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Posted: May 06 2016 (16:03)

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May 06 2016 (15:51)   After 163 years, Railways to put toilets in train engines

Jayashree   36962 news posts
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Indian Railways will on Friday introduce its first train engine fitted with a bio-toilet
New Delhi: Imagine a journey of over 12 hours on Indian Railways through out which you are not authorized to take refreshments or answer nature’s call. It may sound weird, but this is how the journey has been for more than 60,000 locomotive pilots, or engine drivers, over the last 163 years.
Whenever they demanded for a toilet in the engine, the Indian Railways argued that it was not feasible to authorise drivers to halt a running train for
taking refreshments or urinating.
In what will come as a major relief to these drivers, the Indian Railways will on Friday introduce the first locomotive fitted with a bio-toilet. The engine would be flagged off by railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
According to railway officials, these bio-toilets have been fitted with various sensors and features. The doors of the toilets would open only when the train speed is zero and the locomotive pilots won’t be able to use it while the train is moving. When the locomotive pilot is inside the toilet, the engine brakes will not be released by any system. They added that the decision was announced by the railway minister during 2016-17 rail budget speech too.
Interestingly, in India, different transportation systems have different rules and regulations. For instance, bus drivers are allowed to take a break after five hours of driving, while Delhi Metro train drivers are given 40 minutes’ break after every three hours. Airline pilots are allowed breaks after regular intervals depending on the length of journey.
The Indian Railway Loco Running Men’s Organisation (IRLRO), an organisation representing railway locomotive pilots, welcomed the move, but added that it has come with strings attached. “We have moved the National Human Rights Commission too because the condition for drivers like us are very inhumane. Most of the time we are under so much stress that it could contribute to train accidents too,” said an IRLRO member, who didn’t wanted to be named.

May 06 2016 (16:03)
Sk Mangla*^~   1342 blog posts   77775 correct pred (98% accurate)
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It took 69 years since independence, for IR to provide basic need to locopilots..
It took 69 years since independence, for IR to think about running trains at moderate 160-180 KMPH..
It took 69 years for IR to finally wake up for the much needed improvements and other necessary needs..

May 06 2016 (16:14)
S V Iyer*^~   14133 blog posts   12350 correct pred (64% accurate)
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One thing I still can't understand is ..what is the use of Toilets in Locos if they can be accessible only if the speed of train is zero ?

Imagine a LP piloting a Rajdhani express say Mumbai Rajdhani between NDLS and Kota or Say HWH Rajdhani between NDLS and CNB.....

wants to go to loo then he will have to either stop the train to use the loo or wait till CNB/Kota arrival to use loo...Now first case isn't permissible by IR .... So its as good as LP alighting at CNB /Kota and then taking loo

May 06 2016 (16:31)
S V Iyer*^~   14133 blog posts   12350 correct pred (64% accurate)
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It is feasible only for trains with many halts ...

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