Indian Railways’ cargo carrying capacity is all set to receive a major boost after it conducted a trial run of double stack cargo train on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor(WDFC) on the 306 km long Rewari -Madar Section.
Railways has already done a trial run of BOXNS cargo wagons at 110 Kmph, trial runs are being conducted on the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) tracks.
Indian Railways will run freight train at the maximum speed of 100 km/per hour against the current maximum speed of 75 kmph on tracks. The average speed of freight trains will also be increased from existing speed of 26 kmph on Indian Railways lines to 70 kmph on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC).
The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) infrastructure is made in such a way so that it utilises the carrying capacity of these freight wagons. At present, Indian Railways’ freight trains can carry 61 -71 ton weight per freight carriage at an approximate speed of 60 kmph.
The newer, advanced wagons can carry weights up to 81 ton per wagon at an approximate speed of 100 kmph. These wagons have a tare weight that is its own weight of 19.85 tons and a carrying capacity of 80.15 tons. These wagons have a 14% more weight carrying capacity than the wagons being currently used on Indian Railways
This section falls in Haryana (for approximately 79 Km in Mahendragarh & Rewari districts) and Rajasthan (for approximately 227 Km in Jaipur, Ajmer, Sikar, Nagaur & Alwar districts).
This section contains 16 major bridges (1 viaduct & 15 major bridges), 270 minor bridges, 4 rail fly overs, 19 road over bridges (11completed and 8 under construction) & 178 road under bridges eliminating 148 level crossings.
There are 9 newly built DFC stations in this section, six crossing stations (that is New Dabla, New Bhagega, New Sri Madhopur, New Pachar Malikpur, New Sakun and New Kishangarh) and three junction stations (i.e. New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera).