The exposition of the Russian Railway Museum was replenished with a unique industrial electric locomotive of the Italian plant "Savigliano"
The industrial electric locomotive "B 12" built in the period 1932-1933 by the Italian plant "Savigliano" took its place in the exposition of the Russian Railway Museum after repair and restoration work.
"We are very sensitive to the Russian Railway Museum and are happy to follow its many successes.
During one of my visits to the Museum, a few years ago, experts told me that there are rare Italian electric locomotives in the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. There were only a few such machines left, and one copy was needed in the Museum's exposition. It was decided to assist in the transfer of the electric locomotive. It had to be disassembled, carefully transported, delivered to the Museum and restored. We can now observe the result of these efforts.
I congratulate everyone on the acquisition and I am sure that we will see new exhibits in the near future," said Oleg Valinsky, Deputy General Director - Head of the Traction Directorate of the branch of JSC Russian Railways.
The ceremony was completed by the solemn transfer of the keys to the electric locomotive "B 12" of the Savigliano plant from Pavel Makarov, Chief Engineer of the Logistics Department of MMK PJSC, to Vladimir Odintsov, Director of the Russian Railway Museum.
The ceremony was attended by Oleg Valinsky, Deputy General Director – Head of the Traction Directorate of Russian Railways, Vladimir Odintsov, Director of the Russian Railway Museum, Alexander Golubev, Chairman of Dorprofzhel on the Oktyabrskaya Railway, Pavel Markov, Chairman of the Interregional Council of Veterans of the Oktyabrskaya Railway, and Pavel Makarov, Chief Engineer of the Logistics Department of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works.
In 1932, the USSR ordered 26 electric locomotives in Italy, at the plant of the National Society "Savigliano" in Turin. In 1933, electric locomotives began to arrive at the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works.
The complex of repair and restoration works took less than six months. The electric locomotive was cleaned of pollution and long-term paint layers, components dismantled during transportation were installed in place: current collectors, air tanks, etc., corrosion foci were eliminated. It was decided to keep the electric locomotive as it was at the end of its work at the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. With regard to the color, the color that the electric locomotive had after repair in 2004 was chosen – turquoise.