GE debuts first new Indian Railways locomotive

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A new ES43ACmi for Indian Railways appears outside the erecting shops at GE Transportation's Erie, Pa., facility in August.
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ERIE, Pa. —  GE Transportation rolled out Indian Railways’ first Evolution Series locomotive from the paint stall, revealing the railroad's new paint scheme. The ES43ACmi (Indian Railways’ class - WDG4G) locomotive, painted in a distinctive red-and-yellow pattern, is the first of 1,000 diesel freight locomotives that GE Transportation will deliver to Indian Railways as part of a $2.5-billion order. The bright colors hold special meaning in India with red representing energy and yellow representing freshness.

“It is great to see Indian Railways’ first locomotive emblazoned in the railroad’s ornate paint scheme,” said Nalin Jain, President and CEO of Asia Pacific for GE Transportation. “This is a great example of the 'Make in India' initiative, which will instill a sense of pride in Indians nationwide as it hauls freight throughout the country.”

The locomotive donned its new coat of paint following nearly two months of testing and validation. Indian Railways’ new color scheme was completed using approximately 50 gallons of paint. The coating and paint will provide the locomotive protection in the harsh environments where Indian Railways operates.

With paint completed, GE Transportation is preparing to ship the locomotive in a few weeks. It is expected to arrive in India later this year.

“This new ES43ACmi locomotive is the ideal solution for Indian Railways’ modernization efforts,” said Yuvbir Singh, Vice President of Global Locomotive Operations for GE Transportation. “The design is based on our Evolution Series locomotives. It will provide greatly improved fuel efficiency and emissions compared to Indian Railways’ existing non-Evolution Series fleet.”

The ES43ACmi locomotive is one of two models GE Transportation is building for Indian Railways as part of the order. It’s a dual-cab locomotive with a 4,500-horsepower engine. The second locomotive, model ES57ACi, features a 6,000-horsepower engine. It is currently in the design phase and will begin production later this year.

These new locomotives are part of the Government of India’s Public Private Partnership program to modernize the country’s rail infrastructure.

— A GE Transportation news release. Aug. 3, 2017.

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