177-wagon ‘Super Anaconda’ snakes along tracks in Odisha

In a first, the railways successfully ran 177 loaded wagons, clubbing three freight trains together, in Odisha on Monday at an average speed of 40 kmph. The train carried approximately 15,000 tonnes of coal from Brajrajnagar to Rourkela.

Posting a short video of this run in its Twitter handle, the South East Central Railways said, “SECR creates history. First in Indian Railways history, 3 loaded trains together #SuperAnaconda.” Official said the train called “Super Anaconda” was about three kilometers long and it passed through Bilaspur and Chakradharpur divisions, one of the busiest sections. The train covered the 100 km stretch in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Prior to this, the railways had run trains clubbing wagons of two freight trains.

In February last year, the East Coast Railway had run a 2-km long freight train clubbing the wagons of two trains in Sambalpur division in Odisha. It was named “Python Rake”.

Sources said similar trains may be operated in future based on requirement and technical feasibility.

This experiment happened at a time when the national transporter is focusing more on freight movement to push its revenue, which has been hit due to negligible operation of passenger trains due to the pandemic.

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