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.
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,
Railway Minister was inaugurating Indian Railways Round Table Conference on
“New Alternatives in Wagon Design: Reaching out to Customers”.
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
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
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:
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.
Types of Container wagons operating
on IR, Problems faced in loading and
Future development required for higher axle
load, Designs required for double stack
Operation of non-ISO and dwarf
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
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