Indian Railways rolls out 200 kmph engine, set to add wings to Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Gatiman Express
Indian Railways: The CLW said to ZeeBiz.com that the engine will be tested for around 6 to 12 months. The final production call will only be taken based on the feedback.
Indian Railways has today put in use the first prototype of the newly designed engine which has a top speed of 200 kmph. The engine has been built by the Chittaranjan Locomotive Workshop. The Ghaziabad Workshop of the Northern Railway has received the first engine and it will used to haul the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Gatiman Express after all the trials have been conducted on the engine..
The CLW said to ZeeBiz.com that the engine will be tested for around 6 to 12 months. The final production call will only be taken based on the feedback. The locomotive is a modified version of WAP 5-class engine. The CLW has made 4 major changes in the locomotive to give it a top speed of 200 kmph.
The engine features an aerodynamic design to reduce drag. It is more energy efficient, dynamically stable for high-speed operation and has an ergonomically re-modified driver desk for improving the conditions of the loco pilots. The engine has modified gear arrangements.
मेक इन इंडिया के तहत पहला स्वदेशी एयरोडायनेमिक रेल इंजन जो 200 किलोमीटर प्रतिघंटे की रफ्तार पाने में सक्षम है बन कर तैयार है। आज महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानी देशबंधु जी के जन्मदिन पर मुझे बताते हुए बेहद हर्ष हो रहा है की इसका निर्माण चितरंजन लोकोमोटिव वर्क्स, पश्चिम बंगाल में हुआ है। pic.twitter.com/NXw2fiMQwe
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The locomotive has also been provided with Crew Voice and Video Recording System (CVVRS) for Onboard Driving data Recording and Analysis. It has been fitted with cameras and microphones at the critical positions inside & outside the locomotive to record the voice and audio signals for post-event analysis with storing the data into digital format.
One camera is inside the loco-pilot's cabin to keep an eye on the driver's alertness. Another camera has been installed outside the engine to keep an eye on the signal and one camera is installed for OHE.
There is a special kind of torch on both sides to give the passing signal. The driver can give the signal just by pressing the button provided inside. This eliminates the need for the driver to give the signal using the flags.