LED indicators for CR

The Central Railway plans to replace the conventional indicators on all its suburban railway stations with LED-based graphical type display indicators in the next two years. Already installed on some stations, these multi-colour graphic indicators are proving to be more effective and commuter-friendly.

Indicators are integral part of the railway’s passenger information system (PIS), as they help commuters get details on arrival of the next train on any particular suburban or main stations.

Until now, the CR has upgraded indicators on 19 suburban stations. Capable of showing full name of destinations and halt stations, these indicators are mainly fitted on major stations like CST, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar and Ambernath.

“We have installed 317 LED-based indicators,” said a senior railway official. He added that in next couple of years, they plan to upgrade the conventional indicators on other stations with these advanced graphical indicators.

Apart from LED-based graphical indicators, CR has also installed trilingual indicators, which can show details of trains in Marathi, Hindi and English — a long-pending demand of commuters and a section of political parties as well. These indicators have been installed on 13 suburban stations like Kopar, Dadar, Thane and others.

The CR operates about 1,296 local services every day, including 16 with fifteen-car rakes, which ferry about 39 lakh commuters. The train management system, which is installed for effective management of trains running between CST and Kalyan stations, is also connected with indicators as part of the PIS system.

Of the 76 suburban stations on CR, there are indicators on nearly all stations. But commuters complain that indicators on many small stations remain non-functional most of the time. “If any passenger complain about indicators, railway staffers at stations reply that indicators are functional, but there is no announcer to operate them,” said Pradeep Mehta, a resident of Parel.


ICF mission to raise Railways to global standards

A two-day seminar on ‘Emerging Coach Technologies’ was held at Advanced Welding Training Institute in ICF, Perambur, with a mission to enhance Indian railways to global standards by 2020. Various dignitaries from the department attended the event.

Having encountered at least a dozen accidents in the past few months, including the fire accident at Perambur, the railways had planned to give importance to safety measures. Ramachandran, DG, RDSO, said, “A crash energy system will be installed to minimise damage during accidents. Fire detector systems will also be set up to prevent any untoward incidents,” he said and added fast service trains that run up to 200 km will be introduced soon.

According to mission statement 2020, sanitation and hygiene will be given priority and work is underway to build more than 10,000 bathrooms in railway stations. With ICF being a strong advocate of the ‘go- green’ policy’, bio-degradable, environment friendly and recyclable materials will be used for building coaches.
Abhay Khanna, GM, ICF said, “The flaws in the system and the lack of courage in the hierarchy are the main reasons why these plans are not implemented. However, with a new factory in Rai Barelly nearing completion, more coaches will be ready”

ICF has been a pioneer in Indian railways and is no stranger to the infusion of technology. Rakesh Saxsena, who works with the Mumbai railways and one of the chief guests of the seminar, acknowledged the contribution of ICF.

“The suburban trains in Mumbai are well connected and organised, thanks to ICF. They were also instrumental in infusing the threephase technology,” he added.

An exhibition demonstrating the latest trends in high-speed bogies, passenger information system were on display.