Salem division creates record by operating long haul freight train

 
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  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
MANGALURU: Salem Division, Southern Railway, created a record by operating two linked freight trains for the first time from Mettur Thermal Power Plant, after unloading the coal therein.

The formation called 'Python', had 118 wagons (59+59 wagons) four Electric Locomotives, and two Brake vans, consisting of a whopping length of 1.4 Kms.
Salem division creates record by operating long haul freight train

The Indians are catching up. Longer trains will be the way of the future in India as the freight task continues to grow.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
MANGALURU: Salem Division, Southern Railway, created a record by operating two linked freight trains for the first time from Mettur Thermal Power Plant, after unloading the coal therein.
The formation called 'Python', had 118 wagons (59+59 wagons) four Electric Locomotives, and two Brake vans, consisting of a whopping length of 1.4 Kms.
The total weight of the formation was 3,000 tons. This train started from Mettur Thermal Power Plant at about 12pm and was handed over to Chennai Division's Jolarpet at 3.45pm clocking an average speed of 40.4 kmph. This is a remarkable improvement over the average speed of 25 kmph for the normal freight trains, according to Salem Division.By operating these two rakes together, the track time required for crossing of two separate freight trains was reduced to half and simplified operation. Shubhranshu, Divisional Railway Manager, Salem, congratulated the officials and the staff involved in this remarkable feat.
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Something doesn't add up here:
  • Train length = 1400 m (apparently without locos)
  • Wagons = 118
  • Brakevans = 2 (say 30 m / 50 t)
  • Consist (?) weight 3,000 tonnes less 2 vans = 2,950 tonnes for wagons
  • Consist length = 1,400 m - 30 m = 1,370 m for 118 coal wagons = 11.6 m/wagon (bit short for coal ?)
  • Trailing load 2,950 tonnes in 118 wagons = 25 tonnes gross/wagon
  • 25 tonnes gross/wagon = bugger all nett per wagon

Where have I gone wrong or has the media stuffed up again?
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  donttellmywife Chief Commissioner

Location: Antofagasta
The train started from the power station - you probably have two empty rakes being hauled back to the source of the coal.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The story quote states that two trains were combined AFTER unloading at the power station thus the consist would have been empty.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Well done both of you = New Year resolution - I will read the fine print more carefully!
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
The Indians are catching up. Longer trains will be the way of the future in India as the freight task continues to grow.
8077

For even longer trains around the world, see wikipedia.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_trains for Longest.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaviest_trains for Heaviest.

These Indian trains are not even close to the world beating ones, in USA, Australia and Brazil.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
For even longer trains around the world, see wikipedia.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_trains for Longest.
awsgc24

Gotta love Wikipedia Laughing

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"Australia – up to 99 coaches (approximately 1.2 km) on The Ghan"


Do the maths - 1200m divided by 99 = 12.1m Wow their some really short passenger carriages Rolling Eyes

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