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Blog Entry# 2093118  
Posted: Dec 16 2016 (17:56)

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Last Response: Dec 21 2016 (15:18)
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Dec 16 2016 (17:56)   KYN/WCAM-3

█▓▒░ Tushar Dhingra░▒▓█^~   1865 blog posts   1689 correct pred (70% accurate)
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A Question Anyone Knows That ever WCAM3 WCAM2 Visited North Side like New Delhi Etc??

2 posts - Fri Dec 16, 2016

Dec 16 2016 (18:16)
The train not taken~   2626 blog posts
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No. They are just locos designed to work in both DC and AC traction. As such, these were designed specifically for CR and WR, which had a mix of AC and DC traction and were not needed anywhere else in the country. CR initially had DC traction till Igatpuri and AC traction after that till Bhusaval and diesel traction beyond that, towards Itarsi. This necessitated a loco change at Igatpuri from AC to DC. So, instead of using separate DC and AC locos, CR used the WCAM locos to run the trains all the way till Bhusaval, before switching over to diesel traction for the onward journey. To this day, a few trains get WCAMs all the way till ET, from where they switch to diesel or regular AC locos.

Dec 18 2016 (23:15)
Viral S Bhavsar   1457 blog posts   173 correct pred (71% accurate)
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WCAM-2 has visited till DAHOD with 12929/12930 BL DHD ICE

Dec 20 2016 (01:27)
Foamer~   1930 blog posts
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Were they built at BHEL Jhansi?
An aside question:
Also does BEML Bengaluru near HAL manufacture any coaches nowadays? I had long time back seen a MEMU rake and few coaches in their shed besides the main road.
had only once in my travel on Old Madras road seen the railway track near the Baiyyappanahalli junction that connects BEML factory to BYPL-BNC line being used. A KJM WDM3A was slowly hauling some 10 brand new blue liveried coaches from factory to the mainline. With no gate, it was just traffic policemen stopping all vehicles at the junction to let the train pass.

Dec 21 2016 (14:17)
GZB WAP7 Namma Rajdhani*^~   9769 blog posts   497 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Yes, BEML Bangalore manufacture Coaches.

Dec 21 2016 (15:18)
The train not taken~   2626 blog posts
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Yes !! The WCAM2 and WCAM3 series of locos were manufactured by BHEL and 'leased' to IR ( BHEL still owns these locos along with the WAG5HB class). BHEL delivered some really great solutions for IR. Even at the time the WCAM3 was being developed, IR was on the lookout for High HP 3 phase electric locomotives. BHEL prepared a very good, low-cost design somewhat based on the WAG6A class. But sadly, for reasons unknown, the contract went to ABB and today, the resulting WAG9 and WAP7 class are thriving in IR, while BHEL has been relegated to building the internal components for these locos.
They are definitely manufacturing coaches for Metro, but I could never catch
site of the line being in operation. The signals etc on the line are still active ( there is one signal just past a level crossing on the line) but I could never catch the line in action. But I presume they have shifted their focus to metro, EMU and other auxiliary things. IR itself is moving to LHB now, so BEML's ICF style passenger coach production is no longer required.

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