The services of India’s most powerful locomotive has began successfully. The inside pictures and the picture of the loco with its Pilot and assistant loco pilot are here for you. The locomotive has been allocated to Northern Railways.
Some details about the locomotive are highlighted in this article.
The WAG – 12, series 600001, is first of the lot of 12000 horse power locomotive, which is being manufactured by the Alstom Company. The project is joint venture of Indian Railways and Alstom which involves manufacturing of around 500+ electric locomotives an also its maintenance for a specified time frame.
The production and assembling of the locomotive is being done at Alstom’s factory in Bihar’s Madhepura, India which is part of Make in India project which is worth 3.5 billion Euros.
The team of Alstom executives engineers and workers along with Indian railways staff has put a lot of effort and this super powerful loco is the outcome of there efforts. some pics of the team sharing moments of joy and happiness on successful trials.
The WAG 12 locomotive would be used for the hauling of trains in Dedicated Freight Corridors. The electric locomotive can achieve a maximum speed of 120 kmph and has hauling power of up to 6,000 tonnes.
Inside cabin view :
The locomotive is equipped with LED lamps and is made by keeping in mind the extreme heat and humidity conditions in India. Also, the company aims at reducing carbon emission and thus its manufacturing has been done with an intent to make it a Green Loco. Also, the locomotive has regenerative braking technology which shall help for lesser power consumption.
As can be seen from the pics, the loco is a dual model i.e. double section locomotive.
The Madhepura plant of Alstom and Indian Railways is spread over 250 acres and has a testing track for the locomotives as well. It has a production capacity of 120 locomotives per year and provides employment to around 10,000 people.
Also, against the colour of locomotive is dark blue which is very vibrant and attractive against the old colour scheme adopted by the Indian railways in WAG 9 which was green and in WAG 7 which was sky blue.
This pics are shot when the loco was parked and waiting for call of duty./
The pics from the trip are contributed by Suvojit Mukherjeee ( Instagram –
Ref: Alstom website ( https://www.alstom.com)