Type HXD3D AC drive locomotive is a type of six-axle electric locomotive for mainline passenger trains in China. Developed and built by CNR Group Dalian Locomotive Vehicle Co. Ltd. The locomotive has already in production since 2013. HXD3D locomotive can alleviate the situation of quasi high-speed locomotive running short and allow more express trains for the existing rail lines, at the same time, filing the blank of high-power AC electric locomotives in actual use within the quasi high-speed range in China mainland.
Dalian Works made HXD3D-0003 in orange paint job was renumbered as 8001 after the tests at Loop Track and sent to Datong Works. The newly made HXD3D is numbered 0003 and painted in red (as such color has finalized as a production color). The number 8001 is still in orange paint job and it has no difference to the rest of HXD3D locomotives.
Photographed by Asit Baran Das & Bani Das.