On Friday, the NF Railway’s first electric train arrived at Guwahati’s Kamakhya station. The section from New Coochbehar to Kamakhya was opened for the operation of Electric Traction after successful completion of Railway Electrification works up to Kamakhya station and authorization granted by CRS/N. F. Circle after inspection from October 7 to October 9, NF Railway said in a statement.
It said that the first-ever electric train, the NTSK/Parcel, arrived at Kamakhya station at 9:20 a.m. on Friday. As a result, this was a watershed moment in the history of N. F. Railway and the Northeast region.
The N. F. Railway has now electrified 760 route kilometres and 1701 track kilometres, according to the statement. The Central Organization for Railway Electrification and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited were in charge of these projects.
Trains with electric locomotives had been arriving from Katihar and Malda up to New Coochbehar, where the electric locomotive was detached and a diesel locomotive was attached for the train’s onward 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.
As a result, there will be direct Electric Traction connectivity from New Delhi to Kamakhya without the need to change locomotives along the way.
There are numerous inherent benefits of electric traction, including higher speed potential allowing for faster trains, increased energy efficiency with a higher power to weight ratio, regenerative breaking, higher hauling capacity with high horsepower locomotives, improved reliability and line capacity, pollution-free mode of transportation, cost-effective due to lower maintenance and operating costs, and so on.