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Vijayawada Railway Shed capacity enhanced to 219 Locomotives

South Central Railway (SCR) used be adversely affected when electric locomotives would be shifted to workshops for periodic overhaul. Identifying the need for high-capacity loco sheds, SCR commissioned capacity enhancement works at Vijayawada and Vizag sheds.

Vijayawada loco shed, which is the largest one in SCR division, used to hold 175 locos. After the systemic rejig, Vijayawada shed can accommodate upto 219 locos.

R Dhananjayulu said they did not want to wait for the capacity enhancement to be fully complete and have already started homing number of locos. “After the completion of the loco shed enhancement, we will soon begin homing three-phased locos which is soon going to be the future of locomotives in Indian Railways,” Dhananjayulu told.

Railway officials said the works were commissioned in the last three years. With around 589 electric locomotives, SCR has the highest number of such locomotives in Indian Railways. Due to the lack of appropriate sheds, they were forced to send them to other workshops at Dahod in Gujarat, Perumbur in Tamil Nadu and Bhusawal in Maharashtra till 2017.

SCR general manager Vinod Kumar Yadav announced the novel measure at the 38th meeting of the electric-loco maintenance study group held in July 2017. The measure is expected to reduce maintenance time and other related costs as well as facilitate seamless running of trains. Officials said SCR is working on the idea to develop loco sheds that can maintain both diesel and electrica

Antyodaya Rake for biweekly Tambaram-Sengottai Special Train

The first Antyodaya rake is to be operated as a bi-weekly daytime special train between Tambaram and Sengottai from Monday. The rake comprising 16 unreserved Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches will start running from Tambaram.

Compared to the conventional coaches, the interiors and exteriors of LHB coaches have been wrapped with vinyl sheets to ensure that train sports a new look. Every coach reportedly has a drinking water vending machine to ensure comfort of passengers. Besides, a fire extinguisher has also been mounted.

The Antyodaya coaches have a vestibule to enable passengers to move from one coach to the last coach of the train, a senior railway official said. Proposed in the 2016 Union Budget, the Antyodaya coaches are ideal for night travel trains, with the added facilities.

To cater to more unreserved passengers in highly congested routes, the Railways announced that two Antyodaya Express trains would be introduced from Tambaram to Tirunelveli and Sengottai.

To begin the daily service, railways required two rakes of Antyodaya coaches. The second rake of 20 coaches had been handed over to Southern Railway only a week ago.

“After completing the mandatory safety procedures, the second rake would be put to use and accordingly the bi-weekly special train will be converted as regular Antyodaya Express,” he said.

According to a press note, Tambaram-Sengottai unreserved special train will leave Tambaram at 7 am on March 5, 7, 12 and 14 and reach Sengottai at 10.30 pm the same day.

Similarly, in the return direction, Sengottai-Tambaram unreserved special train will leave Sengottai at 6 am on March 6, 8, 13 and 15 and reach Tambaram at 10.30 pm the same day.

The trains will stop at Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur, Villupuram, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tiruchy, Pudukkottai, Karaikudi, Manamadurai, Aruppukkottai, Virudhunagar, Sivakasi, Rajapalayam, Sankarankovil and Tenkasi.

Facilities in the new rake
• Interiors and exteriors wrapped with vinyl sheets
• Vestibule running from the first to the last coach
• Drinking water vending machines inside the train
• It comprises 16 unreserved LHB coaches
• Ideal for trains that take night-long journeys
• Will help address demand for unreserved coaches

CRB assurance on Kolkata Metro projects

Around 50km of Metro Railway tracks in the city will be operational in the next three years, railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani said in Calcutta on Sunday.

Sources said the entire stretch of the Noapara-Airport and Noapara-Dakshineswar projects, as well as East-West Metro would be ready during the period.

A part of the Kavi Subhash-Airport line and the Joka-BBD Bag line will be operational over the next three years.

The Kavi Subhash-Airport project will be ready till Salt Lake (from Kavi Subhash) and the Joka-BBD Bag will be ready till Majerhat (from Joka) in three years.

