North Central Railway
No. 11PR/04/2020Press ReleaseDate: 23.04.20
Even in these difficult times North Central Railway maintains its “Hallmark Mobility” of freight and parcel trains
North Central Railway is known for excellent mobility of trains on its territory and carry more than 10 % of total IR traffic with just 5% of its assets while running maximum number of trains with speed of 130 kmph or above and also trains with highest average speed. Amidst ongoing lockdown passenger services are completely suspended yet, North Central Railway is not only maintaining its unparalleled mobility but it is also upscaling punctuality of parcel trains and average speeds of goods trains.This wasn’t an easy task as owing to lockdown, staff concentration had to be reduced to maintain social distancing and availability of materials to sustain operation & maintenance was also a challenge. However with meticulous planning, mechanised &automatic health monitoring of assets, change in maintenance strategy to give condition based inputs and above all exemplary dedication of Railway men, North Central Railway could ensure that all fixed and moving assets are maintained in top class. Recording of track parameters and dedicated inputs based on track parameter data ensured that speed in all sections of NCR remained at its normal level despite working with minimal staff deployment.Similarly in other fields like signalling, overhead electrical equipment and Rolling stock,inputs from various mechanised system were used to give dedicated maintenance inputs to maintain safety and optimum serviceability of these assets with less manpower. This maintenance with impeccable operations and running of train ensured that NCR maintained its “Hallmark Mobility” in these difficult times which is reflected in following performance of North Central Railway during lockdown .
·At present about 200 frieght trains are operating per day on NCR with average speed of 47.06 Kmph. With more than100% improvement in average speed from level of 23 Kmph before lockdown,NCR tops the list of all zonal Railways in terms of average speed improvement.
·NCR has crossed half a million tonne loading mark in freight trains with total loading of 5.38 Lakh tonnes during lockdown period till 22.04.20 including 80000 tonnes food grains , 80000 tonnes container cargo of essential goods ,20000 tonnes fertilizer and 3.4 Lakh tonnes petroleum products .
·210 timetabled trains were run in April till 22.04.20 and181 of these run on scheduled time with excellent overall punctualityof 86.2 %. With whooping average speed of 70 Kmph + ,NCR during the lockdown period has carried parcel close to 120 tonnes withmedicines ,medical equipment , masks etc. alone weighing 76 tonnes.
·22 Long Haul Train i.e. two freight trains coupled and ran together were also operated on NCR territory during April thus increasing throughput of goods.