Jul 28, 2016

Trials on Train Collision Avoidance System

Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is being indigenously developed by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) in association with Indian Vendors. This Safety system is aimed at providing capability to prevent train accidents caused due to driver’s error of Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) or over-speeding. 
After successful initial Proof of Concept trials, limited field trials with multi-vendor equipment have been conducted. Further, extended field trials of TCAS in pilot section Lingampalli-Vikarabad-Wadi-Bidar (250 RKms) of Secunderabad Division of South Central Railway have been taken up. Trials on two pairs of passenger trains have commenced in the pilot section. 

Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) based on proven European Train Control System (ETCS L-1) technology has been provided in the following pilot sections: i) Chennai-Gummidipundi Suburban Section of Southern Railway (50 RKms) covering EMU sections. 

ii) Hazrat Nizamuddin-Agra Section of Northern/North Central Railway (200 RKms). Gatiman Express running at 160 Kmph on Delhi-Agra section has been equipped with TPWS. 

iii) Dum Dum-Kavi Subhash Nagar section of Kolkata Metro (25 RKms) covering the EMU sections. 

To ensure safety, all electric locomotives are equipped with Vigilance Control Device (VCD) to ensure alertness of Loco Pilot. 

All safety category railway employees are given structured training as per prescribed periodicity at various stages of their career. They also undergo mandatory refresher training programmes. Detailed modules which give the periodicity and course content taking into account technological changes and operational requirement are available. Due emphasis is laid on practical training which helps in assimilating technology transferred and skill upgradation. Safety Category staff are also given training in Disaster Management. 

Opening of new training centres is duly considered on the basis of proposal and justification received from Zonal Railway/Production Units. This is a continuous process. 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha 

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