Inspection of Container Trains
At an operational level, containers have to be offloaded from the rake for TXR examination. This results in detention to stock and increased cost of handling. Mishra suggests, “The examination of empty train should be done before loading of the containers.” Shukla stresses, “Wagons are subjected to thorough CC examination in empty rake formation (without any pay-load), since defects if any, in suspension systems can be visible in such conditions. Further, during CC examination, inspection of all under gear components and visual check of twist locks are undertaken and repairs as required are done for safe working.”
Unless the issues faced by the operators are dealt with and challenges met, increase in the percentage of freight carried by railways seems to be a distant dream.