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Indian Railways Junction

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by anant_s, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Sathya

    Sathya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I agree that performing sectors should be given the finances.

    I wish something done about water too..

    This year in Tamil Nadu is going to face one of the worst water crisis.

    People are already grumbling with hike in service charges and everything ..
    Especially banking sector..
     
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  2. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    'Indian Railways plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore'


    Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said his Ministry has drawn up an action plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore over the next ten years.

    "I have prepared an action plan and it has been presented to the public (domain) also, that Rs 41,000 crore can be saved on energy during the next 10 years," Prabhu said at a conference by Confederation of Indian Industry, here.

    He said, through such an initiative, the Ministry has already saved almost Rs 4,000 crore on energy.

    Referring to the allocation of Rs 1.21 lakh crore in the Union Budget presented last month, Prabhu said out of the Rs 1.21 lakh crore, the Ministry will get Rs 55,000 crore as "gross budget." "So what will happen to the remaining Rs 66,000 crore?? We have to raise them," he said.

    Noting that the Ministry has undertaken an exercise to ensure faster processing of tenders, he said, instead of waiting to obtain an approval at the Ministerial level, now it is being done by the General Manager.

    Calling for more efficiency and transparency in the operations of the railways, he said, "If you tell us where we need to bring in transparency, we will bring it." On management of ministry's expenses, he said the Ministry had earned about Rs 3,500 crore by selling scrap materials.

    http://m.moneycontrol.com/news/busi...000-crore_8595781.html?utm_source=ref_article
     
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  3. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...-worth-rs-13500-crore-for-north-east-4553030/

    The Railways has sanctioned projects worth Rs 13,500 crore for the North East in this year’s budget, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said on Friday. “Railway ministry has big plans for the North-East. Several new projects amounting to about Rs 13,500 crore have been sanctioned in this year’s budget including new lines, bridges and an elevated rail tract project from Kamakhya to New Guwahati at a cost of Rs 3,062 crore”, Gohain said on the second day of the infrastructure development conference ConMac here.

    These steps would not only help to boost the infrastructure of this region but also generate employment for the youth through several spin-off industries, he said.

    A bottled drinking water plant under the Rail Neer brand at Jagiroad in Assam and a high-end North East Safari Train was being envisaged, the minister added.
    North East Council (NEC) member C K Das highlighted the infrastructural gaps in the region as compared to other regions of the country and spoke about the initiative of NEC for infrastructure development in the region.

    North East Frontier Railway has identified the critical projects in the region and the progress over the last few years has been satisfactory, NF Railway’s General Manager (Construction) H K Jaggi said.

    Border Roads Organization’s Additional Director General S S Porwal said that with six months project implementation window in the region, an efficient management system would result in high level of performance and greater confidence in the reliability of results.
    The Conference has been organised in partnership with Indian Construction Equipment’s Manufacturers’ Association (ICEMA).

    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...-worth-rs-13500-crore-for-north-east-4553030/
     
  4. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    Indian Railways 'Mini Budget': More Humsafar, Antyodaya trains; digitalisation, catering on focus

    New Delhi, Friday, March 3, 2017

    A month after India did away with separate Railway budget, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented the first business-cum-action plan for Indian Railways for the current fiscal year.

    The plan was to outline the department's priorities. However, it has been termed 'Mini Budget' because the road map for the railways was normally presented along with the railway Budget.

    The central government this year decided to break the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate Rail Budget and merge it with the annual budget.

    "Earlier, this used to be presented along with the Rail Budget. Though no one has asked for this, we are voluntarily presenting it," Prabhu said while presenting the action plan.

    The plan includes 50 actionable initiatives, including the upgrade of delivery systems, introducing policy for long-term contracts with major freight customers, bringing in double stack dwarf containers and introducing the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) facility.

    Under new action plan Indian Railways will focus on:

    Aadhar-based ticketing: Transformation of ticketing by migrating towards cashless, paperless ticketing (6000 PoS machines and 1000 Ticket Vending Machines in 2017-18). It will also introduce Aadhaar-based ticketing and an integrated ticketing App by May 2017.

    Catering: Providing comfort and a pleasurable journey experience by adding comfort features to coaches, improvement in Catering. Under new catering policy, food production and food distribution will be delinked. After the implementation of new action plan, food can be cooked anywhere like the state of the art kitchens of IRCTC in a hygienic manner using mechanized system. Food can be distributed using professionals from the hospitality industry.

    Digitalisation: Indian Railways will convert 25 stations to Digipay mode in 2017-18 by digitizing entire station transactions.

    New trains: Fulfilling travel needs by scaling up the new trains like Humsafar (7 new trains by 2017), Antyodaya ( 7 new trains by June 2017) and Tejas (3 new trains by June 2017). The new Hamsafar train will have GPS-based information system. It will also be with coffee/tea/soup vending machine, hot and refrigerated pantry.

