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Diesel Locomotive works – Building power houses on Rails

Posted on 31 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 31 May, 2010.

Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi , a production unit under the Ministry of Railways, is one of the very few factories in the World which can be truly called an integrated diesel locomotive manufacturing plant.  The complete engine, underframe, superstructure, fabricated bogies and over 2000 components are manufactured under one roof starting from such basic construction materials like plates, sheets and pipes.  DLW produced 258 locomotives during the year 2009-10 whereas it produced 112 locomotives in the year 2002-03.

Set up in 1961 in technical collaboration with American Locomotive Company (ALCO) of USA for manufacture of diesel-electric locomotives.  DLW has since then manufactured over 4500 locomotives.  With a capacity of building 150 locomotives per year, DISEL locomotive works is today one of the world’s largest diesel locomotive manufacturer outside North America.

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