The South East Central Railway (SECR) zone broke its own record yesterday, (Thursday, 2nd July 2020) by running a freight train attaching four rakes. The entire rake of 236 wagons was nicknamed ‘Shesh Nag’.
According to Shobhana Bandopadhyaya, divisional railway manager (DRM), Nagpur, the ‘Super Python’ left Parmalkasa at 12.20pm and reached Durg at 1.05pm. The train is headed to Korba via Bilaspur. The goods train is 2.8km-long and consists of 236 wagons, 4 brake vans, and 9 locomotives. It covered a distance of 22km in 45 minutes.
This is the first time in the history of Indian Railways that such a goods train was operated. “Normally, the freight trains operate at 30 kmph but the ‘Super Python’ travelled at a speed of 63 kmph. We are increasing the speed of freight trains to 80 kmph,” officials said.
On June 30, SECR had created a unique record when it attached three rakes of freight train together with three electric locomotives, each with a capacity of 6000 horsepower. The Raipur division of SECR operated 2km-long freight train ‘Super Anaconda’ by clubbing three rakes together. It ran with 177 loaded wagons between Lajkura and Rourkela in Odisha.
On February 26, 2019, the East Coast Railway (ECR) had joined three freight trains as one unit and ran it as a 2km-long goods train. The train had 147 wagons, three brake and guard vans, along with four locomotives.
“These trains use latest technology of distributed power control system (DPCS), where the leading engine controls the entire train. The engines in the middle help haul the wagons, while also maintaining the integrity of the rake,” officials said. It was in 2012 when the Research Design and Standards organization (RDSO) of the Indian Railways had approved the speed for amalgamation of two or more freight trains in one, named as ‘Python’.