    Rail tourism: Meeting demands surges through adequate special trains and coaches. It will also introduce a new policy for rail tourism including development of Hill Railways through partnerships besides several new Tourist Friendly Packages.

    http://m.businesstoday.in/story/ind...igitalisation-catering-on-focus/1/247345.html
     
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  5. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    @anant_s, You seem to be very well informed about Indian Railways. I am clueless about them but I want to know your views about Telgo trains in India. India has standard gauge as 1676mm and most of Europe and middle east has 1435mm gauge. Telgo country uses 1676mm gauge and the same wheel tack reduces to 1435mm while crossing over to France and runs with same speed as the original 1676mm gauge. How is that possible and in India our Metro network is based on 1435mm gauge while the main rail network is on 1676mm gauge. If we import Telgo tech which allows this gauge change while running, can we run our Metro trains on normal 1676mm gauge of Indian Rail?
     
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  6. kurup

    kurup 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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  7. anant_s

    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    Hi @vstol jockey
    I'll try to answer your question in two parts:

    1. TALGO

    RENFE TALGO is a generic name for tilting trains designed to operate at semi high speeds (250 kph) on conventional tracks, without need for carrying out structural modifications. True High Speed Trains (HST) tha operate at 250+ kph require much straighter tracks (absence of sharp curves), dedicated Signalling, much modified Traction and strengthened civil infrastructure. This require comes out of premise that faster moving vehicles exert large dynamic forces, draw larger power and give lesser time for response to driving staff. Needless to say HST requires dedicated tracks and its costs huge and this is something not all countries can afford.
    Tilting trains isn't a new concept and it has been used in Europe for many years now. They work on principle that on curves, the body of coach can tilt by using hydraulic actuators, the percieved acceleration (or toppling forces) by passengers would be lower.
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    Now RENFE used this technology for quite some time and TALGO trains are matured version of tilting technology. These are light weight high powered trains that allow to travel at upto 250 kph without any change on tracks. These are available for various tracks (Standard Gauge 1435 mm or Broad Gauge 1676 mm).

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    The reason for selection of these trains was the fact that IR needn't to change almost anything to run them. Trials were done behind WDP 4B and WAP 5 locomotives and train ran smoothly at upto 190 kph.
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    That fact that the train can run behind Indian locomotives by Indian crew without any major modification is a major attraction.
    There are plans to run these trains in India, however RENFE wants India to place an order in tune of 3500 Crores for these to be made, maintained and operated in India. Government after trials isn't looking so sure to place order on Single Vendor basis. & this is where things are stuck right now.

    2. METRO Trains

    Metro or Sub urban trains have a basic requirement of quick acceleration and braking as these have to make frequent stops (closely spaced stations). For this we donot require very powerful machine but rather streamlined low weight trains with distributed power (meaning in place of 1 locomotive, there are several motors of small size that can accelerate and retard quickly).

    Most of traction technology available in world today (Alsthom, BT, Dalian, Rotem) is for Standard gauge tracks and even in India apart from some early sections of Delhi Metro, all new lines are on standard gauge. This allows Railways to purchase technology at much competitive rates reducing costs.

    On your question of using gauge change for using metro trains on BG, i don't think it is required. ICF is already working on 160-180 kph fast EMU trains for BG and this should serve our purpose for MRTS requirements spread over longer distances (150-200 kms).
     
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  8. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    @anant_s, My query regarding gauge changing was specific to Trans Asia Trains and can we share the Metro network with standard gauge using this gauge changing technology. In theory it seems OK but in Practical?
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    Yes it is possible.
    This is how it happens for TALGO trains


    the system is available for different combinations of loads.

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    However as i said above, India has mostly unigauge system (i'm not counting metro rail connects with mainline, for these operate as isolated island systems) and above technology could be useful for very long distance trains (example ones moving from one country to another). Currently our international train links are with Bangladesh and Pakistan only both of which have BG.
    However say in future, we develop rail links with middle east and beyond through Eurasia to Europe, this technology can come in handy.
    Presently i don't see any gain from it even in context of Domestic Metro rail interconnectivity with mainline network.

    Train moving from one gauge to another in automatic track changer facility
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    A train changing track gauge
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  10. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    NorthEastern Railway Head Quartered at Gorakhpur has also finally made it to the list of zones with E-Locos.

    A Electric Trip Shed was commissioned at GKP which will gradually grow into a full fledged ELS.

    For now CNB has transferred two tiger face WAG7s to GD Shed under NER.

    Also GD has become 2nd shed to hold both diesel and electric locomotives after BKSC.
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    First look of GE's 4500 HP Co-Co for Indian Railways.
    This is a Dual Cab 23 Ton per Axle Locomotive to be produced at Marhaura (Bihar).
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    The loco is classified as WDG 4G

    @Abingdonboy
     
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    Abingdonboy Captain Technical Analyst

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    Nice! Didn't realise the GEs would be Dual cab for the IR.
     
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