New Delhi, February 11: The Indian Railways will receive new diesel locomotives from GE Transportation on February 22. These GE diesel locomotives form part of an Indian Railways order of 1000 engines.
“Beautiful picture of 6 production locomotives on way from Erie, US to India for the GE Marhowra project in India. First 2 locos already here, handover to Indian Railways on 22nd Feb. @GETRANSPORT @GEIndia @RailMinIndia,” Nalin Jain, President & CEO, GE Transportation, Asia-Pacific tweeted.
According to Financial Express, the initial set of diesel locomotives will be manufactured in the United States, eventually, the production will shift to GE’s factory in Bihar.
The ambitious $2.5 billion project comes under Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Nalin Jain mentioned in his tweet that two diesel locomotives have already been shipped to India. He also shared a picture showing six new locomotives for Indian Railways, partly covered in snow.
GE in its official press statement has said that approximately 50 gallons of paint were used for this colour scheme – something it claims will also provide protection to the locomotive’s exterior in harsh weather conditions.
GE Transportation will export 40 diesel locomotives from the US. These will be of the dual cabin 1,676 mm gauge variety. There will be two types of diesel locomotives for Indian Railways – one of 4,500 horsepower and another of 6,000 horsepower, Financial Express reported.
The locomotives that have been shipped to India are of WDG4G-class with dual cabin and have undergone extensive testing in the US.
Also, another foreign giant – Alstom – is manufacturing electric locomotives for Indian Railways at its factory in Bihar’s Madhepura.
The order by Indian Railways is for 800 electric locomotives. These will be able to attain a maximum speed of 120 kmph. The delivery of Alstom’s electric locomotives will also be commenced soon.