According to UN estimates, India will become the most populous country in the world in just 14 years’ time, when it will have approx. 1.45 billion inhabitants. This rapid population growth has led to a rise in traffic and freight movement in the Railway which is creating robust demand for additional Rail Infrastructure. Projects such as those proposed by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation, the Ahmedabad to Mumbai high speed lines, the doubling and tripling of existing lines, and a host of new metro and light rail projects are all actively gearing up.
The advanced rails are designed to modernise and increase capacity on India’s Railway Network, by allowing the track to cope with increased speed and heavier axle loads, and they have specific requirements for the aluminothermic welding process used during rail installation and maintenance. The Pandrol team has been working closely with Indian Railway to develop a suitable aluminothermic welding process to suit the high strength, 110 Kg/mm2 UTS, rail.