Train traffic control system to be computerized soon

To lessen inconvenience to passengers caused by the lack of precise information on arrivals and departures of trains, monitoring of their movements will soon be computerized. Presently this is done by Indian Railways’ operating department through telephones, a time consuming process, making it very difficult for travellers to get the right details about train delays.

An ‘information control’ office is planned to be set up at Indian Railways’ divisional offices or headquarters where the server will track arrival and departure of trains.

Once the train moves from one station the system will calculate the entire distance immediately and prepare a chart that will display the train’s position on a screen. The move would also help in reducing staff required for preparing these charts.

Passengers have to face a tough time whenever they go to enquire the status of trains as the enquiry clerk somehow do not give them proper information. Sometimes enquiry counter clerks do not have the exact information as they have to confirm it at the telephones at short intervals and then they calculate the distance and delay accordingly.

So the process takes a lot of time and proves not so much helpful to the passengers. However, with the help of this new technology, computers will be able to display the position of trains.

Dharmendra Kumar, senior railway commercial manager, Ferozepur division, said, “Technology upgradation is our first priority. However, some of the current projects have been undertaken on a trial basis. These include installation of readers at selected stations which help in ascertaining the position of trains with the help of excel counting or tags attached with the wagons when the train passes through that particular station. This technology is already being employed by Southern and West Southern Railways, and now it’s the turn of Northern Railways”.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Dear Hari,
    You are doing a good job. I am grateful to you for having sent me so much information. I am really enjoying it. I had been to Chennai several times in the last six months but I could not meet you due to time constraint. Hope I will make it next time. Keep going and wish you best of luck.

    R. Bhupal Reddy
    Asst. manager

  2. Dear Hari,
    I fully agree with Mr.Bhupal Reddy.In fact the contact numbers of commercial contol of entire Indian Railways which you gave it to me some time back became handy to pass on an information about the rescheduling of T.No 2201 which left Lokmanya thilak yesterday. The Headquarters comml control at Mumbai acted switly and they made announcement at Lokmanya thilak terminus stn.Congrates for all the wonderful work you are doing.

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