You thought 9,000HP was enough? Well, Indian Railways does not seem to stop at that point only. Last month we shared you the story about the WAG 9HH which completed its test run and some facts about how the locomotive production has been one of the fastest to even set a record.
This new locomotive is known as WAG12B. As WAG9HH was making 9,000HP this WAG12B makes 12,000HP. A quick comparison to find out how much 12,000HP is. Honda City i-Vtec makes 118HP (taking an average of 120), this locomotive is 100 times powerful. What’s more special is that the locomotive is made under Prime Ministers ‘Make in India’ initiative.
It is manufacture by Madhepura Electric Loco Factory in Bihar and was recently departed from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya railway station in Uttar Pradesh. And this locomotive makes India the 6th country for manufacturing high HP locomotives indigenously. India railways seem on fire, breaking records making high powered locomotives.
The serial number for the locomotive was 60027, and it travelled with 118 wagons to Barwadih. You can see in the video, that the locomotive is hauling 100+ wagons effortlessly. It even attained a speed of 120km/hr during the run. It has hauling power of 6,000 tonnes!
This locomotive is a part of a much bigger project of Indian railways. Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL) is a joint venture of Indian Railways and Alstom (French locomotive company). The plan is to manufacture as much as 80 units of fully electric high powered locomotives over a period of 11 years.
Another interesting point is that this locomotive is being called the ‘green loco’, why so? It gets LED lamps for a starter, it works on low voltage cables as well as it gets regenerative braking, something that we have been getting in hybrid cars. The whole idea of this project and locomotive is to switch from coal train to electric ones. These new locomotive additions are cleaner, safer as well as faster. The future of Indian Railway looks very bright and fast.
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