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Blog Entry# 2064020  
Posted: Nov 18 2016 (13:13)

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Last Response: Nov 20 2016 (10:38)
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Nov 17 2016 (15:19)   Trains to run at 60kmph in winter

For Better Managed Indian Railways~   948 news posts
Entry# 2064020   News Entry# 285824         Tags   Past Edits
PATNA: The East Central Railway (ECR) has launched special safety measures for smooth running of trains in winter. The special safety drive is likely to continue till January next year.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, the zone's Danapur, Mughalsarai, Sonepur, Samastipur and Dhanbad divisions have been asked to implement winter precautionary measures as per the Railway Board's directives. A team of railway safety staff has started night track patrolling from 8pm to 8am to check rail fractures. Keymen and gangmen have been put on high alert to avert winter-related mishaps, he said.
said ECR general manager D K Gayen has asked divisional railway officials to follow the 'Gate Mitra Yojana' in letter and spirit at all the manned and unmanned railway crossing gates, especially during foggy weather conditions.
Loco pilots and train guards on night duty are being made to attend counselling sessions and being advised to follow winter precautionary rules strictly. The maximum permissible speed limit of each train is 60kmph during winter conditions. Loco pilots have been asked to further slow down, using their discretion in case of poor visibility on tracks, Rajak said.
A separate control room has been set up at Danapur to keep a tab on the movement of passenger trains during winter. Railway officials are making surprise inspections during night as per the directive of Danapur DRM R K Jha. At least 1,200 detonators (fog signals) have been supplied to the Danapur division for use in winter.
Fog-prone stations located on the mainline section of Danapur division between Mughalsarai and Jhaha have been identified. The worst-hit stations are located mostly in the Taal area near Mokama as well as between Neora and Buxar stations of the division. About 40% stations of Danapur division are affected by fog during winter every year.
Flasher lights and retro-reflective posts have been installed at vulnerable stations of ECR. The visibility test objects and track falling lines in fog-prone areas have been painted, the CPRO said.

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4 posts - Sun Nov 20, 2016

Nov 20 2016 (08:24)
manishiisc   13 blog posts
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News Entry# 286117
ok. Read this blog abt. today accident. It says "According to experts The main causes of accidents are rail and old bogies". Argue there!! Unfortunately this is in Hindi. I will keep posting if get in English.

Nov 20 2016 (08:39)
nump421~   1081 blog posts   1088 correct pred (90% accurate)
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Most common cause i feel is wrong signalling/human error
Old bogies can't be a cause as IR overhauls all coaches after 25 years of service

Nov 20 2016 (08:44)
The train not taken~   2622 blog posts
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Thanks for the news post. It is a very depressing event to read about such mishaps.
As I pointed out before, rails 'can' fail even if they are manufactured with the best quality! As Sanjay sir explained clearly, there are so many factors that affect the rail's performance other than manufacturing quality. Let's wait for more data before making conclusions. The rail failure in this case could have happened due to old rail being used, or improper bolting of rails and many other more likely reasons.
And let me make it clear about what I am pointing out. I am NOT saying that rail failures don't happen in IR. I am NOT saying that rail failures never lead to accidents on IR. All I am saying is that the reason for rail failures is NOT the manufacturing quality. Your original post indicated that the rail fractures and failures are due to an engineering problem right in the factory level. I am saying that the problem doesn't lie with the manufacturing plants or the factories but lies with maintenance and construction standards. Any engineering component, no matter how perfectly it is fabricated, can fail occasionally. But good designs will have a low rate of failure .The manufacturing quality of the rails is the ONLY thing I am arguing about. Not anything else.

Nov 20 2016 (10:25)
manishiisc   13 blog posts
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Thanks for your patience and explanation. According to arguments manufacturing defects are least to bother for the cause of fracture. It is the maintenance of rail and rolling, and overloading of goods train cause the major damage to rail. It is really alarming that due to shear negligence of railways, fracture occurs, which could be one of the major reasons for derailment. Let me see how many of us disagree!! Thanks!!!

Nov 20 2016 (10:38)
Allow Ms Pandian b4 RFKamban~   1526 blog posts   6 correct pred (46% accurate)
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Yeah 60kmph is ok

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