Indian Railways introduces first dwarf container service

The Indian Railways has introduced a cheaper commercial service by running double-stack dwarf containers on trains. The new delivery model is aimed at recapturing the lost traffic for domestic cargo.

Created On: Jul 11, 2018 08:45 ISTModified On: Jul 11, 2018 09:24 IST
Indian Railways introduces first dwarf container service

The Indian Railways has introduced a commercial service to run double-stack dwarf containers on trains to capture the lost traffic through a new delivery model for domestic cargo. The information was shared by the Railways Ministry on July 9, 2018.

Key highlights

The double-stack draft containers are shorter in size and are capable of running on electrified tracks.

To be precise, a double-stack container is 6 ft 4 inches in height.

Despite being smaller in size, the dwarf containers can hold a capacity of 30,500 kgs compared to regular containers.

The containers would enable the railways in the double-stack movement of cargo.

The freight train with the dwarf containers was flagged off for its maiden commercial run on July 7 from Western Railway's Rajkot railway station.

The train was booked from Reliance Rail Siding at Kanalus to Rewari in Haryana and was loaded with 82 containers carrying polypropylene granules.


The introduction of the double stacked dwarf container service has helped the Indian Railways receive increased revenue worth Rs 18.50 lakh.

It will also help significantly reduce the cost, as rail transport is cheaper than road.

The containers can easily run on most tracks, even electrified ones.

The double- stack dwarf container trains would be able to generate more than 50 per cent of the revenue at the general freight rate.


Currently, low-density products such as plastic granules, PVC polyester fabric, white goods, FMCG products, polyethylene and auto cars are being transported mostly by road.

However, with the introduction of these dwarf containers, the railways would be able to offer a cheaper and more suitable alternative.


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