Railways to induct country’s most powerful diesel locomotive soon

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on June 18, 2019 Published on June 18, 2019

The country’s most powerful diesel locomotive, WDG-6G, is set to debut in Indian Railways with South Central Railway (SCR) hosting the trial run.

The locomotive, most powerful among those in use in Indian Railways, is ready to undergo Confirmatory Oscilograph Car Run (CDCR) trials and join the fleet of locomotives of Indian Railways.

“The WDG-6G Diesel Locomotive will be put on trials on the Vikarabad-Parli section of South Central Railway very soon,” the SCR said in a release.

The WDG-6G, a massive-yet-lightest 6,000 horse power (HP) diesel loco in the world, is built by General Electric (GE), Pennsylvania, U S.

It is based on GE’s Evolution series and is fitted with a 16 cylinder V-16 Evolution series engine, a four-stroke fully turbocharged and inter-cooled machine, and comes with an electronic fuel injection system for higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions as compared to any other diesel locomotive being used by the Indian Railways.

The driver’s cabin too has been equipped with modern features.

The induction of WDG-6G is the offshoot of an agreement that the Indian Railways has entered into with GE for setting up a new diesel locomotive shed at Marhowra in Bihar.

Published on June 18, 2019
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