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News Entry# 288269
Dec 11 2016 (08:59)  Collision averted after 2 local trains come on same track at Serampore (
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Dec 11 2016 (12:26PM)
Station Tag: Shrirampur/SRP added by Yuva Rahul^~/1397979
KOLKATA: An accident was averted on Saturday evening at the Serampore station after the driver of a Howrah-Burdwan local managed to bring the train to a halt before hitting another local already standing in the same platform. The railway authorities have ordered a probe to find out how the Howrah-Burdwan local moved forward even when the platform berth was not clear.
"It's a serious issue as both the Up EMU locals came on the same track and was about to collide. A possible accident has been averted," said CPRO of Eastern Railway R NMahapatra. "It is being looked into if the driver of the Howrah-Burdwan local overshot the signal and somehow managed to stop close behind the Howrah-Tarakeswar local. We are also
trying find if something was wrong in the signalling system," he added. The divisional railway manager, Howrah, immediately rushed to the spot.
According to sources, the 37339-Up Howrah-Tarakeswar local, which left Howrah station at 7pm, halted at platform number 4 of the Serampore station at 7.52pm. The 37851-Up Howrah-Burdwan local, which left Howrah at 7.10pm, came on the same track and stopped close behind the Tarakeswar local. Serampore station, which operates an automatic signalling, has very less scope for human error in the system.
Sources in the rail safety department said that when a train leaves a platform, signals change according to last vehicle display mechanism. Unless the train moves from the platform physically , the signal behind the train will not change if the automatic signalling is on. Accordingly , the train behind slows down or stops depending on the signal the motorman is getting. The motorman decides on the speed of the train depending on the "one yellow" or "double yellow" signal he is getting.
If the motorman sees a red signal at the auto signal zone, he would stop immediately and wait for a minute. If the signal stays red even after that, the motorman is permitted to move at 10km per hour at night.
"It has to be seen if the signal had functioned properly . There is a data logging system at the signals which records signal movements continuously, "said an official. Once the data log is taken, it is then synchronized with the speedometer box to corroborate the statement of the motorman.
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