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.
- 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.
- 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.