Reliability & Safety of Locomotive is of paramount importance: says Member Traction, Railway Board

Ghanshyam Singh, Member-Traction, Railway Board, New Delhi and Vinod Kumar Yadav,GM/SCR at MSG Meeting

SECUNDERABAD: Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction, Railway Board, New Delhi made a  visit to South Central Railway and participated in the 38th Electric Loco Maintenance Study Group meeting held at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad today i.e., 28th July, 2017. Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR, V.K.Agarwal, Addl.Member, Railway Board, New Delhi were also present in the meeting.

Speaking on the occassion Ghanshyam Singh stated that revolutionary changes can be brought in Locomotive power by leveraging technological advancements. He advised the Chief Electrical Loco Engineers of all the Zones on Indian Railways to focus on adoption of good management techniques to achieve reliability and safety of locomotives for hassle free train operations.

He stressed upon better management of maintenance facilities, spare parts and technological systems. The staff engaged in maintenance of the locomotives should be properly trained and updated about the new technologies being inducted.

Indian Railways has embarked upon huge electrification of tracks to improve the speed and haulage capacity, he stated and added that the machinery also needs to gear up to meet the demands of the future.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR stated that South Central Railway is having 3,000 route kilometre electrified track and holding 600 Electric Locomotives which are serving the needs of the Zone. The Zone is planning for electrifying another 700 route kilometres by the end of current financial year. The Zone is also working upon the idea to develop loco sheds which can maintain both diesel and electrical locomotives under one roof. He stressed upon achieving the status of zero loco failure during running of trains.

John Thomas, Additional General Manager, A.A.Phadke, Chief Electrical Engineer, SCR besides Chief Electrical Loco Engineers from all other Zonal Railways, Senior Engineers from Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow  participated in the day long  Electric Loco Maintenance Study Group meeting.