First freight locomotive in India to run 120 kmph
Alstom-built 12,000 HP electric locomotives have been officially approved by the Indian ministry of railways and RDSO to run freight trains at a maximum speed of 120.
Earlier this year, Indian Railways began inducting the WAG 12B e-locos, which are the most powerful locomotives to run on Indian tracks. Cumulatively, these electric locomotives have already clocked over 1 million km.
They will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to haul ~6000 t at a top speed of 120 kmph. Planned to be deployed for operations on major freight routes, they are expected to increase the average speed of freight trains in India by at least 20-25 kmph. (ben)