Maligaon, July 6 (MExN): Taking another step forward towards 100% electrification, the 05956 Delhi - Guwahati Special Brahmaputra Mail which left Delhi yesterday at 11:40 pm became the first NFR owned Mail/Express train in post lockdown period to run on electric traction up to New Jalpaiguri Jn.
Earlier this train was running up to Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn on electric traction. It will reach New Jalpaiguri on July 7 covering 1624 Km distance. The same electric locomotive will be utilized for return of Special Brahmaputra Mail no 05955 which will leave New Jalpaiguri for Delhi on the very same day.
With commissioning of 326 RKM Electrification works up to New Jalpaiguri Jn, N F Railway has also entered into Electric Traction era.
05956/05955 Delhi –Dibrugarh - Delhi Special Brahmaputra Mail will be the first passenger train in newly electrified section of Bhagalpur - Shivnarayanpur portion under Malda division of Eastern Railway to reach up to New Jalpaiguri. It can be mentioned here that successful CRS inspection of the 39 KM Bhagalpur - Shivnarayanpur section was completed on June 30, completing a missing link to start this operation.
Two other NFR trains New Jalpaiguri - Howrah Shatabdi Express and New Jalpaiguri –Malda Town passenger also ran in electric traction from New Jalpaiguri before the COVID-19 related lockdown.