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Train Crosses World’s Highest Railway Bridge in J&K for the First Time

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On June 20, Indian Railways successfully conducted a trial run of an eight-coach MEMU train on the world’s highest railway bridge, the Chenab Bridge, in Jammu and Kashmir. This marks a significant step towards starting rail service on the route from Reasi to Baramulla in Kashmir.

“After an extensive inspection of the newly constructed Chenab Bridge by senior officers from the Railway Board, Northern Railway, and Konkan Railway, a trial run was conducted on a 46-km-long electrified line section between Sangaldan in Ramban district and Reasi at a speed of 40 kmph,” the Railway Ministry said in a statement.

“The trial run began at 12:35 pm from Sangaldan and reached Reasi at 2:05 pm, passing through nine tunnels with a combined length of 40.787 km, including the longest tunnel T-44 at 11.13 km,” the statement added.

According to the Ministry, this was the first full train to cross the iconic bridge between Dugga and Bakkal stations across the Chenab River, the world’s highest arch railway bridge.

The stations—Reasi, Bakkal, Dugga, and Sawlakote—are located in the Reasi district of J&K.

“The electrification work on this section has been executed with state-of-the-art technology, ROCS (Rigid Overhead Conductor System) at 25 kV, for the first time on railways,” the ministry said.

Upon the MEMU train’s arrival at Reasi railway station, chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ echoed as a large crowd gathered to witness the historic event. The train carried employees working on the project as well as railway officials.

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