Ashwini Vaishnaw Inaugurates India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake

Indigenously developed through joint efforts of Railways, Besco Ltd Wagon Division and Hindalco Aluminum rake has several advantages over traditional ones.

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Ashwini Vaishnaw Inaugurates India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake

Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, inaugurated India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake – 61 BOBRNALHSM1 at Bhubaneswar Railway Station today. Bilaspur is the rake’s destination.

This is a dedicated Make in India effort because it was entirely designed and developed in-house in collaboration with RDSO, HINDALCO, and Besco Wagon.

Features of Aluminium Rake:

  • Fully Lockbolted construction with no welding on superstructure.
  • The tare is 3.25 tons lower than normal steel rakes, 180 ton extra carrying capacity resulting in higher throughput per wagon.
  • Higher payload to tare ratio 2.85.
  • The reduced tare will reduce carbon footprint as lower consumption of fuel in empty direction and more transport of freight in loaded condition. A single rake can save over 14,500 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.
  • 80% is resale value of the rakes.
  • Cost is 35% higher as the superstructure is all aluminium.
  • Lower maintenance cost due to higher corrosion and abrasion resistance.

Iron industry consumes a lot of Nickel and Cadmium which comes from import. So, proliferation of Aluminum wagons will result in less import. At the same time, this is good for local aluminum industry.

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