Documentary on India’s First 12,000 Horsepower Electric Locomotive To Be Out Next Month

Documentary on India’s First 12,000 Horsepower Electric Locomotive To Be Out Next Month

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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.

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  • 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

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