In a first, rail­ways con­vert diesel lo­co­mo­tive into elec­tric

The Hitavada - - NATION -

IN A first, the In­dian Rail­ways has con­verted a diesel lo­co­mo­tive into an elec­tric one, as part of its ef­forts to com­pletely elec­trify the broad gauge net­work.

The con­ver­sion has also en­hanced the power of the lo­co­mo­tive from 2600 horse power to 5000 horse power.

The work on the pro­ject be­gan on De­cem­ber 22, 2017 and the new lo­co­mo­tive was dis­patched on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2018. From con­cept to ex­e­cu­tion of the con­ver­sion of the diesel lo­co­mo­tive to elec­tric was car­ried out in just 69 days, rail­way said Thurs­day.

“In keep­ing with the In­dian Rail­ways’ Mis­sion 100 per cent elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and de-car­boniza­tion agenda, Diesel Lo­co­mo­tive Works, Varanasi has de­vel­oped a new pro­to­type elec­tric lo­co­mo­tive con­verted from diesel lo­co­mo­tive. Af­ter its manda­tory tri­als, the lo­co­mo­tive was launched from Varanasi to Lud­hi­ana,” rail­ways said.

Rail­ways has planned to dis­con­tinue mid-life re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of diesel lo­co­mo­tives and has de­cided to con­vert them to elec­tric lo­co­mo­tive and utilise them till their co­dal life.

“While midlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of diesel lo­cos at a cost of around Rs 5-6 crore is in­escapable and un­avoid­able for run­ning of the diesel lo­cos be­yond 18 years. Only 50 per cent of this ex­pen­di­ture will be used for con­ver­sion of diesel lo­co­mo­tive to elec­tric lo­co­mo­tive. Once con­verted, the loco will have 5000 horse power as com­pared to the 2700 horse power diesel lo­cos,” it said.

The pro­ject is a step for­ward to­wards sav­ing of trac­tion en­ergy cost which in turn will re­duce rail­ways’ fuel bill and also cut down car­bon emis­sions.

Diesel lo­co­mo­tive con­verted into elec­tric.

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