Train Management System at Mumbai Central

Pramod Kumar, GM, Western Railway visited the Train Management System at Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Mumbai Central. He discussed various aspects of this innovative system with concerned senior officers and appreciated its excellent performance, which has notably improved the operational efficiency of Mumbai’s suburban train network. This system has also been instrumental in better management of EMU services on Western Railway, as ‘ON LINE’ display of movement of all trains including train identification is available with the Sectional Controllers which in turn helps them to take timely and proper decision for cancellation, diversion and terminating of rakes in case of any major disruption to the service train due to unusual occurrences.

Railways to improve safety levels with communications-based control system

Indian Railways plans to roll out a communications-based train management system that provides higher precision in locating trains when compared to the conventional signalling systems, S. Manohar, Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway, said on Friday.

Addressing a function to mark the World Telecommunication Day organised by Southern Railway, Mr. Manohar said the CBTC or Communications-Based Train Control systems would facilitate a more efficient and safe way to manage railway traffic.

Metro rail networks and other railway systems in a few cities were already adopting this technology which improved the safety levels.

According to Mr. Manohar, RailTel Chennai, would be implementing the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) in Tamil Nadu, which along with Gujarat, are the only two States selected for the NOFN project. The nationwide plan to connect all 2,50,000 gram panchayats in the country is being implemented by utilising the existing fibres of PSUs (BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid) and laying incremental fibre, he said.

Some of the technology-driven projects implemented in Southern Railway were the Train Protection Warning System, Integrated Security System and train Management System in two suburban sections in Chennai, he said.

Rakesh Misra, Southern Railway General Manager, inaugurated an exhibition and released a compendium which contains important letters pertaining to telecommunication to serve as a ready reckoner. G. Narayanan, Additional General Manager, spoke.

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 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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