The first consignment was flagged off from Bhilai by the plants managing director RP Singh in the presence of SAILs technical director KK Khanna, a SAIL release said.
Two 65-metre rails were welded to make a 130-metre rail and 56 of such pieces were carried by a 760-tonne special rake having nine wagons to Beohari in Jabalpur Division of the Indian Railways.
A total length of 7.15 km of track will be laid with this consignment of long rails. This would enhance the safety as a number of weld joints have been eliminated. Stack-wise loading of each rail separately on support rollers will minimise damage during transit and also facilitate smooth unloading.
The Indian Railways has deputed a team of experts led by SSE (West Central Railway, Jabalpur) RP Sahu to supervise loading of the consignment.
Bhilai has invested Rs 400 crore to acquire world-class hi-tech finishing capability of 80-metre long rails for supplying to the Indian Railways. The long rail finishing complex has the worlds best state of the art technology. Long rail handling, storage and loading facility has worlds most advanced technology. VAI Pomini, VAI India, Beekay Engineering and Siemens have completed this prestigious project with exemplary dedication and in record time, the release said.
Bhilai Steel has now acquired the capability of producing worlds best rails. France, which is credited with having the fastest rail transport system, uses the same design, composition and grade of rail for its tracks.