New Delhi: Indian Railways have rolled out an
electric locomotive that will not only supply power to
flagship trains like Rajdhanis and Shatabdis while pulling
them but also eliminate noise pollution and save energy.
At present, these flagship air-conditioned trains are
powered by diesel generator coaches attached to both ends.
The new locomotive of the WAP 7 class has been fitted
with a technology called the `head on generation scheme` to
power the trains and the pantry as well as run the
WAP 7 locomotives mostly haul the prestigious Rajdhanis
to Howrah and Mumbai and Shatabdis to Bhopal and Amritsar.
According to a senior Railway official, there would be
substantial reduction in the energy bill with commissioning of
locomotives with such technologies.
"The electricity produced by running diesel generator
coach sets on present trains costs Rs 8 per unit whereas after
replacement with the new locomotive with this technology, the
cost will be limited to Rs 4 per unit," he said.
With the replacement of the diesel generator coaches,
passengers would also be spared of the noise and the smoke
emitted by them, he said.
"Railways could also think of introducing two more
passenger coaches after replacing the diesel generator
coaches," he said.
The WAP 7 locomotives have also proven to be highly
energy efficient due to the availability of regeneration
breaking system technology, he said.
The new locomotive has been rolled out by Chittaranjan
Locomotive Works, which is also engaged in providing air
conditioning facilities in some of the existing fleet of
locomotives under a Railway policy to reduce the fatigue level