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Electro-Motive Diesel Setting up Production Facility at Patli, Gurgaon Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
New Delhi: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), one of the leading global locomotive manufacturers, is expanding its base in India to better serve Indian Railways. The company announced that the WDG5 locomotive design, a complete high-horsepower locomotive design has been completed by Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) and Diesel Locomotive Works, (DLW) of Indian Railways, with the support of EMD.

EMD, in partnership with APL Logistics, has setup a production and warehousing facility at Patli, Gurgaon. This facility is spread over 50,000 sq. ft. area and is located close to the rail head, national highway and airport. The facility is a major step towards growing the company's presence in India.

"EMD is committed to supporting Indian Railways in future technology. We have great confidence that WDG5 will be the locomotive of tomorrow for Indian Railways. To support our endeavors, we have arranged a production and warehousing facility at Patli, Gurgaon, which has been inaugurated today. It will be the cornerstone of EMD manufacturing and warehouse strategies for India. We also have a Engineering Centre of Excellence at Lucknow, and provide support to IR for maintenance of its growing fleet of high-horsepower locomotives," said Glen Lehmann, chief marketing officer, international, Electro-Motive Diesel.

EMD has been gearing up for support of Indian Railways' rapid growth plan by enhancing its in-country support to Indian Railways. EMD has recently set up a Centre of Excellence at Lucknow with a strong and competent team of EMD engineers. Apart from supporting the WDG5 locomotive project, EMD intends to work actively with Indian Railways on several joint programs involving engine testing and engine performance optimization, which will help both EMD and Indian Railways.

EMD also provides service support to Indian Railways’ locomotive facilities at multiple locations across India, with a network of dedicated service support personnel. Locations include: Hubli, Sabarmati, Jodhpur, Siliguri, Lucknow, Gooty, Krishnarajpuram , Tughlaqabad, Pune, Itarsi, and Raipur.

The WDG5 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 Indian Railways to increase the system throughput in the rail network.

It is a significant enhancement over the existing high horsepower diesel locomotives currently in use on the Indian Railways. It includes electronic fuel injection, radial grids and high adhesion, lightweight fabricated bogies. It has modern driver interface and crew-friendly features, such as an air conditioned cab and toilet, which is another first for the Indian Railways fleet. This locomotive is the only one that incorporates salient features from International Union of Railways (UIC) and Association of American Railroads (AAR) crashworthiness criteria and is a major step forward in safety.

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is one of two U.S. original equipment manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, with additional facilities in London, Ontario, Canada, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and has sold its products in more than 73 countries worldwide. The Company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 70,000 engines and has the largest installed base of diesel-electric locomotives in both North America and internationally. In addition to its locomotive manufacturing activities, EMD has an extensive aftermarket business offering customers replacement parts and a range of value-added services for its locomotives. The Company is also a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation.

EMD, in India, has a 50 year old association with Indian Railways, to whom EMD has transferred technology to build 4000 HP locomotives at Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi.

EMD recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Inc. Company.  Progress Rail is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America.

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