Indian Locomotive Classes, Types, Statistics
Indian Locomotive Classes, Types, Statistics.Locomotives can be broadly classified into what fuel they use. But they can also be classified according to the gauge they run on. Then again, they can still be classified according to what work they are used for and according to their power. So which parameter do we use to classify locomotive types? Easy. We use all of them! To avoid confusion and to uniquely identify locomotives according to what they do and how they work, Indian Railways have developed a stunningly simple system which classifies locomotives into different classes taking into account all their parameters like Gauge, Traction, Usage, Version, Power etc. Locomotives are divided into the broadest classes at first and then sub-classified into narrower parameters and are given a notation or name which is basically a string of alphabets and numbers, which each letter or number representing a unique parameter of the loco or engine. These derived classes are called “Class Names” or “Class Types”. There may by hundreds or thousands of units of one class type or there might be none or below 10 units of another type.