India’s first double stack long-haul container train

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently flagged off the first double stack long-haul container train from New Ateli in Haryana to New Kishanganj in Rajasthan.

What are the Key Features of the Double Stack Long-Haul Container Train?

  • The train is to be operated in the 360-km long Rewari-Madar Section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
  • The train is 1.5 kilo metres long.
  • It is hauled by Electric traction.

What is the speed limit of freight trains in India?

Currently, the freight trains are operated at maximum speed of 75 kilometres per hour. The speed is to be increased to 100 km/hr. The average speed of the freight trains are to be increased from 26 km/hr to 70 km/hr.

What is Mission Sheeghra?

The Indian Railways operated Mission Sheeghra in Uttar Pradesh. It was launched by the Lucknow Division of Indian Railways. Under the mission, the trains attained a maximum permissible speed of 100 km/hr.

Why are speed limits important in trains?

High speeds are not a problem if trains are travelling in a straight line. However, the bends and ups and downs might derail the trains when appropriate speeds are not maintained at these points. In India, the speed limits to the trains are universal, that is, applicable to all trains in the country.

What are Dedicated Freight Corridors?

The Dedicated Freight Corridors are high speed high capacity railway corridors that are exclusively meant for transportation of freight. The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor is from Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai to Dadri on Uttar Pradesh. The eastern Freight Corridor connects Dakuni in West Bengal and Ludhiana in Punjab. The South-West Dedicated Freight Corridor connects Chennai and Goa.

How are Dedicated Freight Corridors beneficial?

They reduce Logistics cost. They are more environment friendly. They help in faster movement of goods. They are huge boost for the real estate sector.

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