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Pakistan plans to buy Chinese locomotives
Dear (s)Indian markets as also many western markets are flooded with cheap Chinese products. China seems to sell everything under thesun – toys, soaps, plastics, vehicles… And here is the news of locomotives. The news item is that the state owned Pak Railwaysadministered by the Pak Govt. is buying 75 locomotives from China.A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from aplace", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motives, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotiveengine, [1] first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines. A locomotive has nopayload capacity of its own, and its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracksChina’s Exim Bank has agreed to provide a loan for the purchase of 75 locomotives for Pakistan Railways and has submitted itsterms and conditions to lend money. “The total cost of the agreement is reported to be US$105M out of which, the Government ofPakistan would pay 15% and the Exim Bank would pay remaining US$89M. Pak sources state that Chinese have made greatadvances in traction technology and "they are now manufacturing locomotives of various categories including 7200 kW electricand over 6000 hp diesel." It is also stated that Chinese locomotives are suitable for Pak climate meeting their requirements. Theagreement, when signed, includes transfer of technology, training of staff and routine inspections of the locomotives. “TheChinese have agreed to provide transfer of technology, so that in future Pakistan could be able to manufacture these locomotivesand save precious foreign exchange”.Trains are always fascinating – A train travel associates with many things – the beautiful, long coaches, the side seats from whereone can see trees and innumerable things rushing by on the opposite side – reaching a newer place or going to some other placeto meet relatives and dear ones, eating lot of things that are sold inside and on the platforms. There could be some non descriptstations and sceneries. As the train pass by, one would see a local lad steaming in to bowl and you wonder all through in life as towhat happened to that particular delivery. To some interested in Railways, what is noticeable is the Loco that pulls the coaches.Traditionally, locomotives pull trains from the front. Some would have even noticed the marking which might read as WDM4 …..Which would provide glimpse of the Gauge, Power source, kind of load, and the digit identifying the model of the loco... The firstsuccessful locomotives were built by Cornish inventor Richard Trevithick. In 1804 his unnamed steam locomotive hauled a trainalong the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.In India, locos are indigenously made. Inaugurated on Jan. 26, 1950, CLW produced its first locomotive by Nov. 1, 1950 (a WGloco, #8401, named 'Deshbandhu' for Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, an Indian freedom-fighter; incidentally it was his widow,Basanti Devi, who inaugurated the works). CLW, originally named just the Locomotive Manufacturing Works, was located near avillage called Mihijam, which was shortly afterwards renamed Chittaranjan. The BG steam locos are no longer produced

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