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final testing facility of electrical loco commissioned at dls, waltair


With the committed and devoted workforce of the Diesel Loco Shed Waltair, now it has geared up to maintain even Electrical Locomotives at DLS. Diesel Loco Shed is fully ready now for conducting all schedules of maintenance of Electrical locomotives along with final testing so that Locomotives can be directly dispatched for traffic use from the Shed. The Diesel Loco Shed has started dead maintenance (without OHE line) of Electrical Locomotives from July’2020.

Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair, Sri Chetan Kumar Srivastava has inaugurated the final electric loco testing facility commissioned at the new shed of DLS/VSKP today i.e. on 07.06.2021. Shri S.K.Patro, Sr.Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Diesel) and other branch officers were also present during that event.

Diesel Loco Shed, VSKP, started its journey on 22nd May’1965 with 11 WDM1 type Diesel Locomotives. The shed reached its peak with 320 Diesel Loco holding during 2018-19. DLS/Visakhapatnam is the only shed in IR which has accredited both Green Co & NABL certificates.

New era began with modifications & fabrication of gadgets in the shed made to a position to lift the Electric locomotives for replacement of Traction Motors & Wheel set change within existing infrastructure. Similarly, the enthusiastic staff & supervisors of the shed started overhauling the Traction Motor & Compressor of Electrical Loco within a short time to keep them ready to give full phased schedule attention of Electrical Locomotive. The augmentation program for homing of 100 more Locomotives is at its last phase & will be handed over by the end of July 2021.

Diesel Loco Shed Visakhapatnam is also known for its various innovations like 3rd Eye for Loco shunters, Integrated Digital Test Panel & Micro Processor Based Simulator etc.,

DRM Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava also reviewed the progress of the augmentation works and advised to complete the work within the targeted date. The augmentation works are in progress and about 92% of the physical progress has been completed till May’2021.

On this occasion, DRM Shri Chetan Kumar has distributed cash awards to employees for their innovative work of fabrication of Humidifier & modification of Industrial Oxygen Regulator along with flow meter to make it suitable to use to provide Oxygen during critical pandemic time to save the life of patients on Oxygen support at Divisional Railway Hospital /Waltair during this pandemic.

DRM has appreciated the efforts of the staff & officers of DLS/VSKP for their commitment & readiness within a short period to take over the task of Electrical Loco maintenance fully at DLS/VSKP despite the pandemic.

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