Railways bets big on auto freight with new wagons

Each wagon has two floors and that the height of the floors is adjustable to the height of the vehicles carried.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 12:47 am

With the road transport sector eating into Railways’ market share in transportation of goods,the later is now taking measures to reverse the trend,at least in one segment — automotive.

Maruti Suzuki India is learnt to have given a thumbs up to the Railways’ newly launched automobile freight train operator scheme,which aims to corner the large chunk of the business of transporting cars and two-wheelers from factories.

The Railways has approved design of new wagons specifically for this purpose and each rake (train) can carry 318 standard cars at a time.

Each wagon has two floors and that the height of the floors is adjustable to the height of the vehicles carried.

The cars can be driven through the vestibules and loaded/unloaded from each end of the trains negating the need to disjointing the wagons at loading/unloading points. The ministry has issued instructions for the production of the wagons.

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