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Enhancing Railway Safety: Successful Testing of Indigenous Brake System on Vande Bharat Express

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Enhancing Railway Safety: Successful Testing of Indigenous Brake System on Vande Bharat Express

Introduction

In a significant stride towards enhancing railway safety, the Agra Railway Division successfully conducted a test of the indigenous Automatic Breaking System installed on the Vande Bharat Express, featuring eight coaches. This breakthrough marks a pivotal advancement in ensuring the safety and reliability of India’s railway network.

The Indigenous Brake System

The Vande Bharat Express, equipped with the state-of-the-art Indigenous Brake System, underwent rigorous testing on Friday. According to Agra Railway Division’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Shrivastav, during the initial test, the locomotive pilot did not manually apply the brakes. However, the train automatically halted 10 meters before the red signal, while cruising at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

Significance of the Brake System

The installation of the Indigenous Brake System in all Vande Bharat Express trains holds immense significance. This system empowers the train to apply brakes autonomously in situations where the locomotive pilot is unable to perform the task due to any unforeseen circumstances. Its integration involves several components such as station shields, RFID tags along the entire length of the track, and guard towers along with the tracks, aimed at bolstering operational safety across the Indian Railways network.

Expansion of Safety Measures

Under the supervision of Deputy Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer of North Central Railway Zone, Mr. Kush Gupta, testing commenced between Mathura and Palwal from early morning, extending till noon, encompassing both up and down directions. Mr. Shrivastav disclosed that plans are underway to extend the implementation of the Indigenous Brake System to the 16-coach Vande Bharat Express trains. Prior to this trial, Agra Division, under the guidance of Mr. Gupta, successfully conducted two more trials for other mail and express trains, achieving speeds of 140 and 160 kilometers per hour.

Establishment of Comprehensive Safety Network

The Agra Division has developed a comprehensive safety network spanning 80 kilometers between Mathura (excluding the station) and Palwal. This network includes the installation of RFID tags on tracks at various locations including station areas, establishment of safety units at multiple locations resembling stations, and deployment of towers and antennas along the tracks. Developed by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), this brake system can autonomously apply brakes during emergencies when the train driver fails to act promptly.

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