Indian Railways’ 1st double stack container service
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.