Indian Railways has successfully completed the trial run of an electric locomotive in the northeastern state of Assam for the very first time. This will help the Indian Railways in providing electric rail connectivity in the remote northeastern parts of the country. Indian Railways has successfully completed the trial run of an electric locomotive in the northeastern state of Assam for the very first time. This will help the Indian Railways in providing electric rail connectivity in the remote northeastern parts of the country. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video on Twitter... more...
in which a WAG9 electric locomotive can be seen conducting a trial on the soil of the state of Assam for the very first time. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video on Twitter in which a WAG9 electric locomotive can be seen conducting a trial on the soil of the state of Assam for the very first time. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited(RVNL) which conducted the trial run wrote on Twitter," RVNL completed an electric loco trial between Bongaigaon-Sorupeta on 18.02.2021. This is the first electric traction in operation in Assam changing the dynamics of train operations in NE region with green energy, efficient and environment-friendly options." At present full operations are under electric traction is being done from the New Jalpaiguri(NJP) station which falls in the state of West Bengal. The Ministry of Railways has aimed to transform the whole railway network and electrification has been accorded high priority as a part of the national goal to transform India into a green nation. 66% of track length has been electrified by November 2020. Railways aim to complete electrification of its entire broad-gauge network by 2023 The speed of electrification has been greatly scaled up from a level of 1176 KM in 2014-15 to 5276 in 2018-19 and 4378 KM in 2019-20 despite the setback due to COVID (in fact Cumulative 1,682 RKMs have been electrified till Nov’20 ). Once completed, IR will achieve a unique feat among the major railways in the world to run trains fully with indigenously produced power without dependence on imported fossil fuel. After 100% electrification, estimated saving on fuel/energy bill for IR would be about Rs.14,500 Cr per annum. Indian Railways have fixed itself a stiff target of being a net-zero emitter of carbon by 2030 .This includes an ambitious target for complete electrification of IR network by 2023 and an equally ambitious target for generation of renewable energy using Railway’s assets.
Central Railway and the Western Railway zones of the Indian Railways issued a joint statement on the request of Govt of Maharashtra, vide letter No. DMU 2020/ CR 92/ DM 1 dated 19 October, permission has been granted by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India to private guards travelling with uniform for travel by special suburban services over the Mumbai suburban network. They are requested to obtain QR code from the State Government of Maharashtra at the earliest.
The Central Railway and the Western Railway zones of the Indian Railways issued a joint statement on the request of Govt of Maharashtra, vide letter No. DMU 2020/ CR 92/ DM 1 dated 19 October, permission has been granted by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India to private guards travelling with uniform for travel by special suburban services over the Mumbai suburban network. They are requested to obtain QR code from the State Government of Maharashtra at the earliest.
The private security gaurds with uniform and valid identity cards are authority for entry at the stations. Additional booking counters will be opened at important railway stations for the passengers.
"They are requested to obtain QR code from the state government at the earliest," the release said.
However, till that time travel permission will be granted to them on the basis of their uniforms with valid identity cards, it added.
Earlier, Indian Railways allowed women to travel on suburban trains from 21 October between 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and after 7.00 pm.
Railways are currently operating 1410 special suburban services on Mumbai suburban network of Central and Western Railway. Central Railway has added 225 suburban services making it total 706 from19 October.
Western Railway is running 704 suburban services on its network including six ladies special.
Checking of passengers coming to stations:
1) Between 11 am to 3 pm and after 7 pm: no checking of ladies for QR code/ identity and only tickets will be checked, as all ladies are allowed. Others to be checked for QR code/ identity cards in addition to valid tickets
2) Other timings: everyone to be checked as per QR code/ identity cards and valid tickets.
From June 15, around 1,410 special suburban services are being run for essential services staff, including the state and central government employees. QR-coded identity cards are mandatory for train travel for majority of those authorised to travel in these trains.
According to a senior railway official,the Maharashtra government on Thursday urged the authorities to permit the lawyers and their registered clerks to travel in local trains during non-peak hours.
He said that after getting approval from the competent authority, the railways will permit them to use the services.
With Indian Railways targeting complete electrification in broad gauge routes, the national transporter is planning to phase out 2,600 diesel locomotives.
Aiming at reduction in emissions and use of fossil fuel in train operation, Indian Railways would phase out over 2,600 diesel locomotives in the next few years, paving the way for 100 per cent electrification in broad gauge routes.
focus on clean and green energy, the state-run transporter has written to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) with details of an action plan to phase out 2,695 diesel locos from the operation in the next five years.
While actual number of diesel locos withdrawn from operation is expected to be much higher, these 2,695 locos are the minimum number to be grounded from the mainline, Railway Ministry stated in its recent letter to CPCB and Environment Ministry.
According to the phase-out plan, 970 diesel locos will be grounded in 2020-21, followed by 360 in 2021-22, 365 in 2022-23 and 505 in 2023-24.
While the number of locos to be withdrawn in 2025-26 is yet to be decided, 495 locos will be grounded in 2024-25.
