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India's First Ever Diesel-To-Electric Converted Locomotive Launched



India's First Ever Diesel-To-Electric Converted Locomotive Launched: Details, Features, Benefits, Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20th February 2019, flagged off India's first ever diesel-to-electric converted locomotive at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Diesel-to-Electric Converted Locomotive Features

The 10,000HP freight locomotive was converted from two units of old diesel locomotives of 2600 HP each with indigenous technology.

The conversion was achieved in record time with the help of engineers from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Chittaranjan Locomotive Works(CLW), and BHEL.

The conversion has proved to be cost effective as it requires half of the rehabilitation cost of old locos and it is also environment-friendly with enhanced traction power to double the average speed of goods train.

DLW has developed a new prototype electric locomotive converted from diesel locomotive as part of the Indian Railways Mission 100 percent electrification and de-carbonization agenda.


The Indian Railways has undertaken Mission 100 percent electrification to electrify the last leg of about 13,675 Km railway tracks at a cost of Rs 12,134 crore. The 100 percent electrification will electrify all broad gauge lines of Indian Railways and it will make Indian Railways the largest electrified rail network in the world.


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