The world’s most remarkable train fabricated by French mammoth Alstom alongside the Madhepura Electric Locomotives Pvt Ltd, equipped for running at greatest 12,000 HP, joined tasks of the Indian Railways on Monday, authorities said.
“Reinforcing Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s vision of Make in India, first WAG12B (12000 HP) loco withdrew from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay station in Uttar Pradesh today. Ground-breaking and prepared to do fast, the train is a noteworthy expansion to the Indian Railways,” tweeted Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
As indicated by Railway authorities, WAG12B began its administrations from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay railroad station (Mughalsarai Junction) in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
The train left Deen Dayal Upadhyay station at 2.08 p.m. in a long stretch arrangement for the Dhanbad division of East Central Railway, comprising of 118 wagons which went from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction to Barwadih by means of Dehri-on-Sone, Garhwa Road stations.
The train is equipped for taking substantial consignment of cargo and will be utilized on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).
“Alstom is satisfied to begin conveyance of the electric trains to Indian Railways. Initiation of acceptance into the IR armada, affirms our dedication towards the nation. This is a progressive item that will be quicker, more secure, and eco-accommodating. Likewise, it is scripting another section for India’s practical versatility excursion and we are glad to an accomplice in this,” said Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India, and South Asia.
A railroad service representative said that it was a milestone achievement for Indian Railways, as it turned into the 6th nation on the planet to join the first-class club of creating high horsepower locomotives indigenously.
“It is the first occasion when that a high horsepower locomotive train has been operationalized on expansive measure track on the planet. The train has been delivered under the Make in India program. The Madhepura industrial facility is the biggest coordinated greenfield office that worked to the best expectations of value and security with a creation limit of 120 trains and spread over a huge 250 wide acres of land.”
Railroad authorities said that the train is fit for running on the rail line follows ordinary overhead wire (OHE) lines just as on DFC with skyscraper OHE lines.
The authority further said that the train has air-conditioned driver cabs on either side.
“The train is furnished with regenerative stopping mechanism which gives generous vitality investment funds during tasks. These lofty self-esteem power trains will help to decongest the immersed tracks by improving the normal speed of cargo prepares,” the representative said.
Touted as the biggest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) undertakings of the Railways, the Ministry of Railways and Alstom met up in 2015.
An understanding worth 3.5 billion euros was marked to produce 800 electric trains for cargo administrations and its related maintenance works.
These trains are cutting edge IGBT-based, 3 stage drive, 9000 KW (12000 strength) electric trains. The train is equipped for most extreme tractive exertion of 706 kN, which is fit for beginning and running a 6000 T train in the slope of 1 out of 150. The train with twin Bo-Bo configuration having 22.5 T (tons) pivot load is upgradable to 25 tons with a configuration speed of 120 kmph.
The train will be utilized on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) for the quicker development of products, particularly coal and iron mineral.
The railroad official said that the venture began in 2018 and Modi introduced the undertaking on April 10, 2018.
The model train was conveyed in March 2018. In view of the test outcomes having configuration issues, the total train including intruders was overhauled. The new structure of the train has been assessed by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) at Madhepura processing plant and cleared for dispatch from an industrial facility in November 2019, the authority said.
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He said RDSO has conducted oscillation trials at different paces up to 132 km per hour and the train has passed swaying preliminaries effectively.
Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL) has the capability to produce 800 State of the Art 12000 HP Electric Freight Locomotives in 11 years. As part of this mega greenfield project, production facility along with township has been set up in Madhepura, Bihar with the capacity to manufacture 120 locomotives per year. The project will generate more than 10,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities across India. Around Rs 2000 crore has already been invested in the project by the organization.