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Railways introduces first double-stack dwarf container service from Rajkot

Low cost of transportation envisaged


Under the guidance of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, 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 Rs 18.50 lakh, highlighted a release.


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.


Presently, due to its height, the regular double stack ISO containers can run only on few chosen routes on the railways, but these short-heighted double-stack containers can run on most tracks very easily. These containers in double-stack formation can also run under 25kV overhead lines. With the use of these containers, the cost of the unit will be significantly reduced due to the fact that rail transport is cheaper than road movement.


Currently, low density products such as plastic granules, PVC polyester fabric, white goods, FMCG products, polyethylene, auto car, etc. are being transported mostly by road. Now, due to the low cost of transportation in dwarf containers, rail offers a viable transport. At the general freight rate, the double-stack dwarf container trains can generate more than 50 per cent of the revenue, the release said.


Source : Exim News Service - Rajkot, July 10


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