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NO.70/2020-21 01-05-2020
Southern Railways manufactures 1759 number of full body coverall (PPE) and other PPE at its workshop for usage of Railway doctors, paramedical Staff and employees


Indian Railways, in its Jagadhari workshop developed the prototype full body coverall , a personal protective equipment (PPE), used by medical professionals, paramedics and other health workers engaged in health care of COVID-19 patients. This design was approved by DRDE (Defence Research and Development Establishment) after conducting several tests at its Gwalior lab. Following this all the zonal Railways have been advised to take up manufacturing of full body coverall (PPE) and it was instructed that materials required for this purpose will be centralized procured by Northern Railway.

Southern Railway also took up this responsibility of manufacturing full body coverall (PPE). This work was undertaken at three major workshops of the Southern Railway viz., Carriage works, Perambur, Loco Works, Perambur and Golden Rock workshop at Tiruchirapalli.

Now a total of 1759Nos. of coverall have been manufactured as o­n 30-4-2020 at these three workshops. After conducting several quality checks 400Nos.have been handed over by CW/PER to medical department for the railway doctors, paramedical staff working in Railway hospital at Perambur and 442 Nos. manufactured at Golden rock workshop have been handed over to Golden Rock Railway hospital, Trichy. The material has been prepared in accordance with the standard design and QAP (Quality Assurance Procedure) made by Jagadari workshop and as approved by DRDE/ Gwalior.

This full body coverall is made up of special medical non-woven poly propylene material. The material is cut as per the standard design and then stitched. Then the stitching is covered with seal tape so as to disallow any penetration of blood or body fluid. Quality of cutting, stitching and taping are inspected o­n random basis, o­ne out of 10 PPEs by incharge supervisor and recorded. QR codes are generated for each batch and pasted o­n the coveralls for traceability of name of shops, SITRA/DRDE Unique Certification Code, Test Standard, Batch No, name of inspector, Month and year of manufacturing. Then these are finally packed in polybags. Thus, In-process checks are carried out during manufacturing of Coveralls by Southern Railway Workshops to ensure quality. However, as part of QAP 2 sample of PPEs from each workshops have been sent to Ordnance Factory laboratory at Avadi, Chennai.

The stitching of this coverall is undertaken in a clean air-conditioned environment so as to keep away dust. The place where the work is undertaken is sanitized o­n a regular basis. The staff working are thermally screened, sanitized and then o­nly allowed to work with PPEs such as head cover, mask & gloves so as to avoid any contamination.

In addition to this full body coverall, Southern Railway has also manufactured in-house other PPEs like masks/face covers and hand sanitisers at it workshops, Loco sheds and other coach maintenance depots in various divisions. As o­n 30-4-2020, 1,17,727 numbers of masks and 13229 litres of hand sanitisers have been manufactured in-house for captive consumption of Railway hospitals and Railway employees.

Chief Public Relations Officer

432 /2019-20 16-12-2019
Heritage Special Run of World’s Oldest Working Loco Conducted

Shri Rajesh Agarwal, Member, Rolling Stock, Railway Board, New Delhi  flagged off a Steam Heritage Run today from Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam Railway Station, in the presence of Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway , Principal Head  of the Departments of Southern Railway , Officers and Staff.   About 70 Foreign Tourists  traveled in the Heritage Runs conducted by Southern Railway today.

World’s Oldest Working Locomotive, the Express EIR 21, which is similar to Fairy Queen in appearance, is 164 years old.  The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855. After withdrawal from service in 1909, this loco was kept as an exhibit at Jabalpur Workshops and Howrah Station for over 101 years. During this period this loco was in the sun and rain; many parts were corroded, some were missing, some were broken and some were not fit for use. Loco Works, Perambur took the challenge of reviving the presently 164 year old steam loco ‘EXPRESS EIR 21’ in the year 2010 and so far, 8 Heritage Runs have been made o­n this World’s Oldest Working Steam Locomotive.

These Steam heritage runs are operated to showcase the heritage value of Indian Railways. So, far, the nine such Heritage runs have been organized by Southern Railway in Chennai Division.  Heritage special runs were also conducted in Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram Divisions.

1'st Heritage Run - Chennai Central to Avadi o­n 15th August, 2010.

2nd Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 15th August, 2011.

3rd Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2012.

4th Heritage Run - In commemoration of the 157th Anniversary from Chennai Central to Perambur o­n 06th February, 2012.

5th Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2013.

6th Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 10th September 2017

7th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 26th January 2018

8th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 27th May, 2018

9th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam today, 15th August, 2019

(P.A. Dhananjayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer


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