Recently, the Railways has conducted speed trial of the new BOXNS wagons up to 110 kmph with the 25-tonne axle load on the newly built 193 km Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). On 21.12.19, the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) conducted the trial on the Western DFC — Phulera to Ateli, a senior Railway official said.
- During the trial, the train attained an average speed of 86 kmph.
- The official termed it a big breakthrough.
- The railways had to wait for the last 40 years “ever since we got the Casnub bogie design for the freight wagons”, he said.
- The BOXNS wagons cleared 100 kmph in both loaded and empty condition on the DFC, he said.
- The freight wagons normally run at 60 kmph with 22.9-tonne axle load and at 45 kmph with 25-tonne axle load on few routes, as per the railway officials.
- The Railways is constructing the DFC equipped for heavy-haul train operation.
- The Rs 81,459 crore project received the Cabinet’s nod in 2006.
- Passing through 9 states and 60 districts, the project is divided in Western and Eastern corridors.
- The DFC will have 48 stations/junctions along the Western DFC and 58 on the Eastern DFC.
- The Western DFC covers 1,504 km from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai to Dadri in UP, traversing through Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Phulera and Rewari.
- The Eastern DFC covers 1,856 km from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni, near Kolkata, in West Bengal, and will travel through Haryana, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand.
- The DFC is expected to complement the Indian economy with an increased number of freight trains in eastern and western sectors.