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Old 9th April 2008, 21:04   #1
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Default Trucks on a Train

This facility is currently only available on the Konkan Railway from Mumbai to Mlore.
(To be precise from Kolad to Surathkal.)

Trucks which would otherwise take close to 72 hrs by road now cover the same distance of 900km in 16 hrs.

Was at the Madgao railway station this week when the Roll-On Roll-Off training was passing by and clicked a few pics.
If was funny to see the truck drivers lazily sitting inside the vehicles playing cards and passing their time.

Advantages for the Trucks are

- No wear and tear of the Truck
- No fatigue on the driver
- No hassles of bribing the cops at all the check posts
- Short travel time
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Old 9th April 2008, 22:04   #2
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Sweet Fillmore ! I always wanted to see this. Trucks on trains have been ringing in the profits for the railways big time.

And what's with that station ? How can it be so clean ? Looks like an European one alright !

Thanks for sharing.

ps - any more pictures of the trains ?
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Good pic Fillmore. Never seen so many trucks on a train. Makes a good business sense to everybody tough.
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Wow! Saves a lot of hassles of loading, unloading and local movements compared to the goods train. Less of bullying traffic on the roads too. :

Nice find Filmore. Never seen such a scene in my life.
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Such a smart move! Advantages all around - for the Railways in terms of revenue, for the truckers in terms of distance saving and lesser traffic on road!

But bad for check post policeman! No more bribe! :-)
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Good One FillMore! seems the railways are minting money with innovative ideas.
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Old 9th April 2008, 22:53   #7
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Great idea. It saves time for truckers and gets money for railways too.
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bahut purana funda hai. but like since kingdom come, this thing hasnt broken even - not enough volumes otherwise.

the konkan rail terminates too short of mumbai and of blr/kerala on the other side to carry much end-end load
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Good thing to do. Reduces the risk of accidents on the roads,drivers who are less fatigued and definitely more lives being saved, apart from the time /money being saved.
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Default Containers anybody?

Unique pictures!

Another option: Containers!

Wonder whether containers would have been an easier/ cheaper option.

Bare minimum - 16 man hours of so many drivers/ people would have been saved. Savings of space on the wagons leading to better space utilisation and lesser load to carry (all those trucks must add up to a significant weight) leading to savings in cost to the railways.

On the contrary - stuff has to be packed in containers, loaded and unloaded with cranes, translating to more (read expensive) infrastructure.

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Had seen the train on our way from Bangalore to Goa. It was somewhere near the border. First we were amazed to see the row of trucks moving in a single file, no overtaking, no rash driving, equal distance between trucks. Then we saw the saw the train. It was worth a sight. Thanks for the pics.
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Cool Manish transport - They started it

It was Manish transport who started doing this service.Hats Off to them.

This is as per an old article:
RORO service again on Konkan Railway

Mangalore , June 11, 2004

THE "Roll-On Roll-Off" (RORO) service between Maharashtra and Mangalore will be reintroduced on the Konkan Railway network on June 15.

The service was discontinued after running for a brief period during 1999.

Addressing the members of Truck Owners' Association at Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Mangalore on Thursday , Mr Manish Shah, partner of Manish Transport Company, Mumbai, said that his company has been appointed the service provider for Konkan Railway's "RORO" service between Kolad in Raigad district of Maharashtra and Surathkal in Mangalore.

In this, the loaded truck will roll on to the wagon at Kolad and roll off at Surathkal and vice versa. Mr Shah said that trucks would cover nearly 900 km on railway wagon without actually running. It is an alternate-day service for the customers of Mangalore, he said. The service will be flagged off at Kolad on June 15 and in Surathkal on June 16.

There will be a 72-seat coach in the train for drivers and cleaners of the trucks. At present, 35 trucks can be accommodated in every RORO service. Each truck on the wagon would have insurance cover for Rs 5 lakh, he added.
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Originally Posted by normally_crazy View Post
And what's with that station ? How can it be so clean ? Looks like an European one alright !
Come on N_C, not all stations are like the mumbai suburban stations. There are better kept ones in chennai too, just outside, i meant.
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This just doesn't look so right!

Would agree that a container option would be much more logical.
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How do the trucks roll on and off from the flat beds?

A very nice move indeed.
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