Indian Railways has created a record by operating a 2.7-kilometer-long freight train by combining four trains. The train — named it ‘Pinaka’ was formed by joining four empty BOXN rakes to ferry coals from the loading sites of the East Central Railway.
The train was operated by the North Central Railway (NCR) — one of the 18 railway zones. Pinaka was formed at Chunar railway station in the Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
This was for the very first time in NCR, a long haul of four trains plied. The NCR shared a clip of the train showing the glimpses of Pinaka.
Indian Railways is planning to use longer freight trains more frequently to transport goods. Earlier, the national transporter had made a similar arrangement to transport coal in peak demand season.
PINAKA launched from Chunar..
For the very first time in NCR, a long haul of 4 trains plied. Measuring 2.7 km, the Pinaka, destined for the coal loading sites of @ECRlyHJP was formed at Chunar today with 4 empty BOXN rakes.
A glimpse as it passes LUSA at 20:05 hrs.#mobility pic.twitter.com/KpVuxU6OYx
— North Central Railway (@CPRONCR) September 3, 2022
Indian Railways: Super Vasuki
Indian Railways last month also created a record when it operated one of India’s longest freight trains Super Vasuki on 15 August as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration. The 3.5-km-long train with 295 loaded wagons and powered by five engines carried a load of about 27,000 tonnes.
The Railways conducted a test run of the 3.5-km-long freight train, Super Vasuki, with 295 loaded wagons carrying over 27,000 tonnes of coal between Korba in Chhattisgarh and Rajnandgao in Nagpur on August 15, as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.
The train, run by the South East Central Railway, left Korba at 13:50 and took 11.20 hours to cover the distance of 267 km.
The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3000 MW of power plant for one full day, officials said. This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) which carries about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.
The train was formed by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.
The Railways plans to use this arrangement (longer freight trains) more frequently, especially to transport coal in peak demand season to prevent fuel shortages of power stations, the officials said.
(With input from PTI)