On Thursday, to fight against Covid-19 pandemic the Indian Railways commenced its transport of liquid medical oxygen (LMO). The first oxygen express will be transported to Maharashtra from Visakhapatnam. The journey will start tonight from Visakhapatnam via Indian Railways service.
The journey of another Oxygen Express started from Lucknow to Bokaro for the fulfilment of Medical Oxygen in Uttar Pradesh. The route is via Varanasi and thus, a green corridor has been created between Lucknow to Varanasi. The journey covers a distance of 270 Km by the train in 4 hours 20 minutes with an average speed of 62.35 kmph.
A ramp is required for facilitating loading/unloading of tankers in/from flat wagons. At certain locations there are restrictions of height in Road Over Bridges (ROBs) and Over Head Equipment (OHE), so the model of road tanker T 1618 with height of 3320 mm has been placed on flat wagons (DBKM) with height of 1290 mm.
Since truck drivers require halts, the transportation of oxygen via trains becomes faster compared to road transport.
Railways have served the nation during times of emergencies with timely supply of essential commodities. Last year, even during lockdown, railways kept the transportation intact.