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Indian Railways starts inducting Alstom built powerful ‘Made-In-India’ electric locomotives

Moves a step towards realising its goal of transforming into ‘Green Railways

Alstom, 12000 hp WAG12B electric locomotives, Indian Railways, Freight logistics, Ministry of Railways and Commissioner of Railway Safety, RDSO, Highest-powered locomotives, Dedicated Freight Corridors, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors, IGBT based propulsion technology, Savings in energy consumption, Regenerative braking, Alain SPOHR, Make-in-India, Alstom’s Engineering Centre, Bengaluru, Greenfield manufacturing facilities, Madhepura, Saharanpur, Bihar, Nagpur

Alstom has started deliveries of the 12000 hp, WAG12B electric locomotives to Indian Railways, which is all set to revolutionise freight logistics in the country. Built by Alstom, certified by Ministry of Railways and Commissioner of Railway Safety (RDSO), these WAG 12B engines are the highest-powered locomotives that will run on Indian rails.

Entry of WAG 12B (e-loco) will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to haul ~6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph. Planned to be deployed for operations on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), these e-locos will increase the average speed of freight trains in India by at least 20-25 kmph. Equipped with Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) based propulsion technology, it would lead to considerable savings in energy consumption due to use of regenerative braking. Additionally, this move will not only bring down operational costs, but also reduce the congestion faced by Indian Railways. The project has a strong impetus on indigenous manufacturing with 90% localisation and as per the delivery schedule, 100 locomotives will be delivered annually.

“Alstom is pleased to start delivery of the electric locomotives to Indian Railways. Commencement of induction into the IR fleet, testifies our commitment towards the country. This is a revolutionary product which will be faster, safer and eco-friendly. Also, it is scripting a new chapter for India’s sustainable mobility journey and we are happy to be partnering in this,” said Alain SPOHR, MD, Alstom India & South Asia.

In line with the Make-in-India mandate, all 800 e-locos are being manufactured indigenously. Designed at Alstom’s Engineering Centre in Bengaluru, these e-locos are being built in one of India’s largest integrated greenfield manufacturing facilities at Madhepura in Bihar. Spread across 250 acres, with a production capacity of 120 locomotives per annum, the Madhepura industrial site is built to international standards of safety & quality.

As per plan, two ultra-modern maintenance depots in Saharanpur and Nagpur will ensure high service availability of the locomotives. The Saharanpur depot is already functional and the Nagpur one is under construction. Equipped with ultramodern features, these depots will play a critical role in maintaining India’s most advanced freight locomotives at significantly lower costs.

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