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Oct 14 (04:47) All level crossings in Bhopal rly division will have toilets by March (
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Oct 14 2019 (04:47)
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Bhopal: Realising the need of toilets at level crossings, the Bhopal railway division has decided to construct toilets at all crossings in the next six months. There are 110 level crossings in Bhopal division and only 50% of them have toilets as of now. Bhopal DRM Uday Borwanker said the toilet construction will be completed by March 2020. “We have already constructed toilets at 50 level crossings. Out of the over 100 level crossings, few have been identified to be closed down. However, we will cover majority of level crossings soon,” said Borwanker. Asked the reason for constructing toilets even at crossings which are to be closed down, Borwanker said, “Our railway staff go there for different maintenance works and it will be useful for them.” DRM Bhopal recently developed model railway crossing in the country by setting up a state-of-the art crossing near Bhim Baithka. For the first time in...
the country, the DRM has developed four model railway crossings with latest amenities and infrastructure for gatemen on the Bina-Guna block. These crossings have been developed at gate no-10 (near Mungaoli railway station), gate no-50 (near Shahdora railway station), gate no-3 (near Bina railway station) and gate no-297 (near Kalhar railway station). Officials said several programmes have been organized in the past to make people aware of safety and security while passing through such crossings. However, the idea is to help the gatemen who perform their duties in interior parts in extremely challenging situation. They said that the objective behind developing such model crossings is to improve the working conditions along with better amenities for the gatemen. “We always follow safety guidelines at level crossings. At the model railway crossings, RO water machines, separate cabin for gatemen, solar panels, hand-pumps and plantations have been set up,” said Borwanker. In the second phase, model railway crossings are being developed on the Habibganj-Harda as well as Bhopal-Maksi railway block.
Oct 13 (18:26) Rly announces changes in operation of over 70 trains (
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News Entry# 393181  Blog Entry# 4457374   
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Oct 13 2019 (18:26)
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Oct 13 2019 (18:26)
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Trains:  Coimbatore - Nagercoil fast Passenger/56320   Nagercoil- Coimbatore Fast Passenger/56319   Rameswaram - Madurai Passenger/56726   Rameswaram - Madurai Passenger/56722   Sengottai - Madurai Passenger/56732   Sengottai - Madurai Passenger/56734   Sengottai - Madurai Passenger/56736   Rameswaram - Madurai Passenger/56724   Madurai - Sengottai Passenger/56731   Madurai - Sengottai Passenger/56735   Madurai - Rameswaram Passenger/56725   Madurai - Rameswaram Passenger/56721   Madurai - Rameswaram Passenger/56723   Madurai - Sengottai Passenger/56733   Tirunelveli - Sengottai Passenger/56727   Dindigul - Madurai Passenger/56707   Madurai - Dindigul Passenger/56708   Tirunelveli - Tambaram Special Fare Special/06002   Palakkad Jn. - Tiruchendur Passenger (Via Palani)/56769   Tiruchendur - Palakkad Jn. Passenger (Via Palani)/56770   Ernakulam - Rameswaram SpecialFare Special/06033   Rameswaram - Ernakulam Jn SpecialFare Special/06034  
Madurai: The Madurai railway division has announced major changes in the operation of more than 70 train services from October 13 to 23 to facilitate signal and synchronisation works in the newly-laid Madurai – Usilampatti broad gauge line. Railway officials said the stretch is part of the Madurai – Bodi line. According to a statement, train no. 56727 Tirunelveli – Sengottai passenger is cancelled from October 16 to 21. Instead one special passenger train will leave Tirunelveli at 11.45pm and arrive Sengottai at 1.45am during the same period. Train no. 06002 Tirunelveli – Tambaram Express is cancelled on October 20; train no. 56707 Dindigul – Madurai passenger is cancelled on October 21 and 22; train no. 56708 Madurai – Dindigul passenger is cancelled on October 20 and 21; train no. 06033 Ernakulam – Rameswaram Express is cancelled on October 21 and train no. 06034 Rameswaram – Ernakulam Express is cancelled on...
October 22.Train nos. 56319/56320 Nagercoil – Coimbatore – Nagercoil passengers are cancelled between Kovilpatti and Dindigul and train nos. 56734/56735 Sengottai – Madurai – Sengottai passengers are cancelled between Virudhunagar and Madurai from October 13 to 22.Train no. 56731/56732/56733 Madurai – Sengottai – Madurai passengers are cancelled between Madurai and Virudhunagar from October 18 to 22. Train no. 56736 Sengottai – Madurai passenger is cancelled between Virudhunagar and Madurai on October 17 and train no. 56736 Sengottai – Madurai passenger is cancelled between Virudhunagar and Madurai from 18 to 21.Train no. 56769/56770 Palakkad – Tiruchendur – Palakkad passengers are cancelled between Dindigul and Tirunelveli from October 13 to 22 (except 15 and 18). Train no. 56769 Palakkad – Tiruchendur passenger is cancelled between Kudal Nagar and Tirunelveli on October 22. Train no. 56769 Palakkad – Tiruchendur passenger is cancelled between Palakkad and Tirunelveli on October 23.Train no. 56770 Tiruchendur – Palakkad passenger is cancelled between Tirunelveli and Madurai on 15, 18 and 23 and between Tirunelveli and Palakkad on October 22. Train no. 56722/56725 Rameswaram – Madurai – Rameswaram passengers are cancelled between Manamadurai and Madurai from October 20 to 22.Train no. 56726/56723 Rameswaram – Madurai – Rameswaram passengers are cancelled between Manamadurai and Madurai on October 20 and 21. Train no. 56724/56721 Rameswaram – Madurai – Rameswaram passengers are cancelled between Manamadurai and Madurai on October 21 and 22.
