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SAIL-BSP rolls out special-grade rails


SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) has successfully rolled out Vanadium alloyed special-grade rails, R 260 grade, for the Indian Railways.

The first rake was flagged off by Anirban Dasgupta, Director (P&BP), on June 30. The programme was witnessed by dignitaries, including  Vishwesh Chaube, Member Engineering, Railway Board, Rasika Chaube, Additional Secretary, and Puneet Kansal, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Steel were connected through online platform along with Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL and other senior officials of Indian Railways.

Chaudhary said, “It has been a constant endeavor of SAIL-BSP to develop new value-added products for its esteemed customer, Indian Railways by making required changes in processes to meet stringent technical specifications of the Indian Railways and cater to their changing needs. This Vanadium micro-alloyed steel would provide higher yield strength to rails. The new grade will not only ensure cleaner steel but will also provide better mechanical properties.”

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.