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Indian locomotive class WAP-7

WAP 7 is a moderate speed high power locomotive developed by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works by modifying the gear ratio of existing WAG 9 class. It is capable of hauling trains at speeds ranging between 140 and
180 kilometres per hour (87 and 112 mph) and is now
largely used by Northern Railways (NR), South Central
Railways (SCR), Southern Railways (SR), Eastern Railways (ER), South East Central Railway (SECR), Central
Railways (CR), West Central Railways (WCR). As of October 2014, there are 205 locomotives in service.

Similarity with WAG 9


12952 Mumbai Rajdhani Express with a WAP 7 engine at New
Delhi

The WAP-7 is actually a modied version of the WAG 9


freight locomotive with modied gear ratios and is set to
replace the eet of WAP 4's, the most widely used passenger locomotive today. The process will be a very slow
one however, with WAP 4s still being produced and the
production of WAP-7s increasing at a slow pace.

make trouble shooting easier.[4] Another feature of this


locomotive is that it eliminates the need to have separate EOG sets for air-conditioning in long distance trains
hence providing signicant amount of savings on maintenance and running costs. This technology, called HOG or
Head On Generation, transfers electric power from the
2 Performance
locos pantograph to the coaches instead of End on Generation in which a Power Car equipped with diesel generWith a maximum speed rating of 180 km/h (110
ator capable of generating adequate power of 3-phase 50mph) (IR restricts it to 140 km/h or 87 mph),[1] the
cycle 415V/750V AC (called as hotel load) is provided at
WAP-7 has the highest acceleration gures while hauling
either end of the train rake to supply power.[5][6][7]
mail/express trains. The WAP-7 can also haul loads of
24-26 passenger coaches (1,4301,550 t or 1,4101,530 A 24-coach (1500t) passenger rake can be accelerated to
long tons or 1,5801,710 short tons at 140 km/h or 87 110 km/h in 180 seconds (over 3.7 km) by a WAP-7; to
mph).[2] It is also known to haul 18 heavyweight Air 120 km/h in 235 sec. (5.3 km); 130 km/h in 302 sec.
Conditioned coaches (1,120 t or 1,100 long tons or 1,230 (7.9 km); 140 km/h in 390 sec. (9.1 km); 150 km/h in
short tons) on 1:40 (2.5%) inclines single-handedly. 490 sec. (11.1 km); and to 160 km/h in 610 sec. (13.1
At a trial conducted by Indian Railways, it clocked a km).
speed of 184 km/h (114 mph). It is the most successful
passenger locomotive on the Indian Railways roster after
the WAP-4. It is used to haul premium trains like the 3 Technical specications
Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express apart from
other regular mail/express trains.[3] It also regularly
hauls other trains like the Hyderabad - New Delhi, 4 Locations
H.Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram, H.NizamuddinChennai, H.Nizamuddin-Bangalore, New Delhi-Sealdah The current locomotive sheds which house this locomoand the New Delhi - Mumbai Rajdhani Express and tive are:
Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Duronto Express.
WAP-7 locomotive can deliver 6,000 hp (4,500 kW) with
regenerative braking being one of its salient features. The
regenerative braking is deployed on down gradients conserving energy to the tune of 30-35 percent. It has an
inbuilt microprocessor based fault diagnostic system to

1. Ghaziabad (Code:GZB)
2. Lallaguda (Code:LGD)
3. Ajni (Code:AJNI)
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5 TRAINS HAULED BY WAP-7


Chennai Central - Coimbatore Intercity express
(Train 12679 / 12680) (Royapuram WAP-7)

4. Howrah (Code:HWH)
5. Bhilai (Code:BIA)

Chennai Central - Coimbatore Kovai SF express


(Train 12675 / 12676) ([[Royapuram railway station] Royapuram] WAP-7)

6. Royapuram (Code:RPM)
7. Tughlakabad (Code:Tkd)

Chennai Central - Trivandrum Superfast Mail


(12623/12624) (Royapuram WAP 7)

