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Super Vasuki: Indian Railways longest freight train

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The Indian Railways conducted a test run of its latest train called Super Vasuki. The Super Vasuki is operated by the South East Central Railway (SECR) zone of the Indian Railways. The SECR ran the record long-haul freight trains Vasuki and Trishul last year and the 2.8 km long SheshNaag train before that. The Super Vasuki was set up by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.

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Here’s all you need to know about Super Vasuki:

  • The freight train is 3.5 km long.
  • During the test run, the train had six locos, 295 wagons and of 25,962 tonnes gross weight, making it the longest and heaviest freight train ever run by the Railways.
  • The train was formed by amalgamating five rakes of goods trains as one unit.
  • The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3000 MW of power plant for one full day, according to officials. This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) which carries about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.
  • The train took 11.20 hours to cover a distance of 267 km.

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