Doubling and electrification works on the Guntur-Guntakal section have been completed between Nallapadu and Perecherla. The 7.8 km stretch has been commissioned. Electrification of the single line Guntur – Guntakal section was successfully completed in 2018-19. Doubling of the line was sanctioned in the year 2016-17 with an estimated cost of Rs 3,887 crore for a distance of 404 Km. As a part of the project, doubling & electrification between Perecherla – Satulur (24 kms) and Dhone – Pendekallu (28 Kms) has been completed in February and March 2020 respectively. With the completion... more...
of Perecherla – Nallapadu, work on a total of 59.8 km has been executed. When completed, the project will increase line capacity significantly, enabling an increase in passenger services and freight movement. The doubled line will also help offload traffic from the congested Grand Trunk route.
South Western Railway is set to raise maximum permissible speeds on the 186 km Londa-Miraj section to 110 kmph. Speed on the 19 km Sanvordem-Vasco section is also likely to be raised soon. This move is likely to result in a slight reduction of time taken by trains to cover these sections. It is not clear if the savings will be passed on to passenger timetables. The Commissioner for Railway Safety has permitted raising of speeds on both sections, part of Hubballi division. Details... more...
of increase in speed permitted by CRS is as below Londa – Miraj Section – 186 Km. 1) Between Km 559/450 to 745/200 from 105 Kmph to 110 kmph in Sanvordem – Vasco section – 19 Km 2) Between Km 69.13 to 82.75 from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph 3) Between Km 92.50 to 99.30 from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph According to Ajay Kumar Singh, General Manager, South Western Railway, SWR is removing bottlenecks of permanent speed restrictions in mission mode.
South Western Railway has decided to run 22 (11 pairs) of “ Festival Special Trains” in view of Durga Puja and Chhath Puja as detailed below:- 1. Train No. 02251/02252 Yesvantpur – Korba – Yesvantpur Superfast Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Yesvantpur from 23.10.2020 to 27.11.2020 on every Friday and from Korba from 25.10.2020 to 29.11.2020 on every Sunday. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 12251/12252 Yesvantpur – Korba – Yesvantpur Superfast Regular Express. 2. Train No. 06229/06230 Mysuru –... more...
Varanasi – Mysuru Bi - Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Mysuru from 20.10.2020 to 26.11.2020 on every Tuesday & Thursday and from Varanasi from 22.10.2020 to 28.11.2020 on every Thursday & Saturday. Timings and stoppages, except Krishna, and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 16229/16230 Mysuru – Varanasi – Mysuru Bi - Weekly Regular Express. 3. Train No. 06501/06502 Ahmedabad – Yesvantpur - Ahmedabad Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Ahmedabad from 27.10.2020 to 01.12.2020 on every Tuesday and from Yesvantpur from 25.10.2020 to 29.11.2020 on every Sunday. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 16501/16502 Ahmedabad – Yesvantpur - Ahmedabad Weekly Regular Express. 4. Train No. 06505/06506 Gandhidham – KSR Bengaluru - Gandhidham Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Gandhidham from 27.10.2020 to 01.12.2020 on every Tuesday and from KSR Bengaluru from 24.10.2020 to 28.11.2020 on every Saturday. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 16505/16506 Gandhidham – KSR Bengaluru - Gandhidham Weekly Regular Express. 5. Train No. 07317/07318 Hubballi – Lokyamanya Tilak Terminus - Hubballi Daily Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Hubballi from 22.10.2020 to 30.11.2020 and from Lokyamanya Tilak Terminus from 23.10.2020 to 01.12.2020. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 17317/17318 Hubballi – Lokyamanya Tilak Terminus - Hubballi Daily Regular Express. 6. Train No. 07301/07302 Mysuru – Dharwad – Mysuru Daily Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Mysuru from 21.10.2020 to 01.12.2020 and from Dharwad from 20.10.2020 to 30.11.2020. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 17301/17302 Hubballi – Lokyamanya Tilak Terminus - Hubballi Daily Regular Express. 7. Train No. 02741/02742 Vasco – Da – Gama – Patna – Vasco – Da – Gama Weekly Superfast Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Vasco – Da – Gama from 21.10.2020 to 25.11.2020 on every Wednesday and from Patna from 24.10.2020 to 28.11.2020 on every Saturday. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 12741/12742 Vasco – Da – Gama – Patna – Vasco – Da – Gama Weekly Superfast Regular Express. 8. Train No. 06507/06508 KSR Bengaluru – Jodhpur – KSR Bengaluru Bi - Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from KSR Bengaluru from 24.10.2020 to 03.12.2020 on every Thursday & Saturday and from Jodhpur from 21.10.2020 to 30.11.2020 on every Monday & Wednesday. Timings and stoppages except Bhiwandi Road, Karjat, Lonavala and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 16507/16508 KSR Bengaluru – Jodhpur – KSR Bengaluru Bi – Weekly Regular Express. 9. Train No. 07319/07320 Hubballi – Secunderabad - Hubballi Daily Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Hubballi from 20.10.2020 to 30.11.2020 and from Secunderabad from 21.10.2020 to 01.12.2020. