Thursday, December 1, 2011

On track, a locomotive designed to burn less oil

A diesel locomotive equipped for the first time in India with an electronic fuel injection system, an innovation developed by the Railways’ Lucknow-based Research Designs and Standards Organisation in collaboration with IIT-Kanpur, is expected to save between Rs 200 and Rs 450 crore annually in the fuel expenditure of Indian Railways.
After trials on RDSO’s research test beds in June and July, the locomotive was flagged off on a field trial in September. It is hauling a passenger train between Sultanpur and Lucknow and the results have been encouraging. After March 2012, when the trial is complete, EFI-fitted locomotives will go into production.
“With the electronic fuel injection system, we have stepped up from technology of mechanical fuel injection by a generation, and it is an important chapter in the history of locomotive technology development in India,” said Dr Avinash Kumar Agarwal, associate professor of mechanical engineering at IIT-Kanpur.

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