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