According to a Railway Board official, Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahai has taken the decision to run non-stop goods trains with their load increased from the normal 58 wagons to 116 or 80 wagons. The main objective behind it was to increase railway revenue as well as expedite transportation of freight consignments, he said.
Freight is the mainstay of Indian Railways. Lately, it has been competing with roadways in different states for the transportation of various goods. Eager to carry more freight from different centres across the country, railways has now decided to introduce freight corridors mainly to give a boost to railway transportation segment. This kind of long-haul goods trains will help railways carry more freight, yielding an impressive revenue to it, the Railway Board official said.
According to ECR CPRO Dilip Kumar, the ECR has been successfully running five such goods trains from Dhanbad division on an experimental basis. Three such non-stop goods trains are originating from Barwadih and one each from Gomoh and Asansol stations. The ECR has a major share in freight loading, particularly coal loading from the Dhanbad division.
The CPRO said that normally a goods train runs with a load combination of about 40 to 58 wagons. But in the amalgamated system, it is having the maximum load of about 116 wagons now. Besides, two locomotives (electric and diesel) are being used to haul such a goods train from Dhanbad division to far-off places in the country, he said.
According to a Railway Board official, the ECR has been sending booked consignments mainly coal, cement, fertilisers and iron to West Central Railway, Western Railway and other zones. The long-haul goods trains have proved to be a boon for the railways from revenue point of view, he said
Source - Times of India