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Trial run of Double Stack Train conducted on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor

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New Delhi, December 29, 2019

The inaugural trial run of a freight train on the newly-built Rewari-Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), covering a distance of about 306 km, was conducted on Friday.
The trial run was flagged off from New Kishangarh station by Station Senior Executive Ravindra Sharma in the presence of Anurag Sachan, Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Limited (DFCCIL).
The Rewari-Madar section has 15 major bridges and one viaduct), 270 minor bridges, four rail flyovers, 19 road overbridges (11 completed and 8 under construction) and 178 road underbridges, eliminating 148 level crossings, an official press release said.
There are nine newly built DFC stations in this section, six crossing stations (New Dabla, New Bhagega, New Sri Madhopur, New Pachar Malikpur, New Sakun and New Kishangarh) and three junction stations (New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera).
DFCCIL will run freight trains at the maximum speed of 100 kmph as against the current maximum speed of 75 kmph. The average speed of freight trains will also be increased from existing 26 kmph on Indian Railways lines to 70 kmph on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs).
The total cost of works on this section is Rs 3918 crore, excluding land. The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari – Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh in Rajasthan and  Haryana. A container depot of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) at Kathwas will also come on the DFC map and derive an advantage in terms of faster throughput.
Heavy haul train operation with 32.5 ton axle load has been envisaged for the first time in India (currently practised only in USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia South Africa, Sweden and Norway). The double line electric (2 X 25 KV) track will enable trains to undertake higher haulage at higher speeds. The automated New Track Construction (NTC) machine has a record single-day track laying of more than 3 km. More powerful locomotives of 7000 kW (9000 HP) CO-CO 6 axles can be deployed.
High-rise Over Head Equipment (OHE) of 7.4-meter height (existing IR OHE 5.5 m) will facilitate double-stack container movement on flat wagons. Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) will ensure safe and efficient operation, the release said.
After having successfully run Track Recording Car of RDSO on October 20-22 and Oscillation trials of BOXNS Wagons at 110 kmph, trial runs are being conducted on the DFCCIL tracks. These wagons have a Tare weight i.e. own weight of 19.85 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 80.15 tonnes.
These wagons have 14% more weight carrying capacity than the wagons being currently used on Indian Railways. The DFCCIL infrastructure is well placed to utilise the carrying capacity of these wagons. Currently, Indian Railways freight trains carry 61 -71 tonnes per wagon at an approximate speed of 60 kmph. The newer, advanced wagons can carry weights up to 81 tonnes per wagon at an approximate speed of 100 kmph.
Trial runs of BLCS-A and BLCS-B wagon prototype have started. These wagons have enhanced axle load of 25 tonnes and been designed for DFCCIL by RDSO’s wagon department. The design will maximize capacity utilization and uniformly distributed and point loading. These wagons on a long-haul double-stack container train on the WDFC can carry four times more in terms of container units compared to the current traffic on Indian Railways, the release added.
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