Indian Railways creates history by converting diesel locomotive to electric traction

Indian Railways creates history by converting diesel locomotive to electric traction

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Date of Post: 06 Dec, 2018

Keeping with the Indian Railways’ mission of 100% electrification , Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, has converted a diesel locomotive to run on electric traction, an official said. “Indian Railways has created history by first-ever conversion of a locomotive from diesel to electric traction with almost double the power with indigenous technology under Make in India,” a senior railway official said.

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  • The new electric locomotive entered into service with Northern Railway on December 3, he said.
  • The DLW officials, for the first time in the world, have converted an engine from diesel traction to electric traction, the official claimed.
  • The official said that they had planned to discontinue mid-life rehabilitation of diesel locomotives and convert them to electric traction and gainfully utilise them for their maximum service life.
  • He said,”Midlife rehabilitation of diesel locomotives costs around Rs 5 to 6 crore beyond 18 years. But only 50% of this expenditure has been used for conversion to electric traction.”
  • The official added,”A WDG3-class diesel locomotive which was due for a mid-life rehabilitation has been converted to electric and the new indigenous electric locomotive delivers 5,000 horsepower which is 92% more than the 2,600 horsepower of the original version of the locomotive.”
  • Work on the ambitious project began on December 22 last year and the refurbished locomotive was dispatched on February 28 2018, he pointed out.
  • It took only 69 days from “concept to execution of the conversion of the diesel locomotive to electric”.
  • After its mandatory trials, the locomotive was launched from Varanasi to Ludhiana on December 3 and travelled at a maximum permissible speed of 75 kmph.
  • The project is a step forward towards saving of traction energy cost which in turn will reduce railways’ fuel bill and also reduce carbon emissions, besides introducing new age technology, the official said.

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