1. Railways to replace all general class passenger trains with self-propelled carriages to raise speed

Railways to replace all general class passenger trains with self-propelled carriages to raise speed

The Indian Railways is all set to replace all only-general-class passenger trains with MEMU or DEMU rakes to increase traffic speed.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 9, 2017 5:58 AM
Indian Railways, Indian Railways news, Indian Railways latest news, memu, demu, general class passenger trains, general class passenger trains to replace, diesel electric multiple uni, demu trains, memu trains DEMU and MEMU rakes have motors beneath the coaches and can decelerate and accelerate faster, resulting in quick movement of trains.

The Indian Railways is all set to replace all only-general-class passenger trains with main electric multiple unit (MEMU) or diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) rakes to increase traffic speed. The move follows successful testing of MEMUs in the Mughalsarai section. Six traditional loco-hauled trains were replaced by MEMUs and the results have been satisfactory in one of the busiest sections across the country. DEMU and MEMU rakes have motors beneath the coaches and can decelerate and accelerate faster, resulting in quick movement of trains. These trains also do not require to be reversed as they can run both ways. “This will be implemented mostly on the routes on the Golden Quadrilateral, which account for 60% of passenger and freight traffic. These routes comprise only 16% of the track length available to the Indian Railways,” said Mohammed Jamshed, member (traffic), Railway Board. There is approximately 2,000 km of tracks on these routes. Adding lines will require `10 crore per km of investment. However, change in rakes will allow faster movement of passenger traffic on the existing routes. The Golden Quadrilateral includes lines between New Delhi and Kolkata, Kolkata and Chennai, Chennai and Mumbai, and Mumbai and New Delhi. In addition, the plan will also be executed on the lines connecting New Delhi to Chennai and Mumbai to Kolkata.

Despite the national transporter launching various categories of trains with higher speeds such as the Tejas and The Gatimaan, congestion on the tracks reduce the average of all trains and often leads to delays. The deployment of MEMU and DEMU, which can make multiple stops maintaining a high average speed, is expected to ease congestion.

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The development comes at a time when the national transporter has been able to arrest the slide in its passenger traffic. As reported by FE earlier, the Indian Railways’ passenger traffic segment witnessed a 2.5% growth in April-May 2017, compared with the similar period a year ago. This is a sustained growth after an increase of 1% in passenger traffic in 2016-17 to 822.1 crore passengers, from 815.1 crore ferried during 2015-16. In addition, suburban passenger traffic increased 4% during the past two months compared with the year-ago period. It was the first year since 2012-13 that passenger traffic showed a positive growth for the railways.

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    Prince KS
    Jun 10, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Pl do needful to provide atleast good seats in sleeper coaches and 3AC coaches only doing announcements on air nothing will be the benefit of passerger. Also safety of peoples and take strict action not to enter anyother person in reserved compartments without ticket. Take necessary action for cleaning of toilets at every main stations. Also please tske necessary action water should be available from starting to end place in each toilets of coaches. Bio toilets are always in very bad condition . If it is not able to maintain pl stop it. The condition is not only bad in SL but also day today it is deteriorating in AC coaches. Only giving contract authorities resposibility is not completing the have to watch and take necessary stringent action against these situations. I have faced these problems while travel in train given alert to authorities not onle to them but also hon'ble rly minister but the result is zero so dont try to make public fool.
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      RW911
      Jul 13, 2017 at 12:32 am
      Had these announcements been made under Lalu or Mamata, you would have had them on ground by now so please stop slandering one of the best Railway ministers India has ever had. These will take time but keep up with the job of reporting problems to authorities - try different mechanisms of reporting perhaps - use people's grievance portal, it helped me with the telecom ministry
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        RW911
        Jul 13, 2017 at 12:33 am
        Had these announcements been made under Lalu or Mamata, you would have had them on ground by now so please stop slandering one of the best Railway ministers India has ever had. These will take time but keep up with the job of reporting problems to authorities - try different mechanisms of reporting perhaps.
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        Snehasis Chattopadhyay
        Jun 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm
        The main goal of Indian Railways should be to reduce the number of ticketless commuters in local and suburban trains by increasing the number of ticket checkers which not only increase the revenue but also give a beat of relief to the bonafied passengers.
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