Chittaranjan Locomotive Works Rolls Out First Locomotive of FY 2020-21 amid Lockdown

Indian Railways resumes locomotives production! Amid nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Indian Railways’ production unit, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has rolled out the first locomotive (number WAG9H 32810) of the financial year 2020-21!

The Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) workshop re-opened with limited staff on 11 May 2020, after a gap of 49 days due to the lockdown imposed across the country because of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to details shared by the locomotive manufacturing factory, CLW rolled out the first locomotive of the financial year 2020-21, within only three days of resumption of work.

In the financial year 2019-20, CLW manufactured a total of 431 locomotives. With this new record, the locomotive manufacturing factory surpassed its own previous world record of production of as many as 402 locomotives in the financial year 2018-19.

A few months ago, it was reported that over the last six years, there has been a growth of 75 per cent in the locomotive production by CLW. Thus, the locomotive manufacturing factory registered a growth of locomotive production from 250 locos in the financial year 2014-15 to 431 locos in the financial year 2019-20.

CLW, with improved supply chain management, has been able to witness this achievement in the financial year 2019-20 by rolling out an average of 40 locos per month since July 2019, consistently.

Recently, the CLW-built 9000 HP freight locomotive WAG 9HH and the freight locomotive had cleared the trial runs successfully. The locomotive’s trial run was conducted by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) over the Northern Railway zone network.

The locomotive was tested at a speed of 100 km per hour during the trial run. The loco has been provided with many modern and advanced features. According to the national transporter, the new addition will make transportation of goods as well as train journeys more convenient.