The Railways has successfully operated two long haul freight trains, “Trishul” and “Garuda”, for the first time over South Central Railway (SCR). 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 comprising of three freight trains, i.e. 177 wagons. This train was started on 07.10.2021 from Kondapalli station of Vijayawada division to Khurda division of East Coast Railway. SCR followed it up with running of yet another similar one named Garuda on 08.10.2021 from Raichur of Guntakal division to Manuguru of Secunderabad division. In both cases, the long haul trains comprised of empty open wagons for loading of coal meant for predominantly thermal power stations.

SCR is a one of the five major freight loading divisions of the Railways. The bulk of its freight traffic moves in certain arterial routes such as Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada-Gudur-Renigunta, Ballarshah-Kazipet-Vijayawada, Kazipet-Secunderabad-Wadi and Vijayawada-Guntur-Guntakal sections. Hence, it is essential for SCR to maximise throughput available across these critical sections.

Saving of path across congested routes, quicker transit time, maximising throughput of critical sections and saving in crews are the major operational benefits of running long haul trains, which help the Railways serve its freight customers better, said a release.