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India’s Most Powerful Engine 2nd Unit will be Rolled out From Electric Locomotive Factory, Madhepura

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The second engine of WAG-12 Class will be rolled out today from Madhepura Rail Engine Factory. This engine of 12,000 horsepower will be allotted to Saharanpur Shed. Testing and Trial of this Engine will be done by RDSO Lucknow. Once this trial will be conducted successfully, it will start running on tracks. In last year, March – April 1st engine rolled out from Loco Factory failed in testing, after upgrading that engine it will be back on tracks. The Electric Locomotive Factory, Madhepura is a joint venture of Alstom of France with Indian Railways for the production of 800 high-power locomotives over a period of 11 years designed to run on Indian tracks at 120 km per hour. The manufacturing has started on 11 October 2017. The new Twin Bo-Bo Design Locomotive is being developed for deployment on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, where it will be used to haul freight trains weighing more than 6,000 tonnes (5,900 long tons; 6,600 short tons) at speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) to 120 km/h (75 mph), essentially doubling the average speed of freight trains in the sector.

The WAG-12 (Wide/broad Gauge AC Electric Goods/freight, Class 12) is a three phase, twin-section electric freight locomotive consisting of two identical sections, each of which rests on twin-axled bogies. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Railways, recommended by RDSO, there has been a lot of change in the electric locomotive and after this, the Madhepura unit was inspected and was approved for releasing engine from the factory. After the testing of the electric locomotive, Alstom will made change in delivery schedule and will be able to enroll 10 locomotives in the financial year 2019-2020 and in the financial year 2020-21 able to enroll 90 locomotives and according to the Recovery Plan, will manufacture 100 locomotives from March 2021. Railways largest direct foreign investment (FDI), the Ministry of Railways and Alstom came together in 2015.

Development of the locomotive began after Indian Railways signed a record deal in November 2015 with Alstom for the development of 800 high-horsepower electric freight locomotives. The cost of production was estimated to be ₹19,904 crore (equivalent to ₹220 billion or US$3.2 billion in 2018)

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