India Built World’s Powerful 12000 HP Rail Locomotive:
Alstom and Indian Railways collaborated to create the Indian locomotive class WAG-12B in 2017. This class consists of 25 kV AC electric locomotives used for goods traffic. The model name WAG-12B stands for Broad gauge (W), Alternating Current (AC), Goods traffic (G), locomotive, 12,000 horsepower (12). The trial period for these locomotives began in 2019, and the Electric Locomotive Factory in Madhepura, Bihar, India, has produced a total of 296 WAG-12B locomotives.
The WAG 12:
The WAG 12 is the most potent goods locomotive in the world, with a power output of 12,000 horsepower. Which is more than twice the power of its direct predecessor, the WAG-9. It designed for use on the Dedicated Freight Corridors, where it can pull freight trains weighing more than 6,000 tonnes (5,900 long tonnes; 6,600 short tonnes) at speeds between 100 km/h (62 mph) and 120 km/h (75 mph), effectively doubling the average speed of freight trains in the industry.
The origins of the WAG-12B locomotive can be trace back to 2006 when the Indian government approved the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project and established the DFCCIL organization to build it. The most potent locomotive at that time, the WAG-9, found to be insufficient to run trains efficiently. In June 2008, the Ministry of Railways issued a request for proposals for the design and development of the locomotives.
The original agreement to build and maintain 660 high-horsepower locomotives in a joint venture with Indian Railways owning a 26% stake and the bidder owning a 74% stake at a new electric locomotive facility to be establishe in Madhepura, Bihar.
After the Ministry of Railways and Alstom agreed to a contract worth 25,000 crore (equivalent to 320 billion or US$4.0 billion in 2020), the development of the WAG-12B locomotive began. The first locomotive was expected to begin service on February 28, 2018, and it is the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) project of Indian Railways. The locomotive is built on the Prima II model and is known as the Prima T8 by Alstom. Indian Railways purchased brand-new locomotives for the first time in twenty years.
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