The Indian Railways has approved another grade of rails developed by Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) for high-speed and high-axle load applications.

The newly developed 60E1 1175 heat-treated (HT) Rails have been approved by the Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO).

Indian Railways have currently projected a requirement of 1.8 Lac MT a year of the high-grade rails, a superior grade to 1080 HH.

The Railway Board/RDSO had earlier accorded approval for the rails based on inspection and testing performed by RDSO team.

Primarily used by the Metro Rail Corporations, High-Speed Corridors and Bullet Trains, the 60E1 1175 HT Rails are equivalent to European R350HT grade with regards to rail profile.

Furthermore, the Railway Board/RDSO approved JSPL’s Gr. 880 Rails as a ‘Regular Supplier’ to Indian Railways.

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JSPL managing director V R Sharma said: “Before this development, all speciality rails were imported in the country, JSPL is committed for manufacturing of speciality rails to fulfil requirements of Indian railways and metro rail corporations hence making India AatmNirbhar in procuring rails locally for different applications.

“These rails will be used in the dedicated freight corridor, high axel load application including bullet trains.

“JSPL’s manufacturing capacity for 60E1 1175 HT Rails has been assessed as 3.24 Lac MT per annum by Railway Board/RDSO, which is more than enough to meet the full annual demand of Indian Railways, Metro Rail Corporations, high-speed corridors.”

Apart from 880 Grade main track rails, the company has also started supplying 1080 grade Head Hardened rails to several metro rail projects in the country.

JSPL has developed special rails, asymmetric rails, R260, and 1175HT grades for heavy load carrying wagon units of 75t/wagon.