Trains hauled by WAP-7

Durg - Nizamuddin Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti


Express (12823/12824)) (Bhilai/Tughlakabad
WAP-7)
Durg - Bhopal Amarkantak Express (Bhilai WAP7)
Nagpur - Bilaspur Intercity Express (Bhilai WAP-7)
Gondia - Raigarh Jan Shatabdi Express (Bhilai
WAP-7)
Durg - Jammu Tawi Superfast Express (Bhilai
WAP-7)

Chhattisgarh Express being hauled by a WAP-7 class electric loco

Sealdah - New Delhi Duronto Express (Howrah


WAP-7)
Howrah Rajdhani Express (Howrah WAP-7)

Chennai Central - Trivandrum Superfast Express


(12696/12695) (Royapuram WAP 7)
Chennai - Alappuzha Express (16041/16042)
hauled by (Royapuram WAP 7)
Chennai Coimbatore Shatabdi Express (Train
12243/12244) (Royapuram WAP-7)

Secunderabad Rajdhani Express (Lallaguda WAP7)

Nilagiri Express (Train 12672/12671) (Royapuram


WAP-7)

Secunderabad Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Kerala Sampark Kranti Express (Ghaziabad WAP7)

Hyderabad - New Delhi Andhra Pradesh Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Kochuveli Amritsar S/F Express (Ghaziabad WAP7)

Hyderabad - Hazrat Nizamuddin Dakshin Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Dadar Amritsar Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Hyderabad - Chennai
(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Express

Chennai Rajdhani Express (Ghaziabad / Lallaguda


WAP-7)

Secunderabad Visakhapatnam Duronto Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express (Ghaziabad


WAP-7)

Hyderabad - Visakhapatnam Godavari Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Bangalore Rajdhani Express (Lallaguda WAP-7)

Charminar

Secunderabad Vishakhapatnam Garib Rath Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)
Secunderabad - Vijayawada Satavahana SF Express
(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Sealdah Rajdhani Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Bangalore - New Delhi Karnataka Express


(Ghaziabad WAP-7) as of July 2013
Bilaspur Rajdhani Express (Ajni WAP-7)
Ranchi Rajdhani Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Secunderabad - Kakinada Gowthami SF Express


(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Hazrat Nizamuddin - Ernakulam Duronto Express


(Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Secunderabad - Sirpur Kaghaznagar Telangana Express (Lallaguda WAP-7)

Hazrat Nizamuddin
(Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Pune

Duronto

Express

3
Bandra Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin Yuva Express
(Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Yeshvantapur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Duronto Express (Ghaziabad / Lallaguda WAP-7)
Howrah - New Delhi Yuva Express (Ghaziabad
WAP-7)
Chennai Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Garib Rath
Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Allahabad New Delhi Duronto Express (Ghaziabad
WAP-7)
Himalyan Queen Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Vijayawada - Visakhapatnam Ratnachal Express
(Lallaguda WAP-7)
Adilabad - Tirupati Krishna Express (Lallaguda
WAP-7)

Nagpur Duronto express (Ajni WAP-7)


New-Delhi Prayag Raj Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Tirupati-Secunderabad
(Lallaguda WAP-7)

Padmavati

Express

Howrah New Delhi Poorva Express (Ghaziabad


WAP 7)
Purushottam Express (Ghaziabad WAP 7)
Kalinga Utkal Express (Tughlakabad WAP 7)
Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Superfast Express
Grand Trunk Express (12615) hauled by WAP 7
(Royapuram)

Tirupati - Hazrat Nizamuddin Andhra Pradesh


Sampark Kranti Express (Lallaguda WAP-7)

Tamil Nadu Express (12622) hauled by WAP 7


(Royapuram)

Bihar Sampark Kranti Superfast Express (Darbhanga - New Delhi) (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Chennai - Bangalore AC Double Decker Express


(22625/22626) (Royapuram/Lallaguda WAP - 7)

Taj Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Gorakhpur Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast


Express (Ajni WAP-7)

Chhattisgarh Express (Ajni WAP-7)


Amarkantak Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Patna Rajdhani Express (Ghaziabad/Howrah WAP7)

