Railway workshop to build wagon prototype

TIRUCHI: Engaged in a slew of activities, including manufacture of container wagons and steam engines, the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here will soon knuckle down to the task of building a prototype of higher capacity tank wagon meant for carrying petroleum products.

The Railway Board has identified this premier workshop in the Indian Railways network to manufacture a prototype eight-wheeler higher payload tank wagon with a capacity to carry 73,000 litres of petroleum product.

The wagon development work is expected to commence soon based on the designs provided by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). Workshop authorities said officials of the Lucknow-based RDSO, the research and development organisation under the Ministry of Railways, would inspect the prototype tanker wagon and carry out different kinds of tests before according clearance for mass production of such wagons for future railway requirements.

Upon completion, the wagon would be put through its paces such as load testing and overload testing.

It would be taken for running test as well. This will be the first time that the workshop develops a prototype of a tank wagon.

The over 80-year-old workshop that has been manufacturing container wagons and ‘BOXN HL’ wagons made of stainless steel in addition to carrying out periodic overhaul of broad gauge diesel locomotives and exporting diesel engines after modifying them, is also engaged in developing prototypes of bogie open type (BOXN 25M) wagon and low platform container wagon (BLC 25M) each of which will have a capacity of carrying 100 tonnes.

The archetypes of these wagons with enhanced axle load are being developed based on the designs provided by the RDSO, officials said.

The workshop has dispatched over 2,500 container wagons to the Container Corporation of India, a government of India undertaking, till now.

The officials said the workshop had carried out overhaul of 134 diesel locomotives during the 2009-10 fiscal adding that 135 diesel engines would be overhauled in the current financial year.

Works are also underway for the manufacture of four new oil-fired steam locomotives for the Nilgiri Mountain Railway at a cost of Rs. 40 crore.


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