North Central Railway
No. 11PR/11/2019/Press ReleaseDate: 27.11.2019
Conference on “Reliability & Safety of Electric Locomotives during winter and foggy season” in the Electrical Department of North Central Railway HQ on27.11.19
Electric Locomotives,calledthe “workhorse” of Indian Railways, are maintained in Electric Loco Sheds. on North Central Railway, a fleet of 472 locomotives including state of the art3- phase locomotives,are maintained in two loco sheds, one at Kanpur & one at Jhansi.
A full day conference was heldin the Electrical Department of North Central Railway HQ, wherein performance of the locomotives and preparedness for the forthcoming winter &foggy weather were reviewed by the senior officers of HQ.
During the meeting, apart from review of the locomotives performance, important stipulated maintenance practices, Reliability & Safety Action Plan, energy conservation measures, etˊalˊ were deliberated upon in detail.
Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer (Sr.DEEs) of the loco sheds should critically watch and keep track of the trend of loco unusuals, analyze each and every equipment failure,formulate & implement corrective action plan to prevent recurrence, categorize all the locomotives and important equipment based on their reliability index, motivate and impart quality training to the staff so as to achieve the twin objectives, viz. Reliability & Availability of locomotives, said the Chief Electrical Locomotive Engineer (CELE) of North Central Railway, Shri Anupam Singhal.
During the conference, all the requisite precautions to be taken during the foggy & winter season e.g. proper functioning of head lights, marker lights, flasher lights, wipers, window shutters, seats of loco pilots, cab heaters & air tightness, fire extinguishers, availability of sand, lubricating oils in gear cases & compressors, silica gel in transformers & tap changers etc.were threadbare discussed & reviewed.
Addressing the conference, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer (PCEE), North Central Railway, Shri Raj Narayan directed the officers to spend maximum time on shop floor, closely interact with the staff and guide them regarding correct maintenance practices & refrain from short cuts.
While laying special emphasis on “Safety at Workplace”, he directed that housekeeping & stacking of equipment on shop floor must be of the highest order. All the staff should use‘Personal Protective Equipment’ (PPE) &they should be effectively counseled to observe safety rules meticulously so as to achieve NIL accident regime on shop floor.
Conference concluded successfully and proved to be very fruitful wherein good and useful innovative ideas were exchanged with a firm resolve for continual improvementboth on the reliability as well as safety front.