HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway has introduced a ‘Road Mobile Accident Relief Van’, which is a first-of-its-kind in the zone. The relief van on road is meant to reach the spots of derailments very quickly to undertake re-railing and restoration works.
To carry out re-railment and restoration in case of derailments, accident relief trains equipped with specialised hydraulic re-railing equipment and other special tools along with mechanical, electrical and engineering materials are stationed at identified locations.
Well trained staff of different departments of the Railway are nominated to carry out the restoration work. At present in Secunderabad division such accident relief trains are located in Secunderabad, Kazipet and Bellampally stations. As and when the need arises, these ART are moved on priority to undertake re-railment and restoration works.
In case of minor derailment of rolling stock, running of such ATR can be avoided on highly saturated, heavy traffic routes by deploying road-borne re-railing equipment with minimum staff for quick restoration. In order to achieve this, Secunderabad division developed ‘Road Mobile Accident Relief Van’ for the first time ever on the SCR.
A lorry has been suitably modified to house the hydraulic re-railing equipment along with essential special tools and a few vital materials. SCR general manager PK Srivastava visited Charlapalli railway station to examine a live on-field demonstration of the capability of the Road Mobile Accident Relief Van.