Dec 10, 2013

PKP Cargo terminates Chinese wagon joint venture

Polish freight train.

POLAND: Freight operator PKP Cargo and CNR subsidiary Jinan Railway Vehicles are to wind up the CNR Cargo Wagon joint venture which they established in 2010.

The partners had planned to assemble kits of wagon parts supplied from China at a PKP Cargo site in Szczecin, estimating that using Chinese components could be 30% cheaper than local manufacturing.

However, studies and the trial assembly of three wagons showed that the project would not be economically feasible. The cost of transport and rising wages in China meant it would hard for the venture to compete with Poland's established domestic industry. Meanwhile, PKP Cargo has increased the utilisation of its facilities by bringing vehicle maintenance and modernisation work in-house.

SOURCE - railway gazette

Transport Canada should make railways share dangerous cargo information with public

More than four months after the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec on July 6, 2013, Ottawa has new rules that will require railway companies to tell municipalities the type and amount of dangerous materials shipped through their borders over the previous year.

Ottawa is giving emergency planning officials across Canada a better idea of dangerous cargo that may be coming to their town down a railway track. And that’s a good thing. But residents who could be in harm’s way also deserve access to the same information.

Transport Canada’s “protective direction No. 32” — a new regulation from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government — is billed as “strong action to protect public safety” amid growing concern about the volume of dangerous goods being sent by rail.

It requires railway companies to share information with local first responders about the hazardous goods they ship. But it leaves residents in the dark about what sometimes passes through just beyond their own backyard. They ought to know.

The regulatory change came more than four months after the July 6 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster destroyed the centre of a Quebec town, killing 47 people. That tragedy erupted so quickly, and with such apocalyptic power, that no local emergency response team could have controlled it. But few communities will ever need to cope with a disaster of such horrific proportion. In most cases, emergency preparedness could be significantly enhanced through more disclosure.

The new rules are a victory for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which lobbied hard for this change. “Local governments need to know basic information about dangerous goods being transported through their communities,” FCM president Claude Dauphin said in the wake of the federal announcement.

In order to better prepare for disaster, first responders, including firefighters and police, need more information about what they might face in an accident.

Ottawa’s latest directive provides that. It requires all railway companies to tell municipalities the type and amount of dangerous materials shipped through their borders over the previous year.

As reported by the Star’s Jessica McDiarmid, big railways, including Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Via Rail, must bring their data out at three-month intervals. Smaller companies are required to issue an update only if there’s a significant change in the course of a year.

This information is to be used strictly for emergency planning or response, and it is to be disclosed within a municipality on a “need to know” basis. If a city’s emergency planning officials fail to agree to that, a railway isn’t required to share its records.

Although what’s revealed is retrospective, it does give municipalities a fairly good idea of the sort of disasters they should stand on guard against. Past chemical shipments can provide a reasonable indication of what’s to come. Transport patterns and industrial demand for certain cargo don’t radically fluctuate from week to week. So this is highly useful information.

Dealing with strange chemicals and unusual crisis scenarios could require special training or equipment. And communities armed with a better idea of what’s needed could use this information to press railways and upper governments for funding to fill gaps in coverage.

There seems little harm in granting the public access to the same historical information. This is far different from telling people about a dangerous shipmentbefore it arrives. That could engender needless panic and even alert terrorists, or psychopaths, to a potentially devastating local target.

Providing a yearly or quarterly update on material that already has passed through an area doesn’t seem a serious security concern. Limiting access to such data to emergency planners and responders constitutes excessive secrecy.

Rather than enhancing security, its main purpose appears to be sparing railways from bother by dampening public awareness of routine shipments of hazardous cargo. That’s not what federal regulation should be about.
SOURCE - the star

Complex railway system

Cookson Country

UK - HIGH Shields station and the old bridge across Keppel Street in Shields, mentioned elsewhere on the page today, were just two features of the large and complex rail network that criss-crossed the town, in the era when it carried not just people, but commodities such as coal, and even cattle.

It was a huge employer of manpower, and played a significant role in times of crisis, both locally and nationally.

You can get a flavour of this thanks to a new webpage which has recently been placed on-line by the National Archives.

All Change looks at how railways changed the nation, going back to the early years of the 19th century, when the first efficient locomotive-powered railway ran in 1912.

