Alstom delivers first heavy-freight locomotive shells to India

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HALDIA, India — The first in a fleet of Alstom-built locomotive body shells for Indian Railways has arrived at the Port of Kolkata in Haldia, India, the Railway Gazette reports.

The shells are headed for a production site where crews will install transformers, brake systems, and other components before they enter freight service on Indian Railways’ eastern freight corridor. The locomotives have a top speed of 75 mph.

The electric locomotives are part of Alstom’s Prima family, but will be retrofitted to India’s rail standards. The first five locomotive shells will be imported, but the rest of units will be manufactured in India. The railroad has ordered 800 units. According to Alstom's website, heavy freight version of the locomotive series comes in eight-axle form and draws up to 10 megawatts of electricity during operation.

The locomotives will be produced through 2028.

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