Indian Railways creates history as PM Modi flags off electric conversion locomotive

Indian Railways has recorded yet another new achievement under its belt, as Prime Minister Modi waved off India’s first ever electric conversion locomotive in Varanasi today.

The Indian Railways dented another feat under PM Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ scheme, by changing a diesel locomotive into electric locomotive for the first time in the world.

PM Modi formed a new chapter by waving off the new changed energy-effective electric locomotive locomotives in Varanasi today. In an all-new, and first of its kind move, the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) has turned the diesel locomotive to electric locomotive in Varanasi.

The report states, the whole project was designed and produced by the Indian Research & Development (R&D) organisation as mentioned by the Indian Railways.

India has always wanted to reduce its carbon footprints, and this ‘Make in India’ step by the Indian Railways will turn out to be an great one.

5 facts about the electric transformed locomotive; these factors are treated to keep you glued to the screens:

1.) The transformed electric locomotive provides 10,000 Horse Power (HP) instead of the previous 2 X 2612 HP of two diesel locomotive (i.e 92 per cent extra power). The 10,000 HP is just to drag a load about 5300 Tonnes, offering nearly 2:1 HP to lagging load ratio.

2.) Also surprisingly, from concept to implementation, the ‘Make in India’ project was completed at DLW within a historic period of 69 days, starting from 22 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.

3.) As per the Indian Railways, the converting cost of diesel locomotive into electric locomotive is cheaper than the cost of midlife restoration of a diesel locomotive.

4.) Apart from being efficient, it also results in an improvement in the average speed of freight locomotives, which would raise sectional capacity. The project was approved on 27 November 2018 by the national transporter for commercial services.

5.) Last year, the changed electric locomotive made trials at a most extreme allowable speed of 75 kmph and steadily pulled 5200 tons of cargo on its maiden journey from Varanasi to Ludhiana.

The Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways presently plans to convert all diesel locomotives into electric locomotives during midlife improvement. According to the national transporter, the ‘Make in India’ increase could be a step towards saving traction energy cost. It is being said that with the transformation of diesel locomotives into electric locomotives, the fuel bill of Indian Railways will reduce essentially.

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