It also looks at how the railways were mobilised during the First World War, when they were used to carry troops to the Front.

Moreover if you ever had any family member who worked on the railways, then there is help in finding them in the archives, through

This allows you to search employment records over a period of more than a century, from 1833 to 1956.

Source - shields gazette.

Udhampur-Katra railway line tested, PM likely to do inauguration in January

Udhampur-Katra railway line tested, PM likely to do inauguration in January

Srinagar: Finally the newly constructed railway track between Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region was successfully tested by the officials of Indian ruled Kashmir on Monday. However, two more test runs will be conducted before opening it for the people.

According to the recent reports, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will come here to inaugurate the railway line in January 2014. The first run was done by a special train with 53 wagons. This kind of train helps in placing concrete on the track.

The track between Udhampur and Katra stretches 25 kilometers and will avail the direct connection to those who are willing to visit Katra for Vaishno Devi pilgrimage.

"The working process will be finalized in 5 to 7 days. After that people will be able to travel through Katra," said Sanjay Kumar Gaur, a guard at the Jammu headquarters of the Railways.

Earlier, the authorities had conducted one more trail on December 7 when a light power engine was run from Udhampur to Katra.

"The railway administration will decide when to start the service. We may conduct two more trial runs. We are waiting for authorisation from the Centre for a railway information systems officer. After the authorisation, the administration will decide the date," said traffic inspector Rajeev Sabarwal.

After conducting a survey on a railway project between Jammu region and Kashmir Valley in 1998, the construction process had begun in 1999. At that time, 2005 was scheduled as the deadline for the completion of the project of directly connecting Katra with India. Almost 80 percent of the complete run passes through tunnels and bridges.

Source - parda phash.

Union Pacific works to reopen railway after train derailment

Repair crews work to clean up a derailed train near the 215 beltway and Range Road in Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. According to a spokesperson with Union Pacific Railroad, one locomotive and 19 cars derailed at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday. (Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A train heading to California derailed Sunday near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said 19 coal cars and one locomotive derailed about 10 p.m. The train, which was bound for Mojave, Calif., had four locomotives and 103 cars.

No one was injured.

Davis said crews worked throughout the day to move the rail cars upright and worked throughout the night to repair the damaged track.

The rail line is expected to reopen by 4 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation by Union Pacific.

Source - review journal.


Eastern Railway, Sealdah Division Notified Recruitment against Sports Quota 2013-14

Eastern Railway, Sealdah Division invited applications for recruitment against Sports Quota for the year 2013-14. The candidates eligible for the post can apply through prescribed format before 8 January 2014. Eastern Railway (ER) was formed on 14 April 1952 by integration of the East Indian Railway (EIR) consisting of Sealdah, Howrah, Asansol and Danapur Divisions and the entire Bengal – Nagpur Railway (BNR).
 Important Date
  • Last Date for Receipt of Application: 8 January 2014
  • Last Date for Receipt of Application for candidates residing abroad and Andaman Nicobar, Lakshadweep Islands, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh: 24 January 2014
Vacancy details
Name of Posts: PB-1 in scale Rs. 5200-20200/- with GP Rs. 1800/- against Sports Quota for the year 2013-14
Name of the Discipline:               
  • Football: 2 Men
  • Golf: 1 Men
  • Cricket: 2 Men
Total No. of Posts: 5 Posts
Age limit
  • Candidate should have 18 years and not below 25 years as on 1 January 2014.
  • No Age Relaxation in lower or upper age limits for any category of candidate.

