Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) /Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) has successfully rolled Vanadium alloyed special grade Rails, R 260 grade, for the Indian Railways and the first rake was flagged off on June 30, 2020 by Mr. Anirban Dasgupta, Director (P&BP) with additional charge of CEO, BSP.
Commenting on the development SAIL’s CMD Mr. Anil Kumar Chaudhary said, “It has been a constant endeavour of SAIL-BSP to develop new value-added products for its esteemed customer, Indian Railways. The new grade will not only ensure cleaner steel but will also provide better mechanical properties. SAIL-BSP has been producing the exact specification based rails for the Indian Railways throughout its decades old association”.
The R 260 grade of Rails is targeted to meet the requirements of Indian Railways for higher speed and higher axle load. Indian Railways is moving towards higher speed and axle load rails for which it required SAIL to produce R 260 grade and SAIL has started successfully producing the same. The high strength of more than 550 MPa (Mega Pascal) will enable Indian Railways to withstand more rigorous Rail traffic and also achieve better life. The Rails shall be supplied in the form of 260 meter long welded panels.