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New WDG5 locomotive design finalised

Lucknow, Sept 16:

Indian Railways and Electro-Motive Diesel Inc (EMD), one of the leading global locomotive manufacturers, today announced the final design of the new WDG-5 locomotive.

In a landmark achievement for the Railways, a complete high horsepower locomotive design has been completed by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) of the Railways with the support of EMD.

This diesel locomotive has an output of 5500 bhp, which makes it the strongest diesel locomotive ever run on the Indian rail network.

In combination with its record high tractive effort of 560 KN, it can pull significantly more load at higher speeds, thus enabling the Railways to increase the system in the rail network.

Mr Sanjiv Handa, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Indian Railways, said, ''The partnership between Indian Railways and EMD has brought the latest diesel locomotive technology to India.

WDG5 is the latest outcome of this association, where RDSO, DLW and EMD have jointly worked and come out with a state-of-art locomotive design which will prove to be the most versatile and powerful diesel locomotive, capable of running on existing tracks on Indian Railways.''
Source - United News of India

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