Alstom delivers 300 electric locos to Indian Railways; freight trains to run faster

Updated: Mar 29 2023 7:11PM

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) French multinational rolling stock manufacturer Alstom on Wednesday said it delivered 300 electric locomotives to the Indian Railways, increasing the national transporter's capability to haul its heavy freight trains at higher speed.

As part of its contract worth 3.5 billion euros, Alstom is supplying 800 high-powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 HP (9MW) for freight service. Designated by Indian Railways as WAG-12B, these locos are capable of hauling 6,000 tonne rakes at a top speed of 120 kilometre per hour.

Marking the milestone delivery, the 300th e-loco was flagged off from Alstom's locomotive maintenance depot in Nagpur, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December of last year.