Indian Railways Produced World’s First Ever 5500 HP Locomotive

In continuing with its technological upgradation programme, Indian Railways has produced the prototype 5500 HP diesel locomotives (WDG5) which are already running as a pilot project in North Central Railway. This Loco is developed by Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, a production unit of Indian Railways.

No locomotive manufacturer in the entire world has attempted more than 4000 HP on 22 tonne axle load and also because of the smaller moving dimension of locomotive as compared to USA and Canada. The 5500 HP WDG5 is primarily aimed at improving the throughput with higher balancing speeds. 

The locomotive will be able to achieve 100 Kmph speed on level track with higher axle load. Having manufactured over 6700 locomotives till date, DLW is now one of the biggest locomotive manufacturers in the world. 

In the year 2012-13, DLW manufactured an unprecedented 294 locomotives, thereby increasing its production nearly three times from 112 locomotives manufactured in the year 2002-03. Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi will be shining in the glory of ‘Golden Jubilee’ year when it will be completing 50 years of its production service next year i.e 2014 since its inception in 1964. 

Check Your Knowledge
Diesel Locomotive Works of Indian Railways has recently built a diesel locomotive prototype with an HP of?
(a) 5500
(b) 5000
(c) 4000
(d) 3500

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