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 17319/17320 Hubballi – Secunderabad - Hubballi Daily Regular Express. 10. Train No. 06209/06210 Ajmer – Mysuru – Ajmer Bi - Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Ajmer from 23.10.2020 to 29.11.2020 on every Sunday & Friday and from Mysuru from 20.10.2020 to 26.11.2020 on every Tuesday & Thursday. Timings and stoppages except Karjat, Kirloskarvadi, Lonavala and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 16209/16210 Ajmer – Mysuru – Ajmer Bi - Weekly Regular Express. 11. Train No. 07323/07324 Hubballi - Varanasi – Hubballi Weekly Express Special will run with effect commencing journey from Hubballi from 23.10.2020 to 27.11.2020 on every Friday and from Varanasi from 25.10.2020 to 29.11.2020 on every Sunday. Stoppages, timings and composition of this train will remain same as of Train No. 17323/17324 Hubballi - Varanasi – Hubballi Weekly Regular Express. All the above festival special trains will be fully reserved services. Hand sanitization, thermal screening of passengers, social distancing, wearing of face cover / mask by passengers and other health protocol will be scrupulously followed.
Heralding a landmark moment for South Central Railway in enhancing rail connectivity between Hyderabad City and major cities such as Mahabubnagar, Kurnool, Bengaluru, Anantapur, Kadapa, Tirupati etc., towards south, the Doubling of Railway Line between Shadnagar and Gollapalli has been completed and commissioned today i.e., 16th September, 2020. This is part of the Secunderabad – Mahabubnagar Doubling & Electrification Project, which is being executed by the Railway PSU, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). The Secunderabad – Mahabubnagar Doubling & Electrification project is one of the critical projects for strengthening the rail operations in the state of Telangana. The project was sanctioned for a distance of 85 Kms in 2015-16 at an estimated cost of Rs 774 crores. While the section between Secunderabad... more...
– Umdanagar is undertaken as part of MMTS Phase I &II, the doubling & electrification works in balance section i.e., Umdanagar – Mahabubnagar have been undertaken as separate project and is progressing at a fast pace. Now, completion of the 29 kms stretch of the newly Doubled rail line between Shadnagar – Gollapalli is a major milestone in accomplishing the Doubling project between Secunderabad - Mahabubnagar. The Salient features of Shadnagar – Gollapalli Doubling Project are – Ø Shadnagar, Gollapalli and Balanagar Station yards have been remodelled to incorporate additional running lines. Ø Modern station building with well drawn-out elevation have been provided with improved Passenger Amenities like well-planned circulating area, booking concourse, convenient platforms, Foot over Bridges and Drinking water facilities among others. Ø The track is designed to handle 25 Tonne axle loads with speed potential of 130 Kms per hour Ø 3 Major Bridges with PSC Girders & 52 Minor Bridges with RCC Boxes have been constructed. Ø 4 Manned LC gates have been eliminated by constructing RUBs, while another 6 LC gates were upgraded to electronic operation for enhanced safety. Ø Energy Conservation measures have been given prime importance by installation of 100% LED lighting, using of 5-star rated electrical equipments, solar panels over LC Gates etc. Ø Station Masters rooms have been given a complete makeover by incorporating modern aesthetic designing to provide a positive work ambience, duly taking care every minute details of train operations to ensure highest safety standards. Ø All the 33KV & 11KV overhead Power lines have been modified to underground to do away failures because of snapping of conductors. Ø State of the art Signaling & Telecommunication features have been provided in the entire section, which includes: o Electronic Interlocking with Centralised Architecture have been installed in three stations viz., Shadnagar, Gollapalli and Balanagar to ensure the safety at the highest level. o “A” Class Lightning protection on Towers are fixed to protect the Electronic Equipment from lightning strikes, thereby enhancing system reliability. o Dedicated 24 Fibre OFCs(Optic Fibre Cables) and 6 Qüad cables are laid throughout section for effective and reliable communication & signaling. o Signal Maintainer’s Rooms have been designed to ensure easy access of technical information in case of any failures, to minimize shut down time and improve work ambiance. o For the first time ever on SCR, video surveillance has also been included for relay room, station yards and interlocked level crossing gates in the section to keep tab on safety and security of prime railway areas. Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR has congratulated the officers and staff of Hyderabad Division and RVNL on successful completion of doubling of the important section between Shadnagar – Gollapalli. He also stated that the dedication and determination presented by the Officers & staff towards the completion of project during the pandemic times, duly maintaining the Covid Protocol is highly appreciable. on this Occasion, he advised the RVNL authorities and Hyderabad Division to maintain same vigor & attention in completing the balance portion to achieve the target within the shortest time possible.
