The WAP 7 locomotive of the Southern Railway built by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, West Bengal, made its maiden journey from Chennai to Coimbatore and back hauling the coaches of the non-stop Duranto Express.
It has a horse power of 6,000 and can run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. But the railways have restricted its speed at 130 kmph.The drive was comfortable with a fast pick-up compared to the WAP 4 locomotives used by us, said V.K. Ayyappan, Loco Pilot who was in the cabin of the Duranto Express along with Assistant Loco Pilot Ahikesh Kumar. The loco was decked up and was seen off from Coimbatore Junction on its return journey by Divisional Railway Manager Sujatha Jayaraj.'
Source : The Hindu