Date Of Post: 12 Apr, 2018
Mumbai: A 15-minute documentary chronicling the life of India’s first electric locomotive will be out next month. The high-power electric locomotive was rolled out from the railway factory in Madhepura in Bihar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, flagged off the 12,000-Horsepower (HP) freight electric locomotive assembled at the Madhepura factory, a joint venture of French manufacturing firm Alstom & Indian Railways.
- The Madhepura factory was important for two reasons–“Firstly, this is a glowing example of ‘Make in India’ and second, this factory is becoming a medium of generating employment in this area”, the PM said.
- While the locomotive made of 2,500 components has a ‘Make in India’ quotient of around 55 -65%, it is likely to reach around 90% at the end of next year.
- The documentary being made by Bangalore-based event management and advertising firm, Stir, is divided into 3 parts social aspect of the factory i.e. villages, teachers and doctors who brought in change; the technology and the 250 acre facility; and the Make in India aspect.
- Each of these WAG -12′ double section locomotive, part of Alstom’s Prima locomotives family, is capable of hauling 6,000 tonnes at a maximum speed of 120 kmph, allowing faster & safer movement of heavier freight trains across the country.
- The electric locomotives will eventually move to the testing & maintenance depot at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh before being introduced to the mainline network as part of the freight fleet.
- The locomotive was completed, on schedule, in February, 2018, while the second locomotive will roll out in 2019.
Image Credit: Alstom