Recognized as the most powerful electric locomotive in the country and aptly termed the ‘Beast of indian Railways’, the Ministry of Railways has shared a video of Wag12B on its social media handle. The Railway Ministry is known for sharing fascinating and breathtaking videos and pictures of railway stations, trains, and other newly-built constructions to keep followers up to date with the developments happening in the railways. This time too, the Ministry while posting the updates on X gave a glimpse of how the powerful electric locomotive moves smoothly along the tracks.

Boasting a substantial 12,000 horsepower, the electric locomotives are a testament to the central government’s “Make in India’ initiative. The 33-second video showcases the locomotive in action, shedding light on its capability, features, and robust build as it carries such huge containers in large numbers. “Beast of indian Railways:- Wag12B India’s Most powerful Electric Locomotive,” the caption of the video read.

Reacting to the video, many shared their amazement and added multiple comments. A user wrote, “Had never seen indian Railways carrying containers like this. Amazing!!”, while another asserted, “The Patience these drivers had is incredible. With low speed.”

“Power on the tracks Introducing the Beast of indian Railways, Wag12B – India’s most powerful Electric Locomotive. A true engineering marvel and a leap forward in rail technology,” a user commented, while another mentioned, “Wow. That’s truly a weight lifter. Big Salute to indian Railways.”

While the video was shared on 3 December, it has so far garnered over 2.3 million views and more than 13,000 likes. The video has been retweeted hundreds of times and also includes several comments. Counted among the most powerful freight engines globally, the fully electric WAG-12B locomotives will play a vital role in transforming India’s landscape of freight transportation. Designed to enable faster and safer movement of freight trains, it has a power output of 12,000 hp and possesses the capability to pull loads exceeding 6,000 tons at a top speed of 120 km/h. These are also installed with insulated gate bipolar transistors or IGBT-based propulsion technology, making use of regenerative braking.

Earlier this year, Alstom, a global leader in the field of smart and sustainable mobility successfully delivered 300 electric locomotives to the indian Railways, marking a significant milestone in increasing the Railways’ capabilities to haul heavy freight trains at high speed and meet its ambitious freight targets.

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