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ABB to supply 1600 transformers to railway in India

Staff Writer | November 17, 2016
ABB has won an order from Alstom to supply 1600 traction transformers for 800 new electric freight locomotives in India.
Transportation   800 new electric freight locomotives
The new locomotives will expand Indian Railways’ capacity, easing congestion on busy routes for both freight and passenger services.

The transformers will be manufactured locally in ABB’s Vadodara facility in the western Indian state of Gujarat, supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to encourage manufacturing in the country.

Indian Railways operates the largest rail network in Asia, and is the world’s second-largest rail network operated under single management. The company moves more than 12,500 trains and 23 million passengers daily, equivalent to the population of Australia.

ABB will supply 25 kilovolt (kV)/50 hertz (Hz) underframe traction transformers for the 800 locomotives (2 units per locomotive).

The compact transformers are designed for the most demanding conditions, including extreme temperatures and voltage fluctuations.

They will support heavy freight loads over long distance haulage under rigorous conditions, including steep inclines.