Railway Staff get real-life Lab for Training in Dharwad/Karnataka

DHARWAD: The South Western Railway (SWR) on Tuesday launched the operations of passenger reservation system (PRS)/unreserved ticketing system (UTS)/freight operations information system laboratory and commencement of works of ‘model room’ at the multi-disciplinary railway training centre at Dharwad, Karnataka. The facility was inaugurated by general manager, South Western Railway, A K Gupta.

Through this laboratory, an offline facility for imparting training to the staff for UTS/PRS ticketing and charting is established, says a press note. A freight operations information system (FOIS) terminal is also installed in the laboratory.

“With this, trainees will be able to learn online practical operations that are to be performed while dealing with loading/unloading of goods trains. All these facilities will enhance the standard of training. Earlier, when this facility was not available, the trainees were to be taken out to railway stations for training purposes. Even there, because of live systems, duration of training was limited. With this laboratory facility, trainees can have a hands-on-experience at the institute itself by generating reserved/unreserved tickets etc,” the press note says. The facility has been created at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, it was informed.

As regards the ‘model room’, the project envisages a facility for imparting training to station masters and other operations staff for trains working under various systems like absolute block system, automatic ghat section working, etc.

“In this facility, a real-life situation of trains working like tracks, signals, outer station yard etc, is re-created with miniature working models. Trainee station masters will have hands-on experience before they are posted at railway stations,” the press note states, adding that the facility would enhance safety levels in train operations. This facility has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore and the work will be completed by April 2019.

In the absence of model room facilities on South Western Railway, trainee station masters are sent for this particular phase of training to Secunderabad and Tiruchirapalli.

These facilities of UTS-PRS-FOIS laboratory and ‘model room’ works is expected to benefit about 1,000 employees of the South Western Railway who attend various modules of training at this multi-disciplinary training centre at Dharwad.

Gupta said that the institute shall be developed as an integrated training centre.