Railways Starts Testing First 12000 HP Freight Locomotive In Madhepura, Bihar

Railways Starts Testing First 12000 HP Freight Locomotive In Madhepura, Bihar

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Date Of Post: 28 Feb, 2018

New Delhi: East Central Railway has started testing the first 12000 HP (Horse Power) freight locomotive at the Ministry of Railway-Alstom JV (Joint Venture) factory ‘Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd.’ in Madhepura, Bihar.

About The Locomotive-

  • Having a 12000 HP output, the new locomotive has effectively doubled that parameter from its predecessor, the WAG-9.
  • It will also essentially double the average speed of freight trains in the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, where the locomotive will be deployed, with average speed expected to be between 100 kmph to 120 kmph.
  • It is the first electric locomotive in India to deliver a power output above 10,000 HP.
  • The joint venture was started after Indian Railways signed a record deal worth around 3.3 billion USD in November 2015 with Alstom for the production of 800 high power electric locomotives.

Image Credit: Alstom India

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