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

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Railways to import high-speed accident relief trains

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 have 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 crores.

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 have 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.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/railways-to-import-high-speed-accident-relief-trains-334102

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.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiati…ilways-coaches

Railways to procure Rs 500 crores hi-tech rescue equipment

To speed up rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of accidents, railways have decided to procure hi-tech equipment worth Rs 500 crores, including high-speed self-propelled accident relief trains, plasma cutters and 175-ton capacity cranes.

Hydraulic cold and hot cutters and tunnel rescue equipment will also be procured to make rescue operations faster and effective.

Estimated to cost about Rs 500 crores, railways will float global tenders for procuring the high capacity equipment shortly.

“We will go for procurement of latest machineries required for faster rescue and relief operation during train mishaps,” said a senior railway ministry official, adding “the procurement will be carried out in phases.”

Currently, railways have 140-ton capacity cranes. “There is a requirement for 175-ton capacity cranes to take care of higher axle loads,” he said.

Plasma cutters are required to cut coaches and wagons made of stainless steel. “Since railways are replacing conventional coaches with stainless coaches and wagons are also now made of steel, we need plasma cutters.”

Asked about difficulties faced during rescue operations in recent train accidents and lessons learnt from them, the official said, “It is a continuous process to upgrade skills and machineries involved in rescue and relief operations.”

Railways have 170 accident relief trains (ART) stationed across the country. “But these ARTs require locomotives to run. So we will go for self-propelled ARTs which do not require locos,” the official said.

According to railways’ disaster management plan, an ART has to start its emergency run within 30 minutes of receiving a message about an accident in the day time and 40 minutes during the night.

Railways have their own communication network and medical infrastructure. Besides uniformed force of RPF/RPSF, the national transporter has an Army of gangmen spread across the country which are pressed into service to restore the affected line.

However, there is absence of tunnel rescue equipment in case of a mishap in rail tunnels.

“We are procuring tunnel rescue equipment along with the high-capacity cranes,” the official said.

Besides accidents, railways disaster management plan takes into account natural calamities like earthquakes or flash floods which also disrupt train services.

http://www.asianage.com/business/railways-procure-rs-500-crores-hi-tech-rescue-equipment-948

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