On 19.12.2018 Alstom announced it delivered the first of 40 Prima T8 electric double locomotives to the Azerbaijan Railways (ADY). These freight locomotives, the designated “AZ8A” series, will run on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars regional railway link.
Currently the EKZ joint-venture (Alstom 75%, Transmashholding 25%) is building these machines in its factory in Kazakhstan.
The depicted AZ8A 0001 has arrived at Bilajary, Azerbaijan, after being shipped from Astana on 7 December. Alstom will now conduct validation tests on the Azerbaijani railways infrastructure during a few months.