Russian locomotive class TE3

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TE3 diesel locomotive
Spoorwegmuseum St Petersburg 4.jpg
TE3-1001 at St Petersburg railway museum in 2002
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Kolomna Locomotive Works
Kharkiv Locomotive Factory
Build date 1953-1973
 • UIC Co’Co’+Co’Co’
Gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) Russian gauge
Wheel diameter 1,050 mm (41.34 in)
Loco weight 2 x 126 t (124 long tons; 139 short tons)
Prime mover 2 x Kharkov 2D100
RPM range Max. 850 rpm
Engine type opposed-piston two-stroke diesel engines
Transmission Diesel-electric
Performance figures
Maximum speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Power output Engine: 2 x 1,470 kW (1,970 hp; 2,000 PS)
Number in class 6808 pairs
13,617 units
Numbers 001—598

The ТE3 (Russian: ТЭ3) is a Soviet diesel-electric locomotive, built in Russia and Ukraine to 1520 mm gauge. It is a two-unit Co’Co’+Co’Co’ machine. Total diesel power is 2,940 kW (3,940 hp; 4,000 PS). They were built from 1953 to 1973.[1]


Cutaway 2D100 engine on display

The engine is a Kharkov 2D100. Power output of each engine is 1,470 kW (1,970 hp; 2,000 PS). Transmission is diesel electric.


Each pair of locomotives was numbered: 001—598, 1001—1404, 2001—7805, making a total of 6807 pairs or 13,614 units. The information box shows 6808 pairs and 13,617 units. The reason for the discrepancy is not known. Possibly 3 spare units were built to cover for failures.


  1. ^ Heywood, A.J.; Button, I.D.C. (1995). Soviet Locomotive Types. Malmo: Frank Stenvalls Forlag. p. 45.