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WAG12: Indian Railways’ first indigenous electric locomotive

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  • May 21, 2020
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WAG12: Indian Railways’ first indigenous electric locomotive

Part of: GS-Prelims and Mains GS-III-  Economy, Infrastructure

In News:

  • The Indian Railways has operationalised its first 12,000 hp electric locomotive named WAG12
  • It is manufactured locally. 

Key takeaways:

  • The locomotive made its maiden commercial run between Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Station, UP to Shivpur, UP 
  • India became the sixth country in the world to produce high horsepower locomotive indigenously.
  • It is manufactured at the Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL), Bihar. 
  • It is a joint venture between the French major and the Indian railways holding an equity share of 74% and 26% respectively.
  • It is the largest FDI in the railways sector.
  • WAG12 will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains.
  • Such locomotive has been operationalised on broad gauge track in the world for the first time. 

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