For the first time in Chennai division

An 84-wagon goods train, the longest one, 1.3-km-long, which is a combination of two 42-wagon goods trains, passed through the Katpadi railway station, for the first time in the Chennai Division of the Southern Railway, on Thursday.

S. Anantharaman, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai told newspersons at the Katpadi station that the train, containing empty wagons, was operated on instructions from the Railway Board. The objective of combining two trains was to save a path, and to increase the throughput. Two paths would be required if two trains were to be operated. Since the two trains were combined, the single 84-wagon train was operated on a single path, thus saving another path.

Earlier in the morning, a 42-wagon train started from Salem, and one more 42-wagon train was joined at Jolarpet, after which the two trains were operated as a single train with two engines, one in the front, and the other in between the two trains. The train would be handed over to the South Central Railway at Renigunta for loading of the wagons. Based on the success of the operation, the Railway Board would issue orders for operating more such trains, he said.

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