Vasuki Freight Train: Here's all you need to know about Indian Railways' longest freight train

South East Central Railway (SECR) zone in Chattisgarh created a record of successfully operating the longest freight train on the Indian Railways network by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.
Created On: Feb 8, 2021 16:31 IST
Modified On: Feb 9, 2021 18:20 IST
Vasuki Freight Train
Vasuki Freight Train

On 22 January 2021, the South East Central Railway (SECR) zone in Chattisgarh created a record of successfully operating the longest freight train on the Indian Railways network by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit, breaking its previous record. 

As per a statement released by the Indian Railways, "SECR Raipur division for the first time amalgamated five rakes of freight coaches from Bhilai D Cabin till Korba which falls under the Bilaspur division." 

Raipur Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Shyam Sunder Gupta stated, "It was a great achievement of the Raipur Railway division of SECR. The concerned officials kept a close watch on any possibility of a technical issue that might crop up as the long train passed through various stations."

Highlights:

1- The total length of the freight train was around 3.5 kilometres. 

2- The freight train was named 'Vasuki'.

3- The train covered a distance of 224 kilometres from Bhilai D Cabin till Korba which falls under the Bilaspur division in seven hours.

4- The Vasuki train comprised of 300 wagons of long haul rake of five goods trains and was operated by one pilot, one assistant loco pilot and a guard.

Previous records:

1- On 29 June 2020, SECR successfully operated 177 loaded wagons of 2 km long freight train named 'Super Anaconda'. Three goods trains were connected using the latest technology of Distributed Power Control System (DPCS) that travelled between Lajkura and Raurkela. 

2- On 2 July 2020, SECR successfully operated 251 empty wagons of 2.8 km long freight train named 'SeshNaag'.  4 empty BOXN rakes, powered by 4 sets of electric locomotives travelled between Nagpur and Korba. 

FAQ

Who operated Vasuki freight train?

The Vasuki train comprised of 300 wagons of long haul rake of five goods trains and was operated by one pilot, one assistant loco pilot and a guard.

How much distance was covered by Vasuki freight train?

The train covered a distance of 224 kilometres from Bhilai D Cabin till Korba which falls under the Bilaspur division in seven hours.

What is the total length of the Vasuki freight train?

The total length of the Vasuki freight train is 3.5 km.

Which zone of Indian Railways has set a record for opearting the longest freight train?

The Southern Eastern Central Railway (SECR) zone in Chattisgarh created a record of successfully operating the longest freight train on the Indian Railways network by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit, breaking its previous record.

What is the name of India's longest freight train?

Vasuki train is the longest freight train in India.
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