Two Kilometre Long Train Experimented In Odisha

A two kilometre long goods train, created by merging three freight trains as one unit, was run by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) on 28th February in Odisha. Due to the long, snake-like formation it makes, while travelling on the tracks, the train is named Python Rake.

“The length is perhaps a record in the country though we need to verify past similar experiments in railways history to establish that,” said Jaideep Gupta, divisional railway manager of Sambalpur division.

The train contained 147 wagons, three brake and guard vans and four engines. The first train of 45 flat wagons was loaded with containers, while the second and third rakes of 51 alumina containers each were empty. These three freight trains were going towards Visakhapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh.

It was initially planned for the train to travel 101 km from Godbhaga to Balangir station, but as the train passed the experiments, it rode for another 40 km towards Titilagarh junction.

The idea is that if three goods trains can be amalgamated, it would help other stranded trains to pass and save time. Jaideep Gupta explained, “For example, three trains were taking one hour each to pass the railway section, but now the Python Rake will take only one hour to pass the area. It will save time and energy and reduce pressure on rail traffic”

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