The Union Railway Ministry has approved Alstom’s 12,000 horsepower electric locomotives to run goods trains at a maximum speed of 120 kmph, in its attempt to give massive boost to the national transporter’s freight business.
These electric locomotives will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to carry around 6,000 tonnes at speed of 120 kmph. They will be deployed for operations on major freight routes, including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), and are expected to increase the average speed of freight trains in India by at least 20-25 kmph. DFC is expected to be completed by June 2022.
“Equipped with Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) based propulsion technology, it would lead to considerable savings in energy consumption due to use of regenerative braking. The technology is also helpful towards making the acceleration process more efficient by reducing the heat generation and traction noise. Additionally, this move