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N. Railway gears up to tackle fog

There are plans to make extra crew available to avoid excess duty hours during late running of trains.

There are plans to make extra crew available to avoid excess duty hours during late running of trains.   | Photo Credit: File photo

All mail, express and passenger trains will be equipped with fog safety devices

Northern Railway has prepared an action plan, including using fog safe devices and detonators, to ensure safer travel during winters when fog severely impacts visibility in the region.

“Safety during fog is of primal importance… All the mail, express and passenger trains will be equipped with fog safety devices. Overall, about 2,648 such devices will be functional on Northern Railway,” a railway official said.

Fog safety devices are GPS-based equipment that provide advance warning to loco pilot about an approaching signal.

Additionally, the railways will deploy fogmen for placing detonators -- a device that will generate sound when wheel passes over it, on tracks. This too will help alert the loco pilots about an approaching signal.

“Foggy season severely reduces mobility and speed of all trains due to impaired visibility. Many times, speed restrictions also have to be put in place in the fog-affected areas, which may lead to delays, rescheduling or cancellation,” the official said.

The official added that late running of trains during fog also leads to shortage of rake as well as crew due to longer working hours.

“Plans are to make extra crew available to avoid excess duty hours during late running of train in foggy weather… we will also complete the periodical mandatory training and refresher courses for loco pilots and guards by December 15, 2018,” the official added.

More enquiry counters

For passengers’ convenience additional enquiry, reservation and refund counters will be opened, the official said. However, the official did not share any numbers. Additionally, round-the-clock catering will be ensured at all stations.

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