Southern Railway start implementation of RHEDA Ballastless Track System at Salem Jn.

RHEDA BallastlessSalem (SA): The work on converting the track on platform No. 4 of Salem Railway Junction into a modern track system commenced on Friday. The platform No. 4 has been closed for train operation from Friday.

Platform No.4 of Salem Junction is at present having the track with ballasts. This is being converted into a modern track system called RHEDA which is based on German technology. This technology is being used for tracks in elevated tracks and tunnels, using RHEDA ballastless sleepers and Vassloh state-of-the-art elastic fastening fittings. The new type of track will enable handling heavy loads and operating ‘passing through’ trains at higher speeds, without compromising on track safety.

Since similar work that was taken up on Platform No.5 of the Salem Junction has been completed, all the trains that were drawn and dispatched from Platform No.4, will now be received and dispatched from Platform No.5.

According to a press release, the new track laying work, undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs. 7.76 crore, is likely to be completed tentatively by May 24.

The new track at Platform No. 4 will be 540 metres. The track will be able to handle trains at a maximum speed of 50 kmph as against the speed of 15 kmph maximum permissible speed in the conventional track system.

The works are being carried out under the supervision of C. Kannan, Deputy Chief Engineer and P. Williams Jai, Executive Engineer of the Construction Wing of Southern Railway, Salem, the release added.