South Eastern Railway completes Track Maintenance works despite Covid-19

In train movement, rail track constitutes the most important part of the infrastructure providing a guided path for the wheels to move and carries the huge moving loads. The rail routes of South Eastern Railway (SER) have high density of freight and passenger trains. Presently, SER has 6464.624 Track km stretching over Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur and Ranchi Divisions. 

  • A large number of Mail/Express, Passenger and Goods trains have been running over them daily. 
  • Monitoring of track is continuous activity. 
  • Section Engineers, Permanent Way Inspectors and staff of track maintenance are working round the clock despite nation-wide Covid-19 crises to keep safe, secured and well-maintained railway track. 
  • Infrastructural Civil Engineers and Section Engineers of the Engineering Department have laid emphasis o­n line maintenance works and have done their best out night and day across SER’s jurisdiction. 
  • Security services are o­n patrol and Safety Inspectors are engaged in regular inspections. 
  • PWIs and Track-men are continuing to maintain proactively railway track inspite of Coronavirus threat and restrictions. 
  • The vast network of SER has been divided into various maintenance sections for close and thorough check up & inspections.  
  • These lengthy and massive railway tracks are being supervised and maintained by those track-men and Section Engineers who are excellent practical men with long experience of keeping tracks in good repair. 
  • Railway tracks are being inspected o­n regular intervals to see that every section is fit for freight traffic and passenger traffic.
  • In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and country-wide health & physical precautions, SER has been running a number of Parcel Express Trains for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities and pharmaceuticals to reach out to the people across the country. 
  • In this situation, SER Track-men and Permanent Way Engineers have been engaged in track maintenance works wearing face masks and keeping social distancing to ensure the rail safety as well as smooth running of numerous freight and passenger trains.

Recent asset maintenance works by SER:

  • During the nationwide crisis in the wake of Covid-19, South Eastern Railway has taken major initiatives in the works of Signal & Telecom asset maintenance all over its network. 
  • The maintenance of assets has been done in the area of Multiple-Aspect Signaling, Automatic Signalling, Route Relay and Panel Interlocking, Automatic Train Control, Signaling of Level Crossing, Public Address System, CCTVs at Stations etc.
  • Asset maintenance works in the field of Signal & Telecommunications include:
    • Commissioning of Sliding Boom in level crossings for safety of the road users.
    • Dual LVCD in stations for smooth train operations.
    • Power Cable Meggering at different stations for uninterrupted power supply etc.
  • The Signaling and Interlocking works have significantly ensured the safe and expeditious running of trains throughout the system.
  • This maintenance of Signal & Telecom equipment provided with railways is a never-ending process and South Eastern Railway has been doing this during lockdowns in form of old assets replacement, modernization and their execution.

Source: South Eastern Railway-Press Release