“Fifty kilometres of Metro tracks will be done in the next three years. These include the East-West Metro, Kavi Subhash-Airport Metro till Salt Lake, Noapara-Airport, Joka-BBD Bag (till Majerhat) and the Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro,” Lohani said.

East-West Metro trains will run till the Salt Lake stadium (from Sector V) by October and Phoolbagan by March 2019, Lohani said.

Other officials said the railways were targeting to make the entire stretch of East-West Metro (between Sector V and Howrah Maidan) operational by end-2020.

Work on the Joka-BBD Bag link is set to gather speed as the Calcutta Municipal Corporation had assured the railways of land.

Ajay Vijayvargiya, the general manager of Metro Railway, said mayor Sovan Chatterjee had assured them that the land required in Joka would be made available soon. “Once we get the land, work will start. We are targeting to complete the first 9km of the Joka-BBD Bag stretch (Joka to Majerhat) by June 2021,” Vijayvargiya said.

Lohani is in Calcutta to “understand and inspect” various projects and their progress. He took a ride on Saturday on the East-West Metro tracks under the Hooghly from Howrah Maidan till where the west-bound tunnel has been dug. “The tunnel will be complete till Esplanade in three months,” said Lohani.

Darjeeling train

Lohani said he would visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) next month to discuss what could be done to improve its condition.

“I think steam gauge should be used in DHR…. The workshops should be taken back in time,” he said.

The Unesco has declared DHR as a World Heritage Site. Last July, suspected Gorkhaland supporters had set on fire the headquarters of the DHR at Kurseong.

Indian Railways proposes Revamped Scale to Grade Trains on Punctuality

The punctuality metric for Indian Railways is up for an overhaul with a new scale for train punctuality on the cards.

Currently, the only punctuality metric for Indian trains is them being ‘on time’, which is accorded to the train if it is less than 15 minutes late. This is however set to change with five grades for the trains being proposed which will also take into consideration the distance the train covers.

The measure was proposed in a recent meeting of senior officials and general managers of the railways. The calculation will be done on the monthly average of train performance on the timing front, with data being recorded by railway zonal units.

For trains covering distances less than 300 km, a delay of five minutes or less will see the train being graded as ‘excellent’, and a delay of 90 minutes or more will be graded as ‘bad’.

For long distance trains, a delay of ten minutes or less will get an ‘excellent’ grade, between ten and 20 minutes ‘very good’, between 20 and 40 minutes ‘good’, 40 minutes and two hours ‘fair’ and more than two hours will see the train being graded as ‘bad’ on punctuality.

Also, an on-board Service Captain, identifiable through a uniform, will be responsible for taking care of passenger issues on long distance journeys.

Egypt Parliament approves bill enabling private sector to manage Railway Services

The House of Representatives approved during a session on Sunday under Speaker Ali Abdel Aal a bill presented by the government on amending some articles of law 152 of 1980 on establishing the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA).

The bill allows ERA to enable investors to run, administer and maintain railway services without abiding by law 129 of 1947 on railways and law no 61 of 1958 on giving concessions related to investment in natural resources and public utilities.

It also allows ERA to establish stock exchange companies and trade in their shares while giving the ERA workers the right to buy 10 percent of the companies shares.

The bill imposes a jail term ranging between two to three years on those who encroach on areas along the railways.

Egyptian National Railway is one of the largest economic institutions in Egypt and the Arab world, and is the largest in the area of transport services (passengers and goods). It’s considered the backbone of passenger transport in Egypt, where the volume of railway passengers and goods transport is:

  • Passengers transport: 500 million passengers annually (about 1.4 million passengers a day).
  • Goods transport: 6 million tons annually.

Railway network

  • The total length of network is 9570 km
  • Paths of quadripartite lines 20 km
  • Paths of double lines 1466 km
  • Paths of single line 3667 km
  • Railway’s yards, workshops and warehouses

Signals system

Signals system on the heavy lines of movement to achieve the safety factors on them

  • Lines are working by electrical signals 15%
  • Lines are working by mechanical signal 85%


The total number of stations is 705. major, sub and medium -stations, Including:

  • Main stations number 22
  • Central stations number 59
  • Medium stations number 60
  • Small stations number 564 

Bridges and Tunnels

Number of 885 Bridges and Tunnels

  • Railway bridges on the Nile and waterways, 511 bridge
  • Bridges above the Railway for cars, 58 Bridge
  • Tunnels for cars and pedestrians, 137 tunnel
  • Bridges overhead for pedestrians, 137 bridge

Fleet strength

  • 342 German locomotive, capacity 2475 hp
  • 45 Canadian locomotive, capacity 2475 hp
  • 30 U.S. locomotive, capacity 1850 hp
  • 253 Canadian locomotive, capacity 1650 hp
  • 30 locomotive maneuver Spanish, capacity 1200 hp
  • 80 new U.S. locomotive GE, capacity 4000 HP
  • 40 new U.S. locomotive EMD, capacity 3245 hp
  • 820 The total

Passenger transport service

The fleet of Passenger transport coaches is 3500 including 850 air-conditioned coaches the passenger transport service on the ENR of different qualities, ranging in speed from 90 to 120 km / h Fast sleep trains, and first and second AC luxury Special trains Renovated trains Suburban trains, with average speed of 90 km / h.

Flexi-fare in Premium Trains to be tweaked: says Chairman/Railway Board

Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani today hinted at a change in flexi-fare system in premium trains, saying there will be some tweaking which will benefit both passengers and railways.

Lohani, who earlier headed Air India, said flexi pricing structure works well in competitive transportation like the airlines, where private operators vie with each other to increase occupancy.

But when it comes to trains, the Indian Railways is the only passenger service operator and flexi-fare system may not be conducive for passengers, the Railway Board chairman said.

In the present flexi-fare system, train fares go up as soon as a certain number of seats are booked in premium trains.

“There will be some tweaking in some areas which will be beneficial to both passengers and the railways,” Lohani said.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that instead of flexi-fares, a dynamic pricing system was being considered where discounts could be given during off season.

The fares would automatically adjust through artificial intelligence, algorithms or technology, to help trains have more occupancy, thus maximising revenues, the minister had said.

On a visit to the city to review progress of work in Eastern, South Eastern and Metro Railways headquartered here, the chairman said that overall punctuality of passenger trains stood at 70 to 75 per cent.

“While punctuality is an issue, safety is also of great concern and we have laid utmost stress on track maintenance and repairs,” he said.

Stating that track maintenance work leads to delay in train movement, he said this is a vicious circle but safety is foremost and has been given priority over punctuality.

Lohani, an officer with the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, who was brought back from Air India to head the Railway Board in August 2017 after a string of accidents, assured that once track maintenance work has been streamlined and safety issues are taken care of, punctuality of trains would rise.

DLW/Varanasi converts WAGC3-class Diesel Locomotive from Diesel to Electric Traction

VARANASI: Indian Railways creates history! Indian Railways production unit, Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), has for the first time converted a locomotive from diesel to electric traction. A WAGC3-class diesel locomotive has been converted to electric and the new indigenous ‘Make in India’ engine delivers 5,000 HP.

Indian Railways creates history! Indian Railways production unit, Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), has for the first time converted a locomotive from diesel to electric traction. A WAGC3-class diesel locomotive has been converted to electric and the new indigenous ‘Make in India’ engine delivers 5,000 HP, which is a 92% increase from the on rail track 2,600 HP of the older version of the locomotive. This 5,000 HP unit is one half of a 10,000 HP locomotive, says Indian Railways. According to the national transporter, two diesel locomotives have been converted to one “permanently coupled 12-axle, electric locomotive” of 10,000 HP. “The older diesel locomotive had 3,200 HP, but on track it was 2,600 HP. In case of electric there is no loss of HP and two engines are required, so two 5,000 HP locos have been coupled to yield an 10,000 HP,” a senior railway official told.

Led by the first woman GM of DLW, Rashmi Goyel, the project is a definite step forward towards reducing carbon emissions and introducing new age technology in Indian Railways. A team of engineers from DLW, BHEL, RDSO and CLW worked on the project which was completed under the guidance of Member Traction of Railway Board, Ghansyam Singh. The work on the ambitious and historic project began on December 22, 2017 and the new locomotive was dispatched on February 28, 2018. From concept to execution the conversion of the diesel locomotive to electric was carried out in just 69 days! The new electric locomotive is a prototype which will now be tested for further improvements.

Indian Railways and its officials chose a locomotive that was due for a mid-life rehabilitation. It was decided that the traction motors, bogies and chassis of the older diesel engine would be retained. A roof and sidewalls of a decommissioned WAM4-class electric locomotive were used. DLW made the drawings for modification of the locomotive, while RDSO prepared the equipment layout.

BHEL worked on the power drive of the locomotive along with RDSO. A WAG7 class electrics was chosen to work with the existing traction motors, says Indian Railways. One challenge that railway engineers faced was the fact that of electric control since electric locomotives have dual cabins, while traditionally diesel engines have single cabins. That meant that the control wiring for around 9 kilometres had to be adapted accordingly.

Indian Railways has already started work on modifying the chassis of another locomotive unit. According to Indian Railways, a twin CoCo, WAGC3 would equal power of almost four WDG3A. This, hopes Indian Railways, will enhance the average speeds of freight trains.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways is also testing its new 12,000 HP electric locomotive that has been manufactured by Alstom at a factory in Bihar’s Madhepura. This locomotive is part of ‘Make in India’ order placed by Indian Railways for 800 electric locomotives. Two new diesel electric locomotives have also recently been delivered to Indian Railways by GE as part of an over $2 billion ‘Make in India’ project that involves both import and manufacture of 1,000 locomotives.

CRB reviews South Eastern Railway’s Performance in a High Level Meeting at SER HQrs/Garden Reach

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board and Ex-Officio Principal Secretary, Govt. of India held a high level review meeting with the General Manager, South Eastern Railway, S. N Agrawal & all other Principal Head of the Departments to review and evaluate the performance of S E Railway at this Railway’s Headquarters, Garden Reach this morning (03.03.18).

Ashwani Lohani reviewed the various key activities of South Eastern Railway and laid emphasis on safety with special focus on track maintenance and cleanliness in trains as well as stations. Elaborate discussions were held on railway’s earnings from freight and passenger traffic, capacity enhancement of railway projects etc.

Ashwani Lohani instructed the railway officers about bringing changes in work culture in every sphere and advised the officials to deliver with changed attitude. While mentioning about railway’s highly committed work force, Lohani gave emphasis on staff enrichment and upliftment.

Before conducting the meeting, Lohani inspected S E Railway Central Hospital, Garden Reach to witness the upgraded medical facilities available. He visited the Burn Unit, Modular Operation Theatre and Surgical ICU to review the infrastructural facilities at the hospital and also met with the patients. While appreciating the health care facilities provided to the patients, Lohani complimented for having such turnkey projects in a single premises and lauded the performance of S E Railway.

Rail Sensor Technology Expert ‘Frauscher’ expands its Bengaluru base

BENGALURU: By moving to a new office in Bengaluru, Frauscher India has strengthened its ability to meet the requirements it faces. “The potential that we discovered in India is in fact even greater than we initially thought. Additionally, we have established our product presence in SEA countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Korea”, says Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India. “Within only five years, the location grew from two to approximately 100 employees. We established a dedicated R&D team and increased our order backlog to 40 million euros.” The opening of the new office was celebrated on 15 February 2018. After a meet and greet, which was followed by the official inauguration, all participants gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru for an evening event. There, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology spoke about the visions of Frauscher. Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited gave a speech on the latest innovations in axle counting, partially produced in Frauscher India’s own production plant in Mysuru. Another office in Delhi provides customers in India with additional support.

