Indian Railways conducts test run of 3.5-km long freight train Super Vasuki

Naomi Pandya Posted on: 2022-08-24 09:05:00 Viewer: 1,728 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Korba

Indian Railways conducts test run of 3.5-km long freight train Super Vasuki

Korba, India (Urban Transport News): The Railways conducted a test run of the 3.5-km-long freight train, Super Vasuki, with 295 loaded wagons carrying over 27,000 tonnes of coal between Korba in Chhattisgarh and Rajnandgao in Nagpur on August 15, as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations.

The train run by the South East Central Railway left Korba at 13:50 and took 11.20 hours to cover the distance of 267 km.

This is the longest and heaviest freight train ever run by the Railways, the national transporter said, adding the train takes about four minutes to cross a station.

The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3000 MW of power plant for one full day, officials said. This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) which carries about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.

The train was formed by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.

The Railways plans to use this arrangement (longer freight trains) more frequently, especially to transport coal in peak demand season to prevent fuel shortages of power stations, the officials said.

Earlier this year, coal shortages had pushed the country into a severe power crisis.

Last year, the SECR ran the record long-haul freight trains Vasuki and Trishul and the 2.8 km long SheshNaag train.

Salient features of Super Vasuki

  • Thetotal length of Super Vasuki freight train is 3.5 km.
  • During the test run, the train had six locos, 295 wagons and of 25,962 tonnes gross weight, making it the longest and heaviest freight train ever run by the Railways.
  • The train was formed by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.
  • The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3000 MW of power plant for one full day, according to officials. This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) which carries about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.
  • The train took 11.20 hours to cover a distance of 267 km.




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