Penalty levied for failure to activate Train Management System

Central Railway has slapped a penalty notice of Rs 5 lakh on Bombardier Transportation for its failure to fully activate the train management system (TMS), which will allow commuters and the railway control room to track local trains in real time. CR had activated TMS on stations between Masjid and Kalyan on July 25.

TMS helps in real-time monitoring of trains in the control room.The arrival status of local trains is reflected on indicators installed on platforms in the form of a countdown (in minutes) to the train’s arrival on the platform is displayed on indicators, accompanied by automatic announcements on platforms

In 2008, Bombardier Transportation won a Rs 26-crore contract for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the TMS for CR. However, four years down the lane, the system is still not totally operational. Even though Bombardier Transportation is responsible for smooth implementation of TMS,

The project reportedly got delayed because of problems at the CR end and non cooperation from vendors supplying indicators.

First, there was a delay in handing over of the structure for the control room. Secondly, the technology used for TMS components is not uniform at all the stations because of procurement from different vendors, who were not open to the idea of sharing their technology with a third party. Unless, the vendors cooperated it was difficult to link the TMS software with their indicators.

A senior railway official conceded, “After we cleared up the issue at our end, Bombardier submitted a revised deadline of June 2012 for the system to become completely active. The penalty notice was issued as there were reliability issues about the functioning of the system even after the extension. The penalty amount will be invoked if these issues are not resolved by September.”

Some officials equipped with knowledge of technology had quit Bombardier Transportation, which also led to set back. “However, now all the issues are sorted out and we are confident that system will now work to the satisfaction of every one”, he added.

There are a total of 26 stations, having 92 platforms between CST and Kalyan. TMS was activated between Masjid and Vidyavihar in April 2012. Despite CR announcement, the experience on the ground was in contrast as the system was not working at many platforms. CR warned that strong measures can be taken if the Bombardier now fails to make the system totally operational by October 2012.

Harsh Mehta, director, communications and public affairs, Bombardier, said, “We are working with CR’s technical experts to undertake trials and test to successfully commission the system at the earliest.”

Train Management System (TMS) to monitor Metro trains

Monitoring an en-route train got will become easier from Thursday with Metro Railway installing a new Train Management System (TMS) which incorporates a networked data logger to automatically chart their positions. Officials say that this system will enable them to prevent unnecessary delays. This is essential as trains run at five-minute intervals during the morning and evening peak hours and even a minutes delay services during the morning and evening peak hours are at five-minute intervals. Even a delay of a minute can throw the schedule haywire.

According to them, the TMS is a precursor to the proposed Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) which will be introduced by September this year. If the new system functions properly, there will be relief for commuters who have to suffer at times due to disruption in services.

This train management system will help the data-loggers log down the exact time of the arrival and departure of the train to and from each station with the help of the ‘track circuit’ – an electrical device in the form of a censor installed on the railway tracks to detect the movement of the train along the track and thus provide information to the signallers. “It will be like the black-box of the metro trains. It will automatically log down the exact time and send the details to the data-loggers. Earlier, it was not possible to do it manually,” said Protyush Ghosh, DGMG,Metro Railway.

Each station has also got a video camera installed to under this system.The data-loggers can also get the panoramic view of all the 23 platforms and real time line diagram display of train movement between throughout the DumDum to New Garia metro route on a 67 -inches Large Video Wall System. In case there is a congestion on the route, it will be easy to regulate the glitches and avoid undue detentions of the following trains.

Despite the video monitoring on every station , this system cannot help control the metro suicide cases. “We have to depend on our staff to control the suicides manually,” said PB Murthy, outgoing general manager, Metro Railway. Metro Railway also plans to get 50 more trains by the end of fiscal year to smoothly implement the proposed services run at 4-minutes interval, as proposed by railway minister Mukul Roy. Metro now runs 270 services every day.

Train Management System (TMS) to display real time status of trains

Commuting will soon be a breeze for those travelling from Sandhurst Road station which is all set to become the first station on the Central Line to be completely integrated into a computer-based information system called Train Management System (TMS) which will display accurate train schedules.

Hundreds of computers and signal points on tracks will be connected so that the movement of every train towards or away from Sandhurst station will find its way on indicators installed at the station.

Once the lock-in of Sandhurst station with the TMS is complete, train timings which were earlier manually fed, will automatically be displayed by indicators.

A countdown leading to the arrival of a train on a platform will help commuters assess the arrival time with more precision.

What is TMS

THE TMS IS a multi-crore computer-based information system that collects realtime information on signals, tracks, points, routes, and circuits.

It transmits the timings of trains to controllers, who can then take decisions in realtime for diversion of trains, and other emergency train operations.

The TMS will help authorities generate punctuality reports, graphs and other operational reports to manage trains better.

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