Railway minister inaugurates India’s first aluminium Freight Rake
On 16 October 2022, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated India’s first aluminium freight rake at Bhubaneswar railway station.
The first Aluminum Freight Rake - 61 BOBRNHSM1, was flagged off by the Minister whose destination is Bilaspur.
A dedicated effort of Make in India programme, it is indigenously designed and developed in collaboration with RDSO, Hindalco and Besco Wagons.
Apart from freight trains, Indian Railways is also introducing aluminum passenger coaches in the near future.
Features of Aluminium Rake
It is fully Lock Bolted construction with no welding on superstructure.
The tare is 3.25 tons lower than normal steel rakes, 180 ton extra carrying capacity resulting in higher throughput per wagon.
Higher payload to tare ratio is 2.85.
This will reduce the carbon footprint as there will be less fuel consumption and more transportation of goods.
A single rake can save over 14,500 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.
Its cost is 35% more than the normal cost as all its structure is made of aluminium.
Low maintenance cost due to high corrosion and abrasion resistance.
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