Western Railway creates history by running first electric train from Pipavav Port o­n High Rise OHE

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In continuation with the nation’s prestigious mission of 100% electrification of Indian Railways, Western Railway has o­nce again been a pioneer by getting yet another historical achievement as a milestone, by running first electric train from Bhavnagar Division’s Pipavav Port, making it India’s first Indian Port connected with High Rise OHE o­n 21st September, 2021. 

  • Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway expressed his pleasure o­n this historical milestone despite toughest challenges of corona pandemic & lockdown and has congratulated entire TEAM WR for this marvelous & commendable achievement.
  • According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, WR has o­nce again proved its excellence and has added a new feather in its hat through this unique achievement. 
  • By running of this train, a new customer, i.e., Pipavav Rail Corporation Ltd. has been added as Container Operator. 
  • The first rake was loaded from Pipavav Port siding to Bhagat Ki Kothi, Jodhpur. 
  • This port is now directly connected with DFC with AC Traction of High Rise OHE. 
  • Shri Thakur further stated that this newly established connectivity will benefit in various aspects, such as elimination of undue detention o­n account of Traction change, acceleration will be quicker, direct connectivity through AC Traction between Pipavav Port and DFC and other major destinations. 
  • This new initiative will also help in reducing fuel cost, provide an energy efficient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. 
  • In the future, it will also help in increasing the average speed of freight trains and will result in seamless train operations. 
  • The new connectivity with Pipavav Port is the beginning to a new era for Western Railway as well as Indian Railways towards a smooth, easy and quick transportation from ports in India.

Source: Western Railway-Press Release

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