Top 5 most powerful locomotives in Indian Railways

WAG -12

In India,  Indian railways play a major role in the mass transportation of goods as well as passengers. india’s railway network is the largest railway network in Asia. To support increasing load demand Indian railway has come up with some gigantic and powerful locomotives. here in this article, we will discuss top five most powerful locomotives in Indian railways. so, let’s get going.

indian railway has both electric and diesel locomotives. today almost everywhere they are used for broad gauge line.

indian rail most commonly uses two types of locomotives
1) WAP – these type of locomotives are intended to be used in passenger trains. they provide more speed while sacrificing torque.
2) WAG – These types of locomotives are intended to be used in goods carrier wagons. they offer more torque while sacrificing speed.

till today WAG-9 is the most powerful locomotive in Indian railways.
It is mainly used as freight locomotives.this is the only loco in India which is powered by three phase induction motor.

Top 5 most powerful locomotives in Indian Railways
bonus: Here is a list of sheds currently holding WAG-9
(1) AJNI

let’s have a look at the other competitor of WAG-9.

[WAG 12]
It is the first imported high horsepower locomotive arrived in Kolkata. it was imported from Alstom France. This loco uses a high power 12000 HP electric motor to haul freight trains.

WAG -12


WAG -7 was manufactured by CLW ( Chittaranjan Locomotive Works). It’s an electric locomotive widely uses in India. It is one of the most affordable locomotives. It uses Electric motor manufactured by Hitachi.

Maximum speed WAG-7 and WAG-7H
Design: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Actual: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Certified: 110 km/h (68 mph)
Power output Max : 5,500 hp (4,100 kW)
Continuous : 5,040 hp (3,760 kW)

wag 7

These are the following sheds holds WAG 7

New Katni


WAP 5 is imported from ABB and widely used in Indian railway to haul passenger trains.Bhopal Shatabdi express, gatiman express are hauled by high-speed electric locomotives, WAP-5.

Sheds holding WAP-5


Maximum speed Operational : 160 km/h (99 mph)
Trials: 184 km/h (114 mph)
Potential: 200 km/h (124 mph)
Power output Max: 6,000 hp (4,474 kW)
Continuous: 5,440 hp (4,057 kW)


Currently, production of WAP4 has been stopped. It was manufactured by CLW. It was mostly used for passenger trains.


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