Rlys to roll out track management system

New Delhi, Nov. 20 Indian Railways is introducing Track Management System (TMS) to help field engineers in optimal, efficient and effective resource allocation (man, machine and material) and decision making.

Six divisions have been identified to implement the TMS facility on a pilot basis. The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has been charged with the responsibility for procurement of requisite hardware and software for this work. This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways, Mr. K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Track management system will work as a useful tool to make the inspection more focused and objective. Indirectly, it will also bring out the effect of heavy haul trains on the track.

Depending upon the results of pilot project, decision on TMS’ rollout on entire Indian Railways shall be taken, said the Minister.

In addition, Railways have also taken following steps to ensure longevity of Railway tracks – use of concrete sleepers, use of heavy section of rails, development of corrosion resistant rail by improvement of metallurgy of rail, anti corrosive treatment of track components, rail lubrication, improved rail pads and ballast deep screening.

The Minister pointed out that the other steps to increase longevity of railway tracks include introduction of wheel impact load detector, change of alignment of train toilet chutes so that discharge does not fall on track rails and track fastenings, trial with environment friendly coach toilets and weigh bridges to ensure overloaded wagons are not present in goods trains.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/11/20/stories/2009112051551500.htm

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