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Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav inaugurates India’s first all-aluminum freight rake at Bhubaneswar

For the first time in the country, goods train coaches have been made of aluminum, which was flagged off by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Sunday from Bhubaneswar railway station. Aluminum racks have been made for the first time in the country. Railways have prepared these rakes with the help of RDSO, BESCO and Hindalco. These racks have been made under Make in India.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: For the first time in the country, goods train coaches have been made of aluminum, which was flagged off by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Sunday from Bhubaneswar railway station. Aluminum racks have been made for the first time in the country. Railways have prepared these rakes with the help of RDSO, BESCO and Hindalco. These racks have been made under Make in India.

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Union minister for railways Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated the rake, “61 BOBRNALHSM1″, at Bhubaneswar railway station, Odisha. The ministry of railways said in a statement,“This is a dedicated effort for Make in India program as it has been fully designed and developed indigenously in collaboration with RDSO, Hindalco and Besco Wagon.”

There is no welding on the superstructure of the newly made aluminum rack. These are completely lockbolted. The specialty of aluminum rakes is that they are 3.25 tonnes lighter than normal steel rakes and can carry 180 tonnes of additional load. The aluminum rack will also save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

Flagging off the new 61-wagon rake from Bhubaneswar station, which will carry coal for Hindalco’s Aditya Smelter in Lapanga, Odisha, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the union minister of railways said.An aluminum rake will reduce carbon emissions by about 14,500 tonnes during its service life. Along with this, the resale value of these aluminum racks is 80%. Aluminum racks are 35% more expensive than normal steel racks as the entire super structure is made of aluminum. The life of aluminum rake is also 10 years more than normal rake, its maintenance cost is also less as it has more resistance to corrosion and abrasion.

The freight sector in India is expected to grow at more than 7% CAGR to 15-billion tonne by 2050, with the energy-efficient and eco-friendly railways expected to notably increase its volume share from the current 18%.

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Satish Pai, managing director, Hindalco Industries said: “The launch of the India’s first aluminium freight rake is a testimony to our capability and commitment to offer smart and sustainable solutions for nation building. Hindalco is steadfast in bringing together the best of global technologies with local resources to make Indian Railways’ logistics more efficient and contribute to the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

Aluminium is the preferred choice for metro trains worldwide for their durability and most importantly – passenger safety, as it has improved crashworthiness or superior crash absorption capability. Indian Railways has already announced its plans to make aluminium-bodied Vande Bharat train sets.

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