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Address: Siliguri Junction, Hill Cart Road, Siliguri, West Bengal 734001, India

Station Code: SGUJ

Station Name: SILIGURI JN

Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier

Train Frequency Weekly: 244

Station Traffic: High

Address: Station Road, Bou Bazar, Dhubri, Assam, India

Station Code: DBB

Station Name: DHUBRI

Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier

Train Frequency Weekly: 47

Station Traffic: Low

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Trolley mounted rail lubrication system designed in-house by NFR

                An o­nboard trolley mounted track lubrication system has been designed in the Alipurduar Jn Division of N.F. Railway which can be used for lubrication of the gauge face of rails. This attachable-detachable apparatus uses springs to maintain contact with rail gauge face, and is connected to a grease pump that maintains pressure for ejecting grease. The grease is applied through a rubber material which is in direct contact with the rail gauge face.

Gauge face lubrication of rails, especially in the curves, increases the wheel and rail life by preventing friction and decreasing the wear between the rail - wheel interfaces, saves energy, and reduce wheel noise. It also reduces lateral forces o­n rails and wheel flanges that may lead to derailment due to wheel flange climbing o­n rail.

The device was designed using tyre scraps that could be in constant contact of rail gauge face without sustaining too much wear due to friction. This device was connected with the outlet of a grease pump which is readily available in shops. The rubber applicator was then attached with a spring that would ensure contact between the applicator and rail gauge face.

         The newly designed simple system is an efficient and effective method of lubrication of rails, especially outer rails o­n curves that can be done at speed of up to 10kmph. Railways will benefit by reduction in manpower required for maintaining assets, reduction in requirement of grease, and ensuring overall safety. The need for such a system was felt necessary for maintaining tracks in the Alipurduar Jn – Siliguri Jn Dooars section of Northeast Frontier Railway as this section has numerous sharp curves and need frequent lubrication.

As per RDSO guidelines, curves sharper than 600m radius should be lubricated o­nce a week for safety.This is a manpower intensive task which is susceptible to inefficiencies. Wayside lubricators are also found to be not exactly feasible due to high cost. In the newly designed device, when lubrication is not required, the applicator can be contracted and raised. The entire cost of modification is about Rs. 5,000/- o­nly.

(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway

Modern facilities for railway passengers at stations

NFR has been continuously providing more and more facilities to railway passengers and customers at various stations and other points of customer interaction. Most of these initiatives are being launched as part of the “Digital Initiatives”. As a result passengers are getting services like Free WiFi, Train Indication Boards, Coach Indication Boards, Digital Clocks, Integrated Passenger Information System, PC based Public Address System, Digital Museum etc at various stations.

NFR provided Free WiFi facilities at 4 more stations namely Silghat Town under Lumding Division, Dhubri under Alipurduar Division and Sukna & Haldibari under Katihar Division during last month. With these total 374 stations under NFR is having a high speed Free WiFi facility. Passengers using these stations can avail the benefit of internet and other services by using the free facilities.

Similarly amenities like Train Indication Boards guide passengers with information like arrival / departure time of various trains with platforms numbers.The Coach Indication Boards predicts and display position of various coaches of a train in platforms. So passengers having their tickets with coach number can position themselves at the exact location to board the arriving train to avoid rush. During the month of December NFR has provided Train Indication Boards at 5 stations and Coach Indication Boards at 3 stations. With this Train Indication Boards and Coach Indication Boards have been provided at 33 stations at 30 stations respectively in NFR. With provision if new Integrated Passenger Information System in o­ne more station during last month, total in 18 stations of NFR are having such facilities now. With addition of Public Address System at 10 more stations and Digital Clocks at 4 new stations during last month, total 349 and 228 stations of NFR are having such facilities till last month.

(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway


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