Would you be able to trust that a Rajdhani Express and a goods train run concurrently from a station, but the goods train should complete the journey to the destination first? That too when the figures are showing that the Indian Railways, which is more than 150 years old, has been able to achieve an average speed of only 24 kilometers per hour in its passenger trains, 56 in freight trains. But this miracle has already begun.
Where the average speed of super fast Rajdhani is 75 kmph, freight trains of the same railway are now achieving the speed of 99 kmph. The station for which the superfast train is taking 10 to 12 hours is being completed by the goods train in 9 to 10 hours. This history is being created on 3200 km of Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) tracks being built at a cost of 95 thousand crores. So far 75 thousand crore rupees have been spent. 21 thousand crores has been spent only on land acquisition.
what is dfc
Dedicated Freight Corridor means a new track almost parallel to the old track, on which only goods trains will run. Freight movement has also started on 1000 km stretch of DFC.
from where to where
Western Dedicated Freight Corridor
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
The country’s most powerful 12 thousand horse-power ‘Rafale’ engine
On the Western Corridor from New Phulera station near Jaipur towards Delhi, the speed reached 90 in a short while. Loco pilot says, look how powerful our Rafale is… how is it running after loading two double decker goods trains i.e. 4 goods trains of railways… They say that ‘Raphael’ is the nickname given to us.
It is made in our country itself, 12 thousand horse-power is the most powerful engine in the country. In about two and a half hours we have reached Ateli. We covered the 450 and a half km journey in 5:30 to 6 hours. It takes 10 to 15 hours to cover the same journey on a normal railway track.
148 level crossings have been completed on 1500 km of the Western Corridor connecting Delhi-Mumbai. 285 minor bridges, four railway flyovers and 200 under and over bridges have been built.Ravindra Jain, MD DFCCIL