Only a limited number of diesel locos would ply for disaster management, emergencies and strategic reasons, the railways said.
There are about 5,000 diesel locos and an equal number of electrical locos in the railways fleet.
The aim is to have about 10,000 electric locos for train operation with gradual switching over to electrical traction and subsequent withdrawal of diesel locos, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Railways is going ahead with a complete electrification programme and expects to achieve the target by December 2022 as the 2,500 km long track is yet to be electrified.
However, the senior railway official clarified that there would not be a complete withdrawal of diesel locos from the system as these engines are required for strategic and emergency purposes.
The diesel locos are mostly operational now in the North Frontier and North Western zones.
Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad were stopped from July 6 as the state government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The dates were extended multiple times. The Mamata Banerjee-led administration in West Bengal has no issues if local trains and metro rail services are resumed in the state and has even allowed resumption of flight services from six cities to Kolkata that had been suspended since July 6. The chief minister also announced that there would be complete state-wide lockdown... more...
on September 7, 11 and 12. The state government, which was earlier planning to reopen schools on September 5 if the Covid-19 situation improved, said that schools and colleges would remain closed till September 20. “Flight services from six cities were suspended. From September 1, flight services to Kolkata from the six cities may resume and can operate on three days. We cannot allow complete resumption of flight services as of now,” Banerjee said after a cabinet meeting. Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad were stopped from July 6 as the state government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The dates were extended multiple times. “We have no problem if Metro wants to resume services in and around Kolkata after maintaining physical distance (between passengers). Local train services may also start in a phased manner - one fourth at a time. We have no problem. Railway authorities can speak with us,” Banerjee said. After months of deliberations, the Centre is finally likely to allow resumption of Metro services from September 1, when the fourth phase of unlocking economic activities will begin, people familiar with the development said. The government is considering opening local rail transportation from the first week of September. Officials of the Union government had earlier told HT that modifications were being worked out on how to resume Metro services. “Total lockdown would be enforced on September 7, 11 and 12. If the situation calls for more lockdown-days the dates would be announced later in September,” said a senior official of the state government.
India has the largest railway network in the world which is spread over 1.23 lakh kms Indian Railways is widespread with tracks laid across large tracts of the country. And while there’s momentum in recent years on wide spectrum of requirements including catering and better trains, maintaining endless miles of tracks need innovative solutions. And that’s what one railway officer has created, a light weight railway bicycle. Pankaj Soin, Sr DEN, West Ajmer is the man behind the project. The requirement was need based considering the stretch in question is difficult to approach... more...
but that’s no excuse for a slack in maintenance. Old wheels from unserviceable rail carts were used together with an old cycle, and two lightweight iron pipes. A wheel was positioned ahead of the cycle and attached to it, and another to the other track line. The front wheel functions for alignment, and second wheel to balance the railway bicycle. Simple nut-bolt fixtures were used to attach the fabricated bits for easy assembly, and dismantling.
The rear, or second wheel arrangement sits on the second rail so the unit is fully balanced. In essence, it’s a cycle designed to be ridden on railway track, quite literally that. The balancing wheel is connected to the cycle by being attached the the rear cycle wheel trellis. The same is done at the front, creating what looks like a rudimentary triangular structure but which is efficient in its simplicity. Time Saving Riding the railway bicycle saves on precious time to reach a repair location as the track man can simply cycle to a required spot instead of having to walk to a repair site, or wait for a rail cart to be brought on track. It’s a faster way to assess and inspect a track before a train passes. This is especially helpful during monsoon when one needs to inspect bridge approach locations, and vulnerable locations after a heavy shower. The assessment needs to be completed in quick time before a passenger train approaches sections of track that are identified as vulnerable, or need to be regularly checked. When a loco pilot sends out a jerk message, the track man can quickly reach said site. There’s no doubt it’s a better way to get to a checkpoint as part of routine daily checks, and for patrolling during hot Indian summers. The lightweight cycle structure is a mere 20 kgs on scale. This makes it convenient to lift on and off tracks, and can be done by a single person. Average speed is pegged at 10 kmph, and one can speed upto 15 kmph. As with any cycle, railway cycle is capable of carrying two people while maintaining the same speed. Fabrication cost as well as acquiring an old cycle can all be done in Rs 5,000, and can easily be undertaken at a railway workshop. Tweaking and modifying the basic structure can help serve different sections of Indian Railways. Safety It is not clear how safe this new system is. One would argue that the repair-man will take the cycle out only on tracks that are closed. But that cycle violates the safety guidelines. TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance System) ensures all rail vehicles including the maintenance equipment is traceable at anytime. But in this case, the cycle riding repairman might not be traceable. And it is very easy for somebody to forgot there is a repairman out there on track with cycle and open the track for traffic. There seems to be a fatal flaw in this system. Whoever uses it, is in extreme danger of being run over by train. Even if the person runs away after seeing a train, the cycle on track could cause serious damage to infrastructure and could even lead to derailment.
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