Diesel Locomotives on the Indian Railways started in late 50’s, with the import of locomotives from M/s. ALCO, USA. With the setting up of Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi in the year 1961, the addition to the Diesel Locomotive fleet started at a regular pace. In the earlier years of diesel operation, a limited demand of spares was met by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi mainly through import, but the demand increased with the increasing size and age of the fleet. It was in the context of the need for high precision components for maintenance support to the diesel fleet, that in the year 1979, a decision was taken to set up Diesel Component Works at Patiala.
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