Southern Railway headquarters has cleared a proposal to establish a new shop to manufacture engine blocks for ‘Alco'- type diesel locomotives at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here.
The over 80-year-old workshop had submitted a detailed proposal to the Southern Railway headquarters a few months ago, for onward submission to the Railway Board, seeking investment of Rs. 138 crore for the establishment of the new facility within its sprawling premises.
With the Southern Railway headquarters giving its nod, the comprehensive proposal has now been forwarded to the Railway Board, New Delhi, to obtain final clearance for the new project at the Golden Rock Workshop which has the necessary technical expertise in engine blocks reclamation.
Engaged in a myriad of activities, the workshop also carries out periodic overhaul of diesel engines majority of which are of ‘Alco' type. Around 120 broad gauge diesel engines mostly ‘Alco type' had come to the workshop in 2010-11 fiscal for periodic overhaul that is carried out once in eight years in such locos.
The Diesel Loco Works (DLW) at Varanasi which is involved in the manufacture of high horsepower ‘EMD' type diesel engines is the lone railway unit equipped with the facility to manufacture engine blocks for ‘Alco' type locomotives which are widely used across railway network to haul passenger and goods trains. The Diesel Loco Shed here alone homes 100 ‘Alco' type locos. As the concentration of the DLW is more into manufacture of ‘EMD' type locomotives with 4,000 horse power and more, the long-term plan is to establish a new shop at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop to manufacture engine blocks for ‘Alco' type locomotives, say workshop authorities here.
The saw mill shop established inside the workshop has been identified for setting up the new engine block manufacturing shop.
A senior official said engine block was the heart of the diesel locomotive as it supports all cylinders, electrical equipment and engine valves.
Engine blocks are changed as part of periodic overhauling works depending on its condition and the age of the diesel locomotive, the official added.