[IN / Expert] It’s big and blue: the WAG 12 is Alstom’s 9 MW Prima for India

In mid-March Alstom officially announced the completion of its first ‘Prima T8’ (WAG 12) two-section electric high power locomotive for the Indian Railways. According to the contract, the French company will manufacture and maintain a total of 800 (!) such locomotives. The locomotive design, which will be produced in this new factory in Madhepura has been specially adapted for the Indian railway network.

Background: On 30.11.2015 the Indian Railways signed two major contracts with Alstom for a total amount of more than €3.5 billion. The first contract covers the supply of 800 electric locomotives and associated maintenance was awarded to Alstom, following a letter of award received on 9 November 2015. The second contract was signed with DFCCIL (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd.) and relates to the electrification, signalling and telecommunications system for a part of the eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

The impressive transcontinental journey for machine no. 60001 began last summer. By the end of September the two body shells, that have been by by Alstom in Belfort (FR) had reached the Indian port of Haldia by sea. Then, they were taken on a 500 km trip to the final destination: the newly built locomotive factory in Madhepura in the state of Bihar, where assembly would commence.

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