CR begins steel fencing at 7 stations

Central Railway (CR) has started work on putting up steel fences at seven places, of the total 38 stations across its suburban network, to prevent people from crossing the tracks.

A CR spokesperson said: “Work is in progress at Byculla, Parel, Dadar, Reay Road, Sewri, Wadala Road and King’s Circle stations. So far, 1000 m of fencing has been provided.”

CR plans to instal 7,000 m of fencing at 14 stations on the Main line between Mumbai CST and Kalyan, 10 between CST and Mankhurd, eight between Kalyan and Karjat and at six more location between Kalyan and Kasara.

A CR official said: “The locations were selected after identifying spots where trespassing was rampant.” The work is being carried out in phases and all the stations on the list are likely to be covered by October.

TOI had reported in September 2011 that CR planned to start the project as part of its measures to curb trespassing.

CR beams live TV into six local trains

The Central Railway (CR) has recently introduced six local trains equipped with LCD TVs airing real-time content to enhance the travel experience in suburban section. The CR had introduced two such rakes on Republic Day this year, but the LCD TVs on these trains only aired static content in which data was fed by pen drives.

According to sources, the day is not far when all local trains on the CR will be equipped with LCD TVs offering audio-visual entertainment. “The tendering process is on for installing LCDs on the rest of the trains. Within a month, the tenders will be floated,” said a senior official from the CR commercial department.

The railway awarded an initial contract on application basis to Fortune Creation Media for the installation of LCD TV sets on 24 rakes, 23 old nine-car rakes and one 12-car new Siemens rake. But till date, the TV sets have been installed only on eight rakes.

Central Rly to send 1 Cr SMS with catering tariff to passengers.

The Central Railway (CR) will make use of cellphones to alert commuters on rates of food items served on long-distance trains after many passengers claimed they had been short-changed by pantry car operators.

“We will send text messages to one crore cellphone subscribers informing them about the menu and the rates. We will print the menu on handbills, which will be distributed to commuters at important junctions like CST, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kalyan,” V A Malegaonkar, CR’s chief public relations officer said.

He added, “The text messages will contain telephone numbers on which commuters can lodge their cateringrelated complaints. Commuters must insist on getting a receipt of food articles bought in from the pantry car. This will deter pantry car operators from overcharging commuters. Moreover, it can also be crucial piece of evidence while lodging a complaint.”

Subash Gupta, a member of the national rail users consultative committee (NRUCC), said, “The railways should make it mandatory for the pantry car contractor to display the rate chart in each compartment. Any contractor found violating this directive should be blacklisted.

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Mumbai Sale of tourist tickets rises on Mumbai locals

Tourist tickets that enable travelling on all the lines have emerged as popular amongst tourists and commuters, statistics revealed. Statistics reveal that, compared to last year, there is a 54% growth in the sale of first class tourist tickets in the Central Railway (CR) in 2010-11 and 66% in the s
econd class.

In Western Railway (WR), there is a 60% growth in the sale of first class tickets and 72% growth in the sale of second-class tickets.

On the Central line, 1,13,932 first class tourist tickets, and 51,528 second class tourist tickets were sold in 2010-11.

The railways offer three kinds of tourist tickets. To travel on all lines for a day in first class, a commuter will have to pay Rs170. For three days, it is Rs330 and for 5 days it is Rs390.

These tickets are sold for second class travel with lesser charges: Rs50 for a day, Rs90 for three days and Rs105 for five days.

Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relation officer of CR, said: “There was a campaign held to promote these tourist tickets amongst commuters during Diwali and at the end of the year. Not only tourists, but even regular commuter who wish to travel long distance once in a while prefer tourist tickets.”

“These tickets are popular amongst commuters during festivals such as Ganesh Chathurti or Diwali. It is convenient for them as they can hop into any train without worrying about the ticket,” said a CR official, in condition of anonymity.

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Central Railway saves electricity, earns Rs51 crore

Eager to drive home the message of judicious use of electricity, the Central Railway (CR) has, in the previous year, managed to substantially reduce its electricity consumption by using a combination of new energy saving technologies and by applying simple energy saving tricks in its everyday operations.

According to CR’s chief spokesperson VA Malegaonkar, the overall energy consumption has been reduced by a substantial 15% in the year 2010-2011 as compared to 2009-2010. “If the CR consumed 7.63 units per gross tonne kilometre (GTK) in 2009-10, the number had come down to 6.49 units per GTK in the 2010-11,” he said. GTK is a unit of measurement representing the movement of one tonne of rail vehicle, including the weight of tractive vehicle, over a distance of one km. This reduction in consumption enabled the CR to earn about Rs51 crore in the 2010-11.

Elaborating further on the several measures that enabled the CR to save electricity, Malegaonkar said in specific sections of operations such as ghats, only single loco-engines were used even if 3 were available. Auxillary circuits, which consume high electricity, were turned on only when the train was in operation. Also, if the train was to halt at a particular location for more than 45 minutes, the loco engine, which enables the movement of the train, was turned off.

