Hubballi Division of SWR is earnestly taking up works for removing speed restrictions that limit speed of trains. Track renewal works which enable faster movement of trains are being given tremendous thrust in last 6 months. At locations notified trains will slow down because of permanent speed Restrictions in force because of various reasons.
- Now under “Mission Mobility” several works to attend the root cause for Speed restriction are being done that facilitate removal of speed restrictions.
- The works done include increase in super-elevation at curves, correction of transition length, through tamping, attending points and crossings with track machine (named UNIMAT) are being carried out.
- Recouping of Ballast to maintain cushion and thereby riding quality, recouping missing permanent way fittings are also being done to facilitate faster trains.
- Because of the above special works done, speed restrictions have been removed at 4 locations covering 20.3 Km between Londa and Tinaighat.
- Section between Londa & Tinai ghat station Up line from Km 9/800 to 1/300 where speed has been raised from 45 Kmph to 65 Kmph, and in Dn line from Km 1/300 to 9/800 where speed has been raised from 45 Kmph to 65 Kmph.
- In Single Line section between Tinaghat and Castlerock speed has been raised from 45 Kmph to 65 Kmph at 2 locations at Km 14/200 to 16/500 and at Km 21/300 to 22/300.
- These speed restrictions were existing since last 25 years, from gauge conversion to Broad gauge in 1995-96.
To remove the speed restrictions on these 4 locations following track works were taken up:
- Slewing of 04 curves duly increasing the transitions length on UP line. Increasing the clean ballast cushion from 150-200 mm to 350-400 mm by lifting the track through BCM machine.
- Ballasting of track by Unloading 5000 cum of Ballast through Londa BT.
- Machine tamping and raising of super elevation in 03-04 stages for 15 curves.
- 10000-15000 cum of cess work on UP & DN line.
Removal of speed restrictions will contribute to higher goods train speeds, increases section capacity and reduces congestion
Recent achievement over SWR:
Meanwhile, Shri A. K. Rai, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS)/ Southern Circle, Bengaluru conducted statutory inspection of newly laid double line between Chikodi Road and Raybag stations (13.94 Km) as a part of doubling between Londa-Miraj on 24.11.2020. This double line between Raybag and Chikodi is part of the 186 km of doubling of Londa – Miraj project sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs.1191 Cr.
- CRS conducted Motor trolley inspection of track between Chikodi to Raybag and later speed trial 130 Kmph was conducted.
- Dy. CRS Shri Srinivas accompanied CRS during the inspection.
- The speed trial conducted was very smooth.
- The inspection commenced from Chikkodi at 09.30 hrs. and finished at Raybag at 12.30 hrs.
- At Raybag, Station yard and Raybag Station building with passenger amenities was also inspected.
- The new BG doubling line is in Belagvi district of Karnataka state and will be opened to simultaneously for goods and passenger traffic between Chikodi Road and Raybag stations.
- There are 21 Minor Bridges, 4 Road Under bridges and one Canal Bridge on this section.
- One manned Level crossing with Spl Class interlocking has been provided.
- The doubling between Ghatprabha to Chikodi Road (16 Km) was commissioned last year.
- This section between Kuduchi to Raybag is targeted for commissioning by this financial year.
- During the period of Late Suresh Angadi, MoSR, this project was being personally monitored by MoSR for improving connectivity between Bengaluru to Mumbai.
- Doubling and Electrification work are in progress and once this is completed Bengaluru to Mumbai connectivity will further be strengthened.
- Chikodi Station is a four Road station provided with Electronic interlocking with centralized operation of points and signals from operator VDU (Dual VDU) with multiple Aspect colour light signals and motor operated points.
- Raybag Station is a five Road station provided with Electronic interlocking with centralized operation of points and signals from operator VDU (Dual VDU) with multiple Aspect colour light signals and motor operated points.
Shri K C Swami, CAO/CN, Shri Viswas Kumar, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi Division, Shri T V Bhusan, CE/CN/II/UBL & Shri G Santhiram, CSTE/CN accompanied CRS for Inspection from Chikodi to Raybag.
Source: South Western Railway-Press Release