Diesel Electric Locomotives Current Affairs - 2020

A new Head on Generation technology introduced in Indian Railways

The Indian Railways has introduced an environment friendly and energy efficient solution in passenger trains to address noise and air pollution. The technology changes the locomotives and coaches and makes them suitable for Head On Generation. The Railways has developed and improvised converter that are to be fitted in electric locomotives. These converters can replace diesel generators as well. The converters make the locomotives suitable to run-on head-on generation technology.

Head On Generation – Benefits

Between April 2018 and November 2019 around 436 trains have been converted into HOG compliant. The technology reduces noise level, reduces emission of carbon dioxide, diesel consumption.

Head on Generation Technology

In Head on Generation technology, the power will be drawn from overhead Electric supply. Huge noise making fume emitting power generators will be replaced by silent generators. It was first introduced in India in 1996 when India signed an agreement with Germany. Germany transferred the technology to the Indian Coach Factories. Rajdhani, Samprak Kranti, Duronto, Shatabdi and Hamsafar are some of the trains where the technology was first implemented.

Indian hands over 18 locomotives to Myanmar

Indian Railways has formally handed over eighteen 1350 HP AC/DC diesel electric locomotives to Myanma Railways. It was the first project completed in current Indian Line of Credit (LoC).

Key Facts

India and Myanmar have been long enjoying cooperation in Railway sector over the last two decades. Moreover, Indian Railways is playing a pivotal role in developing cordial relations with the neighboring countries.

The 18 locomotives were supplied by RITES, a PSU of Ministry of Railways and manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. They are fitted with micro-processor control based system. They are extremely fuel efficient are equipped with latest features. They maximum speed of 100 kmph and have been customised for Myanma Railways.

Most of these supplies were carried out under Indian LoC. As per agreement singed between both countries, all locomotives were to be delivered by September 2018. They have been delivered six months ahead of the schedule.


RITES is PSE under Ministry of Railways. It is export arm of railways undertaking various projects worldwide. It is engaged in supply of Railway rolling stock vz. locomotives, wagons, coaches, permanent way maintenance vehicles, maintenance of railway infrastructure, technical studies, training of railway officials of other countries.