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Siemens Asiarunner
AR15, AR20[1]
D20E Locomotive DN station.jpg
A Vietnam Railways D20E at Da Nang in 2010.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel
Build date 2006? (Ordered 2004)
Total produced AR15 VR: 16 (for Vietnam Railways)
 • UIC Co′Co′
Gauge AR15: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
AR20: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Length 19.180 m (62 ft 11.1 in)[2]
Width 2.688 m (8 ft 9.8 in)
2.950 m (9 ft 8.1 in) including mirrors[2]
Height 3.945 m (12 ft 11.3 in)
Axle load AR15: 13.5 to 16t
AR20: 16t
Loco weight AR15 VR: 81t[3]
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 4,000 l (880 imp gal)
Engine type MTU 12V4000R41[2]
Performance figures
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Power output AR15 1500kW
AR20 2000kW
AR15 ~1220 kW at wheel[3]
Tractive effort AR15: 260-320kN starting
AR20: 320kN starting
Locale Vietnam

The Siemens Asiarunner locomotives are contemporaries to the Eurorunner class and are designed specifically for the South-East Asian market - in particular metre gauge - key features are a Co'Co' wheel arrangement (resulting in low axle loads) and good clearance (see Loading gauge)


Much of the development of the Asiarunner locomotive had to be done from scratch, since Siemens had no contemporary example of a narrow gauge, or of a locomotive that was built to a smaller loading gauge that UIC 505-1.[4]

Nevertheless, the design mirrors in part the modular concept found in Siemens other locomotives (the Eurosprinter and Eurorunner). The main frame is one such module. The drivers cabins are also modular components.

Access to the main engine compartment is via the roof, which has three removable segments, there is a single side corridor which allows an escape route in the event of certain emergencies[5] (compare the wide gauge Eurorunners which have two passageways)

The engine is a 12-cylinder MTU model - similar to that used in the Eurorunner except with 12 instead of 16 cylinders.

The locos can work in multiple with up to three connected.


Vietnam railways has 16 of the AR15 model which will be used on the main HanoiDa NangHo Chi Minh City route serving both passenger and freight services.[3]

The locomotive is designed for used in Asia, Africa, South America and Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Asiarunner – The flexible alternative". (archive Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Technical data of locomotive". Archived from the original on 28 April 2008.  (archive
  3. ^ a b c Universal Locomotive AR15 VR, Vietnam
  4. ^ Marc Oliver Girgert; Armin Gasch (2006). "Der Asiarunner für Vietnam = The asiarunner for Vietnam". Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau (in German). Eurailpress, Hamburg. 55 (9): 580–584. ISSN 0013-2845. 
  5. ^ "News from Transportation Systems : AsiaRunner AR15 VR". (archive Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. AsiaRunner AR15 VR is the first locomotives in the Asian Runner family for the small gauges: 1000 and 1067mm 

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