Pakistan Railways procuring 820 wagons from China

Engineering Post Report

Pakistan Railways is procuring large number of 820 wagons from China in order to  meet its requirements  and modernise its fleet.

Railways have started receiving the wagons in a phased manner as first batch of completely built units (CBU) of 70 high capacity wagons have recently arrived at Karachi Port.  These wagons were dispatched  by the Chinese firm on December  25,2022.

According to the Railways sources,  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.

Under the contract,  the Chinese firm is also to manufacture  200 CBUs including 70 flat, 70 open top and 40covered wagons and 20 brake vans.

Under the contract, Railways is procuring as many as 800 high capacity wagons and 20  brake vans,600  wagons  are to be manufactured  within the country  at Pakistan Railways carriage factories  in collaboration with the Chinese engineers.

Earlier on, the arrival of 46  high-speed  modern coaches  from China in the last week of November 2022 had paved the way   for the provision of state of the art travelling facilities to the passengers across the country. The sources said that furthermore, arrangements are already in place for manufacturing  locally 104  similar coaches ( passenger, luggage and brake vans) under the technology transfer component of 230  coaches purchase agreement. 

As already reported by Engineering Post, since the test run  of these coaches has already been completed, Railways  is using these  in various express trains  on the main line . Modern  train coaches  and wagons can run at speeds of 160 kilometer per hour (KMH) and 80 KM per hour  respectively.