Long haul freight trains ‘Trishul’ and ‘Garuda’ operated at SCR

Railways successfully operated two long haul freight trains called “Trishul” and “Garuda” for the first time in South-Central Railway (SCR).


  • These trains are twice or multiple times longer than normal composition of freight trains.
  • They provides an effective solution for the problem of capacity constraints in critical sections.

About Trishul

Trishul is the first long haul train of SCR comprising three freight trains, that is 177 wagons. The train was started from ‘Kondapalli station of Vijayawada division’ to ‘Khurda division East Coast Railway’.

About Garuda

SCR is followed up with the similar train called Garuda on October 8. The train was started from Raichur of Guntakal division to the Manuguru of Secunderabad division.

Features of the trains

Both the trains comprise of empty open wagons to load the coal which is meant for predominantly thermal power stations. SCR is one among the five major freight loading railways. Several SCR freight traffic moves in certain arterial routes like Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Renigunta, Gudur, Kazipet, Ballarshah, Secunderabad, Guntakal sections and Guntur.

South Central Railway

It is one among the 18 zones of Indian Railways. Its jurisdiction is spread over Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The zone has three divisions under its administration, namely Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Nanded. It was re-organized in the year 2019. Divisions of Vijayawada, Guntakal and Guntur railway station were separated to form South Coast Railway zone. Its headquarter is at Secunderabad railway station.




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