Railway Reforms

Super Vasuki: India’s longest train


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Super Vasuki

Mains level : Not Much

The Railways conducted a test run of its longest freight train, Super Vasuki, with 295 loaded wagons carrying over 27,000 tonnes of coal.

Super Vasuki

  • The 3.5-km-long freight train covered the distance of about 267 km between Korba in Chhattisgarh and Rajnandgaon in Nagpur.
  • It was run by the South East Central Railway (SECR).
  • The Railways plans to use this arrangement (longer freight trains) more frequently, especially to transport coal in peak demand season to prevent fuel shortages in power stations.

Feats achieved

  • This is the longest and heaviest freight train ever run by the Indian Railways.
  • The train takes about four minutes to cross a station.
  • The amount of coal carried by Super Vasuki is enough to fire 3,000 MW of power plant for one full day.
  • This is three times the capacity of existing railway rakes (90 cars with 100 tonnes in each) that carry about 9,000 tonnes of coal in one journey.


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