Railway News 7th June to 13th June

A) Railway runs first Double-decker freight Train

The western railway successfully tested the double-decker trains on electrified sections. The height of the overhead equipment (OHE) was increased to 7.57m to accommodate the double-decker.

With this remarkable development, Indian Railways has proudly become the first Railway to run double-decker container train with high reach pantograph in high rise OHE territory.

The double-deckers carry extra luggage and thus will increase the revenue of railways with slight modification in assets.

The successful trial was conducted between Palanpur and Botad stations in Gujrat.

B) Mathura-Vrindavan mass transit system

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), which is a statutory Authority under the Railway Ministry has been entrusted with responsibility to study mass-transit system between Mathura and Vrindavan.

The distance between Mathura and Vrindavan is 12 Km and there is a mass movement of people because of religious aspects.

 RLDA has awarded the contract to a private firm Feedback Infra Private Limited for carrying pre-feasibility study.

C) Adilabad-Mudkhed railway line electrification work starts

As the railway ministry wants to complete all electrification projects, it has kick-started the electrification of Adilabad-Mudkhed line of 183KM length.

The section Adilabad-Mudkhed lies in Nanded Division of South central Railways. This will be important project as the central railways portion between Majri and Pimpalkutti stations is already electrified section.


D) Nirmali bridge in Bihar will be commissioned after 17 years of announcement by Ex-PM Vajpayee

The Ex-Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone for a mega rail bridge on river Kosi at Nirmali in North Bihar on June 6, 2003.

The two-kilometre long rail bridge on Kosi river will link Nirmali with Saraigarh. Located in district Supaul in North Bihar, it will connect Nirmali, which is presently a terminus station of Darbhanga-Sakri-Jhanjharpur-Nirmali Metre gauge section, with Saraigarh station of Saharsa-Forbisganj Metre gauge route to provide through a link to Northeast Frontier Railway.

The bridge will enable the opening up of the route through Darbhanga, Nirmali and finally to New Jalpaiguri from where the route to Assam starts.

Best Safety, Zero Passenger Deaths in 2019-20

Railways has registered the best ever safety record during April, 2019 to March this year. Railways Ministry has said that there has been no fatality of any railway passenger in any train accident. This remarkable feat has been achieved for the first time in the year 2019-2020 since the introduction of the Railway System in the country 166 years ago.

The Ministry said, the zero passenger fatalities in the last 15 months is a result of continuous efforts by the Railways to improve safety on all fronts. Railway has undertaken several measures to improve the safety, including the elimination of manned level crossings, construction of Road over Bridges, highest ever renewal of rail tracks, effective track maintenance and improvements in the signaling system.

The various excellent activities carried out in the year 2019-20 are summarized below:-

  • In 2019-20, Indian Railways eliminated 1274 Manned Level Crossings, compared to 631 Manned Level Crossings in the year 2018-19. Thus, this is the highest ever elimination of level crossings recorded by Indian Railways.
  • A total of 1309 ROBs/RUBs were built in the year 2019-20 in order to enhance safety on the Indian Railways network. The ROB is road over bridge and RUB is Road under bridge. These are constructed to eliminate the existing level crossing gates.
  • During 2019-20, 1367 number of bridges were rehabilitated, compared to 1013 bridges in 2018-19.
  • In 2019-20, Indian Railways recorded the highest ever renewal of rails for 5,181 Track km (TKM), as against 4,265 TKM in the year 2018-19.
  • During the year 2019-20, there has been the highest ever supply of rails (13.8 lakh ton) from Steel Authority of India Limited(SAIL).
  • In 2019-20, a total of 285 number of Level Crossings have been interlocked by signals; cumulative interlocked Level Crossings are 11,639. interlocking provides signals at the gates, thus warning the loco pilot well ahead in case gate is open or there is any obstruction.
  • During 2019-20, 84 railway stations with mechanical signaling have been replaced with electrical/electronic signaling to improve safety.

The above steps have considerably improved the safety of passenger movement in trains. Good works must be ensured in future in future too as there are many such activities to be carried out. As the country is facing an unprecedented situation of the pandemic, there could arise a deficit of funds which needs to be closely monitored.

Railway News 1st June-6th June

Bio-Toilets Installed in Railway Coaches

Indian Railway has installed bio-toilets in 68000 coaches till now. This is being carried out under Swatchh Bharat Mission. In 2019-20 alone, 49487 coaches were installed in 14916 coaches.

Also Mechanized cleaning is being carried out at 953 railways stations over the entire Indian Railways.

Tiruchirapalli Railway station Gets green station Certificate

The Tiruchirapalli Railway Junction has been awarded Green Railway Station Certification with ‘Gold’ rating by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

The Environment Directorate of Indian Railways with the support of the Indian Green Building Council has developed the Green Railway Stations rating system.

