Amazing Feat – DFCCIL conducts successful test runs on 343 km stretch of EDFC, fully loaded freight train achieves 100 kmph speed

The train attained a peak speed of 100 kmph on this 343 kms stretch, which is the only fully functional DFC in the country and has been executed by Alstom, the company claimed in its media release

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Dec 17, 2020, 03:50 PM IST

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) has conducted successful trial runs of two fully-loaded freight trains on the Bhaupur – Khurja section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), Alstom said in a media release. The operation was executed by Alstom – a multinational company that provides rolling stock and integrated systems. Pic Credit: Source: DFCCIL Website

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The train attained a peak speed of 100 kmph on this 343 kms stretch, which is the only fully functional DFC in the country and has been executed by Alstom, the company claimed in its media release. The exercise was conducted on 11 December, it further said. Source: Alstom

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The trains were remotely flagged-off from both Khurja and Bhaupur by DFCCIL’s outgoing Managing Director (MD) R.N. Singh along with the newly appointed MD Ravindra Kumar Jain in presence of Alain Spohr, MD at Alstom India and South Asia. Other directors of DFCCIL were also present, the release said. Source: Twitter

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In 2015, Alstom won the contract worth over €200 million to provide the electrification, signalling and telecommunications system for the 343-kilometre-long eastern portion of the dedicated freight corridor.
Also, as part of the contract, Alstom has supplied signalling system, telecom system, construction of traction Sub Stations, station buildings and other civil works. It has also constructed Operations Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh monitoring operations on the entire eastern stretch of DFC. The company claims it to be one of the world’s largest OCC centre. Source: Twitter

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The company has called it a landmark moment. DFCCIL conducted the trial runs on 11 December 2020. Source: Twitter

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“Congratulations to DFCCIL and kudos to our team at Alstom for doing a stellar job on this only electrified section of DFC," Alain SPOHR, MD at Alstom India and South Asia said. Source: Alstom

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"Alstom is proud to have introduced several ‘firsts’ in India to ensure speedy execution on this project. This is also a good reference of Alstom’s commitment to Make-in-India. The complete design and engineering for OHE Electrification, Civil, Power Supply, Signalling has been done indigenously. This begins a new era of freight rail revolution that all stakeholders envisioned jointly,” he further said. Source: Alstom