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Train Usage

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Train usage statistics throw adequate light on optimum use of the trains which are run on the system. It has to ensure that a) the train is given as much load as possible within the maximum permissible limit, keeping in view the hauling capacity of engines and the strength of tracks, bridges, etc., and the length of the loop lines on the sections, etc. b) The train should move as quickly as possible so that maximum amount of revenue earning work is done. c) The trains are not unduly detained at likely places of detention. The following are the statistics compiled which indicate the optimum use made of the trains – (i) Average number of wagons per train – is the load of goods train (loaded and empty combined) through out the run. This unit is worked out by dividing the figure of total wagon kilometres by the goods train kilometers. (ii) Net tones per train - This unit is worked out by dividing the net tonne kilometres by the goods train kilometres. (iii) Average gross load per train – The gross load includes the weight of contents of the wagons and also the tare weight of the wagons. This result is obtained by dividing the gross tonne kilometres by the goods train kilometers. (iv) Average speed of goods train – This unit is worked out by dividing the figure of goods train kilometers by the goods train engine hours. The time occupied in halts at enroute stations and shunting during the run is included. The train kilometre indicates the amount of productive work done and the train engine hours are the unit cost for train working. A combination of these two units, i.e. train kilometres per train engine hours is a good index of efficiency in train working. Any increase in the speeds of trains indicates improvement in train operation. Further, an improvement in the speed of trains also results in an improvement in the wagon utilization, engine utilization, turn round of wagons and engines and saving in fuel consumption.
Chief Data Officer
Name: Dr. R. Badri Narayan
Executive Director
Ministry/State/Department: Ministry of Railways
  • +91 1123388373
  • +91 9717641078
Room No.476-B, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), Rail Bhavan, Raisina Road, New Delhi - 110001
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Wagon related figures are compiled in terms of 8 wheelers w.e.f. 1.4.2008