Central Railway plays an important role in Goods Traffic movement connecting North & South as well as East & West parts of country. Mostly the Fertilizers move from Western regions, Food grains from Northern regions, Coal/Steel/Ores from Eastern/South-Eastern to other parts of country, in addition to Port bound traffic and POL.
Coal is being loaded from Western Coalfields Limited for various power houses of Maharashtra and Gujarat like Chandrapur, Paras, Bhusawal, Nasik, Parali, Ukai Songarh, Gandhinagar etc. in addition coal for captive power plants, paper and textile industries also dispatched.
Fertilizer – Two plants of RCF are located on CR at Thal and Trombay, supplying fertilizer mainly to Maharashtra, Karnataka State and some regions of NE India.
POL loading points on CR are Panewadi(Manmad), Loni, Trombay, IOTL(Jasai) serving mainly to Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana States.LPG is also dispatched from Uran.
Cement is dispatched by M/s ACC Ltd. ex Wadi and Ghugus plants, by M/s Birla Super Cement Siding ex Hotgi and by M/s Orient Cement Siding ex Bhadli. Some quantity of Cement is also dispatched by M/s Ultratech and Ambuja Cement from Wadi G/Shed, Tadali G/Shed etc.
Iron & Steel traffic is very minimal on CR, M/s Jindal Steel Works is loading from Pen and Vasind. M/s Lloyd Steel is loading from their siding at Wardha.
Foodgrain dispatches depends on movement of Foodgrain by FCI for Public Distribution System. Some quantity of Maize for export is also loaded from Bhusawal division.
Container traffic is mainly handled at JN Port, ICDs of Container Corporation(Nagpur, Bhusawal, Chinchwad, Mulund, Turbhe, Dronagiri etc.) and other Container Train Operation also.
Among other goods, Sugar is loaded from Kolhapur – Baramati area of Pune division, Onion is loaded from Nasik – Manmad area of Bhusawal and Solapur division, DOC is loaded from various stations of Bhusawal and Nagpur divisions.
Inward Traffic mainly consists of Cement, Fertilizer, Foodgrain, POL and Steel. Export Container traffic contributes major part of inward traffic.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port : It is a major port of the country wher railways is handling container traffic both import and export. It has three terminals viz. JNPT, NSICT and GTI. Container Corporation is the main operator. APL, HIND, ETA, GRFL, DPW, CWC are the other container operators doing business at JN Port.
Mumbai Port : Railways is handling import/export traffic of Food grains, Steel etc. at Mumbai Port. Due to infrastructure constraints in port railways, the rail traffic quantum is less.