Chittaranjan Locomotive Works already builds WAG-9 and WAG-9H locomotives at its main works in Chittaranjan.The WAG-9H is an advanced version of the WAG-9, one of the most powerful locomotives used to haul goods trains. The most advanced locomotive for passenger trains that Chittaranjan Locomotive Works builds is the WAP-7. This three-phase locomotive, imported from Sweden, is also of 6,000 horsepower and has regenerative brakes.
“We expect the first locomotive to roll out from Dankuni before January , 2016. This will be a WAG9H. Chittaranjan Locomotive Works is now shifting its focus to threephase locomotives from conventional ones. In 2015-16, the Railway Board has set a target of building 285 locomotives.This will include 215 threephase ones,“ Tayal said.
“In 2014-15, Chittaranjan produced 250 locomotives, including 145 three-phase ones, which is an all-time record. In 2016-17, we plan to build 280 more locomotives. In 2017-18, we will take the figure up to 320,“ he added.
Concentrating on reliability improvement, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has also redesigned and increased thickness of the bogie frames of WAG-9 and WAP-7 locomotives.