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Rly Min Suresh Prabhu inaugurates Indian Railways Round Table Conference on New Alternatives in Wagon Design

Railways are currently manufacturing wagon whose contours could be altered according to the requirements of the customers. The new wagon design is a win -win situation for both the customers and railways said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

 Railways are trying to work on partnership with its freight customers and the new alternative wagon design is yet another step in achieving that goal he said. The new freight policy has rationalized tariffs and commodity basket diversified in an effort to ensure Railways get back its modal share of the freight segment. The railway’s current effort is to capture the unexplored segment of agricultural products and fisheries to increase its freight traffic, he said

 The Railway Minister was inaugurating Indian Railways Round Table Conference on “New Alternatives in Wagon Design: Reaching out to Customers”.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain were present on the occasion. Member Rolling Stock Railway Board Ravindra Gupta,other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also be present on the occasion.

 Speaking on the occasion, Mr Manoj Sinha said, “With growth in economy, the potential for growth in the non conventional sector is expected to be very high. Many of the schemes launched by Indian Railways have already led to investment by the industry in purchase of Dedicated Wagons.

The most promising sectors of the day appeared to be steel, automobiles, fly ash/cement and Containers. We call upon the industry to come up freely with the constraints they face in stepping up transportation of finished steel through rail. Their expectation regarding new types of wagons design & modification/innovations required will be fulfilled by the Railways. We also invite the industry to deliberate collectively and come up with the most efficient solution for rapid growth in transportation.

 Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said that it is a good initiative to bring all stakeholders on one platform so that each one can share their rich experience to explore new wagon design as per the requirement of transportation models. Thus, this conference would result in active dialogue between consumer industry & Railways.

 For a very long time, the bulk of the freight traffic being carried by the Indian Railways has been transported in the conventional open and covered wagons.  In the past two decades, attempts have been made to design and operate commodity-specific wagons.  This has helped in attracting traffic from other sectors to railways.  More and more customers are looking at the IR network for an optimal solution for their transportation needs.  Some of the examples are automobile-carriers, containers, special wagons for steel, wagons for carrying cement, fly ash, clinker etc.  In all these sectors, Indian Railways has presently limited presence.  In each of these categories, some designs of wagons are available and are being used in select pockets.  Industry has gained a whole lot of experience while utilizing these commodity-specific wagons.

A lot of suggestions for changes and improvements in wagon design keep on coming up from time-to-time.  It was considered appropriate to bring all stakeholders on one platform so that the richness of their experience can be exploited for improvement in the existing wagon designs and associated transportation models.  This conference aims to bring together the customers, wagon owners, designers, wagon builders and the officials of the railways dealing with freight transportation.

It is expected that new innovative ideas will come up, get discussed and formulated into actionable improvements in wagon design as a fall out of the workshop.  In addition, it will also set the roadmap for the wagon designers and manufacturers to provide appropriate freight stock for the benefit of the customers.

  The conference is planned to have 5 Session, out of which the first inaugural session will introduce the topic after address by Railway Minister. Subsequently, there would be four technical sessions as detailed below:

Conference Themes

Session-1

 AUTO CAR WAGON

 Types of Auto car wagons operating on IR,  Problems faced in loading and unloading of car, ·        Possible improvements in existing design,   Utilizing full potential of liberalized SOD of DFC, Possibility of versatile design for trucks, automobiles, two-wheelers and other vehicles.

Session-2

CONTAINER WAGON

Types of Container wagons operating on IR,   Problems faced in loading and unloading

 Future development required for higher axle load,   Designs required for double stack operation

Operation of non-ISO and dwarf containers

Session-3

CEMENT/CLINKER/FLYASH WAGON

Types of Cement /fly ash/clinker wagons operating on IR, Problems faced in loading and unloading,  Other design issues,  New designs for more optimal utilization,  Versatile wagons capable of carrying cement, fly ash and clinker

Session-4

  STEEL WAGON

 Types of Steel coil wagons operating on IR, Problems faced in loading and unloading, Other design issues, Upgradation to 25t axle load, Development of versatile designs for all types of steel consignment.


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