Sewagram Express (Ajni WAP-7)


Goa Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)

Bangalore
City
Bangarapet
(16521/16522) (Lallaguda WAP-7)

Bhopal Express (Tughlakabad WAP-7)


Agra - Jhansi Passenger (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Chennai Bangalore Mail (Lallaguda WAP-7)
Chennai Bangalore Express (Lallaguda WAP-7)
Chennai Bangalore Brindavan Express (Lallaguda
WAP-7)
Bangalore
Chennai
Shatabdi
(Lallaguda/Royapuram WAP-7)

Express

Coaleld Express (Howrah WAP-7)


Kalka Mail (Howrah WAP-7)
Howrah - Dhanbad Double Decker Express
(Howrah WAP 7)
Paschim Express (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Indore - Hazrat Nizamuddin Intercity Express
(Tughlakabad WAP-7)
Pune Nagpur Garib Rath Express (Ajni WAP-7)
Pune Nagpur Express (Ajni WAP-7)

Express

Manmad Junction - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus


Godavari Superfast Express (12118) (Ajni WAP-7)
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Manmad Junction
Godavari Superfast Express (12117) (Ajni WAP-7)
Mumbai Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express
(12951/12953) (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
Mumbai Central - New Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express (12953/12954) (Ghaziabad WAP-7)
pune hazrat nizamuddin duranto express [GZB
wap7]
Yeshvantpur-Nizamuddin
(Lallaguda WAP-7)

KSK

SF

Express

Chattisgarh Express (Nagpur-H.Nizamuddin) (Ajni


WAP-7)
Pooja Express New delhi to Jammu Tawi with WAP 7

Accidents and incidents

On 10 July 2011 Kalka Mail derailed on the KanpurFatehpur line near the Fatehpur railway station , more
than 69 persons died and 200 were injured,some critically. The train was hauled by Ghaziabad-based WAP 7
30221. Malfunction of the undergear of the locomotive
could also be a reason. The driver of the Kalka Mail said
he saw the engine shaking.[9] A post-accident diagnostic
revealed that the rst axle (leading) of the locomotive registered a jerk and the fourth axle (trailing bogie) showed
loss of contact of the wheel with the track. The locomotive in question has been re-railed and is undergoing fault
diagnostics and repairs.
On 14 December 2014 the 12381 UP Howrah - New
Delhi Poorva Express derailed at 8.27 am after leaving
Howrah at 8.15 am. 11 sleeper coaches and a pantry car
(AC Hot Buer Car) of the New Delhi-bound Poorva Express derailed at Liluah shortly after leaving Howrah station. There was no casualty or injury to any passenger.
Like Kalka Mail this train was also hauled by Ghaziabadbased WAP 7. But the locomotive did not face much
damage hence after undergoing fault diagnostics and repairs the locomotive has been re-railed.

See also
Indian Railways
History of rail transport in India
Locomotives of India
Rail transport in India

References

[1] PTI. New energy-ecient loco introduced for high speed


trains. Economic Times. Retrieved Feb 9, 2012.
[2] (PDF)
http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/works/
uploads/File/13_10_09.pdf. Missing or empty |title=
(help)
[3] New energy-ecient loco introduced for high speed
train. Economic Times. 9 Feb 2012. Retrieved 25 Aug
2012.
[4] Southern Railway inducts fast locomotive. The Hindu.
18 Oct 2012.
[5] Train had WAP-7 engine, black box may reveal cause.
Zee News. 9 Aug 2010. Retrieved 25 Aug 2012.
[6] Recent Developments. Chittaranjan Loco works. Retrieved 25 Aug 2012.
[7] Development of Electric locomotive with Head On Generation (HOG) facility (PDF). Indian Railways.

EXTERNAL LINKS

[8] Recent Developments. IRFCA.


[9] Engine failure behind Kalka Mail tragedy. IBN Live.
13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.

9 External links
IRFCA-Indian Railways Fan Club
CLW Railways India
Notes on electric locos from IRFCA-Indian Railways Fan Club
IR WAP-7 @ Trainspo

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