Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tracks replaced in record time

The engineering branch of Salem Railway Division has replaced the existing 2.5 km track near Samalpatti Railway Station between Salem and Jolarpet junctions at a record time of less than four days.
The total cost was Rs. 5 crore.
Railway officials said that using the Track Renewal Train machine, purchased at a cost of Rs. 25 crore in 2007, the existing 20-year-old track was replaced to take heavier axle load.
The machine operates at a rate of 300 meters an hour and replaces the tracks without compromising on the safety or operation of trains, they added. It would take a minimum of two months if work was carried out manually.
The labour cost would have been huge, and train services would have disrupted. Divisional Railway Manager Shubhranshu; Senior Divisional Engineer Ma. Vignavelu; Divisional Engineer P. Nandagopal; inspected the stretch recently.


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