On Thursday morning, the first ever electric train (a parcel train) arrived at Kamakhya station, Assam in a historic event. Trains with electric locomotives had been arriving from Katihar and Malda up to New Coochbehar, when the electric locomotive was disconnected and a diesel locomotive was attached for the train’s further journey.
Now that the Railway Electrification works have been completed and the section up to Kamakhya has been commissioned, these trains will be able to travel directly to Kamakhya without changing traction.
The stretch from New Coochbehar to Kamakhya was opened for Electric Traction operation after successful completion of railway electrification works up to Kamakhya station and authorization issued by CRS/N. F. Circle after inspection from October 7 to 9.
The N. F. Railway now has 760 route kilometres and 1701 track kilometres of electrified track. The Central Organization for Railway Electrification and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited were in charge of these projects.
“As a result, there will be direct connectivity on Electric Traction from New Delhi to Kamakhya without the need to change locomotives along the way,” NFR stated in a statement.
Benefits and advantages
At this point, it’s worth noting the numerous inherent advantages of electric traction, such as higher speed potential enabling faster trains, increased energy efficiency with higher power to weight ratio, regenerative breaking, higher hauling capacity with high horse power locomotives, improved reliability and line capacity, pollution-free mode of transportation, cost effective due to lower maintenance and operating costs, and so on.
Previously NF Railway to Restore Four Train Services from Kamakhya Station, Assam
For the advantage of passengers, the Indian Railways will revive the services of a few special trains in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). To alleviate passenger congestion, it has also been agreed to extend the services of a special train that runs between Okha and Guwahati with existing hours, stoppages, composition, and days of operation, as well as changed timings at a few stops.
Northeastern Railways’ Train Expansion in Assam
In addition, the following trains’ services have been extended: Train No. 09501/09502 Okha – Guwahati – Okha special services, which depart from Okha on Friday, have been extended for another trip on June 18, and services departing from Guwahati on Monday have been extended for another trip on June 21.
The data of these trains’ stoppages and timings are available on the Railway’s website, as well as in numerous newspapers and social media platforms operated by the NFR. Before embarking on their travel, passengers are encouraged to review these details.