Oct 13 (18:25) 700 kg rice seized from train at Ambur station (
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Oct 13 2019 (18:26)
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The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel seized 700 kg of rice, originally meant for distribution through fair price shops, at Ambur on Saturday.
On receiving information about rice smuggling on trains at Vellore, Ambur and Vaniyambadi, RPF personnel at the Ambur railway station conducted checks in the unreserved compartments of the Brindavan Express.
They discovered bags of rice stacked under the seats with the owners nowhere in sight.
consignments were handed over to officials of the Civil Supplies Department at Ambur. After they completed the investigation, further action would be taken under the Prevention of Blackmarketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, a civil supplies officials said.
The Ambur railway police have registered a case and are trying to locate the smugglers.
Residents pointed out that rice and other materials were being smuggled to towns in Andhra Pradesh by road without deterrence.
They added that offenders used their own two-wheelers for transport, which often gets “ignored” by the officials.
Oct 13 (18:23) HOG system to generate savings for Vijayawada rail division (
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SCR/South Central

News Entry# 393179  Blog Entry# 4457369   
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Oct 13 2019 (18:23)
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Oct 13 2019 (18:23)
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Oct 13 2019 (18:23)
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Vijayawada: Vijayawada railway division is set to save Rs 4.02 crore annually through Head On Generation (HOG) technology for train operations. The HOG system has been introduced in medium and high speed trains and will tap power from overhead electric equipment and direct it to the coaches. Currently, the cost of power is over Rs 36 per unit, but with HOG technology, the cost will come down to Rs 6 per unit.As part of the move to energy-efficient models in the railways taken up in mission mode by the Union government, two rakes in the Gudur-Vijayawada Intercity Superfast Express and Vijayawada-Lingampalli Superfast Express have been converted to HOG while another rake is being converted. Fume-emitting power generator cars will seize to exist in trains that shift to HOG technology. In place of two generator cars, there will be one silent generator on standby. Instead of the second car, there will be...
LSLRD (LHB Second Luggage, Guard and Divyaang Compartment). The LSLRD will also have the capability to convert power from overhead electric equipment, while providing space for the luggage guard room and additional passengers.
Oct 13 (18:19) Indian Railways is linking its trains to an ISRO satellite. How will it use 1.4 crore daily updates? (
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It is 2.58 pm on Monday. An Indian Railways (IR) controller, Kapil Dev, is focusing on one train — No. 22430, Pathankot-Delhi Superfast Express, which has just departed from Karnal station in Haryana.The next half hour will be critical for Dev, located in New Delhi’s control room, as well as a group of track maintainers waiting on the outskirts of Panipat Junction. By the time the train reaches Panipat, it will have run past four lesser known stations — Bazida Jatan, Gharaunda, Kohand and Babarpur. The track maintainers have asked for what’s called a block in railways jargon, which means no other train will run on that stretch while the block is enforced for repair.At the control room, Dev has a quick telephonic conversation with the Panipat station master even as he takes a close look at his colour-coded dashboard showing movement of trains — freight, passenger, express — before granting...
