With its electric locomotive assembly and ancillary unit at Dankuni completing 50 three-phase 6,000HP freight locomotives, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has succeeded in producing 402 locomotives in 2018-19. This is the best performance for the country’s premier locomotive manufacturing unit that started production in 1950.
The Dankuni unit was set up to augment CLW’s capacity with the demand for electric locomotives going up significantly. In 2017-18, CLW had produced 350 locomotives (including 25 at Dankuni). According to an official, the locomotive manufacturer has not only achieved 15% growth in production but also a 7.5% drop in cost. A WAG9-type locomotive now costs slightly more than Rs 10 crore.
“CLW has also successfully built Indian Railway’s first 9,000 HP locomotive. The WAG-9HH rolled out on March 31 after which IR joined the elite club of countries in the world capable of manufacturing such powerful locomotives. The locomotive was flagged-off by Ghanshyam Singh, member (traction), Railway Board and Praveen Mishra, general manager, CLW. This locomotive will deliver better acceleration reserve at higher balancing speeds. Another locomotive, the WAG9 HC was also flagged-off,” a CLW spokesperson said.
CLW also undertook several other complicated projects and completed them in 2018-19. These include development of the head-on generation enabled (with composite converter) high speed WAP-5 locomotive, aerodynamically designed high speed locomotive with a speed potential of 200 kmph, high-speed (160 kmph) version of the WAP-7 locomotive and testing and proliferation of the push-pull technology.
Source: Times of India