• A novel addition to Southern Railway’s loco fleet

Southern Railway has developed a Battery-cum-AC operated Dual-mode Shunting Locomotive christened ‘PASUMAI’ to work both in electric and non-electric / unwired sections. The Electric Loco Shed, Arakkonam, has converted a 23061/WAG5HA Electric Locomotive into this eco-friendly, cost-effective model which has been fitted with 2 sets of 110V, 1100AH, VRLA batteries equipped with 2 battery chargers to facilitate a 3-step speed control. The loco has a continuous run time of 3.5 to 4 hours in battery mode.

The technical specifications include a Tractive effort of 110HP in AC Mode and 14.76KN in Battery Mode and a Haulage Capacity of 1080 MT (weight of 24 coaches) with a shunting speed of maximum 15 kmph. ‘PASUMAI’ will prove advantageous in easing shunting requirements of 24-coach empty rake. This loco can be utilized in adverse accident situations to reach break-down spots even when OHE supply is not available.

Mr. John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway, announced award to the employees of ELS/AJJ for the meritorious and noteworthy project.

‘PASUMAI’ is yet another feather in Chennai Division’s cap in spearheading eco-friendly strides in train operations and reducing carbon footprint.