New Delhi: BEML Limited has handed over the first rake of indigenously built Rail Grinding Machine (RGM96) to LORAM MAINTENANCE BY WAY, USA from its manufacturing facility located in KGF Rail Coach Unit II in the presence of BEML's Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Amit Banerjee and LORAM's Assistant Vice President Jon Behrens.
This is the first time RGM96 is being manufactured outside of USA. The machine is likely to be commissioned into service by Indian Railways, shortly. This machine will operate at 100 kmph during hauling and 22 kmph during Grinding operations. The life cycle of the track would increase by minimum 25 percent which results in substantial savings to the Indian Railways.
The self-propelled RGM96 is meant for grinding the Rails in corrective and preventive mode to improve the worn-out profile of Rail head and to remove fatigue material having micro cracks and other surface defects.
The 8 car Rake consists of 1 Front Control Car, 4 Grind Cars, 1 Water Wagon and 2 camp coaches.
The Railway Board placed contract on LORAM for supply of 10 rakes of 96 stones RGM (RGM96) machines to Indian Railway. Under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharatinitiative’ of the Government LORAM partnered with BEML Limited for local manufacturing.