On 15 August, a freight train ran between 192 km long Ateli-Phulera section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) for the first time.
A video of the freight train roaring across the WDFC was uploaded by Shilpa Tiwari on YouTube:
As per the video, the freight train was flagged off from the New Ateli station at 11.02 am in a big ceremony. The train then travelled on the picturesque route to cross New Dabla station at 12:20 pm and also passed other stations like New Bhagega, New Shrimadhopur and New Malikpur on route to New Phulera station. It arrived at its destination at 4.05 pm.
The train during its journey passed 10 viaducts, 127 minor bridges, one railway overbridge and 118 road under bridges.
A diesel locomotive was used for this trip but when complete the WDFC would be fully electrified. As per a Press Trust of India report, the electrification of the track is still under progress.
Earlier this sector was subject to a locomotive trial run in April, where it clocked 100 kmph during the test.
Expected to be completed in 2020, the 1,504 km long WDFC would connect the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai and Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. It would pass through major regions like Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Phulera and Rewari.
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