First Trial Run Completed on World’s Tallest Railway Bridge, Chenab, Marks Major Milestone for USBRL Project

First Trial Run Completed on World's Tallest Railway Bridge, Chenab, Marks Major Milestone for USBRL Project

The first trial run of the Sangaldan-Reasi train successfully crossed the world’s tallest railway bridge, Chenab, as announced by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The USBRL project is nearing completion.

New Delhi, India, Bollywood Fever: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced on Sunday the successful completion of the first trial run of the Sangaldan-Reasi train, marking a significant milestone as it crossed the world’s tallest railway bridge, Chenab.

Vaishnaw said, “1st trial train has successfully run from Sangaldan to Reasi, including crossing the Chenab Bridge.”

He further mentioned, “All construction works for the USBRL are nearly finished, with tunnel No.1 remaining partially incomplete.” Notably, the Chenab Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir is taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

With the Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project almost completed, Indian Railways is edging closer to connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of the railway network.

The Chenab Bridge is a structural marvel built across a gorge in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir under the USBRL Project. The bridge was constructed 359 meters (around 1,178 feet) above the Chenab River, making it about 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.

In a recent achievement, the Ministry of Railways made it to the “Limca Book of Records” for “most people at a public-service event – multiple venues.” The Railways Ministry organized an event on February 26, 2024, attended by 40,19,516 people at 2,140 venues. The event was organized for the inauguration of road over/road under railway bridges and for laying the foundation stones of railway stations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This effort and mobilization by Indian Railways have been recognized in the Limca Book of World Records.

Ashwini Vaishnaw assumed charge as Minister of Railways for the second time under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning in Delhi. Vaishnaw also holds the portfolios of Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

On Friday, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that India’s first Vande Bharat sleeper trains will be on track within two months. Vaishnaw stated, “The completion work of the trainset of the Vande Bharat sleeper train is in full swing, and the first train will be on track within two months. All technical works are in the last phase.” The trainset, manufactured by BEML Ltd at its rail unit in Bangalore, promises to provide easy mobility and comfort to commuters with global standards.

The Vande Bharat sleeper train body is crafted from high-grade austenitic stainless steel and includes crash-worthy elements integrated into the crash buffers and couplers, complying with stringent safety standards. All materials and aggregates in the trainset adhere to Fire standard requirements as per EN45545 HL3 grade.

“The Vande Bharat Sleeper Trains designed by BEML prioritize both aesthetic appeal and functionality in their interiors, sleeper berths, and exteriors. Every element, from the front nose cone to interior panels, seats and berths, interior lights, couplers, and gangways, is meticulously designed to meet the exacting standards of the sleeper trainset,” Vaishnaw added.

India’s first semi-high-speed indigenously built Vande Bharat trains have transformed the passenger experience. Following the success of this modern train, Indian Railways is set to launch its indigenous high-speed trains, Vande Bharat Sleeper, designed for travel at speeds of up to 200 km/h, envisioned as an alternative to the current Rajdhani Express for premium long-distance travel.

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