Educational Qualification
Candidate should be 10th pass or ITI or equivalent from a recognized Board/Body.
Application Fee
  • Unreserved and OBC candidate need to pay application fee of Rs. 40/- in the form of crossed Indian Postal Order drawn in favour of Divisional Sports Officer / Divisional Sports Association / Eastern Railway, Sealdah, payable at GPO/Kolkata.
  • SC/ST, Minority Communities (Muslims/Christians/Sikhs/Buddhists/Zorastrians), Ex. Serviceman and economically backward Classes whose family income is less than Rs. 50,000/- per annum are exempted from payment of fee.
 Pay Scale: Rs.5200-20200 + GP of Rs. 1800/-
Selection Process
Candidate will be selected on the basis of Trial in respective game to be conducted by Trial Committee followed by interview.
How to Apply
  • Candidate need to download application format as available in the notification.
  • Fill it with all mandatory details, attach Photocopies of certificates in regard to sports achievements, educational qualifications, age proof, Caste etc., 2 self addressed envelopes (size 23 cm. X 10 cm.) with Rs. 5/- postage stamp affixed on each envelope, 1 passport size photograph should be pasted on space provided in the application form duly cross signed by the applicant and 2 passport size photographs with name written on the back, Copy of employment exchange registration certificate (if any), IPO, super scribe “ APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT IN PB-1 SCALE Rs.5200-20200/-; GRADE PAY Rs 1800/- AGAINST SPORTS QUOTA -2013-14 OPEN ADVERTISEMENT WITH EMPLOYMENT NOTICE NO. E/SC/SPORTS/SELECT/2013-14 Sealdah 30-10-2013 & SPORTS DISCIPLINE” on the top of the envelope and send to Sports Officer, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office (1st floor), Sports Section, Kaiser Street, Sealdah, Kolkata-700014 before 8 January 2014.

Organized racket behind leak of railway board question paper busted

CHANDIGARH: An organized racket behind the leakage of question paper of Group-D exam of Northern Railway was unearthed and a total six beneficiaries were apprehended by cyber cell of Chandigarh police.
Six beneficiaries included Narender, Kuldeep, Deepak of Jhajjar, Devender, Gulab of Rohtak and Dalbir Singh of Sonepat was apprehended in the middle of exam and an FIR against all of them was registered on Sunday night. All were apprehended in the examination center in Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), sector 46. 

The exam was being conducted in different examination centers in city by Railway Recruitment Board on December 8. Cops have seized four cell phones and coded microphotostate slips from the possession of accused. 

Five accused Narender, Kuldeep, Deepak, Gulab and Dalbir were remanded in two days police custody and Devender was sent to judicial custody in Model Burail Jail on Monday. 

DSP (cyber cell) Rajesh Kalia said, "A secret information was received about the leakage of question paper of Group D exam of railway board through SMSs on the cell phones and six beneficiaries have been identified prior the beginning of exams outside GMSSS-46. A raid along with railway board officials was conducted and six accused were caught red-handed while using coded slips for cheating." 

Interestingly, four of accused had been deleted the SMS of particular questions prior before entering the examination center and investigators have not found any text message related to leak questions in cell phones. Police sources said four cell phones will be sent to CFSL-36 for retrieving the deleted messages. Police officials said six beneficiaries were not aware about the kingpin of racket and obtained the messages of question paper through middlemen. A case against all of them was registered at sector 34 police station.

Source - TOI

PCs stolen from under top cop's nose at Central Railway headquarters

So much for all that talk of tight security! Cocking a snook at high security at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, especially after the 26/11 terror attack, unidentified thieves spirited away three desktop computers. Ironic as it may seem, the computers were whisked away from the office of the Central Railway’s security chief!

The theft took place on the night of December 3 from the third floor of Central Railway’s headquarters.

The theft exposes the porosity of the city’s the landmark installation besides exposes chinks in its security armour. After terrorists had struck the railway terminus in 2008, security measures had been beefed up at the station.

Even as railway officials remained tight-lipped in a bid to hush up the matter, a Central Railway official confirmed that the theft had taken place. “The three computers, which were stolen, were used by stenographers, not by officers,” said an official.

Another railway official said on the condition of anonymity that investigations are underway and no arrests have been made yet.

Concern has also been raised over the sensitive nature of documents or data on the hard disk of the stolen computers.

The railway officials, however, played down this fear, “As the computers were not used by officers, the data would be limited to some innocuous statistics and routine letters typed by office staff,” said the official.

Another source in the railways said that the police have zeroed in on one individual who has emerged a suspect in the theft case and also has a record of similar crimes.

“But this person is yet to be traced. For now, we are not ruling out the role of an insider,” said the source.

It may be noted that the office of the security chief contains the data of the entire region, that is the Central Railway, thereby raising eyebrows about the security lapse. However, an official underplayed the incident by saying a thief wouldn’t care about the amount of data stored, only about how much money he can make by selling the computers he steals.

Source - DNA





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