Railways to procure high-speed accident relief trains

The railways has decided to procure most sophisticated and modern high-speed Self-Propelled Accident Relief Trains (SPARTs) with a view to further strengthening its disaster management system. It will be fitted with hydraulic crane with telescopic boom which can run at the maximum speed limit of 200 km per hour.

According to a Railway Board official, the railways has at present 27 such trains which can run at the maximum speed of 110 km per hour. Besides, the railways has 69 hydraulic cranes which have the capacity to lift 140 tonnes only, he said.