WDG-6G, India’s Most Powerful Diesel Locomotive Indian Railways Trial Run Vikarabad-Parli
General Electric’s WDG-6G, India’s Most Powerful Diesel Locomotive to debut on Indian Railways Trial run to be on Vikarabad-Parli section of SCR
The 6G is now here. The massive yet lightest 6000 Horse Power (HP) Diesel Loco in the World, WDG-6G Diesel Locomotive built by General Electric (GE), Pennsylvania, United States is all set to roll on the tracks of Indian Railways (IR) very soon. The Locomotive, most powerful amongst those in use on Indian Railways, is ready to undergo Confirmatory Oscilograph Car Run (CDCR) trials and join the fleet of Locomotives of Indian Railways. The WDG-6G Diesel Locomotive will be put on trials on the Vikarabad – Parli section of South Central Railway very soon.
The induction of WDG-6G Diesel Locomotives on IR is the off shoot of an agreement that the Indian Railways has made with GE for setting up a new Diesel Locomotive Shed at Marhowra in Bihar. The agreement includes supply of 300 WDG-6G Locomotives by GE to Indian Railways and to undertake their maintenance during the contract period. For Indian Railways, the high powered locomotives convey the priority to optimize movement of freight traffic to meet ever increasing demands and at the same time enhance revenue generation for the organisation.
The key features of the most powerful work horse to join the stables of Indian Railways include the incorporation of latest technology into its system. The WDG-6G Diesel Locomotive is based on GE’s Evolution series and is fitted with a 16 cylinder V-16 Evolution series engine, a four stroke fully turbocharged and intercooled machine. In tune with the priority to address issues concerning environmental adaptability the locomotive sports an electronic fuel injection system for higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions as compared to any other diesel locomotives in use on IR. The Locomotive is UIC 1 (International Union of Railways -Union Internationale des Chemins de fer, a Paris-based association of European Railway Companies which stipulates emission standards for Railways) emission compliant, the first of its kind in India.
The WDG-6G Diesel Locomotive also marks a new high in features related to the Driver’s Cab. The enhanced Operator and Cab amenities include provision of HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning), hot plate, heated wind shields, urinal and display screens for the use of the Loco Pilots on run. Adding to the technology upgrade in terms of loco safety, a Consolidated Control Architecture Control System has been provided with features such as trip optimizer, loco vision and Cab Signaling with built in future upgradability to digital solutions. The Auto Engine Start Stop is integrated with the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Giving a quality boost to maintenance of the Loco, remote monitoring and diagnostics has been enabled for continuous fleet health monitoring. Safety standards of the Loco get to the next level with the Cab frontal collision designed to withstand tough crash worthiness norms. Packaging of electrical hardware and equipment has been optimally done to enable easy maintenance. The light weight bogie frame also needs minimal maintenance.
This new breed of WDG-6G Diesel Locomotives will play a significant role in the plans of Indian Railways, which is undergoing a positive transformational phase to bolster its transportation capabilities in the wake of challenges coming from other sectors. Most importantly, the carrying capacity of a freight train rake will significantly increase on account of the hauling strength of the locomotive thereby enhancing sectional capacities in terms of increased train services and result in operational efficiency in terms of fuel consumption etc.,