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    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...ncy-for-fare-changes/articleshow/56055316.cms

    Goodbye subsidies! Railways plans biggest reform to minimise losses
    The proposed Railway Development Authority of India will consist of a chairman and four members independent of the railways.

    NEW DELHI: The railway ministry will soon seek Cabinet approval for setting up an independent agency to recommend passenger and freight fares, a move that could depoliticise the thorny matter of revising rates.

    According to a top official, the proposal will be sent to the Cabinet this week and approval could come as early as next week. Once approved, this will count as the second most important step, after the merger of the rail budget with the Union Budget, toward reforming the national transporter that’s been losing Rs 33,000 crore every year in passenger fare subsidies.

    The proposed Railway Development Authority of India will consist of a chairman and four members independent of the railways. The ministry has already received comments from various ministries and the Niti Aayog.

    The official said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has already discussed the proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and they were supportive of such an agency.

    “The proposed authority would be free to recommend fares and freight rates. It would rationalise the entire fare structure for the railways. It would be a big transformational change for the organisation. We will keep rationalising fare as per the market demand,” Prabhu recently told ET.

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    According to the official quoted above, the original proposal to set up a regulator that decides fares has for now been diluted to an authority that only recommends their revision. “Through this route we won’t require parliamentary approval and a regulator could be set up without any delay through the Cabinet clearance,” the official said.

    The proposed body will also set performance standards for Indian Railways.

    “It would be a great move as on one end we will be able to revise passenger fares in a timebound manner but it would also end the monopolistic view railways has taken in deciding freight rates over the years, which has led to a lot of loss in freight traffic,” the official added.

    In recent years, the railways has been increasing freight rates to compensate for losses on passenger traffic.

    “Our freight rates are much more than several European countries and China,” the official said. “Because of this we have lost a lot of traffic to roads as price differences has reduced. The proposed body will recommend freight rates considering the competition we have from roadways and inland waterways.”
     
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    Much awaited reform!
     
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    Prayag Raj Express (New Delhi Allahabad) gets LHB rake

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    No yaar it will really help in konkan railway , Southern railway , South western & South central . Many connection rail link are non electrified and constant engine change is required

    Even in North ,North east sector & Central India as well Dual mode engine would help
     
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    WDM 2G - Made in india Loco

    Pride of WCR , India's first triple genset loco
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    Konkan railway will get electrified in next 60 months. Tendering process from Electrification from Panvel to Madgaon has already been initiated, so not sure if such low HP loco is of any help.
     
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    OK but konkan electrification might take even more time going by topography and season fluctuation

    But WDAP 5 HP is 4500 Dual mode , which is as good as good as WDG 4B , WDP4B & D . It can haul 24 coach express train easily
     
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    Railways to run passenger trains on LNG, cut diesel costs by 20%

    Brace for a pollution-free train ride soon.

    Indian Railways has decided to move towards using Liquefied Natural Gas, commonly called LNG, to run its passenger trains, converting all its exiting locomotives into dual-fuel based.

    The driving power cars, which so far have been using diesel as its fuel, would now be retro-fitted to use LNG as well, for the first time, sources said.

    The aim is to cut down on diesel consumption by 20%.

    To achieve this, the locomotives have to be overhauled with enhanced safety features as LNG is a hazardous inflammable fuel, sources in Railway Board said.

    The development comes at a time when petroleum prices are now on an uptrend with most oil marketing companies raising retail prices of diesel by as much as Rs 1.80 a litre beginning this week.

    In contrast, use of LNG would mean significant savings for the Railways as the country has recently renegotiated a long-term deal with Petronet LNG Ltd in December reworking a 25-year contract with Qatar's RasGas Co, resulting in prices dropping by almost half.

    Indian Railways has firmed up the plan under which it would convert existing and new driving power cars of diesel-run trains, called DEMUs into dual-fuel system.

    Initially, all Cummins 1400 HP engines would be taken up for conversion, which are either new or freshly-overhauled engines done after 18,000 hours of run.

    Since LNG is seen as a highly hazardous material, safety has to be uppermost in the mind of the manufacturers, sources said.

    The converted driving power cars should have safety and protection features for engines and manufacturers should demonstrate its safe and trouble-free field operation.

    The system offered should also have suitable safety devices for the safe operation of LNG storage, which can only be sourced from manufacturers having a minimum three years' experience in manufacturing and supply of such LNG tank systems.

    Retro-fitting the LNG tank has to be carefully done as it has to be mounted on a moving platform moving at high speed, needing automatic safety system and alarm with manual override systems, Indian Railways documents mentioned.

    Indian Railways have been toying with the idea of using alternative environment-friendly fuel to partially replace diesel that runs its locomotives.

    Use of Compressed Natural Gas as an alternate fuel has been experimented upon on DEMU engines to see the environmental impact and studies by Research Design and Standard Organisation, the R&D wing of the Railways, showed 30% savings in operation and maintenance cost of about Rs 27 lakh per engine per year. However, using LNG is more economical for commercial operations.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/money/repor...-trains-on-lng-cut-diesel-costs-by-20-2285018
     
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    @anant_s on the triple genset Loco, any details on the frequency synchronization technique. Is it a Cummins MLDMS PwC500 module or something developed in house?
     
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    Ministry of Railways21-December, 2016 12:47 IST
    Cabinet approves doubling of Rajpura-Bhatinda railway line

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for doubling of Rajpura-Bhatinda railway line at an estimated cost of Rs.1,251.25 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.1,465.59 crore.
    The 172.64 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years.
    The present utilization of this section is nearly 100%. Enhancement of capacity of power plants and planned freight terminals will generate additional freight traffic on this route. The doubling will ease the traffic bottlenecks and will bring more revenue to Indian Railways by capacity enhancement of the route. The districts of Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala and Bathinda would also be benefitted through this project.
    Background:
    The Rajpura-Bathinda section falls in Ambala Division of Northern Railway. At present traffic utilization of the section is nearing saturation. This line is strategically important as several military specials are routed on this line connecting the Western border. The main objective for doubling between Rajpura-Bathinda is to remove capacity constraint and to cater for future growth of traffic on the important route of Indian Railways.
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    I don't have exact details, but what i know from WDM2G details, Cummins QSK19 engines have been used and traction control (along with engine power output controllers too are provided by Cummins).
    will try to find out exact component specifications.
     
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