CHITTARANJAN: Indian Railways is all set to get another feather in its speeding locomotives fleet. Last month, the railways has received a modified engine with an aerodynamic and ergonomic design which is capable of running at 200 kmph. The engine has a motor of 5400 HP. The engine was modified by the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).
Soon after, the state-of-the-art Train 18 has scorched Indian Railways track hitting a record speed of 181 kmph during the trial.
Now, the CLW is working on building India’s first 9000 HP locomotive. It’s upgrading a 6000 HP loco to 9000 HP. Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction, has already inaugurated the first-ever high HP Motor of 1190 KW for traction application on December 19.
“Sri Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction inaugurated the first-ever high HP Motor of 1190 KW for traction application. A first milestone, for upgradation of IR’s locomotives from 6000 HP to 9000 HP. First Make-in-India 9000 HP loco is expected to be rolled out from CLW in January 2019,” said the Ministry of Railways in a tweet.
This project enlists to save traction energy cost which will help to reduce railways fuel expenses and also reduce carbon emissions.