Railways launches double stack dwarf containers
In order to capture the lost traffic through new delivery model for domestic cargo, the Indian Railways has introduced double-stack dwarf container services. The first such freight train was flagged off on July 7, 2018 from Western Railway’s Rajkot railway station on its maiden commercial run. The train was booked from the Reliance Rail Siding at Kanalus to Rewari in Haryana, and was loaded with 82 containers of polypropylene granules. As a result of this double-stacked dwarf container service, the Railways received increased revenue of `18.50 lakh.
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 kg. In comparison with regular containers, these containers are 662 mm short but 162 mm wider. The dwarf containers can hold a volume that is approximately 67 per cent more when compared to traditional containers.