Tiruchirapalli, Sep 27 (UNI) A Rs 19 crore new facility will come up in the Southern Railway Workshop at Goldenrock here in the next two years.
The new facility would take care of the periodical overhauling of the high horse power locomotives of the entire Indian Railway, Southern Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer V Carmelus said at a press conference here.
He said the new facility would include modernised lengthy bay, new equipment and testing facilities, among others, and it would be ready by September 2009.
At present, the Southern Railway was having 4,000 broad gauge passenger coaches, 400 metre gauge coaches, 350 diesel locos and 200 electric locos.
Golden Rock Central Workshop (GOC) Chief Workshop Manager S Rangarajan said they had started modification and rehabilitation of the YDM4 MG locos for export through the RITES and IRCON in 1993. So far 93 locomotives had been exported to various Afro-Asian countries including Sudan, Mozambique, Male, Senegal, Myanmar, Tanzania, Bangaladesh and Malaysia, and generated revenue to the tune of Rs 90 crore.
The GOC had carried out a number of modifications in the locomotives, including fitting dual air brake systems, ABB turbo super charger for better fuel efficiency and ergonomical-designed driver seat with backrest.