Thought this video would be of interest.
India is developing a separate National Freight Network of lines which have clearance for these somewhat greater than 22' high trains with catenary at 24+' for electric operation. This should put to rest all the endless discussion we have every so often about the impossibility of electrifying tracks that carry high loads.
Eventually select current tracks will get clearances enhanced and catenary raised. But that is quite a bit in the future. Currently they are focused on building the so called Dedicate Freight Corridor (DFC) line connecting North India with Kolkata and Mumbai, a total of a little less than 4,000km of new double track railroad paralleling existing trackage at most locations.
Between Delhi and Kolkata this will effectively create a four track railroad all the way with several hundred km of 5 and 6 track railroads. Passenger trains will get segregated from freight. The freight part will be double track all the way. The passenger part double track to 4 tracks with a very short couple of segments with 5 or 6 tracks.
This video is on the Delhi to Mumbai DFC.
Edited by jis, 29 August 2018 - 04:21 PM.