a 15-minute block near Panipat.For Dev & his fellow controllers taking impromptu and sensitive decisions on train movements in 305 section controls spread across India, what has emerged as a gamechanger is the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GAGAN (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation), a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that was initially developed for the Indian airspace. It now relays train-running data — both location and speed — every 30 seconds, making the system far more accurate and efficient. Dev, who was a railway guard in Jind till he cleared a departmental examination and got promoted, is one of 38 section controllers stationed in Delhi. In his own section, between Delhi and Ambala, he is fully empowered during his six-hour shift to halt a train or allow it to move forward on a priority basis, and even to grant a block for repair.The key difference is that now a controller does not need to manually feed data, which means he has more time to plan more effectively train movements, including halts. This has the potential to improve punctuality in IR. A controller, for example, can intervene if a train runs at 60 or 70 kmph when the maximum permissible limit in that section is 100 kmph. Earlier, only details of arrival, departure and running through stations were recorded. Half of IR’s 12,000-odd locomotives are now enabled with Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) that relays signal via GSAT satellites that have GAGAN payloads. The project has cost the IR Rs 120 crore since January.The entire network is expected to be covered in a year’s time, say railway officials. ET Magazine has withheld the name of the specific satellite that is being used by the IR as it is considered strategic, demanding confidentiality. This radical change of track, embracing satellite technology, was first seen on the ground on January 8 when the IR rolled out RTIS in a few routes such as Mumbai-Katra, New Delhi-Patna, New Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jammu. Earlier, the ISRO had conducted a pilot project in July-September 2017. The system being adopted works as follows: A locomotive is fitted with an RTIS device, which has two units — one is kept in the engine and the other placed on top. SIMs (subscriber identification modules) of two mobile operators — Airtel and Vodafone — are placed in it. However, thanks to the use of a dedicated satellite, tracking train movements is possible even in areas where there is poor or no mobile connectivity. The RTIS device uses GAGAN to transmit signal. The satellite then relays data first to the control hubs, which finally reaches the railway enquiry system. Both passengers and freight customers receive a more accurate information on train status when the train concerned is connected to a locomotive equipped with RTIS.“Apart from knowing the exact location and speed of a train, this ISRO-aided system will help us in future planning. In case of a disaster, the driver can directly communicate with the control room by just pressing a button,” says Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav. ET Magazine boarded a locomotive fitted with the new system and also spent 15 minutes in Delhi’s control room to piece together this story on how this system is being put to practice.Loco pilot Surendra Kumar, who was introduced to the new system only a couple of months ago, explains how it functions. “Before the journey begins, I need to key in my user name, password, train number and date. The system gets activated and keeps relaying information to the section control. Multiple emergency messages, for example, running over cattle, can be relayed to the control room,” he says. Kumar and assistant loco pilot Navdeep Kumar were on duty at the New Delhi railway station early this week when this writer met them. Significantly, as the location and speed are relayed every 30 seconds, the IR can easily locate its trains between stations as well. Further, unscheduled stoppages can be detected and interventions made. It also allows loco pilots to send emergency messages to the control room. This is significant as drivers are strictly not allowed to use their mobile phones for reasons of safety. Now, the driver simply needs to push one of the six buttons on the new device to alert the control room and apprise it of the nature of the fault — coach-, track- or engine-related, or running over an animal.While the immediate gains of the satellite-enabled relaying of data are visible, the system will turn out to be far more productive if the IR finds multiple ways to analyse and use the humongous volume of data that it receives daily, for its future planning. The correlating of this new data with the information on tracks and topography that the IR already has may open new windows on research and development.According to Mukesh Nigam, managing director of CRIS (Centre for Railway Information System), an IR arm that is the custodian of such data, there are 14 million daily updates at present, up from a mere half a million before January 8. Once all 12,000 locomotives are equipped with the system in a year, the volume of data is expected to rise to 30 million daily updates, he adds. Can the system in its final avatar forecast for the driver the scenarios that could happen on the track? “Yes, there is potential to give forecasts to drivers when trains approach a neutral section (no-electricity zone) so that drivers can lower the pantograph (an apparatus mounted on the roof of an electric train). We are still working on this,” says Nigam. The only concern is, what if the 30 million daily updates become too voluminous to handle and remain mere statistics?Controllers can now plan train movements better: Mukesh Nigam, MD, Centre for Railway Information SystemsMukesh Nigam, managing director of the Centre for Railway Information Systems, the IR arm that is anchoring the project linking locomotives to a GSAT satellite, tells ET how this makes manual plotting of train movements redundant and improves punctuality. Edited excerpts:How is the satellite-enabled real time train information system different from the one used in the past?We are now making use of an ISRO satellite. The ISRO has given us a bandwidth for our locomotives to transmit data every 30 seconds. Our data centre receives the GPS/GAGAN updates from the devices placed on locomotives, and control rooms across the Indian Railways network receive the updates. The system works even in remote areas where mobile connectivity is very poor or nil. In pic: Mukesh Nigam, MD, Centre for Railway Information Systems How has its progress been after the system was first rolled out in January?We have so far put the system on 6,000 locomotives. By the end of this month, it will be installed on another 300-400 locomotives. We expect all locomotives (about 12,000) to be covered by the scheme in a year.How will the railways benefit from this system?First of all, we are now getting more accurate information on the location of trains, as updates come every 30 seconds. Both our passengers and freight customers are benefitting from it. Second, it is very helpful for section controllers (those controlling the movement of trains real-time over the phone with station masters). Let us not forget that the volume of railway traffic in several sections has substantially gone up. So, plotting of trains manually has become very difficult. Here, charting takes place automatically, which means, the controller does not need to use her hand to plot the movement of a train on the chart. So, the controller can now concentrate more on her real task, which is planning the movement of a train.Can this system help the railways in long-term strategic planning?The volume of data that has started coming in is enormous. Earlier, we used to receive 500,000 updates daily — on arrivals, departures and running through stations. Now we receive mid-section updates every 30 seconds. That is why the daily updates are now about 1.4 crore. When we cover the entire fleet, the data on train running will shoot up to about 3 crore every day.Such enormous real-time data will help us develop better modules on train running. We will correlate this data with the ones on tracks and other operation-related data that we already have. We have done the GIS (geographic information system) mapping of the entire railway network. The correlation of data will give us better insights into train running, which will help the Indian Railways improve operations. There is also potential to give forecasts to drivers when trains approach a neutral section (no-electricity zone) so that drivers can lower the pantograph (an apparatus mounted on the roof of an electric train). This is only a potential. We are still working on it.

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