Double-stack dwarf containers get more revenue for rlys

By S Vishnu Sharmaa Published on Jul 11, 2018 03:09 PM IST

Chennai: Indian Railways received an increased revenue of Rs 18.50 lakh due to the recently introduced double-stack- dwarf container service.

According to a press release here, Indian Railways introduced the service with a view to capture the lost traffic through new delivery model for domestic cargo.

This freight train was flagged off 7 July from Rajkot railway station of Western Railway on its maiden run. The train was booked from Reliance Rail Siding at Kanalus to Rewari in Haryana, it was loaded with 82 containers of polypropylene granules.

Currently, low-density products like plastic granules, PVC polyester fabric, white goods, FMCG products, polyethylene, auto car are being transported mostly by road, but due to the low cost of transportation in dwarf containers, railways now offers viable transport.

At the general freight rate, the double-stack dwarf container trains can generate more than 50 per cent of the revenue.

The double-stacked container is 6 ft 4 inches in height and can run on electrified tracks. Despite being smaller in size, the dwarf containers can hold a capacity of 30,500 kg.

Compared to regular containers, these are 662 mm short but 162 mm wider. The dwarf containers can hold a volume of approximately 67 per cent more, compared to traditional containers. 

Presently, due to its height, the regular double-stack ISO containers can run only on few chosen routes on Indian Railways but these short double containers can run on most tracks very easily. These containers in double-stack formation can run under 25 kV overhead lines.

With the use of these double-stack dwarf containers, the cost of the unit will be significantly reduced due to rail transport being cheaper than road transport.