Indian Railways Unveils New 160 Kmph Tejas Locomotive, Which Eliminates The Need For Generator Cars

Indian Railways Unveils New 160 Kmph Tejas Locomotive, Which Eliminates The Need For Generator CarsTejas locomotive unveiled by Indian Railways (PIB)

The Indian Railway's premier locomotive manufacturer Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) on Friday (2 October) unveiled the first batch of Tejas Express locos developed by CLW for push-pull operations, reports Mint.

Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal termed this development as a significant push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives.

The Tejas locomotive boasts of an energy efficient push-pull technology which reduces air drag and ensures greater stable at high-speed operations.

The locomotive is classified to be of ‘WAP-5’ type and is capable of running at 160 kmph due to the presence of 6000 HP capacity and IGBT based propulsion system.

The train being hauled by the Tejas locomotive will not need a separate diesel power generator car as its composite convertors will directly supply power to the coaches as well as the pantry cars for light, fans and air conditioning.

This will not only ensure less pollution and noise but will also enable the railway authorities to attach more passenger coaches.

Furthermore, the manoeuvring ability of loco pilots will be upgraded as the desks for the driver has also undergone a modification.