Divide And Rail: Indian Railways Launches Bimodal Vehicle That Can Travel On Tracks As Well As RoadsThe RoadRailer launched by Indian Railways. (pic via Twitter)

Southern Railways in a novel innovation launched India’s first RoadRailer train which is a bimodal vehicle capable of running on rails as a wagon and on road as a semi-trailer truck. With fuel prices spiraling it is expected that this new initiative of the railways would replace 50 to 55 trucks from roads thereby reducing costs and providing greater safety to the goods being transported.

The RoadRailer would also enable delivery of goods to the doorsteps of companies located along the train’s route and thus lead to a sharp drop in transportation costs. In its maiden run, the RoadRailer carried electrcal and electronic goods from Tamil Nadu to Haryana with the railways netting Rs 16.66 lakhs from the run.

A RoadRailer unit consists of eight truck wheels and are coupled with other units through adapter bogies. Each adapter bogie would have four rail wheels with each wagon having a capacity of up to 30 tonnes. A railway official opined that up to 50 wagons could be operated per trip and it is expected that this initiative would aid the national transporter in achieving a growth of six to eight per cent in freight earnings.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement