Dec 20, 2013

Railways yet to come up with technology to beat fog

Fog safety devices have been installed on trains on a trial basis. Photo: Monica Tiwari

Even as rail traffic continues to be thrown out of gear due to fog every year, the Indian Railways have failed to come up with a fool-proof technology to mitigate the problem. While the Railways have introduced technological innovation by installing fog safety devices on locomotives on a trial basis, the device has a limited purpose -- to ensure that the locomotive pilots are reminded well within time about the next approaching signal and station.

Northern Railway introduced the device on a trial basis in the winter of 2011 and currently a total of 1,018 fog safety devices designed by the Research Design and Standards Organisation are installed on different express and mail trains across the zone.

“The device is on a trial run. It is installed in the locomotive. It contains data of all the stations and the rail traffic signals on a particular route. It gives a buzz whenever a train is approaching a signal. It mainly alerts the loco pilot that the train is approaching a signal, which otherwise remains invisible with naked eye in foggy condition. It is to ensure that the safety of passengers, which is paramount, is not compromised,” said Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma.

The device supplements the traditional way of informing the loco pilot about an approaching signal by bursting crackers on the railway tracks, Mr. Sharma added.

The device has also been introduced by other fog-prone railway zones like North Western and East Central Railway. Officials said outcome of the device, which at best can replace the traditional system of bursting crackers, is being followed at the level of Railway Board and the RDSO.

Railway officials speaking privately, however, said that technological intervention to cut through fog and ensure normal operation of trains in foggy weather over a railway network spread across thousands of kilometres is a difficult task.

“To expect such a situation is like putting the entire network on an automated mode. For that, track circuiting would have to be done on the entire network. Even technological intervention has a limit. Despite spending crores in installing CAT III technology at the airports, operation comes to standstill if the visibility level recedes beyond the prescribed limits. Moreover, the Railways is an open network where the right of way of the train is violated at will,” said a senior Northern Railway official.
Source - the hindu

Ernakulam Railway Goods station revival key item on agenda: Chandy

There is a plan to transform Ernakulam Railway Goods station into a hub of suburban and MEMU trains. File Photo

The proposal to revive Ernakulam Railway Goods (ERG) station and turn it into a passenger terminus will be one of the key issues that will be discussed at a meeting on December 27, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said at Aluva on Thursday.

The meeting is being held to ensure the speedy construction of an overbridge proposed at Pachalam level crossing. People’s representatives from the Kochi Corporation and Railway are expected to attend.

Union Minister of State K.V. Thomas said in a memorandum submitted to Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge that Southern Railway must revive the ERG station so that it can become a hub of suburban and MEMU trains. In a press release, he said Ernakulam Junction and Town railway stations could not handle more trains because of paucity of space. “This shows the need for a third station in the city.”

The Minister’s statement comes in the backdrop of Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra’s comment that reviving the station was impossible because of technical issues. This had invited criticism from various quarters. Allegation was rife that moves were afoot to rope in private players who would end up siphoning 39 acres of prime government land.

A host of people’s representatives and NGOs had demanded that Mr. Thomas, who represents Ernakulam in the Parliament, and Hibi Eden, Ernakulam MLA, intervene in the matter so that the Railway sheds its ‘negative’ attitude. He demanded that Ernakulam Junction station be developed into a world-class station as promised in many Railway budgets. “The Railway must also begin a daily Duronto Express from the city to Bangalore, a daily Rajdhani service and daily train to Guwahati. More trains to Thiruvananthapuram from Ernakulam too are needed.”
Source - The Hindu

रेलवे का अजीब कारनामा-एक पीएनआर पर दो जगह बर्थ

लखनऊ। पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे प्रशासन की कार्य प्रणाली भी निराली है। आरक्षित बुकिंग काउंटर के बाहर टिकट दलालों की सेंधमारी है, तो अंदर विभाग के संबंधित लोगों में कोटे के नाम पर लापरवाही। लंबी दूरी की गाड़ियों में एक-एक बर्थ के लिए मारामारी है। पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे में तो एक पीएनआर पर एक ही कोच में दो जगह बर्थ आरक्षित हो जा रहे हैं।

गोरखपुर में 15 दिसंबर को ही हेडक्वार्टर आफिस कोटे से एक सांसद के पीएनआर नंबर पर दो जगह बर्थ आरक्षित हो गई। जानकारी होने पर सांसद भी परेशान हो उठे। मौके से ही उन्होंने संबंधित अधिकारियों को जानकारी दी। इसके बाद हड़कंप मच गया। मामले की छानबीन चल रही है।

बरौनी से नई दिल्ली जाने वाली 12553 वैशाली सुपरफास्ट एक्सप्रेस से आधा दर्जन सांसद 15 दिसंबर को दिल्ली गए। इसमें कमांडो कमल किशोर, जगदंबिका पाल, हर्षवर्धन सिंह आदि मौजूद थे। कमल किशोर ने टिकट आरक्षित कराने को गोरखपुर व बरौनी हेडक्वार्टर कोटे से निवेदन किया था। बरौनी हेडक्वार्टर कोटे से गोरखपुर से नई दिल्ली के लिए पीएनआर नंबर 6621465298 पर कोच ए वन के केबिन में उनका और उनके साथ चलने वाले की बर्थ कंफर्म हो गई, लेकिन, उसी पीएनआर नंबर पर गोरखपुर हेडक्वार्टर कोटे से भी बर्थ आरक्षित हो गई। पर यहां से उनका बर्थ कूपे ई में आरक्षित हुआ।

Source - Jagaran

Ministry of Railways - New Photo Identity Cards to Press Correspondents

The Ministry of Railways has decided to issue new Photo Identity Cards of Press Correspondents with effect from 1stMay, 2014 for grant of Rail Travel Concession to accredited Press Correspondents. The validity of the fresh Photo Identity Cards will be two years from the date of issue.

Consequent to the same, the present Identity Cards of the Press Correspondents will duly be renewed up to 30thApril, 2014.

SOURCE - (K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Special train between Bikaner & Nanded via Surat, Ahmedabad

To clear extra rush during the festive season, Railways will run two trips of special train between Nanded and Bikaner for the benefit of passengers via Surat, Vadodara & Ahmedabad.

Train No 07038 Bikaner-Nanded Special train will depart o­n 26thDecember, 2013 (Thursday) at 20.40 hrs from Bikaner and will reach Nanded at 12.45 hrs o­n third day i.e Saturday. Similarly,Train No. 07037 Nanded-Bikaner Special train will depart o­n 24th December, 2013 (Tuesday) at 08.00 hrs from Nanded and will reach Bikaner at 23.45 hrs. the next day.

The train will halt at Purna, Parbhani Jn., Selu, Partur, Aurangabad, Manmad, Jalgaon, Amalner, Nandurbar, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Abu Road, Sirohi Rd, Falna, Rani, Marwar Jn., Pali MArwar, Luni, Jodhpur, Gotan, Merta Rd., Nagour & Nokha stations in both directions.

The train will have AC III tier, Sleeper Class and General II class coaches.
(Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer



For the convenience of passengers and to clear the waiting list, Western Railway has decided to augment six 3-Tier AC coaches in Yuva Express o­n permanent basis. This train runs between Bandra (T) and H. Nizammudin. The train will run with augmented coaches from 20/12/13 Ex Bandra (T) and 21/12/13 Ex-Nizammudin.

The booking for augmented coaches will start from 19th Dec, 2013.
(Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Lucknow Weekly AC Special and Pune-Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly Special - Bookings for 02111 and 01477 already open




Central Railway has decided to extend the run of LTT - Lucknow AC Superfast Special and Pune - Hazrat Nizamuddin Special to clear the extra rush of passengers. The details are as under –


02111 AC special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.20 hrs every Fri from 27.12.2013 to 17.01.2014 (4 trips) and arrive Lucknow at 11.40 hrs next day.

02112 AC special will leave Lucknow at 12.50 hrs every Sat from 28.12.2013 to 18.01.2014 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 12.05 hrs next day. 

HALTS: Kalyan, Igatpuri, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Jhansi, Orai, Kanpur.

COMPOSITION: o­ne First AC, Three AC-2 Tier, Ten AC-3 Tier, o­ne AC Pantry Car and Two Luggage cum Generator Vans. 


01477 special train will leave Pune at 22.00 hrs every Tuesday from 24.12.2013 to 14.01.2014 (4 trips) and arrive Hazrat Nizamuddin at 03.15 hrs o­n third day i.e. Thursday.

01478 special train will leave Hazrat Nizamuddin at 04.30 hrs every Thursday from 26.12.2013 to 16.01.2014 (4 trips) and arrive Pune at 08.05 hrs next day.

HALTS: Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantonment and Mathura.

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 tier, o­ne AC-3 tier, 5 Sleeper class, 6 General second class and 2 General second class cum guard’s brake vans.

RESERVATION: Bookings for special train No. 01477 and 02111 for extended days already open.

SOURCE -This news comes to you from the Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.

(V. Chandrasekar)

Railways to Run Special Trains to Clear Winter Rush

On the occasion of Christmas, New Year and Winter Rush period, Indian Railways are running following specials trains from Delhi to Goa/Mumbai/Thiruvananthapuram so as to clear the heavy rush of traffic. The details of such special trains are as under:-

S. No.
Train No.
Period of run
Days of run
Departure and Arrival
19.12.13 to 30.12.13
Mon, Thurs
 New Delhi- Mumbai Central
D 23:40
A 21:15
18.12.13 to 29.12.13
Wed, Sun
New Delhi- Mumbai Central
D 23:40
A 21:15
18.12.13 to 29.01.14
Tue, Wed
New Delhi-TrivandrumKouchuveli
D 21:35
A 20:30
18.12.13 to 01.01.14
DelhiSafdarjung-Bandra Terminus
D 18:00
A 16:35
21.12.13 to 01.02.14
New Delhi- Vasco Da Gama
D 00:10
A 11:40

           Source - PIB





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