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Indian Railways set to get 1st high-speed electric locomotive in March

The Railway official said that the increase in speed would result in improving line capacity in the rail network.

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways' all new 12,000 horsepower electric locomotive -- being produced in collaboration with Alstom of France and which can run at speeds of up to 120 kmph -- would be rolled out in March when French President Emmanuel Macron visits India, Railway Ministry sources said.

According to the sources, the assembly of the first 12,000 hp locomotive at Bihar's Madhepura plant is complete and its trials are on. "The all new engine would be rolled out in March this year, when Macron will visit India to participate in the International Solar Alliance meeting," the source told IANS, not wishing to be identified.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit last week to Davos for the World Economic Forum, announced that the French President would be participating in the International Solar Alliance meeting in March.

The official also said that the new WAG 12 electric locomotive would be used to haul freight trains. It can haul about 9,000 tonnes of goods.

The first body shell of the twin-section electric locomotive from Alstom's factory in France arrived in India last September.

"The WAG 12 will enable Indian Railways to have a fleet of locomotives equipped with state of the art propulsion technology," Alstom Vice President Sales and Business Development (Asia Pacific) Bharat Salhotra told IANS.

"Induction of 12,000 HP locomotives will be a transformational step as it will allow Indian Railways to run heavy haul and long haul trains over the Dedicated Freight Corridor," Salhotra said.

The Railway official said that the increase in speed would result in improving line capacity in the rail network.

"It will help in speeding up movement of goods trains by increasing the current average speed of the freight trains from 60 kmph to 100 kmph," the official said.

According to ministry officials, Indian Railways currently uses 6,000 hp locomotives for freight services.

The Alstom VP also opined that the step of the government will position "Indian Railways as among the very best in the world when it comes to freight haulage".

"These high horsepower electric locomotives are being built in compliance with the Indian standards of freight transport and are designed for the tough Indian climatic conditions," Salhotra said.

"The significant jump in the operating parameters will also allow for faster, safer and more reliable freight movement across the country, thereby reducing congestion for passenger train services and freight services, as also reduce the logistics cost of rail transportation," he said.

According to the Railway Ministry, Indian Railways will manufacture 800 such electric locomotives over the next 11 years in a joint venture with the Alstom at the Madhepura locomotive factory.

The Railways had awarded the Rs 20,000 crore project to Alstom in November 2015 after the commissioning of the factory in Bihar. The FDI component in the Madhepura project is about Rs 1,200 crore.

"A total of 800 double section freight electric locomotives will be supplied followed by the associated long-term maintenance of the electric engines," the Alstom VP added.

The project also includes two maintenance depots in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur and Maharashtra's Nagpur.

A total of five locomotives will be assembled at the factory by 2019, and rest will be manufactured under the Make in India initiative.

As per schedule, 35 locomotives would be rolled out from the factory by 2020, 60 in 2021, followed by 100 every year till the target of 800 is met.

According to the Alstom, the Madhepura factory is a true embodiment of the government's Make in India vision with a localisation of almost 85 to 90 per cent of components.
Hope to see test runs begin by April!!! :banana:

The fact that one of the maintenance sheds will be in MH indicates that they will use it for cross-country freight runs even outside of DFC!!!
 

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Will MGS marshalling yard be connected to DFC? If so then can anyone shed some light on its plan.
What kind of marshalling yard is MGS? WIKI baba suggests various types.
 
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Indian Railways creates history! Converts diesel loco to ‘Make in India’ 10,000 HP electric locomotive

Indian Railways creates history! Indian Railways production unit, Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), has for the first time converted a locomotive from diesel to electric traction. A WAGC3-class diesel locomotive has been converted to electric and the new indigenous ‘Make in India’ engine delivers 5,000 HP, which is a 92% increase from the on rail track 2,600 HP of the older version of the locomotive. This 5,000 HP unit is one half of a 10,000 HP locomotive, says Indian Railways. According to the national transporter, two diesel locomotives are being converted to one “permanently coupled 12-axle, electric locomotive” of 10,000 HP. “The older diesel locomotive had 3,200 HP, but on track it was 2,600 HP. In case of electric there is no loss of HP and two engines are required, so two 5,000 HP locos are being coupled to yield an 10,000 HP,” a senior railway official told FinancialExpress.com.

Led by the first woman GM of DLW, Rashmi Goyel, the project is a definite step forward towards reducing carbon emissions and introducing new age technology in Indian Railways. A team of engineers from DLW, BHEL, RDSO and CLW worked on the project which was completed under the guidance of Member Traction of Railway Board, Ghansyam Singh. The work on the ambitious and historic project began on December 22, 2017 and the new locomotive was dispatched on February 28, 2018. From concept to execution the conversion of the diesel locomotive to electric was carried out in just 69 days! The new electric locomotive is a prototype which will now be tested for further improvements.

Indian Railways and its officials chose a locomotive that was due for a mid-life rehabilitation. It was decided that the traction motors, bogies and chassis of the older diesel engine would be retained. A roof and sidewalls of a decommissioned WAM4-class electric locomotive were used. DLW made the drawings for modification of the locomotive, while RDSO prepared the equipment layout. BHEL worked on the power drive of the locomotive along with RDSO. A WAG7 class electrics was chosen to work with the existing traction motors, says Indian Railways. One challenge that railway engineers faced was the fact that of electric control since electric locomotives have dual cabins, while traditionally diesel engines have single cabins. That meant that the control wiring for around 9 kilometres had to be adapted accordingly.

Indian Railways has already started work on modifying the chassis of another locomotive unit. According to Indian Railways, a twin CoCo, WAGC3 would equal power of almost four WDG3A. This, hopes Indian Railways, will enhance the average speeds of freight trains.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways is also testing its new 12,000 HP electric locomotive that has been manufactured by Alstom at a factory in Bihar’s Madhepura. This locomotive is part of ‘Make in India’ order placed by Indian Railways for 800 electric locomotives. Two new diesel electric locomotives have also recently been delivered to Indian Railways by GE as part of an over $2 billion ‘Make in India’ project that involves both import and manufacture of 1,000 locomotives.
So it seems that DLW is upto something atleast!!! :applause:
 

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Tbh they could've adopted WAM series body instead of decades old Alco. DLW still not letting go of Alco is a shame and mindset of a grumpy old ass. Even ICF is switching to complete LHB production assembly line, why can't DLW do the same?
 
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Government plans 'freight village' at Varanasi

With an aim to boost economic development around the proposed multimodal terminal at Varanasi, the government is planning to develop a "freight village" in the city, the Lok Sabha was told on Thursday.

The freight village to be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) would reduce logistics cost in the eastern transport corridor and its influence zone, Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said in a written reply.

He said the project envisages establishment of multimodal logistics hub in Varanasi to promote the use of waterway transport on the river Ganga between Haldia and Varanasi and of rail transport on Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) in the northern direction.

This will facilitate movement of freight from road to water and rail, he explained.

"As per present estimates, jobs at 3,600 direct work places and additional jobs at indirect work places, with new and specialist logistic skills, are expected to be generated in and around Varanasi," the Minister said.
Good to see that they are focussing on multiple different modes (water, road, rail) of transport all at the same time, rather than make the age old mistake of pumping all your money into one single mode...:applause::banana:
 
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