DFCCIL Eyes Growth in Truck-on-Train Services Following Successful Trials

DFCCIL, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, is gearing up to expand its truck-on-train services following successful trial runs for both perishable and non-perishable goods.

Currently operational along the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors, the truck-on-train service offered by DFCCIL caters to a variety of feasible goods and products.

A spokesperson from DFCCIL stated, “We have conducted trials for auto-components and have regular services for perishables such as milk and cattle feed. Depending on demand, we aim to enhance our services.”

Truck-on-train service, also known as ‘Roll on Roll off’ (Ro-Ro), involves transporting loaded trucks directly to their destinations on railway wagons. This hybrid service combines road and rail transport, facilitating the seamless movement of trucks across the country.

The service was officially introduced by the Indian Railways in 2016, with Southwestern Railways adopting it on the Bengaluru-Solapur route initially. However, the service was temporarily suspended after a few trips.

DFCCIL launched the milk and cattle feed service in June 2023, starting with 25 loaded trucks daily on each side. These trucks transported milk tankers from Gujarat to the National Capital Region and cattle feed for farmers and milk unions on the return journey.

Currently, two trains operate on DFC, facilitating truck-on-train services between New Palanpur-New Rewari and New Rewari-New Palanpur.

Notably, the transit time for Millennium (milk) trains from Banas Dairy via DFC’s New Palanpur station to Palwal in Haryana has been significantly reduced to 14.49 hours from the previous 23.29 hours, marking a near 40 per cent reduction in travel time.

Similarly, the truck-on-train service for auto-parts transportation is available across all routes of DFC. However, the demand for these services has yet to reach optimal levels. Currently, auto-ancillaries are transported via truck-on-train trains.

DFCCIL initiated the truck-on-train service for auto components with three trucks traveling from Gurgaon and Manesar to Gujarat’s Mehsana, covering a distance of 700 km in 12 hours, a journey typically taking a day by road.

The Rewari station has the capacity to dispatch such trains every three hours, accommodating around 250 trucks per day, with plans to expand this capacity to 1,000 trucks.

“We anticipate a gradual increase in demand for this segment over the years. The truck operators benefit financially, while the initiative contributes to reducing carbon emissions,” the official remarked.

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