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Blog Entry# 2996436
Posted: Jan 12 2018 (22:32)

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Last Response: Jan 13 2018 (17:14)
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Jan 12 2018 (22:32)  

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Should IR restart the manufacturing of wap4

6 posts - Sat Jan 13, 2018

Jan 13 2018 (16:31)
HOG WAM4 WAP1~   3704 blog posts
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Manufacturing them is unnecessary. The technology behind them, while capable, has reached its limits and there isn't much scope for improvement,and there is no point in setting up production line to manufacture them again.
What should be done however, is retrofitting all the existing WAP4 locomotives, or a subset of them that still have a lot of codal life left, with latest features like Microprocessor control, Head-on Generation, disc brakes, TPWS etc. Most of the WAP4's still have more than 20 years of operational life left. While the traction cannot be improved much, at least their operational capabilities should be enhanced to support better signalling and advanced rolling stock.

Jan 13 2018 (16:43)
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Cute and old also 😞😞😞

Jan 13 2018 (16:49)
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Yes it can be done renaming or rebuilding old locos with better feature

Jan 13 2018 (17:04)
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Your point is right but it's not unnecessary manufacturing P4 as P7 and p5 are not given to shed which really need it

Jan 13 2018 (17:14)
HOG WAM4 WAP1~   3704 blog posts
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It is unnecessary, Sir. Tap changer technology in the P1/P4 locos has reached the end of line a long time ago. There is no active development of this technology anymore and the world has moved on to 3 phase locomotives. 3 Phase locomotives are the next step and there is no use of investing a lot of money to manufacture all the Tap changer locos again. The money is better invested in resolving the technical issues with the 3 phasers and upgrading the existing fleet of tap changers.
With the kind of speeds we have in the country now, there is nothing like a shed 'needing' WAP7 or WAP5. Only NR/NCR and probably WR have some claim
to 'needing' WAP5's due to them having high speed routes. Locomotive usage in the country is still driven by Loco availability and not the loco's features. So, it doesn't matter which shed gets a P7 and which doesn't. It matters a bit for the P5, but considering that no other zones have high speed sections, here too, the allotment does not matter much.

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