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Indian Railways gets two new diesel-electric locomotives from GE; project to boost Rail infrastructure

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Updated: February 22, 2018 4:36:41 PM

According to GE, the operations of the two diesel-electric locomotives will be tracked in real time, which will lead to better productivity and will also minimize the time duration. GE Transportation, as per Indian Railways' order, has to supply 1000 engines to the national carrier.

indian railways gets two locomotivesIndian Railways has received its first two diesel-electric locomotives from GE Transportation.

Indian Railways has received its first two diesel-electric Evolution series locomotives from GE Transportation, today. According to GE, the operations of the two diesel-electric locomotives will be tracked in real time, which will lead to better productivity and will also minimize the time duration. GE Transportation, as per Indian Railways’ order, has to supply 1000 engines to the national carrier. The project, which is worth of $2.5 billion comes under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative. While the production of the initial set of diesel-electric locomotives will be done in United States, it will eventually shift to Bihar at GE’s factory in Marhowra.

The shipment of the two diesel-electric locomotives in India was earlier mentioned by Nalin Jain, President & CEO, GE Transportation, Asia-Pacific. In addition to this, a picture was also shared by the top executive of GE Transportation, which showed six new locomotives that are ready to be shipped from the US. The locomotives have been given a paint scheme of red and yellow. GE says that the red color denotes energy while the yellow color denotes freshness. GE Transportation also claimed that in order to protect the exterior of the locomotive in harsh weather conditions, the company has used around 50 gallons of paint, per engine.

As many as 40 diesel locomotives will be exported by GE Transportation from the US, which will be of dual cabin 1,676 mm gauge variety. GE will manufacture two kinds of diesel locomotives for Indian Railways- one of 4,500 horsepower and the other one of 6,000 horsepower. After undergoing comprehensive testing in United States, the locomotives have been sent to India, which are of the WDG4G-class with dual cabin. On the other hand the ES57ACi locomotive with 6,000 horsepower will be manufactured later. The ES57ACi locomotive will be comprised of one single cabin only. According to GE Transportation, India’s railway infrastructure will be modernized with these new locomotives, which have facilities like air-conditioning and will run at a maximum speed of 100 km per hour.

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The manufacturing of the new diesel locomotives will start at GE’s factory in Bihar, third quarter of 2018 onwards. Out of 1,000 diesel locomotives, 700 would be of 4,500 horsepower and the rest of them would be of 6,000 horsepower. Starting from 2018, the 1000 locomotives will be delivered at a duration of 10 years. Also, maintenance sheds are being constructed in Gujarat’s Gandhidham and Uttar Pradesh’s Roza, by GE.

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