Southern Railway Successfully Conducts Trial Run of ‘Road Railer’ Between Melpakkam and Katpadi Section

Southern Railway Successfully Conducts Trial Run of ‘Road Railer’ Between Melpakkam and Katpadi Section

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Date of Post: 21 Sep, 2018

Chennai: The Southern Railway (SR) has successfully conducted a trial run of a ‘road railer’ which will facilitate ‘door-to-door’ transportation of goods. The trial was conducted between Melpakkam and Katpadi section of Chennai division on Wednesday. Fitted with wheels akin to normal trucks, road railers carrying cargo will travel by road till it reaches a railway goods terminal, a SR release said on Thursday.

More Information:

  • The road railer units will then be directly coupled with railway wagons, eliminating the task of loading and unloading of consignments.
  • After reaching the receiving terminal by rail, the units containing the goods would be decoupled and attached to trucks to be delivered to customers by road.
  • A private company, KPCL (Kirloskar Pneumatic Co Ltd), has tied up with Southern Railway to provide such specially-designed road railers.
  • Southern Railway would operate and maintain them.
  • The release said, the “first and last-mile (road) operations” of the road railers would be taken care by the company and its strategic partners.
  • It said,”Southern Railway will shortly announce the commercial run between Chennai and Palwal (Haryana), the two road railer terminals established by KPCL.”
  • According to the release, road railers will offer a holistic logistics solution in diverting cargo traffic from road to rail and to offer seamless door-to-door goods transportation.

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