Sri Lanka Railways M8
Sri Lanka Railways Class M8 is a class of Sri Lankan diesel-electric locomotive that was developed by Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi, India, in 1996. This class of locomotives was fitted with 2,800 hp (2,100 kW) V16 power units. This is used on both passenger and freight trains on Sri Lanka Railways. Currently this is the most powerful locomotive in Sri Lanka.
Class M8 No. 846
M8 and M8A are not used on the Main Line above Nawalapitiya and on the Kelani Valley Line but are operated on other lines. This locomotive is used when it need to pull much heavy load. Mainly used in flat lines like Northern Line, Trincomalee Line, Batticaloa Line and Coastal Line.
Depot for the M8s is Diesel Electric Locomotive Shed at Maradana.
Accidents and incidents
- M8A No. 878 was seriously damaged in an accident with a concrete mixing transport truck. Now in use.
Notes and references
- Hyatt, David. Railways of Sri Lanka.