WABTEC DELIVERS THE 500TH EVOLUTION SERIES LOCOMOTIVE TO INDIAN RAILWAYS
The celebrations at Wabtec's Marhowra plant marked another milestone in the 2015 USD $2.5 billion agreement for 1,000 fuel-efficient, emission-compliant Evolution Series diesel-electric locomotives.
Wabtec Corporation celebrated the delivery of the 500th Evolution Series Locomotive to Indian Railways.
The 500th locomotive is a 4500-horsepower, dual-cab locomotive. To date, Wabtec has delivered 438 of those models and 62 of the 6000-horsepower, single-cab locomotives to Indian Railways. These locomotives are digitally enabled and use cutting-edge technology to deliver fuel efficiency and ensure compliance with international emission standard UIC1. The locomotives' cabs feature ergonomic comforts for pilots in terms of air conditioning, seats, noise reduction, heated windscreens, urinals, and digital displays.
Indian Railways is using the locomotives extensively for heavy-haul and container operations across the country. The fleet is demonstrating high levels of availability and reliability, which is enabling significant growth in freight revenue.
The state-of-art manufacturing plant in Marhowra started operations in 2018. It leverages global lean manufacturing processes and has the capacity to deliver 120 locomotives per year. The plant also set a new benchmark in having a diverse and talented workforce from Bihar and Jharkhand.