Indian Railways awarded maintenance of 9000 HP Electric Freight Locomotives to Siemens India

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Indian Railways has issued the Letter of Award (LoA) for the Manufacturing and Maintenance of 9000 HP Electric Freight Locomotives to Siemens, India. The railway’s factory at Dahodto manufacture 1200 high horsepower (9000 HP) electric locomotives over a period of 11 years. It would entail the manufacturing of 1200 locomotives and the maintenance of these locomotives for 35 years. The estimated value of the contract is about INR 26000 Crore (about 3.2 Billion USD), excluding taxes and price variation.

The agreement with Siemens India will be signed within 30 days of the issue of LoA.  The prototype locomotives are to be delivered in the coming two years. Dahod Unit will be fully constructed for manufacturing these locomotives within a period of two years. Siemens, selected as the technological partner, will manufacture these locomotives at Dahod and maintain these locomotives at four maintenance depots – Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Kharagpur, and Pune for a period of 35 years utilizing the Railway’s Manpower.

Suitable economic drivers will ensure complete indigenization of the manufacturing which in turn will lead to the development of ancillary manufacturing units making it a true ‘Make in India’ initiative. The project will also lead to the development of the Dahod region and generate employment.

These High Horse Power (9000 HP) locomotives will be the future workhorse for freight operation on Indian Railways. These locomotives are planned for use primarily on Western DFC and on graded sections of Railways for hauling container freight trains in double stack configuration of 4500 Tonnes at 75 kmph at 1 in 200 gradients and improve the average speed of such trains to around 50-60 kph over the existing 20-25 kmph. The quantum jump in the operating parameters will lead to an increase in the throughput and also enhance line capacity. These locomotives, equipped with state-of-the-art IGBT-based propulsion technology, will provide savings in energy consumption due to regenerative braking technology.

There is a provision to manufacture and supply Standard Gauge locomotives for the export market.

Indian Railways have selected Siemens India through a fair, transparent, and competitive bidding process as the Technology Partner to manufacture and maintain these locomotives utilizing Railway staff under the supervision of the Technology Partner.


The Technological Partner has been selected through a fair, transparent, and competitive bidding process. Technological Partner will provide training to Railway Staff at Dahod for manufacturing the 9000 HP locomotives and at four depots at Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Kharagpur, and Pune for maintenance of the locomotives over the design life of 35 years. These 1200 locomotives will be manufactured over 11 years. The Technology Partner will also ensure 95% availability and 1,50,000 km of trouble-free operation of locomotives before any maloperation can take place as the guaranteed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

The entire bid process has been conducted in a fair, transparent and competitive manner and awarded in record time through electronic bidding. Ministry of Railways had decided to conduct a single stage two packet bidding process for obtaining technical and financial bids for the selection of a suitable Technological Partner. The Notice Inviting Bid for selection of Technological Partner was issued on 20th April 2022. Financial bids were opened on 6th December 2022. After a detailed evaluation of the bids, the Ministry of Railways has declared Siemens Limited, India as the selected Technological Partner.