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Railways approves acceptance of GE’s modern locomotives under $2.5 bn deal

GE Transportation  announced 19 September 2018  Indian Railways has confirmed its acceptance of GE’s 4,500 Horsepower diesel-electric Evolution Series prototype locomotives.

This follows the completion of rigorous testing of the locos on Indian Railways’ tracks following their handover in February this year.

“This is a major step towards fulfilling our contract with Indian Railways. Together we will help modernize Indian Railways' fleet, significantly upgrade India's rail infrastructure and provide critical support for India's growing economy,” said Nalin Jain, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-Asia Pacific of GE Transportation.

The locomotives are part of a $2.5 billion agreement signed in 2015 in support of the government’s 
Make in India program. The deal included an order for 1,000 locomotives and the establishment of a new GE Transportation factory and maintenance sheds in India. 

“The project is on track and has achieved several key milestones. Currently, there are 45 locomotives in India that are ready for inspection and acceptance by the Indian Railways. GE’s state-of-the-art Roza Maintenance Shed in Uttar Pradesh is ready for operations and the construction of the factory in Marhowra, Bihar is in advanced stages towards completion. Operations will begin in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2018. Once fully operational, all locomotives built in Marhowra under the agreement will have 70 percent localized content,” the company said in a statement. 

A standard practice, the acceptance of the 4,500 hp locomotives came after months of reviewing key design aspects, documentation and a thorough validation around various parameters in US and India, the company said. The locomotives also completed additional reviews including oscillation trials and rating and performance tests. 

The new units feature an Evolution Series engine and an electronic fuel-injection system for improved fuel efficiency. The individual axle-control AC propulsion technology helps improve hauling capability and decrease life-cycle cost and the locomotives are digitally enabled for predictive analytics to increase reliability and availability, the company said.


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