On the suburban section, the new trains purchased under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), which were brought into operations, also helped save electricity as their contemporary regenerative braking technology is designed to harness the mechanical energy lost through conventional friction braking system. Regenerative braking uses the electricity generated by braking, which is transmitted to the overhead wire.

CR to bring 120-wagon goods train

Maruti’ would soon be running on railway tracks. No not Hanuman, but a 120-wagon goods train that the Central Railway (CR) is planning to introduce soon. These trains would operate beyond Mumbai (in Bhusawal section) but are being run to ensure smooth operations of ‘summer special’ trains.

Many of these summer special trains start from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kurla-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.

When two trains are clubbed, the total number of wagons becomes 115-120 that are towed. These long serpentine goods train would take around a minute or so to pass an average 700-odd metre long platforms, if it is running at its average speed.

These newly proposed trains, however, have issues such as communication between driver-guard, while applying brakes to the train maneuvering curves, gradients and track crossings.

These trains can carry a load of around 10,000 tonnes and are inter-connected by four engines. In January and February, for example, CR ran 67 and 75 of the trains (or services), respectively.

The CR is currently running around 1,516 special trains, including Nagpur-Hatia, Sainagar, Shirdi, Bhubaneshwar-Hazrat Nizamuddin.

These summer specials run from March to June. But these trains get stuck not only due to the regular outstation trains starting from the CST and Kurla LTT, but also from the long slow-moving goods trains.

“Beyond Mumbai, the goods trains don’t move beyond a speed of 50kmph while a regular freight train runs at around 75 kmph. So we have decided to club two goods trains with engines in order to save time and provide pathway for long-distance trains,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO of Central Railway.

Officials said that this method would also ensure availability of drivers for running long-distance trains. Generally, they face problem of drivers for running these long-distance trains, especially with more number of trains added to their schedule. Everyday more than 100 long-distance trains arrive and depart at CST and Kurla LTT stations.

A cheaper way to retrofit rly rakes

An economical way devised by the Central Railway (CR) to retrofit railway rakes to run on dual current traction systems is expected to extend the life of old rakes by 15 years.

“About 400 coaches will be retrofitted by December 2012,” said Kul Bhushan, General Manager, CR.

The work is on at Kurla carshed, and the first rake to be retrofitted, at a cost of Rs 4 crore, is expected to roll out in January. Work has already begun at the Kurla carshed to convert DC rakes with a residual life of 15 years into dual current (AC/ DC) rakes.

“We expect to complete the retro-fitment of at least one rake in the second week of December. Each rake has three cars; a driving trailer, a motor coach or power car and a trailer coach,” said a senior CR official.

CR’s electrical department has set up its own transformer and rectifier to retrofit the old trains, using a new method, which it says is cheaper than the others.

CR to install New system to manage Light

Nature will now decide whether the lights at platforms will remain switched on. The Central Railway (CR) is looking at introducing a system by which power supply to tube lights on platforms and concourses at railway stations will depend on the quantum of natural light available.

A software called as ‘lighting management system’ would be installed at all stations. This means that the lights would turn off in the morning and automatically switch on in the evening. “We are considering a software which would eliminate manual operation of switches,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The system will have a sensor fitted to it, which will gauge the natural light outside and command the software to automatically turn on or off. The CR will incur a cost of Rs 29.66 lakh for installing this system.

“We will complete work of installing these new lighting management systems by March 2011,” said S Mudgerikar, chief PRO, CR. A solar-based system at level crossings is also proposed between Kalyan-Igatpuri and Kalyan-Lonavla sections at a cost of Rs 8.89 lakh.

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Soon, ads on your Railway tickets

Cashing in on the computerised ticketing system, the Western Railway will start printing advertisements on suburban rail tickets to generate more revenue. “We earn Rs 2 crore every day through ticket sales, of which we earn Rs 1.6 crore through unreserved ticketing system (UTS). So, we plan to
earn more by printing advertisements behind tickets,” said a senior Western Railway (WR) official, on condition of anonymity.

Every day nearly 5.5 lakh tickets are sold through the 667 UTS windows on the western suburban line, which comprises 90% of the total ticket sales. Around 35,000 season tickets are sold every day on the same system.

“We will print advertisements behind daily and the season tickets sold through UTS. The plan will be later extended to automated ticket vending machines and coupon validating machines,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.

Senior WR officials are examining the proposal and after it is finalised, they will call for tenders.

The selected private contractor will have to provide the UTS thermal paper with advertisements printed on it. The thermal paper is used at ticket counters across all railway stations in the city.

Not to be left behind, the Central Railway (CR) has allowed advertisements on their foot overbridges and platforms.

“We have placed advertisements on an experimental basis at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar and Ghatkopar among several other stations,” said S Mudgerikar, chief PRO of Central Railway.

The CR expects to earn at least Rs 1 crore a month if all stations are covered. At these stations, the CR has allotted advertisement space on two staircases each with rates as low as Rs 15 per sqft.

Last month, the CR had allowed yellow stripes to be pasted along the edges of the platforms as an advertising gimmick for a television reality show.