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Blog Entry# 2066469
Posted: Nov 21 2016 (00:14)

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Nov 20 2016 (20:13)   Indore-Patna Express derailment: Passengers’ complaint of thunderous sound went unheeded

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The Indore-Patna Express derailed early on Sunday because the wheels of a coach had jammed, officials indicated, as passengers complained they alerted authorities of an unusually loud sound but were asked to not worry.
Eyewitnesses of the accident – which killed more than 100 people – told HT that they told the ticket collector about a thunder-like sound from underneath their S1 coach in Jhansi, hours before the accident.
“The sound was unusual. I travel a lot and I could make out the sound wasn’t right. Some passengers of my coach shared their
concern with the TTE at Jhansi. He told us it was normal,” said Deepak Rajbhar, 32, a resident of UP’s Azamgarh who was in S1 coach with his uncle Jai Prakash. He is currently admitted at a hospital in Kanpur.
He said other passengers told the guard that the sound was very loud and people in the coach could not hear each other properly.
Neeta Gujarati, another survivor from the S1 coach who underwent a CT scan at Lala Lajpat Rai hospital in Kanpur for head injury, said she was sleeping. “There was a jerk and I fell,” she said.
Railway officials, who did not wish to be named, said the problem appeared to be in the S1 and S2 coaches – the worst-hit by the accident – and it concerned the wheels.
“The wheel apparently became immovable. As a result the coaches derailed one by one,” they said.
“The way the coaches have derailed on the side and climbed onto each other points to this theory. The railways have begun a preliminary inquiry into the accident and the picture will be clear after that,” they added.

Nov 21 2016 (00:14)
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So some indications of complacency at some point of time have started trickling in. Ideally the coach with jammed wheel should have been rectified or detached,or train may have proceeded at a safe low speed till a major station where the rectification of problem was possible. Available technology need to be fully harnessed and work practices/methodology need to be changed accordingly to avoid such incidences. Sensors can be installed which give indication of jammed wheels and other technical defects to loco pilot/guard. But all these call for a substantial investment which is not possible with the very low fare (non ac class) regime and inefficient IR ways of working, unless Govt pays for the subsidies which are currently borne by IR.
least a couple of persons with technical background/ training must travel in the trains, the TTE being a non technical person cannot appreciate these kind of problems.
It is better if persons do multi tasking i.e. do the technical job when required and do non technical job like ticket checking etc during normal time. Other wise employing separate technical and commercial staff in every train shall be too costly for IR. Today there is no dearth of technical institutes/ ITIs/ Polytechnics etc. The present TTE staff may be given a preliminary training about the abnormalities during train operation so that corrective steps can be taken before happening of an accident can. One person should be in-charge of train who should be head of all the IR employees aboard the train and supposedly answerable for all issues of running train like -pax safety/convenience/cleaning/water/meals etc,and technical issues as well.

Nov 21 2016 (00:18)
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Yup there should be an attendant in each reserved coach...
And WR should give new coaches to INDB and they should replace the old one...

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