Tiruchirapalli: The Central Railway Workshop at Golden Rock near here would soon start manufacturing goods wagon out of stainless steel sheets instead of the conventional mild steel, according to a senior official.
“It was a policy decision of the Railway Ministry to go in for Stainless Steel Wagons (SSW) and the workshop at Golden Rock would be the first among the four workshops nominated by the ministry to produce them,” Southern Railways Chief Mechanical Engineer V Carmelus said.
An order has been received to manufacture 240 SSWs, called BOX-HL, meant to transport materials like iron ore and coal.
The other factories chosen for the purpose include one at Jabalpur, Amritsar and Samastipur.
The SSWs would carry more load and would be cost effective for maintenance and operations.
“The first batch of proto-type wagons would hopefully rolled out of Golden Rock by November this year,” Carmelus said.
The workshop, which has undergone expansion, plans to increase production of wagons to 1,000 units per annum from the present capacity of 700.
Earlier, while flagging of the first batch of four refurbished passenger coaches meant for Nilgiris Mountain Railways, Carmelus said the remaining seven coaches would be ready in another six months.