New Delhi: Goods trains may soon come fitted with an electronic device at the tail end instead of the usual guard’s cabin, as the railways takes a step in the direction of automation.
The Indian Railways will invite a global tender next month for End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipment, a device to be fitted at the train’s end for communication between the driver and the last wagon. A project has been sanctioned for the purchase of 1,000 such systems at an estimated cost of Rs.100 crore.
Since the guard’s cabin can be eliminated, an additional wagon can be added at the end of the train that can be used to earn revenue, Nitin Chowdhary, executive director, mechanical engineering (development), ministry of railways said.
The device will regularly signal to the driver that all wagons are connected and the train is intact. A transmitter will be fitted at the driver’s end and a receiver at the end of the last wagon. A disruption in signalling will alert the driver to take action.
“It is certainly a step in the right direction and the most important thing is that so much of manpower is used in it whereas technology can ensure better compliance. It’s going to be a long-term thing, because it’s just not about using a device but of also using the disseminating information properly,” said Abhaya Agarwal, partner and PPP (public-private partnership) leader at consulting firm EY.
Other features of this equipment include collision detection, data logging, monitoring of defective wheels and emergency braking.