DLS Hubli Shed’s WAG-9HC Locomotive Hauls Belagavi Manuguru Express, Marking the Successful Electrification of Belagavi Londa Section
In a momentous event that sent waves of excitement and pride through the Belagavi region, the Belagavi Londa Section witnessed its first-ever electric locomotive traction after a wait of five months. The culmination of years of planning and hard work came to fruition as Hubli Shed’s WAG-9 locomotive proudly hauled the 07335 Belagavi Manuguru Express along the electrified track. Members of the Belagavi Core Development Group gathered to witness this historic milestone, which not only represents a technological leap but also a symbol of progress and advancement for the region’s railway network.
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A Journey to Remember
The electrification of the Belagavi Londa Section has been a long-anticipated development, promising enhanced efficiency, reduced environmental impact, and a smoother travel experience for passengers. The completion of this electrification project in March 2023 marked a significant achievement for the Indian Railways and was dedicated to the nation by the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The project’s completion was met with applause and high expectations, setting the stage for the recent electrified locomotive run.
Overcoming Challenges with Determination on Belagavi Londa Section
The journey toward this moment was not without its challenges. Despite the electrification being completed, the Traction Sub Stations (TSS) required for controlling current fluctuations along the 25kV overhead electrification (OHE) system were pending. The community’s anticipation and the need for careful coordination were palpable, especially since these TSS units play a crucial role in ensuring the seamless operation of electric locomotives. The determined efforts of the railway authorities culminated in the successful completion of the TSS units in July, providing the necessary infrastructure for the electric locomotive traction.
A Triumph of Collaboration
This achievement is not just a testament to technological progress but also reflects the collaborative spirit of the community. The members of the Belagavi Core Development Group, who were present to witness this historic run, played a vital role in advocating for the electrification of the rail section and promoting the benefits it would bring to the region’s connectivity and development.
A Promising Future
As the electrified locomotive embarked on its journey, it heralded a new era of rail travel for the Belagavi Londa section. Passengers can now look forward to quieter, more eco-friendly journeys powered by cutting-edge technology. The successful launch of electric locomotive traction not only signifies the culmination of years of effort but also lays the foundation for a brighter and more sustainable future for rail transportation in the region.
The successful run of Hubli Shed’s WAG-9 locomotive hauling the Belagavi Manuguru Express stands as a beacon of achievement and progress. It serves as a reminder that with determination, collaboration, and a shared vision, even the most ambitious projects can be realized. As the locomotive glided down the electrified tracks, it carried with it the hopes and dreams of the community, ushering in a new era of rail travel that promises efficiency, comfort, and a cleaner environment for generations to come.
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