In­dian Rail­ways’ 1st dou­ble stack con­tainer ser­vice

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The freight train was flagged off on July 7, 2018 from Western Rail­way’s Ra­jkot rail­way sta­tion on its maiden com­mer­cial run. Booked from the Re­liance Rail Sid­ing at Kanalus to Re­wari in the state of Haryana, the train was loaded with 82 con­tain­ers polypropy­lene gran­ules. In­dian

`18.50 Rail­ways has re­ceived in­creased rev­enue of lakhs due to this dou­ble-stacked dwarf con­tainer ser­vice. The launch saw the pres­ence of

Piyush Goyal, Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Rail­ways and Coal. The dou­ble-stacked con­tainer is 6 ft 4 inches in height and can run on elec­tri­fied tracks. De­spite be­ing smaller in size, the dwarf con­tain­ers can hold a ca­pac­ity of 30,500 kgs. In com­par­i­son with reg­u­lar con­tain­ers, th­ese con­tain­ers are 662 mm short but 162 mm wider. The dwarf con­tain­ers can hold a vol­ume of ap­prox­i­mately 67 per cent more when com­pared to tra­di­tional con­tain­ers. Presently, due to its height, the reg­u­lar dou­ble-stack ISO con­tain­ers can run only on few cho­sen routes on In­dian Rail­ways, but th­ese short-heighted dou­ble con­tain­ers can run on most tracks very eas­ily. Th­ese con­tain­ers in dou­ble stack for­ma­tion can run un­der 25kV over­head lines. With the use of th­ese dou­ble-stack dwarf con­tain­ers, the cost of the unit will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced due to the rail trans­port be­ing cheaper than the road. At the gen­eral freight rate, the dou­ble-stack dwarf con­tainer trains can gen­er­ate more than 50 per cent of the rev­enue.

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