When I visited Diesel Loco Works in Varanasi
in February 2008, I was determined to focus on one aspect that is neglected by
most rail fans; how does DLW manufacture the key ingredient in diesel-electric
loco, the power plant.
I sincerely appreciate efforts by Shri S.M.
Bhardwaj, General Manager, DLW as well as Shri Niraj
Kumar, Chief Mechanical
Engineer and Shri Anoop Kumar, Chief Design Engineer (Mechanical) to make my
visit most remarkable that I'll remember it for life time.
Little known to the world outside India is,
DLW Varanasi still manufactures locos based on ALCO 251 power plant that has
been indigenously refined and now delivers more throughput than original 2,600 SHP.
The story begins with building engine block.
End plates are being cut using modern cutters.
Partially built engine block
Engine block in next phase
Engine block casting is ready to enter milling machine for fine finish.
Engine block has entered in.
What happens inside the machine? Watch it.