Container Freight Train Hauling 1800 Tonnes Covers 120 Km In Just 2 Hours

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Rail freight transport is the use of railroads and trains to transport cargo as opposed to human passengers. Unlike passenger trains, freight trains are rarely named.  Indian Railways is among the world's largest rail networks, and its route length network is spread over 1,23,236 km, with 9,146 freight trains, plying 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight daily from 7,349 stations.  

Also read: Milestone Moment As Indian Railways Operates 2.8-Km-Long Freight Train 'SheshNaag'

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Average speed of freight trains in India is around 24 km/hour.  However, a video posted by Twitter handle DRM Bengaluru was captioned with: 'NO, THIS IS NOT AN EXPRESS TRAIN. It is a container freight train running at 100kmph between BSM-VRDP section in SBC Division, with a trailing load of 1800 tons hauled by WAG9/41055 of KJM Shed.

From JTJ to WFD the 120 km distance was covered in two hrs'.

NO, THIS IS NOT AN EXPRESS TRAIN. It is a container freight train running at 100kmph between BSM-VRDP section in SBC Division, with a trailing load of 1800 tons hauled by WAG9/41055 of KJM Shed. From JTJ to WFD the 120 km distance was covered in two hrs. ?@PiyushGoyal? pic.twitter.com/Xtfrr1tN37

-- DRM Bengaluru (@drmsbc) November 11, 2020

Simply put, this particular container freight train was way above the average speed.

A user also commented on the post saying that 100 kmph should be the norm now.  This particular train was hauled by the Indian locomotive class WAG-9 which is a class of 25 kV AC electric locomotives and was developed in 2017 by Alstom, for the Indian Railways.  Also read: Indian Railways Joins 3 Freight Trains To Carry 15,000 Tonnes Coal

a green train that is sitting on a track: TOI (WAG-9) (C) Provided by Indiatimes TOI (WAG-9)

Indian Railways are working towards more such container freight trains that can cover 100 kmph to run in the system which will significantly change the transport of goods in the country.

In fact, just like this, new dedicated freight corridors in India are expected to be completed by 2020.

After the completion of DFC (Dedicated Freight Corridor) which is a freight specific railway under construction in northern to eastern India by Indian Railways, freight trains will run 100 km/h with most advanced techniques and also with renewable energy.   

Also read: 2-Km-Long 'Anaconda' Freight Train Carrying 177 Wagons In Chhattisgarh Creates National Record

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