From maintenance to repairs and everything else, these machines carry out vital behind-the-scenes work for the Railways.
Earlier this year, the Indian Railways had inducted thirteen 09-3X Dynamic Tamping Express machines, in an effort to introduce state-of-the-art integrated track maintenance technology.
Now, according to a tweet by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the national transporter has introduced five new track maintenance machines, which will completely mechanise the monitoring, relaying and maintenance of tracks for the safety of commuters.
According to a release by the PIB, the machines include three Dynamic Track Temping Machines, one Ballast Cleaning Machine and one Points and Crossings Tamping Machine.
Additionally, coaches that will take care of the accommodation needs of the track machine’s staff have been refurbished as well, at the cost of Rs 18 lakh per coach. The machines were inaugurated and flagged off by Shri Goyal, at the Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi, in the presence of other dignitaries.
These are the machines:
1) 09-3X-Dynamic Tamping Express:
Costing about Rs 27 crore each, the New 09-3X- Dynamic Tamping Express is a latest high output integrated tamping machine having multiple functions, which are currently being carried out by different machines.
It works with the tracks, correcting geometry, tamping sleepers and measuring various parameters thus eliminating the need for a separate stabilisation machine which reduces operating costs and track possession times.
2) Ballast Cleaning Machine:
This machine will be used to screen ballast under the sleepers on plain tracks and turnouts for restoring drainage and resilience of tracks, to improve the mobility, safety and passenger comfort.
3) Points & Crossing Tamping Machines (UNIMAT-4S):
These are Tamping Machines for track geometry correction on turnouts. Presently 32 such machines are in service, and the Indian Railways plans to induct 62 more in the next three years.
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As reported across several publications, the Indian Railways aims to completely mechanise inspection, monitoring, relaying and maintenance of railway tracks by 2020 on the trunk route and on the entire network of the Indian Railways, by 2024.
You can check out these machines in action, in this fantastic video below:-
Inducted 5 new track maintenance machines which will completely mechanise the monitoring, relaying & maintenance of tracks for the safety of commuters.https://t.co/XDfvqZVEBb pic.twitter.com/399wpu0wLC
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 26, 2018
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)