WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

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The Gatimaan Express has been making news of recent, being the fastest train in India. It was launched in April 2016 and travelled a distance of 188 kilometers, from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi to Agra in 100 minutes.

If one thinks that is impressive, real credits go to its engine, the WAP-5 electric locomotive engine. Here are some interesting facts about the WAP-5 engine.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

The first 10 WAP-5 locomotive engines were imported from Swizerland in the year 1995. In the year 2000, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), based out of West Bengal started producing the engines in India.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

As of March 2016, 95 WAP-5 engines were manufactured in India.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

The WAP-5 locomotive engine can produce a maximum of 6,000 horsepower, but produces 5,450 horsepower continuously.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

The WAP-5 engine operates at a speed of 160km/h. The engine achieved speeds of 184km/h during test runs and is capable of achieving a top speed of 225km/h.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

Some of the safety systems available onboard the WAP-5 engine are vigilance control, slip/slide control, main overload relay, no volt relay, over voltage protection, and earth fault relay.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

75 trains in India are traditionally hauled by the WAP-5 engine, which include the Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, Aravali Express, and the Mumbai Rajdhani Express.

WAP-5 Train Engine: What You Should Know About Gatimaan's Engine

Although the WAP-5 engine is the fastest in India opertaing at 160km/h, it is just half the speed compared to high speed trains that operate in countries like Japan, France and China.

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