Mechanised Track Maintenance Current Affairs
The Indian Railways has inducted three 09-3x Dynamic Tamping Express machines for improved mechanised Track Maintenanc. This advanced technology simulator is presently only available in five countries including India.
These machines have been manufactured in India under Make in Inida initiative with imported components. Indian Railways is planning to induct 42 more such machines in its maintenance fleet over next 3 years.
09-3X- Dynamic Tamping Express
It is latest high output integrated tamping machine having multiple functions, so far being carried out by different machines. It can measure pre and post track geometry, correct track to required geometry tamp three sleepers simultaneously, stabilize and measure post tamping track parameters under load to ensure quality of work done.
This eliminates need for separate stabilisation machine which reduces operating costs and track possession time. This machine can also vibrate and compact loose stone ballast after tamping for safe movements of trains.
India Railway has planned complete mechanisation of inspection, monitoring, relaying and maintenance of track by 2024. Induction of such new machines will further help to improve safety, reliability and economy in maintenance of tracks over Indian Railways. It will also eliminate manual measurement of track quality after maintenance.