Japan to supply Indian freight corridor locos

By  Raghav Thakur  www.railjournal.com

INDIAN Railways (IR) has confirmed that it will select one of two Japanese suppliers within the next few months for a contract to supply 200 electric freight locomotives for use on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from Delhi to Mumbai.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Toshiba are vying for the contract, which comprises an off-the-shelf purchase of 30 locomotives and the domestic manufacture of 170 more through a technology transfer agreement.

Financial bids for the 6.7MW IGBT-traction locomotives will be opened on May 15. “Procurement will begin shortly thereafter,” an Indian Railways official said. Two pre-series units will be delivered to IR for trials by the end of the year. More info

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