Indian Railways’ Western Railway (WR) zone achieves big success! This Indian Railways zone is operating the highest number of head-on-generation (HOG) system equipped LHB trains on the network! As many as 67 locomotives have been converted to HOG system-enabled ones over the Western Railways network, hauled by electric traction.
The HOG technology is environment-friendly and helps in reduction in operating cost of trains. In this regard, a net savings of Rs 32.22 crore has been recorded during the current financial year of 2019-2020, upto January 20, 2020 and the total net saving during 2019-2020 is expected to be approximately Rs 45 crore, according to the WR zone.
In this conversion process, the WR zone has commissioned state-of-the-art WAP7 locomotives in which 25 kV overhead power supply line was converted to 750V. This has been done by the 500 KVA converters installed in the locomotives.
These were transmitted through electrical couplers between the coaches to meet the electrical load of the trains. In the current financial year, the Western Railway zone has modified the electrical circuits in 34 rakes, which is the highest number on the Indian Railways network, by a railway zone.
As on January 20, 2020 out of the 65 HOG system-compliant LHB rakes which are primarily owned by the WR zone, 51 modern LHB rakes are running in services of 49 regular trains through the HOG technology.