Central Railways introduces new technology to improve punctuality of trains

In order to resolve the issue of irregular trains, CR introduced a system of wheel lubrication near the motorman’s cabin. When the train is in motion, the lubricant gets transferred to railway tracks creating less friction.

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In an attempt to reduce the delay in its train services on the Harbour and Trans-Harbour line, the Central Railways has introduced a new technology, which reportedly has helped the trains run smoothly. CR has claimed that its new system has reduced the delay in train services on the Harbour and Trans-Harbour line by five to 10 minutes, making it more punctual.

Central Railways has been criticised for its not-so-punctual train services, causing hassle to the passengers that are majorly office-goers. According to CR, the local train services on Harbour and Trans-Harbour line faced delays in operation as the wheels of local trains would get damaged due to the curvatures of railway tracks as well as friction between wheels and the track.

The rail authorities have to stop local trains or take these trains to Sanpada railway car shed to change wheels, that causes disruption of train services as other trains would have to halt and wait for the affected train to be moved to the car shed.

To resolve this issue, Central Railways introduced a wheel lubrication technology near the motorman's cabin. What this does is,  when the train is in motion, the lubricant gets transferred to railway tracks as well as other wheels of the train, thus creating less friction.

Currently, 52 local trains are operating on the Harbour and Trans-Harbour railway network. Out of these, 20 trains have been provided with the lubrication system. Therefore, there is a reduced need for changing wheels by 40 per cent.

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