East Coast Railway to replace generator cars in bid to save cost | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


BHUBANESWAR: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) officials are planning to save about Rs 40 crore a year by running passenger trains on a system called head on generation (HOG). It has already started replacing the old system with HOG in nine trains on a pilot basis.
At present, trains run on a system called end on generation or EOG. Through this technology, the two power generator cars installed in a train convert direct current coming from the engine into alternate current for the consumption of coaches.
The power cars use diesel alternator sets for this. But in the new system, power will be drawn from the overhead electric (OHE) supply directly. This technology will help do away with the two power generator cars that used to make a lot of noise and emit smoke. Official sources said, “There will be a standby silent generator car for emergency and the second power car will be replaced with a passenger coach.”
ECoR chief spokesperson JP Mishra said, “Doing away with the diesel-run generator will lead to less air pollution and noise pollution. The replacement of power cars with passenger coaches will create a scope for additional earnings for the Railways.”
The railway zone started installing the HOG system from August this year. So far, 17 rakes of nine major trains are running on the new system. “Sixteen more rakes will be fitted with this new technology by the end of this year,” a senior railway officer said.
It has helped ECoR save fuel costs to the tune of around Rs 3.2 crore between August 17 and November 10. “This apart, we can accommodate more people in the train with an extra coach fitted in the place of a power car,” Mishra said. The ECoR has around 100 originating passenger trains.

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