The Indian Railways (IR) has introduced heavy haul freight trains to modernize and develop freight transportation in the nation.
The axle load of freight trains has been increased from 20.32 tonnes to 22.32 tonnes. In addition, on certain identified routes, freight trains with 25-tonnes axle load have been permitted, thus adding to the overall transportation ability, according to information put out by the Ministry.
Heavy haul trains help develop the throughput per train, thereby allowing less number of trains to be run in a particular section. This helps in generating more number of paths for additional freight trains.
The Railways have indigenously developed the 25-tonnes axle load wagons. All the routes indicated have been gradually upgraded for operating this load, The Ministry said