Siemens is equipping Indian Railways' 9000 HP electric locomotive with the first indigenously-designed and produced integrated propulsion system and steel tank transformer. This propulsion system is uniquely designed to suit requirements of the 9000 HP locomotive. Indian Railways is upgrading its electric locomotives from 6000 HP to 9000 HP as part of its rail electrification initiative.
Siemens is supplying high power traction converters, motors, drive systems, and steel tank transformers, which will be part of the propulsion equipment for 9000 HP freight and passenger locomotives. These locomotives will boost the haulage capacity of Indian Railways by around 50 percent, thereby improving average speed and utilization of rolling stock assets. The advanced technology aims to save traction energy cost, thereby reducing fuel expenses and carbon emissions. Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) has pre-commissioned this indigenous 9000 HP electric locomotive and trial runs will commence soon.
According to Siemens, this important milestone is a step towards fulfilling Indian Railways’ vision of complete electrification, enhanced haulage capability, and building high-technology systems in line with the Make in India initiative.
Keywords: Siemens, Indian Railways, 9000 HP Propulsion System, ARC Advisory Group