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Indian railways create record, Diesel locomotive converted to electric; crores saved!

The Indian railways which is taking a big leap under the Narendra Modi givergover has achieved one more mile stone.

The railways which has gained huge appreciation with their transformation in cleanliness has been on the path of achieving new heights.

After the Modi government came to power, he launched high speed trains, laid foundation for bullet trains, installed Biotoilets in trains. The government also started connecting the North East region with railways which was a major step in Act East policy.

Now the railways is all set to reach another milestone with converting diesel locomotive to electric traction.

One such diesel locomotive has been converted to electric in a record time of 69 days by the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The cost-effective conversion is also in line with the national transporter’s environment-friendly move of 100% electrification. According to railway officials, only Rs 2.5 crore will be spent for conversion of a diesel locomotives to electric as compared to the mid-life rehabilitation cost of Rs 5-6 crore. That’s a saving of almost 50% for the Indian Railways.

DLW Varanasi has converted a WDG3-class 2,600 HP diesel locomotive to an electric locomotive that delivers 5,000 HP which is 92% more than the older loco. The work on this ambitious project began in December 2017 and the new electric locomotive was dispatched for trials by end of February 2018. According to Indian Railways the task of converting a diesel locomotive to an electric one is a highly specialised – one which it claims has never been carried out in the world reported Financial Express. 

This inforninfor was also tweeted by the Railway Miniater Piyush Goyal.

It is indeed a great moment for Indian Railways as they have let go the 60 years of lethargy and have put themselves on on compitation with the international standards.

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