Frauscher offers wheel detection systems, axle counters and tracking solutions based on inductive sensor technology and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), making it easier for system integrators and railway operators to obtain the information they need to run, monitor and protect their operational network. The Frauscher axle counting products differ substantially from the systems of other providers. This includes the options to mount sensors to the track without the need for drilling work and without having to install any active electronics near the track. They also allow establishing an automatic failover, i.e. a hot-standby structure, via redundancies. Mr. Sinha: “Another key feature is the innovative diagnostic tool which we provide with our axle counters.”

Michael Thiel emphasizes: “From a strategic point of view, India is extremely important for us. It is also classed as one of the core markets for the Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, which are based on DAS.” FTS offers solutions for fundamental requirements such as continuous train tracking, the monitoring of train and infrastructure components and the detection of unauthorised movements in certain areas. In pilot projects and close cooperation with Indian Railways, Frauscher is developing a system for the ongoing real-time monitoring of components and the transfer of information for the planning of preventive and acute maintenance works.

Frauscher has been chosen as a partner for the “Dedicated Freight Corridor” projects. These major infrastructure initiatives comprise more than 9,000 counting heads for the establishment of a signal technology system on a track length of more than 1,600 km. Another flagship project in India is the cooperation with the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) on the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). Six million commuters per day, increasing passenger traffic and train frequencies as well as floods and heavy rain made this project particularly challenging. The solution was based on a combination of the Frauscher Axle Counting System ACS2000 and the Wheel Sensor RSR180. The system has proven to work efficiently under extreme conditions: Axle counters have improved the performance of Mumbai’s railway system significantly. Signal incidences due to track vacancy detection have fallen to almost zero.

Strong in the metro sector

Over the course of the past five years, Frauscher India was also able to make a name for itself in the metro sector: “Virtually all projects which are implemented in this segment now rely on our axle counters. There are currently around 1,300 detection points in use on the respective lines”, explains Mr. Sinha.

In close cooperation with the specialists in Austria, the R&D team of Frauscher India develops products specifically for the Indian market and optimises existing products to meet local requirements. Examples are the optimisation of the Wheel Sensor RSR180, the further development of the Frauscher SK150 rail claw, the enhancement of the Counting Head Control CHC principle and the Fixing Bracket BK270, which has been specifically developed for the use in India.

Based on this strong fundament, Frauscher eyes further growth: “In the coming years, we aim to reinforce our position as a leader in the fields of axle counting and wheel detection in India and other global railway markets”, says Mr. Thiel.

About Frauscher

Track more with less: Frauscher Sensor Technology makes it simpler for system integrators and railway operators to obtain the information they need to run, monitor and protect their operational network. Wheel detection systems, axle counters and tracking solutions based on inductive sensor technology and distributed acoustic sensing form an essential component of a wide range of applications. Due to individual trainings and support our customers are able to design, configure, install, adapt and maintain all components and systems by themselves.

Ponmalai-Trichy Railway Junction BG line to open for traffic

The commissioner of railway safety (CRS) has given his nod to operate trains on the newly-constructed broad gauge electrified third line between Ponmalai station and Trichy Junction railway station after completing his inspection on February 20.

In the authorisation letter signed by CRS K A Manoharan, he stated that the stretch – 2.84km, was properly inspected and after having gone through various certificates submitted by the railway administration, he was satisfied that the provision of Section 22(1) of the Railways Act, 1989 was substantially complied with its construction.

According to official sources, he has authorised the opening of the line for public carriage of passenger and freight traffic at a maximum permissible speed of 80kmph.

Further increase in speed in this section beyond 80kmph up to a maximum of 110kmph, can be authorised on completion of identified works, one more round of tamping, de-stressing, satisfactory compliance of the stipulations in the authorisation letter and inspection report from Southern Railway on personal inspection and certification after satisfying himself of the running quality of the line.

As per the certificates submitted by railways, all broad gauge electric locomotives and rolling stocks, cleared for running on adjacent sections on broad gauge routes of Trichy division are permitted to run on this newly-constructed broad gauge third line at the authorised speed or their respective permissible speed or the speed indicated in the joint safety certificate or the sectional speed