WR prevents signal failure during monsoons; Installs high-tech system

The Western Railway has covered almost 70 per cent of its suburban network with advanced digital technology

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The Western Railway (WR) covered almost 70 per cent of its suburban network with advanced digital technology in order to prevent signal failure during heavy rains.  

WR Chief PRO Ravinder Bhatkar said that they had provided digital axle counters in dual detection mode across 1,165 of 1,610 track circuits.

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Recently, when rain lashed Mumbai, water logging incidents were reported, however, it affected only 50 track circuits but none failed, said Bhatkar. He added that track failure was prevented because counters were installed.

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What are track circuits?

When the track ahead is not occupied by another train, the signal turns yellow and green. Track circuits detect the same and then the information is transmitted to the central control tower, which clears the signal.

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 Along with track circuits, power supply failure and technical snag also bring railways to a halt turning signal red even though the track ahead is clear. 

(Picture courtesy- Skymetweather)

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