Pakistan railways: Work on rehabilitating motors begins 

The normal life of a new traction motor is 12 years


APP December 05, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways (PR) will spend Rs1.8 billion for reconstruction and purchase of 300 traction motors to improve the reliability and productivity of the existing fleet of locomotives. The official sources in the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms informed here Monday that the CDWP has already accorded approval to PC-1 for the project. According to details, Pakistan Railways owns a fleet of 409 Diesel Electric locomotives out of which 239 locomotives have outlived their normal economic life of 20 years and their average life is 35 years. It has 2,334 traction motors for the locomotives. The normal life of a new traction motor is 12 years. Approximately, 79% traction motors have outlived their economic life span resulting in lost efficiency and virtually all will outlive their life span by 2016-17, further aggravating the situation if the traction motors are not replaced or rehabilitated on urgent basis.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2016.

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