Pakistan Railway to operate Cargo Express

KARACHI – After revamping the railways' falling system and entering the profit earning phase, Pakistan Railway is now set to operate Cargo Express from Tuesday.

The Cargo Express would operate twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday between Karachi Cantonment and Badami Bagh Station, near Lahore and the first express would leave Tuesday at 11 pm according to railway sources. Frequency of the train would later be increased to one train a day.

It may be mentioned here that the railway is already operates five to six freight trains on daily basis while this Cargo Express Train has been revived after a lapse of more than three years. The last cargo train was dispatched on June 20, 2011.

The Cargo express will consist of a load of 23=46. The freight of each wagon is Rs 130,000/- total freight of one full train will be Rs 03 million. Sources said that expected monthly earning from this train was Rs 24 million and Rs 300 million expected annual earning.

The Cargo Express would carry general cargo like soaps, detergents, tissue boxes, imported household items, spare parts etc. The expected running time of cargo express is 38 hours while a proper time table has already been issued for this train on the lines of passenger Express Train.

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