ArmInfo. The South Caucasus Railway (SCR) CJSC has completed the modernization of the locomotive depot in Gyumri. Head of the Rolling Stock Management Department Nikolay Lavrenchuk said that earlier the locomotives were repaired either in Russia or in Georgia, but in 2014 the SCR management decided to create its own maintenance depot in Armenia. SCR spends 4.5 mln Russian rubles (about $120 thsd) on such maintenance outside Armenia, whereas the repair of the first locomotive in Armenia cost 10 mln AMD ($21 thsd), and the repair of the next locos was even cheaper - nearly 5.5 mln AMD.
In the meantime, the repair of a driving motor and a motor-driven compressor in the Gyumri depo is a lot cheaper. For instance, in Georgia, the repair of a driving motor costs $19.5 thsd, and the repair of a motor- driven compressor costs $6.4 thsd, while in Armenia such repair costs 970,000 AMD ($2 thsd) and 570,000 AMD ($1.1 thsd), respectively. Over 40 driving motors have been repaired.
Lavrenchuk noted that the depot also repairs the engines of the BelAZes, which operate at the Kajaran deposit. The wheel sets of locomotives are also repaired here.
The depot was modernized from April till December 2014.
South Caucasus Railway CJSC is the 100% subsidiary of Russian Railway OJSC and the concessional manager of Armenian Railway CJSC under the agreement signed on 13 February 2008. The agreement was signed for 30 years and may be prolonged for 10 more years.