Part of the 820 wagons procurement contract, Pakistan Railways (PR) is set to receive the first consignment of completely built units (CBUs) of 70 high-capacity flat wagons from China today. “Despatched on Dec 25 by the Chinese firm, the wagons will reach Karachi port today (Monday),” PR’s Chief Mechanical Engineer Abdul Haseeb told media previous day. “These are the flat wagons on which containers would be kept and used for the transportation of various goods to various parts of the country from Lahore, Karachi and other major stations,” he added.
Mr Haseeb said under the contract, the Chinese firm is also responsible to manufacture 200 CBUs including 70 flat, 70 open-top and 40 covered wagons and 20 brake vans, he said.
According to the contract, the PR is procuring as many as 800 high-capacity wagons and 20 brake vans.
Under various clauses of the contract, 600 wagons are to be manufactured in Pakistan at various carriage factories of Pakistan Railways in association with the Chinese engineer.
The arrival of 46 high-speed modern coaches from China on Nov 27, 2022 paved the way for the provision of state-of-the-art travelling facilities to the masses. Arrangements have also been made to start manufacturing of 184 similar coaches (passenger, luggage and brake vans) under the technology-transfer component of the 230 coaches’ purchase contract.
Since the test-run of these coaches has recently been completed, the PR has started using them in various express trains on the main-line reportedly. Modern train coaches and wagons can run at speeds of 160km and 80 km per hour.