CR runs 1.4-km train, country’s longest Train
The Central Railway (CR) has achieved a unique feat. From January, it has been running the country’s longest freight train.
While the 118-coach-long behemoth is not a technological marvel (it has been put together simply by joining two regular freight trains), running it poses technical challenges. There are issues like driver-guard communication, and starting and braking the train at the appropriate time. There are also operational problems related to tight curves, steep gradients and track crossings.
“Such a long freight train has been pressed into service because there is tremendous pressure from March to June to run extra passenger trains for accommodating the summer rush,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, CR.
Though ‘freight train’ has been mentioned in the singular, it merely refers to the type of the train: 1,373-metre long with a trailing load of 9,000-10,000 tons, to be hauled by four electric engines (two in front and two in the middle). In reality, many such trains can be put together for any duration. In January and February, for example, CR ran 67 and 75 of the trains (or services), respectively.