Monday, November 24, 2014

Anti-corrosive Rail Tracks to be Introduced Soon

 24th November 2014
KOCHI: Keeping in mind the corrosion of railway tracks owing to bio-waste droppings from toilets, the Railways will soon introduce highly efficient anti-corrosion coated rail tracks in the country.

The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), a research wing under the Indian Railways is currently testing these tracks in five different zones in the country, said RDSO Track Design Engineer S K Pandey, who was in Kochi recently at a meeting of the chief track engineers from various zones in the Indian Railways.
“The testing will be completed in three months’ time. Once approved by the Railway Board, this will be used across the country. Corrosion of railway tracks, which was one of the points of discussion during the meeting, is one of the current problems being faced by the Railways.
“Apart from this, 80 main points of track strengthening and monitoring were discussed. At least 27 new points and methods to better railway track design was discussed,” S K Pandey added.
The RDSO is working hand-in-hand with the officials at Ministry of Science and Technology.
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has been entrusted the task of developing these modern tracks. In the new methodology, tracks with special coating, including mix of copper and another using chromium and copper coating technology, will be used.
These tracks are being tested at different climate zones including coastal regions.
“These tracks have been tested for the past two and a half years. Since it will take minimum two to three years for us to identify whether these new tracks are good enough to withstand corrosion, it requires a long time to test it. It is at its final stages,” said Vipul Kumar, another Track Design engineer with the Railways.
Officials with the Thiruvananthapuram Division said that toilet droppings are commonly found along railway tracks in several regions between 5 am and 8 am.
On an average, the track-life is expected to be 25 years. However, because of this factor, most of the time we are forced to change tracks every 10 to 15 years, which is a burden for the Railways, they said.

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