Shunting Locomotives are a requirement in industrial houses, which deploy them to power wagons in their manufacturing units.
MUMBAI: The Parel Locomotive Workshop, one of the largest and oldest repair workshops of the Indian Railways, has so far manufactured 110 locomotive engines for non-railway customers.
Shunting locomotives are a requirement in industrial houses, which deploy them to power wagons in their manufacturing units.
The initiative, which began in 2007, has till 2015-16 fetched the workshop close to Rs 1,100 crore serving corporate bigwigs like Tata Steel, Reliance, SAIL, Vizag Steel Plant, Port Trusts etc for use in its installations, which are popularly known as Private Railway Sidings in the Railway industry.
A shunting locomotive runs on lesser horsepower of 1,350 HP but is widely used in carrying wagons in yard work.
The workshop also manufactures broad gauge diesel locomotives and locos for narrow gauge trains, among others.
Established in 1879, the workshop is one of the largest and oldest repair workshops of the Indian Railways with a workforce of around 3,500.
It is strategically located in the heart of Mumbai, which grants it ready access to road, sea and air transport.
This is the only workshop, other than the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi and the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), which builds diesel locomotives.
Originally meant for repairs and overhauling of diesel locomotives, it has been manufacturing locos since 2006-07. Almost 294 locos have been manufactured and serviced by the workshop, of which 110 have been for private use.
“We have been able to manufacture around 110 locos which we were able to sell to non-railway users. These companies make use of the engines to ferry goods on wagons in their plants. This is the first time that these companies have taken locos from the Parel workshop,” said Mahesh Kumar, chief workshop manager, Parel.
The workshop presently does not have any contract from a private customer and is focused on a 2014 contract to manufacture 120 broad gauge loco engines for Indian Railways by the end of 2016. The workshop manufactures 40 engines every year at a rate of three every month.
“Through positive support from the government and other material units, the workshop has been able to increase its production capacity along with a simultaneous increase in other works. Our aim is to take it further to 48-60 locos in a year,” said a workshop official.