Successful trial run of an electric locomotive in Assam
Indian Railways has successfully completed the trial run of an electric locomotive in the northeastern state of Assam for the first time.
- Last Updated:February 20, 2021 at 2:37 PM IS
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has operated this trial run. RVNL said on Twitter that the trial was completed on 18.02.2021 between Bongaigaon-Sorupeta. Currently electric traction work is being done from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station in West Bengal state.
Creating An Aatmanirbhar Assam: For the first time in history, electric locomotive ran on the soil of Assam with successful trial run from Bongaigaon to Sarupeta stations. pic.twitter.com/O8GSZAackf
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 18, 2021
This is not the first time that the railways have tried electric rail engines. Earlier, a trial run of electric locomotive (rail engine) between New Cooch Behar to Jalpaiguri Road in West Bengal was successfully carried out on 19 November. In October 2020, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) introduced the first batch of aerodynamically designed WAP5 passenger electric locomotives. Electric rail engines are environment friendly, non-polluting and their maintenance cost is lower than other rail engines.
#RVNL completed an electric loco trial between Bongaigaon-Sorupeta on 18.02.2021. This is the first electric traction in operation in Assam changing the dynamics of train operations in NE region with green energy, efficient and environment friendly options.@RailMinIndia #green pic.twitter.com/BXxORgDHjs
— Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (@RailVikas) February 19, 2021
CLW is a Rail Engine Manufacturing Factory in West Bengal of Ministry of Railways. This factory produced about 40 electric rail locomotives in the month of September. At the same time, Diesel Locomotive Works of Varanasi built 31 electric rail locomotives in July 2020. The Railway Ministry, in a statement, described it as a major achievement for the Indian Railways.