Railways Develop Unique Electric Engine for Maintaining High Tension Cables

In an attempt to promote Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, local engineers of Ludhiana railway station have developed a unique kind of electric engine that runs on high voltage batteries to handle maintenance work of high tension cables passing over the railway tracks during peak hours of railway traffic.

The team of electric engineers (loco shed of city station) has successfully developed the advanced low power consumption engine in just one month. The local engineers have made the use of a 40-year-old non-functional electric engine to convert it into a modern electric unit which runs on limited electric power supply being supplied by a certain set of batteries to make its engine functional for managing maintenance work efficiently during peak hours of traffic.

Moreover, railway engineers have installed a proper chain of new copper wire inside the newly developed engine to counter the issue of marginal short-circuits which could turn into major mishap some times. Giving more information on this development, Mohan Swaroop, senior divisional electrical engineer, said, “We have appointed an expert team of electric engineers to complete the first project under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan by converting the unused material of loco-shed into advance low power consumption engine to manage the work of high tension wire equipment passing over the railway tracks.”

“Local engineers have removed the vacuum circuit from inside the engine and fitted an air brake system into the newly developed engine to manage the work quickly without any delays. Apart from that, we have fitted 800 ampere of batteries to produce adequate horsepower to make the engine functional to meet its daily need during high tension wire maintenance work,” said the engineer.

Tarun Kumar, director of Ludhiana railway station, said, “It has proved helpful to complete shunting work across the city station (along the outer places of the village) as it can be be moved on railway tracks wherein provision of electric supply is not available to run other electric as well diesel engine.” “Moreover, it will reduce the work of diesel engines as earlier we had to pitch in for diesel engines to maintain the work of high tension wire placed over the railway tracks during peak hours,” said the director.