New Delhi: With an aim of hauling heavier trains, railways is ready to roll out a newly-designed 5500 horse power (HP) diesel locomotive equipped with all modern features including 100 km per hour running speed.
Aptly named as "Bheem", the high horse power locomotive is currently undergoing safety trial. Manufactured at Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi, the prototype has cost about Rs 17 crore to the railways.
Railways have 4500 HP diesel locos for freight operation and with the induction of "Bheem", the carrying capacity will increase substantially," said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding "railways will manufacture 15 such locomotives in the current fiscal."
Railways have set a loading target of 1025 million tonnes for 2012-13, 55 MT more than the last fiscal.
Designed jointly by the Railways and EMD, a US-based company, the locomotive has a provision of toilet for crew, a first in railways.
"It has been been designed to set up new standards for crew comfort and safety. Among others the locomotive is fuel efficient as it is equipped with electronic fuel injection and emission control system. Besides it has heated ventilation air conditioning, collision protection system and an ergonomically designed driver seat," the official said.
The locomotive comes with a huge fuel capacity of 7500 litres to provide long runs without refuelling.