Central Railway Parel Workshop has developed a prototype coach for carrying automobiles in a short span of 45 days. It developed the New Modified Goods coach (NMGH) with improved fall plate for easier loading of automobiles, lashing channels for proper securing of vehicles, fully welded chequered plate floor, louvers for ventilation and natural pipe light illumination.
- It will increase the speed potential of NMGH coach from 75 to 110 kmph.
- RDSO will now conduct oscillation trails of this coach.
- Railways have become the safe and affordable transport for sending automobiles to various parts of the country and Bangladesh also.
- In order to improve the standards, an interaction took place between the Railways and Manufacturers of automobiles recently.
- The suggestions put forth by manufacturers for improvements in end opening, door design, fall plate and coach floor design & guidance for loading and unloading was referred by Central Railway to RDSO to improve the New Modified Goods (NMG) coach which is used for transporting automobiles.
- Automobile manufacturers also inspected the coach and expressed satisfaction over improved design.
- Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway appreciated the Team Parel Workshop for modifying the NMG coach in a record time.
- Shri D.K. Singh, Principal Chief Operations Manager, Central Railway said that the speed potential of the NMGH automobile carrier will be a game changer in quick and safer transportation of the automobiles.
- Under the guidance of Shri A.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Central Railway, the dedicated workforce of Parel workshop led by Shri Vivek Aacharya, Chief Workshop Manager, took the challenge and developed the coach with proper entry slope, markers on floor for guidance, retro-refractive marking on floor, pillar and carline for guidance, unrestricted full height end opening, etc.
Central Railway has transported cars, tractors, pickup vans, jeeps etc in 145 rakes in this financial year i.e from April – November 2020 to various cities in India and also exported by rail to Bangladesh. Central Railway’s Bhusaval division has transported automobiles in 80 rakes, from Pune Division 53 rakes, Nagpur Division 9 rakes and from Mumbai Division 3 Rakes in this financial year upto 19th November 2020.
- Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager lauded the efforts of Business Development Unit of the Central Railway Headquarter & Divisions for their consistent efforts in getting this business of transporting automobiles in 145 rakes in less than 8 months of this financial year 2020-21 as against 118 rakes in the whole of last financial year 2019-20.
- From April – November 2020 this financial year, as a landmark move, for the first time from Mumbai Division a rake of 23 NMG wagons loaded with 87 pickup vans were transported from Kalamboli to Benapole, Bangladesh followed by a second rake loaded with 83 pickup vans of Mahindra & Mahindra to Benapole, Bangladesh in 25 NMG wagons on 20th November 2020.
- Tractors were loaded from the newly opened Ajni Good Shed to Phillaur, Firozpur on 31.08.20.
- As an export of Automobiles to Bangladesh, first rake of tractors were loaded from Ajni Good Shed to Benapole, Bangladesh on 13.10.20.
- One rake of Automobile (NMG) was loaded from Chinchwad Goods shed to Ernakulam after 09 years (last rake was loaded in the year 2011).
- A landmark breakthrough was achieved when for the first time ever over Central Railway a rake of 25 NMG containing 75 Pickup vans was loaded by Transport Corporation of India (TCOI) from Chinchwad to Benapole, Bangladesh.
- Bhusaval Division has so far loaded 80 rakes in the current financial year. Domestic rail transport services have become quite popular.
- M/S Mahindra Logistics Limited Nashik has dispatched to new locations viz. Kalaikonda, Chitpur, Raxaul.
- The impetus in the automobile loading was achieved due to various freight friendly measures taken by Indian Railways and its intensive marketing efforts by the Business Development Units (BDU) formed at all five divisions of Central Railway.
- The active role of BDUs is enabling Railways to focus on new thrust areas including close monitoring of turnaround time of the NMG rakes to transport the goods faster and be available for the next loading thereby attracting new opportunities.
- Central Railway also planned to increase NMG loading from Butibori, launch automobile loading from Baramati and develop Loni for loading /unloading of automobile traffic.
- Central Railway extends automobile companies, logistic firms & loaders of all possible help and is committed to address all their concerns and issues on priority.
Source: Central Railway-Press Release