Trishul is the first long distance goods train of South Central Railway. This includes three goods trains i.e. 177 wagons. Long haul goods trains are being operated in Kota, Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway.
quota. Various zones of Indian Railways are doing various experiments to increase the capacity of freight transport. While long goods trains are being run by connecting two goods trains in Kota, Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway, South Central Railway has operated two long distance goods trains Trishul and Garud by connecting three goods trains. They are being used to transport coal. This long distance train, twice or several times larger than the normal structure of freight trains, provides a very effective solution to the problem of capacity constraints in important sections. Only empty racks are added to this. Long haul goods trains are being operated in Kota, Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway.
444 long haul trains ran in 6 months
In long haul freight trains, two goods trains of 58-58 wagons are combined together to form a complete freight train of 116 wagons. This allows operations to be carried out in the path of one train instead of the path of two goods trains. West Central Railway operated 444 long haul goods trains in the last six months.
177 wagon’s trident ran
Trishul is the first long distance goods train of South Central Railway. This includes three goods trains i.e. 177 wagons. This train left from Kondapalli station of Vijayawada Division for Khurda Division of East Coast Railway on 7 October 2021. After this another similar train was flagged off on 8 October 2021 from Raichur in Guntakal Division to Manuguru in Secunderabad Division and it has been named as Garuda. In both cases the long distance freight trains mainly consisted of empty open wagons for loading coal to thermal power stations.
The benefits of operating through these long distance freight trains include saving of path on congested routes, faster turnaround time, maximizing throughput in critical sections, saving in crew.
Indian Railways started the operation of long haul goods trains for the first time in the year 2015-16 by West Central Railway. With this, more and more goods traffic can be transported at the same time at high speed. Path is available for the operation of more and more trains.
-Rahul Jaipuriar, CPRO, West Central Railway