The onset of the winter season brings a lot of trouble for the passengers travelling by trains, especially in the northern India as number of trains get delayed due to inclement weather. To overcome this problem of trains running late, Indian Railways have undertaken a slew of measures.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal has underlined various steps that are taken by the Railways.
The Northern Railway zone and the North Central Railway zone, have introduced a modified automatic signaling system which restricts the number of trains between two stations during foggy weather as a result of which it enhances the level of safety when the trains are running in automatic block signaling sections under which the railway line shall be provided with continuous track Circuiting or axle counters.
Railways is also painting luminous paints/strips on the signal sighting boards viz. passenger and goods warning boards, signals at stations/interlocked level crossing gates and semaphore signal arms to enhance the visibility of the signal aspects to the loco pilots.
The Railways will carry out the inspection at officer and supervisor level, including night inspections, which are being carried out during foggy weather for spreading more awareness and alertness among the maintenance staff.
To assist the loco pilots to run the train during foggy weather condition, Fog PASS Device, a global positioning system (GPS)-based handheld portable device, which is not installed on a locomotive as such, is given to loco pilots in fog affected sections.
It serves as an aid for the crew during foggy weather through audiovisual alarm, wherever any landmark comes within the Geo-fence range. Location of stations, warning boards, signals, level crossing gates and whistle for level crossing (W/L) boards in the section is fed in the equipment. It displays speed of the locomotive, distance and time to reach landmarks and is carried by the loco pilots.
Till date, 12,205 Fog PASS Devices have been provided on Indian Railways.