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NFR marks golden years of diesel shed

Dec. 12: The New Guwahati diesel shed of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) turned 50 yesterday.

The NFR celebrated its golden jubilee with hosts of programmes.

The diesel shed, where railway engines are kept for repair and maintenance, is one of the oldest diesel sheds.

To mark the occasion, the NFR opened a golden jubilee plaque and gate at the shed.

NFR chief public relations officer S. Hajong said the New Guwahati diesel shed came into operation in December 1962.

“Initially, it was set up as a satellite shed of Siliguri diesel shed and was later developed into a full-fledged diesel loco shed in 1979 and it housed around 50 metre gauge locomotives. The first broad gauge locomotive (No. 36080 WDS6) was also kept in the shed on March 23, 1986,” a statement said.

After the railway tracks between Guwahati and Lumding were converted into broad gauge, all the metre gauge locomotives were shifted to Lumding diesel shed. Soon the New Guwahati shed became a full-fledged broad gauge loco shed from April 12, 1993. At present, it is one of the important sheds, maintaining a large number of broad gauge locomotives, which are the main power drives for train operation.

Last evening, the NFR organised a colourful programme which included a blood and eye-donation camp, cleaning drive, sports activities, musical chair competition, art competition among children, modern dance competition, photography competition, puzzle-setting competition among others. NFR employees and their family members participated in the programme.

NFR general manager R.S. Virdi unveiled the golden jubilee plaque and gate at the diesel shed. He said the shed is the power centre for railway and its output was very important for train operations.

“In its eventful 50 years of history, the New Guwahati diesel loco shed has become more capable and strong to serve the people of India through Indian Railways. At present, the high-powered engines are also housed and repaired here,” another NFR official said.

There is another diesel shed at Lumding in Nagaon district.