New rakes for suburban sector getting tested

A smartly painted rake has been attracting the attention of motorists who travel on the road over bridge near Tambaram Sanatorium railway station. Currently, at the far end of the yard that is very close to the suburban and main lines, it is among the new rakes sanctioned by the Railway Board for operation in the southern line of the Chennai Suburban rail network.

The new rake has been manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, and has been brought to Tambaram where it will be tested and given final touches at the Electric Multiple Unit Car Shed before being made operational on the suburban sector.

Striking Colours

Unlike the current rakes, most of which have either a green-yellow or green-maroon combination, the new rake has come up with a delightful new colour combination and its interiors are reported to have taken a complete deviation compared to the past.

However, the most striking feature of the 9-car rake is the shape of the first and last coaches.

The ends come with a splash of bright yellow paint and are designed more like the locomotives powering long distance express trains. Southern Railway sources said this was an attempt in making the coach more aerodynamic. The rakes, once made operational on the suburban sector, would contribute significantly to increasing the number of passengers travelling on the dense corridor all the way from Tirumalpur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu via Tambaram to Chennai Beach.

Ever since the steep hike of government bus fares in November last year when the shift from buses to electric trains was an enormous 25 per cent initially, the suburban services had become the most cost effective means of public transport.

25 rakes in operation

The new rakes, the officials hoped would cater to the increasing crowds swelling at all the railway stations. Currently there were 25 rakes in operation.

Of them 17 were 12-car rakes, while the rest were 9-car ones. 240 suburban train services were operated daily on the weekdays on the Chennai Beach – Tambaram – Chengalpattu sector, while on Sundays, Southern Railway operate 194 services.

Important station

In terms of volume of ticket sales, revenue and number of passengers using suburban electric train services, Tambaram is the most important station on this sector, next only to Chennai Central, the officials added.

Railways to install bio-diesel plant in Chennai

Tiruchirappalli, June 16: As part of its efforts to move towards less expensive bio-fuel, the Railways proposed to establish a one lakh litre capacity bio-diesel plant at the Southern Railway Loco Works at surburban Perambur in Chennai.

The plant, to be set up by Indian Railways Organisation For Alternative Fuels (IROAF) in association with the Southern Railway by the end of 2010, would extract oil from jetropha and pungum seeds and convert it into bio-diesel, Southern Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer V Carmelus told PTI here.

The bio-diesel produced at the plant would be meant exclusively for the usage of Southern Railway operations.

As per an MoU signed recently, Southern Railway would provide the space and infrastructure while the IROAF would handle the technical operations of the plant, he said.

IROAF would procure the requisite plant and machinery, estimated to cost around Rs.Two crore and as per the MoU the plant would be commissioned within next 18 months.

The capacity of the plant would be one lakh liters per day and Southern Railway would obtain the bio seeds through contractual farming planned in Railway owned land. Besides diesel locomotives, the bio-diesel would be also utilised for road vehicles belonging to the railway administration, he said. – Agencies

S Railway Loco Works gets top safety rating

First Published : 31 Mar 2009 12:40:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 31 Mar 2009 09:55:38 AM ISTCHENNAI: The Southern Railway Loco Works, Perambur, has obtained the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certificate (OHSAS) 18001:2007.

Loco Works, Perambur, is the first workshop in the Southern Railway to achieve the distinction of obtaining the OHSAS 18001-2007 certificate for Occupational Health and Safety performances from the International Certification Service (P) Ltd, Mumbai accredited by the Joint Accreditation System (JAS-ANZ) of Australia and New Zealand, consequential to the successful completion of stage two audit.

Loco Works has implemented a Quality Management System – QMS (ISO 9001-2000) for its products and services and also an Environmental Management System – EMS (ISO 14001-2004) for its environment performance in line with the International System Standards. The maintenance of these systems has been conformed through periodical internal surveillance audits.

The certificate was given at a function held at Loco Works, Perambur, on Sunday. Rakesh Chopra, General Manager, Southern Railway, who was the chief guest on the occasion, received the OHSAS certificate from S Subramanian, General Manager, International Certification Services (P) Ltd. (ICS), Mumbai in the presence of V Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway.

This achievement could have been possible without the dedicated co-operation of the Railway Medical Department under the leadership of Dr A Elangovan, Chief Medical Director, Southern Railways. To maintain these systems, Loco Works has implemented an integrated documentation from October 2008 by merging the documents of all systems together and the same has been named as Integrated Management System (IMS).

OHSAS is an international health and safety system specification, which will help the organization to control or eliminate its occupational health and safety hazards, and associated risks involved in its process, service and transactions.