Surat to have strong and clean tracks

Surat: Surat railway station will soon get sturdy and clean tracks. The western railway is not only revamping all the tracks passing through Surat station, but also repairing both Varachha & Katargam railway under-passes. Considering the future requirements, the railway authorities are using a latest technique called automatic structure formula that is used in Germany, for laying the tracks. Interestingly, it is for the first time that western railway is using such a technique to lay the tracks. M-55 grade of concrete, usually used for building atomic power stations, is being used for constructing the tracks. This grade of concrete can sustain extra load, strain and wear and tear as compared to other ordinary mix of concrete.

“This grade of concrete does not develop cracks during summers and winters, thereby ensuring the strength of the base of the track. Although such kind of technology was used for constructing Delhi metro rail, it is for the first time that western railway is using it,” said FA Sheikh, the station manager of Surat railway station.

Sheikh added that the track will provide maximum safety for high speed trains that run above 80 km/hour. The contractor of the western railway, who is entrusted with the work, has tied up with IRDHA company of Germany for building the tracks.

Apart from strengthening the tracks, the western railways have also taken up the initiative of keeping them clean round the clock. For this, auto flush technique is being used, wherein the tracks will be washed immediately after a train passes. This will instantly clean all oil deposits, human waste and other filth from the tracks.

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Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS) to monitor railway tracks

Owing to the rising number of accidents, the Railways has come under scrutiny and pressure to adopt safety measures.

As a result, a modern instrumentation system, based on automatic detection techniques, to monitor track irregularities has been adopted.

After certain trials, the Ambala Division has approved the Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS) for maintaining tracks and railway vehicles (coaches, wagons and locomotives).

“Keeping pace with technology, the Railways has adopted a state-of-the-art system to detect the condition of tracks and railway vehicles. OMS is an advanced portable instrument which continuously measures vertical and lateral accelerations at any desired location on the floor of a carriage while in motion,” said Ambala Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) H K Jaggi. The Division has already conducted successful trials on the system from Kalka to Ambala and Ambala to Jalandhar section.

The DRM said the system was running under trial in other sections too. “With favourable results, the system has been gradually applied to more sections in the division, including Chandigarh. This would be further increased in the coming months, gradually covering the entire division,” added Jaggi.

Till now, the track and railway vehicles maintenance was done manually, which consumed more time and labour.

The technology was developed last year by Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh.

CSIO Director Dr Pawan Kapur said, “OMS helps to detect deterioration and stress patterns of the tracks, if any, which has great significance as detection is important to avoid an accident

The OMS technology is said to play an important role to facilitate high speed trains, which the Railways has proposed, as they require constant monitoring of tracks.