India Gets First Body Shell of 12000 HP Locomotive from Alstom France (France Unit) as Part of the Contract for Madhepura Locomotive Factory in Bihar

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Date of Post: 21 Sep, 2017

The dream of India for having high power locomotives is coming closer to the reality with the arrival of first bodyshell of 12000 HP locomotive from France at Kolkata port on September 20th, Wednesday.

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  • Indian Railways contracted with the French company Alstom sometimes back to manufacture 800 high power train engines over the next 11 years.
  • This high power locomotive will be used to haul the freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year.
  • The bodyshell was unloaded at Haldia and ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura for assembling.
  • Infact, Alstom is to supply the electric locomotives to the Indian Railways as per the contract.
  • The estimated cost of the first such locomotive is about Rs 30 crores.

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  • The Indian Railways has selected the French company Alstom in November 2015, for a contract to supply the electric locomotives from a factory to be built by a joint venture of the manufacturer and Indian Railways (26%).
  • The contract is to manufacture 800 high power train engines over the next 11 years in a joint venture at the Madhepura locomotive factory in Bihar.
  • The deliveries for the locomotives are scheduled for 2018-28.
  • This is the first major Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) project in the railway sector.
  • The first such locomotive will be assembled with the components brought in from Alstom’s factories in France.
  • The first of its kind locomotive will have trial run by February next year.


  • According to the terms of the contract, the first five locomotives to be imported in India and the remaining 795 are to be manufactured locally under the Make in India campaign of the government.
  • The worth of the contract is above Three Billion Euros in total.
  • Under the project a plant is to set up at Madhepura, Bihar and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh and Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • The delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028.
  • The locomotive will run at a speed up to 120 km/h.
  • 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 completed, as per the schedule.

The Railways is currently using 6,000HP locomotives for freight services. The increase in speed would also result in improving line capacity in the rail network, a railway official said.

Railways intends to use the locomotives to haul 6 000 tonne trains at 100 km/h on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), and on other routes to raise the average speed of heavy freight trains from between 25 and 30 km/h to between 50 and 60 km/h.


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