February 27, 2018

First Alstom Prima for Indian Railways on test

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DYNAMIC testing of the first Alstom Prima T8 double-unit electric locomotive for Indian Railways (IR) has begun at the Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura in the Indian state of Bihar.

Alstom was awarded a Rs 230bn ($US 3.54bn) contract in November 2015 to supply 800 1676mm-gauge Prima T8s, which are classified WAG-12 by Indian Railways. The contract included construction of the Madhepura plant under a 75:25 joint venture between Alstom and IR.

The first five locomotives will be delivered to IR by 2019, followed by another 35 units in 2020, 60 in 2021, and 100 every year thereafter.

The 120km/h WAG-12 has a continuous power output of 9MW and a starting tractive effort of 785kN.

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