Plans of conversion of diesel locos to electric dropped. Excess units to be condemned, sold or exported.
The Ministry of Railways has asked the Railway Board to quickly downsize Indian Railways’ fleet of diesel locomotives. 2,500 diesel units are likely to face the chopping block soon, sources told RailPost.in
of Railways Piyush Goyal wants 100% electrification for the public transport behemoth in the next few years.
As of 1st July 2020, Indian Railways operates two shy of 5,500 diesel locos. They are maintained by 42 sheds spread across the country. Holdings of several sheds will be more than halved as a result.
The Ministry wants this freed up infra to be utilized for maintenance of the rapidly expanding fleet of electric locos. IR has a fleet of more than 7,000 electric locos as of 1st July 2020.
18 diesel locomotive sheds have already made suitable modifications and home approx 800 electric units.
725 electric locos were planned for production this year. The number is likely to decline substantially due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and low rail traffic levels at present.
Make high-power, high-speed electric locos in India by 2022, officials told
The ministry has asked Board officials to adopt the latest technology and produce 9-12,000 horsepower electric locos meant for 120 km/h freight and 200 km/h capable passenger services.
Target for a prototype has been set for June 2022.
Plans for conversion of diesel locos to electric dropped
IR has also dropped much-hyped plans for the conversion of redundant diesel locomotives to electric, according to officials. The cost of conversion reportedly made the exercise infeasible.
Research Development and Standards Organization (RDSO) and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) had taken up the project to convert two ALCo based units and several EMD units to electric. All converted prototypes are now based at Bondamunda shed of South Eastern Railway.
Diesels: Sell, Export, Scrap… or Gift?
With the decision to get rid of as many diesel locos as possible, Indian Railways faces tough choices.
A large part of Indian Railways’ diesel fleet has not worked for half of its codal life yet. Units that are due for heavy maintenance are likely to be condemned. The government-owned transporter is likely to take a financial hit on premature condemning of so many locos.
Savings in fuel and maintenance bills have been cited by officials as likely to make up for some of the loss in the long term.
There is a limited market for high power diesel locomotives, especially ones built for broad gauge. Local industrial demand for such powerful locomotives is almost non-existent. RITES has been asked to work with DLW and the Railway Board to find ways to dispose of the surplus units, said an official conversant with the matter.
IR recently gifted Bangladesh Railways 10 ALCo based diesel units as part of a larger agreement on improving railway connectivity between India and Bangladesh.
The GE/Wabtec Conundrum
This still leaves the Railway Ministry stuck with the question of what to do with diesel locos that continue to be manufactured at a plant in Marhowra, Bihar.
Indian Railways awarded a contract in 2015 to then General Electric, which later sold its transportation division to Wabtec, to produce 1,000 units of 4,500 and 6,000 horsepower diesel locos. Over 700 units are to be delivered over the next few years.
Unless Indian Railways finds a way out of the contract, or is able to resell the remainder of the fleet to other railway networks, the fate of most diesel locomotives in India looks bleak.