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Indian Railways Junction

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

  1. sam2012

    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    One of the beautiful railway station in India , SWR - Mysore division - Sakleshpur = Subramanya road shirdi ghat section YEDAKUMARI STATION
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    BRC Diaries

    some loco portrait shots taken around Vadodara during my innumerable journeys through the station.

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  3. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog Staff Member MODERATOR

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    The Indian Railways will be sending its 20 officers from various services to IITs and IIMs for rail-related research and advanced studies.

    "Fellowship scheme for railway officers has been introduced at central and state universities and centres for excellence, like IITs, IIMs and IIS," said a senior railway board officer.


    He said a scheme for encouraging railway employees to acquire higher qualifications at Master's level in IITs, IIMs and institutes of repute will also be introduced.

    The IR has issued a notice for admission for MTech programme for 20 railway officers from the disciplines of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

    An official said the training programme will also be opened for officers in railway PSUs, like IRCTC, IRCON and others.

    Services of professional agencies would be used for evaluation of railway-training programmes. A policy has been framed in this regard, the official added.

    According to sources, the railways will be spending nearly Rs 5 lakh for each of these officers during their two years of course.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...ficer-training-reserach-studies/1/906040.html
     
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    Dedicated Freight Corridors: End is nigh for freight woes


    After a prolonged delay due to issues ranging from environmental clearances to land acquisition, work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) projects is on an even keel, with the first stretch of the Western DFC likely to be operationalised by March next year.

    The DFCs will increase the average speed of goods trains from the present 25 km per hour to 50-60 km per hour, besides decongesting the Indian Railways’ (IR’s) network.

    A 190-km double track between Ateli and Phulera on the Western DFC will be operationalised by March 2018. The entire Western DFC (from Dadri near Delhi to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai) would be made operational by December 2020. The Eastern DFC (from Mughalsarai to Ludhiana) is scheduled for completion in June 2020. The first stretch on the Eastern DFC will be commissioned by August 2018.

    With two machines at work, the average rate of track-laying is around 1.5 km a day at present. Two more machines are likely to be made available by June.

    The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), a special purpose vehicle of the Indian Railways, has the mandate of developing six DFCs across the country, of which the Eastern DFC and the Western DFC are being built at present, with funding assistance from the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency, respectively. The total track length of the two DFCs is around 3,300 km.

    The axle load capacity of the DFCs will be 32.5 tonnes, which is 1.5 times that of the Indian Railways. The net tonne km on DFCs will be 40% of that for the IR network, bringing down operation costs drastically. This is expected to help address the problem IR faces of freight rates being kept high to cross-subsidise passenger operations. Subsidy on passenger operations worked out to R30,000 crore in the last financial year. “The only way the railways can increase its revenue is by enhancing efficiencies as neither freight nor passenger fares can be changed,” says D S Rana, director-finance, DFCCIL. Eventually, 70% of the freight traffic on the IR network will shift to the DFCs.

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    While the Eastern DFC is expected to mostly cater to coal, iron ore, steel, cement, foodgrain and roll-on-roll-off traffic, the Western DFC will ensure container, fertiliser, imported coal, petroleum products, automobile and cement transportation. Traffic on the Eastern DFC is projected to increase from 181.7 MT in 2026-27 to 251 MT by 2036-37, while the corresponding figures for the Western DFC are 203.3 MT-284.3 MT.

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    Work on the project has also entailed upgrading the feeder routes, i.e. tracks connecting ports, factories, etc, to the DFCs. “This is to ensure that rakes on DFC can enter the feeder routes. Almost 85% of the feeder routes have already been upgraded,” says Rana. In all, 6,000 km of feeder routes will be linked to the two DFCs.

    As for the other four corridors, survey work for the projects has been completed. These four DFCs will have a total length of 7,000 km. The South-East DFC, connecting Howrah and Vijaywada, will be taken up next and DFCCIL is trying to tie up funding for the purpose. “The rate of return on this corridor would be around 22% as iron ore freight is high on the route,” says Rana.

    http://www.financialexpress.com/eco...orridors-end-is-nigh-for-freight-woes/586226/
     
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    Blue Marlin 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    i know this way be a strange question but what rolling stock is india getting for its hst?
     
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    The only confirmations are about Japanese Bullet train for Ahemdabad to Mumbai route and a 160km/h MEMU,for interconnecting smaller towns[Upgradable to sub 200km/h on new dedicated tracks ] .

    For other routes , China, Russia, France and Spain are currently carrying out survey. No deals signed yet.
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    First ICF Medha make EMU (6001) flagged off.

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    The railways, Western Railway in particular, seems to have missed an opportunity to make its mark at the Make in India Week by failing to complete the trials and testing of the Medha rake.

    Medha rake — an Alternating Current 3-phase IGBT electrical transmission technology — has been built by Hyderabad-based Medha Servodrive.

    The rake, which arrived in Mumbai to join WR's fleet in late October last year, is still under testing and therefore commissioning this Made-in-India rake is not possible during the February 13-18 event, said officials.

    According to officials, the rake is being tested by a joint team of the Research Design Standards Organisation (RDSO) and WR engineers. So far, set of static trials has been completed, but the dynamic tests are still pending.

    Speaking to dna, Ravinder Bhakar, chief spokesperson WR, said the rake has not yet got its technical clearance. Hence, commissioning it for public service during the Make in India week was not possible.

    "WR is supposed to get two of these Medha rakes. While Mumbai's local trains are built at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the all-important electrical systems and the train management systems belong to multi-national firms like Bombardier and Siemens. So, calling them totally indigenous would be wrong. For Medha, which is also built at the ICF, the electrical and train management systems are made in Hyderabad," explained an official.

    Another official said: "It would have been ideal but it is possible that the railways did not about this event well in advance. It would have created a positive buzz if the train could have been commissioned between February 13-18."

    The rake has another first to its credit as it will be the first suburban local in the city to extensively use the Remote Monitoring mechanism.

    "Currently if a train develops a snag, it has to be taken to the carshed, analysed and then we have to start the process of trouble-shooting. With the Remote Monitoring system in the Medha rake, even as a train is running, we can analyse the data sent by its on board computers sends the main control server and start the repair process itself. We expect a reduction in maintenance time and cost of anything between 10-30 percent," said an official.

    What's Make in India Week?

    The Make in India Week is being jointly helmed by the state government and the union government's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. It is among the largest manufacturing gatherings ever in the state and it aims to bring together 207 exhibitors from 17 Indian states and 60 foreign countries at 55 events extending over 6 days.

    What's new in the Medha rake:

    Passenger capacity: 6,030 (1168 seats and 4862 standees)

    Maximum speed: 110kmph

    Fresh air-flow into coach: 16,000 cubic metre per hour

    http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repo...rake-misses-make-in-india-week-launch-2176741
     
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    Centre ready with railway regulator bill
    New Delhi, March 19: A bill for an independent railway regulatory body is likely to be placed in Parliament in the current session, freeing the railways from political interference in passenger fares and freight rates as the Narendra Modi-government cranks up reforms, emboldened by the BJP's success in the Assembly polls.

    While the Railway Board was in favour of setting up such an authority through an executive order, the Niti Aayog had pitched for legislative approval to ensure its independence, sources said.

    The rail development authority will have legislative backing similar to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The body will be responsible for fixing the fare structure, besides setting efficiency and performance standards and dissemination of information.

    The authority shall also look to protect the interests of consumers, ensure service quality, promote competition, encourage market development, efficiently allocate resources and provide non-discriminatory open access to dedicated freight corridors.

    The body may also be entrusted with the task of regulating private investment and resolving disputes.

    The authority will consist of a chairman along with four other members with experience in railways, infrastructure, finance, law, management and consumer affairs.

    The setting up of an independent authority is an attempt to reduce tinkering with passenger fares, which has been based on political considerations rather than sound economic principles. The cross-subsidisation of freights has resulted in the railways losing market share to road.

    Poll fillip

    The success in the Assembly polls would give the government much needed political will after the merger of rail budget with the general budget to carry out larger reforms such as rationalisation of passenger and freight tariff, cutting down subsidy and reduce populist pressure on new lines and trains.

    The idea, first proposed by the Rakesh Mohan Committee in 2001, was given a fresh lease of life by the Bibek Debroy panel in 2014. This comes at a time the railways' loss from the passenger segment mounted to Rs 30,000 crore in 2015-16 because of increasing input costs and the decision to not hike fares over the years.

    The concept note, prepared by the railway ministry, justified the setting up of the authority.
    https://www.telegraphindia.com/11703...p#.WM8Oo1UrLIU


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    BIG news, an independant regulatory body for the IR, honestly never thought I would see it within my lifetime. Getting rid of a seperate railway budget announcement was already a break through and where I thought they would stop but this is an almighty step in the right direction.
     
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    What I still don't understand is the fact that no high HP locos have been ordered for the WDFC thus far, what will be operating from it from March 2018 and if it is existing locos this is going to be a huge waste considering the capacity the DFCs are designed for.
     

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