WDG5 is derived from SD80MAC by EMD. Diesel Loco Works, Varanasi, India is licensed to manufacture WDG4 (SD70MAC) and WDG5 (SD80MAC).
Due to lower axle load in India (21-tons), development of WDG5 had stalled. Now the axle load has increased to 22.5 tons (and soon going to be 25-tons or higher), first WDG5 was built in collaboration with EMD. The 20-710 power plant comes from EMD with modifications delivering 5,500 HP with 5,250 HP at wheels.
I liked easy layout of buttons on Engineer's desk. In India, Long Hood Front (LHF) and SHF driving is common as they do not have turn tables (anymore) and no wyes, either. So there are two sets of desk top controls.
This loco was the first one to provide toilet but since there are no tank discharge facilities, it is limited to urinal only. I was disappointed. During my younger days, I did not need a toilet for peeing while hauling freight train. It was nature's call and nature helped me. With no one by track side, I could not be charged for indecent public exposure.
I am grateful to friends at Rail Bhavan and DLW for this successful trip.
Bogies, frame, cab and safety infrastructure for cab has been designed by RDSO, Lucknow, India.
EMD A2921-6 Traction Motor instead of Siemens 1TB2830 in original SD80MAC. EMD TMs are more reliable, have 6-years warranty compared to 2-years that Siemens offers in India on TMs.
Emergency fuel cut off valve. It became famous in movie, Unstoppable when State Troopers opened fire at it to stop run away train.