Marking an important step towards green transportation, the first passenger train to run entirely on electric traction arrived at Kamakhya station in Guwahati on October 22, said a press statement.
The train 05956 Delhi – Kamakhya (Brahmaputra) Mail Special leaving from Delhi reached Kamakhya station in Guwahati on October 22 at 1.30 pm covering more than 2000 km on electric traction.
Similarly, in the return direction, the train 05955 Kamakhya – Delhi (Brahmaputra) Mail Special left for Delhi from Kamakhya station at 2.30 pm on the same day through electric traction.
The train became the first mail/express train to run on electric traction up to Kamakhya station in Guwahati after the successful operation of a parcel train on an electric traction just a day before.
Earlier on October 21, the NF Railway ran its first parcel train on electric traction up to Kamakhya station and achieved a historical moment.
Till now, the trains with electric locomotives were coming from Katihar and Malda up to New Coochbehar, where the electric loco was being detached from the train and diesel locomotive was being attached for its onward journey.
Now with the completion of railway electrification works and commissioning of the section up to Kamakhya, these trains will come directly up to Kamakhya without change of traction.
As such, there will be direct connectivity from New Delhi to Kamakhya on electric traction without a change of locomotive en route.
The numerous inherent benefits of electric traction are higher speed potential enabling faster trains, saving of time and energy, increase energy efficiency with a higher power to weight ratio, regenerative breaking, higher hauling capacity with high horsepower locomotives, improve reliability and line capacity, pollution-free mode of transportation, cost-effective due to lesser maintenance and operating cost among others.