Published On : Sat, Jul 5th, 2014

Commissioning of 200th locomotive “Ashoka” at Electric Loco Shed, Ajni

TrainNagpur News.

In order to cater the coal mining areas of Vidarbha and erstwhile Madhya Pradesh the Electric Loco Shed, Ajni was constructed on 22.09.1990 to maintain Goods Locomotives for the coal loaded trains. Since past 24 years shed has maintained various types of locomotives such as WAM-4 for Mail Express trains, 5000 HP WAG-7 locomotive for hauling goods train and now prestigious WAP-7 and WAG-9 three phase ‘State of Art technology’ locomotives to haul important trains like Rajdhani, Duranto and other Mail/express and goods trains respectively. Goods locomotives are mainly utilized for wide spread freight operations primarily in Central Railway and in other railways as well.

Shed is spread over a land area of 18 Acres in which covered shed is 3 Acres. Shed is carrying out preventive maintenance of electric locomotives with pre decided periodicity such as Minor schedules (Monthly, bimonthly) and Major schedules (18 months and 54/72 months) with man power of 4 per loco.

Shed is having infrastructure such as 2 nos. 50 T EOT cranes for heavy work of Bogies, 4 nos. 35/15 T EOT cranes for light work such as Auxiliary changing, Transformer changing etc. , 04 nos . under ground pits each for inspection and testing, 03 pits for carrying major schedules and 4 pits for carrying out heavy work, Oil filtration plants, forklifters, jib crane , well equipped Chemical and Metallurgical Lab, Electronic lab having advanced testing facilities for various type of electronic cards used in 3- phase locomotive, Motorised Bogie testing facility etc. Shed is having Pit Wheel Lathe machine as well for wheel profiling. Shed is also having multi tier stacking arrangement for Transformers, Traction motors, Wheel sets and Auxiliary machines.

Expansion of shed is under progress and is likely to be completed by this year end.


A new chapter has unfolded in the history of Electric Loco Shed, Ajni. The first Electric locomotive 23502 (WAG-5) was commissioned on 22.10.1990 and 100th Locomotive 23863 “Shakti” was commissioned on 07.04.1994. 1st three phase locomotive was commissioned on 02.11.2003. Now 200th locomotive “ASHOKA” belonging to new generation high horse power technology commissioned. Ajni is the first shed in Central Railway and 7th in Indian Railway to hold 200+ locomotives.

We are proud to be 1st shed in Indian Railway to hold highest 140 three phase locomotives. Out of these, 126 locomotives are with GTO based technology and 14 are with latest and most advanced IGBT technology. 1st  IGBT locomotive was commissioned on 18.04.2011.

With the increase in locomotive holding upto 200, availability of locomotives to haul trains will increase which will help in extra originating loading, increased throughput of the division and increased earning.