1 and T669.5, later as ŽSR 770 and ČD 770 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic), on industrial railways in Poland (S200), in Albania (HSH T669.1), Iraq (DES 3101), Syria (LDE 1500) and in India (DEC 120).

The ČKD ČME3 is classified as a Co-Co or C-C diesel-electric locomotive, with all six axles powered. As such, it is particularly suited for pulling heavy, slow freight and cargo trains.



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