Kannur (Metro Rail News): The Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) train service to Kerala through Konkan successfully completed the trial run after passing through two tunnels on the route.
The train carrying two lorries started from Surathkal railway station in Karnataka at 7 am and reached West Hill in Kozhikode at 2.50 pm. Following a direction from the Southern railway, the train will conduct test runs to Shoranur and to the Thiruvananthapuram division.
The train passed through the 1.5 km long Kulashekara tunnel near Mangaluru Junction by 9.30 am. Officers concerned at the Konkan Railway Corporation evaluated that there were no hindrances for conducting Ro-Ro service.
The train left Kasaragod by 11.30 am and successfully passed through the 1 km long Kalanad tunnel. The train reached Kozhikode without hindering any foot over-bridges or overhead power lines.
The test run was done by the Konkan Railway Corporation and Southern Railway for goods transport. At present goods lorries are loaded on to the wagons at Kolad in Roha in Maharashtra. Up to 50 lorries can be loaded in a single trip. At present they are unloaded at Surathkal railway station in Karnataka. Once permission is granted, the Ro-Ro service will reach Kerala.