Railways had inaugurated India’s first green station at Manwal station on Jmmu-Udhampur Route.

World’s longest Railways station-Hubli Junction

Karnataka’s Hubli railway station is set to get the world’s longest railway platform with dimensions of 1,400 metres length and 10 metres width. Th work for the extension of platform number 1 of the Hubballi Junction is underway.

While the existing platform is 550-metres long, it will be extended to 1,400 metres in a year. The work is being carried out as a yard remodeling work.

Hubli is the Headquarter of South Western Railways. It has three division as Hubli, Bangaluru and Mysore.

Pune-Nasik Semi High-Speed Double Line Rail project

Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared by MRIDCL (Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited) has been approved by Railway Board for construction of Semi High Speed Double Line project between Pune and Nashik stations.

The trains will run at a speed of 200KMPH in the starting phase and 250KMPH in the future. The details of the project are tabulated below.

1Length of the project235.15KM
2Speed of the Train200kmph in first phase and 250kmph in second phase.
3Time Taken to travel between Pune and Nashik2 hours
4Cost of the ProjectApprox 13800 Cr
5Executing AgencyMRIDCL
6Which Districts of Maharastra it will passPune, Ahmednagar, Nashik
7Industrial areas Located on the RouteChakan, Chinnar, Satpur, Alandi, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon
8No of stations on the route24
9No of Tunnels on the route18
10Expected Completion1200 days after awarding contract.

The Pune and Nashik cities are growing cities of Maharashtra and contribute 18% of Maharashtra population and contribute 19 percent in the state’s GDP. This corridor will also connect the pilgrimage centers of Shridi Sai Temple, Trimbakeshwar Pemple, Bhimashankar Temple, Alandi.

Indian Railways unlocking

Indian Railways is the lifeline of our nation. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us realize this proverb again.

The national transporter worked tirelessly during lockdown so that the essential commodities as food grains, milk, vegetables reach every household. Not only this, the power requirements of coal, oil were met during lockdown.

The Indian Railways and fraternity of workforce deserve a great applause for such marvelous feet under strenuous situations.

The plight of migrant labourers was well taken care of by the national transporter. It has run almost 4000 trains and transported nearly 60 lakhs migrants from one state to another.

This was carried out by fulfilling all the precautions and nitty-gritty of social distancing and norms of the pandemic.

Now that the lockdown has been lifted and limited to containment zones only, the great Indian Railways has started unlocking. From 12th May, it was running 15 pairs of Rajdhani special trains and from 1st June, 200 trains have started running.

It was such meticulous planning that unlocking was carried out in a phased manner.

Now the Chairman Railway board has confirmed that Satabdi trains will also start running.

In total, the unlocking of this country has been well taken care of by Indian Railways and its entire fleet of employees and officers deserve applause.

Though they have faced hardships in the form of railwaymen catching the virus. However, this didn’t deter them from delivering their duties. We should all pay tribute to Indian Railways and its railwaymen. Long live Indian Railways

WAG 12B joins Railway Fleet

Trail run of WAG 12B IGBT based, 3 phase drive, 9000 KW electric locomotive with power of 12000 HP and capable of carrying 6000 T load was conducted from Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayay Jn to Barwadih via Dehri-on-Son on 19th May 2020.

The various features and details of this Trail run is mentioned below.

SNWAG 12B DetailsRemarks
1Power of WAG 12B12000HP
2Type of locomotiveIGBT based, 3 phase drive, 9000 KW electric locomotive
3Load it can carry6000 Ton in maximum gradient of 1 in 150
4Maximum Speed it can run120KMPH
5Manufactured byElectric Locomotive Factory Madhepura, Bihar
6In partnership with which Foreign CompanyM/S Alstom, French Company
7FDI agreement signed in2015 between Indian Railways and M/s Alstom for 3.5 Billion Euros to manufacture 800 locomotives in India
8First time run from which place to which placeFrom Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayay Jn to Barwadih via Dehri-on-Son
9No of Good trains wagons carried118
10WAG12B will be used forDFCCIL
11Maintenance depots of WAG12B in India other than MadhepuraSaharanpur and Nagpur
12Indian’s positionIndian became 6th country to produce high horse power locomotive indegenously

It is expected to provide a much-needed breakthrough for railways in running long haul trains. Also, it will reduce congestion and enhance efficiency in the movement of goods traffic in the country.

Question: India has recently operationalised it’s most powerful locomotive railway engine produced indigenously. The power of the engine is:
(a)10000 HP
(b)11000 HP
(c)12000 HP
(d)15000 HP
Answer: (c)