Motive Power Directorate is engaged in designs and standards works related with diesel-electric and diesel-hydraulic locomotives. Important accomplishment ranges from Indigenisation of a large number of diesel locomotive components, establishment of special maintenance code in areas with reliability problems, evolving and adopting standards. The main activities of the directorate are as under:
a. Design and development of diesel-electric and diesel-hydraulic locomotives, 700 HP diesel hydraulic multiple units, 700 HP & 1400 HP diesel electric multiple units, 1600 HP DEMU, BG, MG & NG rail buses, 140 ton diesel hydraulic breakdown cranes, re-railing equipments and rescue devices.
b. Design and development of mechanical assemblies, bogies, under- gear, brake-gear, under frame and superstructure for diesel electric locomotives.
c. Development and standardisation of locomotive systems, spares / components and sub-assemblies.
d. Technical investigation into operational and maintenance problems of Railways.
e. Providing technical consultancy to Railway Management and other Public Sector Undertakings in matters connected with Diesel Traction.
f. Acquisition and assimilation of state-of-the-art technology in the field of diesel locomotives and accident management equipments, e.g. 5500/6000 HP locomotive, 140 T Break down Crane.
g. Development and Indigenisation of locomotive equipments / spares / components.
h. Nodal directorate for issue of speed certificates for all types of rolling stock.