This tweet shows the image below and says:

Soyuz rocket on its way to the launch pad (on a train of course).

Question: Does this Soyuz vehicle (a train engine) burn coal or oil? Does it have an official name?

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    $\begingroup$ There is no white steam visible, so it could not be a coal fired steam engine. $\endgroup$ – Uwe Aug 7 '19 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ and no steam engine has ever looked like that. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Aug 7 '19 at 7:57

This is a diesel-electric locomotive TEM-2.

Diesel-electric locomotive TEM-2

The more powerful modification of TEM-1 diesel locomotives. In turn, TEM-1 locomotive is developed on the basis of TE-1 locomotives. The TE-1 is soviet copy of American Locomotive Company RSD-1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALCO_RSD-1


Does it have an official name?


  • $\begingroup$ Excellent, authoritative answer, thank you very much! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Aug 7 '19 at 5:07
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh In Soviet photos, another locomotive is visible. Model TE-3 buran.ru/images/jpg/bbur163.jpg $\endgroup$ – A. Rumlin Aug 7 '19 at 8:34
  • $\begingroup$ That's really beautiful; two pairs of back-to-back engines, thanks! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Aug 7 '19 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ Google translates "мотовоз" as 'motor vehicle'. I think uhoh is looking for the type designation, which is TEM-2. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Aug 13 '19 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Hobbes. I think that "an official name" not equivalent to "vehicle model". If we talk about the Russian dictionary, then this word does not really mean what is shown in this photo. But if you use Google to search for words in this context - "мотовоз"+"Байконур", you will find the local meaning of the word at the cosmodrome. For example youtube.com/watch?v=U-qHJzbn7Ag youtube.com/watch?v=AsBIm55cjqc Word "мотовоз" at Baikonur means a locomotive with one or more cars. youtube.com/watch?v=22P9x0qBByc Details of the Baikonur railway are described in this video. $\endgroup$ – A. Rumlin Aug 15 '19 at 9:38

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