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India Gets Its First High Horse Power Locomotive From France

Published on September 22, 2017
India's first bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France arrived at Kolkata port
This first-of-its-kind high-power electric locomotive

Features of the locomotive

  • It will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year.
  • This is the first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project in the rail sector.
  • This project includes the set-up of a plant at Madhepura (Bihar state) and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh state)and Nagpur (Maharashtra state). The delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028.
  • It will run at a speed up to 120 km/h.
  • The Railways is currently using 6,000HP locomotives for freight services. The increase in speed would also result in improving line capacity in the rail network
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