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|Hari Kishan Nimmu||7:04pm Nov 26|
| Stalled running on empty There are no funds to carry out|
even regular maintenance work
No money to put into the
Depreciation Relief Fund, used for
replacing and strengthening old
assets including tracks, locomotives,
bridges and signals.
No money to put into the
Development Fund for improving
passenger and staff amenities.
Railways failed to float capital
bonds, as promised by then
minister Mamata Banerjee in her
Budget speech, to replace overaged
assets and for doubling of
track and gauge conversion.
Railways has failed to fill 1,40,000
Payments to contractors and
suppliers withheld. Supplies of
crucial equipment like signalling
cables, fishplates and skids for
tracks have been withheld.
| Back on TrackRailway Minister Dinesh|
Trivedi's recipe for change Set-up a Stations Authority of
India (SAI) on the lines of the Airports
Authority of India. No mention of
source of funds for the proposed SAI.
ARailway Safety Board on the
lines of the Directorate General of
Civil Aviation to prevent accidents.
as increasing passenger fares can
backfire politically on Government.
Designer uniforms for the driver
and co-driver of the train so that
they can take pride in their job.
Two expert committees have
been set up-one under Sam
Pitroda on modernising Railways
and a Safety Review Committee under
Anil Kakodkar, former chairman
of Atomic Energy Commission.
|Anup Ghosh||8:24pm Sep 28|
Investigation Into Arakkonam Collision Focuses On ‘Signal Flew Back Error’
Arun Janardhanan TNN
Chennai:After blaming the EMU driver for the Sitheri train collision that killed ten people last Tuesday, investigating railway officers are now studying the probability of a momentary malfunctioning of the signaling system. They call it the ‘signal flew back error.’
Sources said the last signal the Chennai-Vellore Cantonment EMU--which rammed the rear end of the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger train--passed might have shown green for a few seconds, while in real it should have been red.
A ‘signal flew back error’ is when the system shows a wrong signal and turns to the right signal in a few seconds. “The driver might have seen the wrong signal, and by the time the signal corrected itself, the engine would have passed it,” the official said.
According to railway’s first inquiry report on the Sitheri accident, signals between Arakkonam and Sitheri had shown the right colours. “We found that the signals after Arakkonam station showed ‘attention’ (double yellow) and ‘caution’ (single yellow) alerts as a passenger train was on hold about 7km ahead on the same line. But the last signal is suspected to have shown green due to the error, and the driver might have increased the speed,” the official said.
An official in the signal and communication department of Southern Railway said lightning or minor glitches in the network can cause such an error. “From the data we have collected from all the signals along the stretch, it looks like a system error is probable. The driver has had enough experience and seemingly no intention to commit an accident,” said a higher official of Southern Railway.
Officials compare it with a recent train accident near Beijing in China where a bullet train ploughed into the back of another that had stopped due to a signal error. “There the signaling device malfunctioned due to lightning and failed to turn from green to red,” said the official.
A day after the accident, A Rajkumar, motorman of the EMU, had told TOI from his hospital bed that he did not violate signals. Later, he told railway investigating officers that the first three signals were yellow, but the last one showed green. This, he has reportedly told officers, was when he increased the speed.
Officials, who initially blamed him for the disaster, are now taking his statement seriously as the ‘signal flew back error’ theory has gained credence.
Additional divisional railway manager John Thomas said commissioner of railway safety S K Mittal is going through the signal records. The inquiry report is expected to be out in four days.
The departmental probe into the Arakkonam rail mishap that claimed 10 lives began on Friday, with the recording of statements including that of MEMU driver Rajkumar, whose actions have come under the scanner after the preliminary report suggested “human error”.
“We have already seen him (Rajkumar) in the hospital. He is injured, he is able to speak partly,” Commissioner of Railway Safety, S.K. Mittal, said.
“All the evidences will be examined in proper detail, all the witnesses will be examined and we will submit the report quite early,” he said.
Southern Railway has asked the public to come forward and give evidence till Saturday if they have any knowledge relating to the accident on Tuesday when the Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train rammed into a stationery passenger train.
Rajkumar’s evidence assumes significance in the wake of railway authorities saying the driver of the MEMU train had jumped a few signals and ignored speed restrictions.
Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had announced a comprehensive probe to ascertain if the accident occurred due to human error or technical fault.
Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal had said that according to preliminary report it could be a human error.
“The driver (of MEMU train) apparently had passed a few signals at yellow and a few at red also and has collided with the passenger train waiting for signal clearance at a speed in excess of 90 km per hour. Apparently just before the impact he jumped out of the train,” Southern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan had said.
The first ever air conditioned double-Decker train is likely to be launched shortly on the Howrah-Dhanbad route as it has obtained all necessary clearances from the Chief Commissioner Railway Safety (CCRS) after successful trial runs.
"The problems encountered during trial runs like coaches touching the edge of the platform have been sorted out and the Howrah-Dhanbad AC double-Decker train with eight coaches would be flagged off soon," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The train will have complete sitting accommodation with each coach having a capacity of 128 passengers as compared to 78 passengers in Shatabdi chair cars, thus increasing the sitting space by almost 70 per cent.
Though the AC double-Decker coaches are designed to run between 130 km and 160 km per hour, CCRS clearance has been given to run the train between 100 km and 110 km per hour.
While the width of normal coach is 3,245 MM, AC double- decker coach has 3,135 MM width.
"The kinetic profile of double-Decker coaches were infringing upon certain platforms during the initial trial runs. That is why those platforms were being modified on Howrah-Dhanbad route," he said.
The official added that railways conducted successful trial runs after the modification of platforms and space for the two decks has been generated by optimally using the well space between the two bogies.
The fare structure and timings of the first AC double-Decker train are being worked out, he said.