New Delhi, October 15: In an attempt to give a massive boost to the freight operation, the Indian Railway has approved Alstom-built 12,000-horsepower (HP) electric locomotives to run freight trains at a maximum speed of 120 kmph, the French company said on Wednesday. These 12000 HP e-locos become the fastest freight movers in the country.
These electric locos will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to haul ~6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph. Planned to be deployed for operations on major freight routes of Indian Railways including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), they are expected to increase the average speed of freight trains in India by at least 20-25 kmph. Moreover, DFC is expected to be completed by June 2022.
While commenting on this achievement managing director of Alstom India and South Asia, Alain Spohr, said In line with India's push towards self-reliance, we have successfully leveraged our local engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Alstom is also committed to support Indian Railways in reducing its carbon footprint and adopt cleaner technologies in its quest to transform into the world's largest Green Railway network.”
“India is a priority for Alstom, and we are committed to working closely with the Indian Railways for all their future modernisation endeavours,” he said.
Moreover, it will be equipped with insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) based on propulsion technology, it would lead to considerable savings in energy consumption due to the use of regenerative braking. The technology is also helpful in making the acceleration process more efficient by reducing the heat generation and traction noise. Additionally, this move will not only bring down operational costs but also reduce the congestion faced by Indian Railways.
"Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the advent of Unlock 1.0, Alstom restarted significant production at all its manufacturing facilities, ensuring all necessary permissions and adhering to government protocols. The company's focus is to give maximum support and protection to all teams and workforce in the present adverse situation," it said in a statement.
The railways began inducting the WAG 12B electric locos from this year. They are the most powerful locomotives to run on Indian tracks. Cumulatively, these electric locomotives have already clocked over one million kilometers, thus providing a significant fillip to the country’s freight logistics landscape.