Western Railways: 100th textile express

Mumbai Central Division of Western Railway achieved a milestone of loading “100th textile train” from Chalthan in Surat area to Sankrail in Kharagpur Division, SER.


  • The Textile Express fetched a total revenue of Rs 10.2 crores for the Railways.
  • First train was flagged off on September 1, 2021, by Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, Darshana Jardosh. It was flagged off from Udhna.
  • The milestone of 100th textile train was achieved within five months, reflecting increasing confidence of Surat textile sector on the Railways.

First Textile Parcel Special Train

The first ‘textile parcel’ special train was flagged off in 2021. It comprised of 25 new modified goods wagons, that were customised for carrying textile material from Gujarat to Bihar. This move was aimed at boosting Surat’s textile market through faster, economical, and safer mode of transport.

New Modified Goods Wagons

Textile traffic were loaded in Customised New Modified Goods (NMG), for the first time at Udhna New Goods Shed. Textile parcel special train consisted of 25 NMG wagons.

Significance of the textile trains

The textile trains are significant for textile market of Surat area because they are an economical, faster and safer mode of transport. This move has provided an opportunity to tap huge potential of textile market. It will cater to the transportation needs of textile industry godown hubs in Surat City.

How are NMG wagons traffic managed?

The Western Railways has made available four terminals in Mumbai division namely, Chalthan, Gangadhara, Surat and Udhna New Goods shed, to handle such type of traffic for NMG wagons loading.

The Western Railway (WR)

WR is one among the 18 zones of Indian Railways. It is considered as one of the busiest railway networks in India. Major railway routes of Indian Railways under Western Railways include:

  1. Mumbai Central–Ratlam,
  2. Mumbai Central–Ahmedabad and
  3. Palanpur–Ahmedabad.

Railway system is divided into six operating divisions namely, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Ratlam, Bhavnagar, and Mumbai WR. Surat railway station is one of the busiest railway station this zone.




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