Real-time monitoring of various systems, reducing human interface and digital initiatives to provide better amenities to passengers and speeding up maintenance works to ensure higher safety standards are being given a big push by the Railway Board. About 20 ‘in house’ technologies developed by the railway engineers themselves have found official favour and zonal managers have been asked to do ‘mass scale’ implementation.
The Railway Board in its directive has informed the general managers concerned that a total of 2,645 ‘good works’ done in various divisions to improve safety and efficiency were received between August and September last year. For instance, German designed LHB passenger coaches need periodic checks for springs when dissembling and assembling happens. It usually takes 53 days to get a single coach back into running shape. However, thanks to the South Eastern Central Railway (SCER) developed special gadget which in tandem with hydraulic jacks, the time has been cut to just seven days reducing ‘sickness’ time.
Western Railways has, in turn, developed an innovative technique to take up repairs of locomotive’s support arms without needing to lift the heavy machine and this has helped in reducing the maintenance time from 120 hours in all to just 10 hours, pointed out senior railway officials.