India has received first of the 1,000
high-power diesel-electric railway locomotives that are to be supplied by
American industrial giant GE as part of a $2.5 billion
agreement signed in 2015 aimed at modernizing the country’s ageing loco fleet.
“GE Transportation today took another
important step forward in its partnership with Indian Railways when the first of
1,000 diesel-electric Evolution series locomotives
arrived at India’s Mundra Port,” the company said in a statement.
This will be the first ever diesel-electric locomotive running on Indian tracks
which complies with the international UIC 1 standard on emissions, the company
said. The locomotive was designed at the John F Welch Technology Center in
This is the first of 40 locomotives which are to be imported from the U.S. The
remaining 960 will be built at GE’s factory being constructed at Marhowra in
Bihar, and is expected to open in 2018. The partnership is also expected to
provide technical training and employment opportunities for the local community
“Our partnership with Indian Railways is a best-in-class bilateral example of
how entities can work together to create jobs and drive economic development in
a region,” said Vishal Wanchoo, President
& CEO, GE South Asia. “Through this project, we’re creating a robust
supply chain ecosystem in India, and will localize more than 70 percent of all
content. We’re proud of the more than 6,000 jobs, that have been created by GE
in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
Commenting on the development, GE Transportation’s President and
CEO-International Nalin Jain said the construction of the Marhowra
factory and maintenance shed in
Roza is underway and the company is delivering in line with the contractual
GE Transportation is building two locomotive models for Indian Railways. The
latest ES43ACmi model is a dual-cab locomotive with a 4,500-horsepower engine.
The second locomotive, model ES57ACi, features a 6,000-horsepower engine. It is
currently in the design phase and will begin production later this year.