High-speed accident relief trains to be imported from Europe

Aiming to put rescue and restoration work during accidents on fast track, Railways is procuring high-speed self-propelled accident relief trains (SPART) and hydraulic cranes with telescopic boom from Europe.

Currently, Railways has 27 self-propelled accident relief trains that run at a speed of 110-km per hour.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will announce the procurement proposal of 160 km per hour high-speed relief train in his maiden Rail Budget 2013-14 on February 26.

“We are planning to buy two high-speed SPART which can run at 160 km per hour speed in the first phase,” said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding, “These will enable rescue equipment to reach the accident site at faster pace and help speedy rescue and restoration work.”

The diesel driven SPART consisting of three coaches is estimated to cost about Rs. 40 crore.

Railways will procure the state-of-the-art SPART through global tendering process. As per the plan, the technology of the first two SPART will be imported from Europe.

Beside, Railways have also decided to import eight hydraulic cranes with telescopic boom from Europe to strengthen its disaster management. “We will go for global tenders to buy the new 175-ton hydraulic cranes with telescopic boom shortly,” said the official.

The 175-ton hydraulic crane is likely to cost about Rs. 25 crore.

Railways has 69 hydraulic cranes and the existing crane has the capacity to lift 140 tons only. Since, the axle load of coach and wagon has increased, railways need the 175-ton cranes.

“The telescopic boom cranes are required to undertake rescue work inside the tunnel or bridge,” he said.

The hydraulic cranes are equipped with cutters, spreaders and hand operated tools for cutting of coaches for rescue of passengers trapped inside the coaches in case of an accident.

Telescopic boom cranes are equipped with hydraulic cutters to cut LHB coaches and wagons made of stainless steel


Railways to procure high-speed accident relief trains

The railways has decided to procure most sophisticated and modern high-speed Self-Propelled Accident Relief Trains (SPARTs) with a view to further strengthening its disaster management system. It will be fitted with hydraulic crane with telescopic boom which can run at the maximum speed limit of 200 km per hour.

According to a Railway Board official, the railways has at present 27 such trains which can run at the maximum speed of 110 km per hour. Besides, the railways has 69 hydraulic cranes which have the capacity to lift 140 tonnes only, he said.