Double Stack Container : Goods Train In India
Northern Railways flagged off the first double stack container train between Patli to Mundra Port.
This is the first double stack container train over Northern Railway
and the second double stack container route over Indian Railways.
The route followed by the train would be Patli, Ringus, Phulera, Ajmer, Palanpur, Samakhiali, Gandhidham and Mundra Port.The running of the double stack container trains on 1198 KM long Gurgaon-Mundra route.
The double stack container trains will be 19 feet high and run on non-electrified/ Diesel routes.
The goods that are expected to be carried
in these trains will be cars, steel, consumer goods and medicines.
So the pollution and road congestion caused by trucks and lorries carrying containers will decrease.The running of double stack container trains will have several benefits which will ultimately benefit the consumers.
Following are some of the benefits
- The operators of container trains will be given a rebate of 50% for top layer of containers thus reducing the unit cost of haulage.
- Terminal congestion will be minimized as the dwelling time of containers at terminal and ports will be reduced as more and more containers will be on the move.
- The rolling stock requirement of locos and container flat wagons will also be reduced substantially as double the number of containers will be carried in one go.
- The number of trains will be reduced as double the number of containers will be carried at one time reducing the strain of route capacity.
- The overall transit time of containers will also be reduced.
- Since the containers are non-conventional hi-cube containers 9’6” high, each train will carry 180 TEUs (boxes), this will help in their faster evacuation, thus lowering transportation costs.
The double stack container trains will be 19 feet high and run on non-electrified/ Diesel routes. The 19 feet high double stack container trains were first run on the on the Jaipur
-Mundra port route in 2009. The earlier double stack container trains, which were introduced between Jaipur
and Pipavav were of 17 ft height, as the individual container was 8’6” in height. With the commissioning of the Rewari-Ringus-Phullera section in 2009 and the adjustment of all clearances over the track right upto Gurgaon, it has been possible to make this route operational for double stack of hi-cube containers (9’6”). For this one foot-over-bridge has been removed at Patuadi, near Gurgaon. The goods that are expected to be carried in these trains will be cars, steel, consumer goods and medicines.The running of the double stack container trains on 1198 KM long Gurgaon – Mundra
route, will have a positive impact on the environment as the haulage charges will be more competitive than road transport, becoming the preferred mode of transportation for many. Thus pollution and road congestion caused by trucks and lorries carrying containers will also decrease.