Indian Railways Creates History By Operating 2.7-km Long Freight Train

by Shreya Ghosh
Indian Railways Creates History By Operating 2.7-km Long Freight Train

India railways achieved something huge very recently. North Central Railway wrote a historical record by operating a 2.7 km long freight train. They combined 4 trains together to construct this 2.7 km long freight train. The North Central Railway gave the name ‘Pinaka’ to this train and operated it as well. It took the joining of 4 empty BOXN rakes that are used in transporting coals from the loading sites of the East Central Railway.

Indian Railways Created History By Operating A 2.7-km Long Freight Train

This is the first time that the North Central Railway attempted in doing something like this. The train named Pinaka was constructed in Chunar railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur. This train of 4 empty rakes had 232 wagons for carrying coals. Such freight trains are very useful as the transportation of goods gets easier and faster as well. In fact, Indian railways are making plans to operate these long freight trains quite often for ferrying goods. Interestingly, such trains transported coal previously during the seasons of high demand.

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The NCR uploaded a clip of the 2.7 km long train running on the official Twitter handle with the caption, ‘PINAKA launched from Chunar..
For the very first time in NCR, a long haul of 4 trains plied. Measuring 2.7 km, the Pinaka, destined for the coal loading sites of @ECRlyHJP was formed at Chunar today with 4 empty BOXN rakes.
A glimpse as it passes LUSA at 20:05 hrs.’

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The Railways Also Created A Record Last Month!

Indian railways created a record sometime back by operating the 3.5 km long Super Vasuki on 15 August. They operated the train on Independence day to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. This train had 295 loaded wagons and 5 engines to ferry around 27,000 tonnes of coal from Korba in Chhattisgarh to Rajnandgao in Nagpur. The train started from Korba at 01:50 pm and covered 267 km to reach Rajnandgao in 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Before this, the South East Central Railway zone ran 2 freight trains named ‘Super Anaconda’ and ‘Sesh Naag’.