Railways sets new benchmark, operates first Double Stack Container Train in electrified territory

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After conducting successful trial run of double-decker freight trains on the newly-built Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district in December last year, the Indian Railways on Thursday created a world record by commissioning the first high-rise Over Head Equipment (OHE) and successfully running double stack containers in electrified territory on the Western Railway.

The Railway Ministry in a statement said that Indian Railways created a new world benchmark by successfully running the first double stack container train in high rise OHE electrified sections, which has contact wire height of 7.57 metre.

The operations successfully commenced on Wednesday from Palanpur and Botad stations in Gujarat. “This tremendous achievement is a first of its kind in the entire world and will also boost the ambitious mission of Green India as a latest green initiative over Indian Railways,” it said.

“With this remarkable development, Indian Railways has proudly become the first Railway to run double stack container train with high reach pantograph in high rise OHE territory,” it added.

The ministry said that the thrust of such kind of initiatives is on innovation, speed and customisation in freight operations. The Railway Ministry further said that inspite of time that was lost under the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of novel coronavirus, the national transporter is focussing to surpass last year’s freight figures.

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