India’s first fully electric-powered passenger train arrives at Kamakhya station in the northeast

A big step towards green transport! The first Indian Railways passenger train to run entirely on electric traction has recently arrived at Kamakhya Station. Delhi – Kamakhya (Brahmaputra) Mail Special train number 05956 from the nation’s capital reached Guwahati’s Kamakhya station at 1.30pm yesterday, covering over 2,000 kilometers in electric traction. Similarly, in the return direction, train number 05955 Kamakhya – Delhi (Brahmaputra) Mail Special departed yesterday for the nation’s capital from Kamakhya Station at 2:30 p.m. by electric traction. The Brahmaputra Mail Special has become the first Courier/Express train to run on electric traction to Kamakhya Station after a successful electric traction parcel train the day before, the Ministry of Railways said.

Earlier on October 21, 2021, the Northeast Frontier Railway zone operated its first electric traction parcel train to Kamakhya and achieved a historic moment for the North East region. After successful completion of rail electrification to Kamakhya Station as well as clearance granted by CRS/NF Circle after inspection from October 7 to October 9, the section from New Coochbehar to Kamakhya Station has been opened for the operation of electric traction. With this, 760 Route KM / 1701 Track KM have been electrified on the Northeast Frontier Railway area.

According to the Ministry of Railways, trains with electric locomotives, so far, came from Katihar and Malda to New Coochbehar, where the electric locomotive was detached and the diesel locomotive was attached to the train for its onward journey. Now, with the successful completion of the railway electrification works as well as the commissioning of the section up to Kamakhya station, these trains will arrive directly in Kamakhya without change of traction. As such, there will be direct connectivity from the national capital to Kamakhya on electric traction with no locomotive changes en route, the ministry added.

Jose P. Rogers