India trials first long haul freight trains
Indian Railways (IR) has successfully operated two long haul freight trains on South Central Railway (SCR) for the first time. Long haul trains, which are twice or multiple times longer than the normal composition of freight trains, provide a very effective solution to the problem of capacity constraints in critical sections.
"Trishul" is SCR’s first long haul operation comprising three freight trains, i.e., 177 wagons. SCR followed it up with another similar train named "Garuda".
In both cases, the long haul trains were composed of empty open wagons for loading coal meant for predominantly thermal power stations. SCR is one of the five major freight loading railways on IR. (ben)