Railway coach maintenance facilities ramped up in Mysuru

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An automatic car washing system and a host of other facilities to bolster maintenance infrastructure were inaugurated in Mysuru on Saturday.

Sanjeev Kishore, Managing Director, South Western Railway, Hubballi, who inaugurated the new facilities, said the commissioning of the automatic coach washing facility sets a new benchmark for faster and more efficient cleaning of coaches.

He said the new facility is a multi-stage external cleaning system using detergent solution, high-pressure water jet and vertical rotating brushes. In addition, it has an effluent treatment system and softening facilities for the use of fresh water for external washing.

This system will replace the current practice of cleaning rakes with the manual application of chemicals and a high-pressure jet, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive and water-intensive. The controlled use of cleaning materials saves water, costs and labor and thus paves the way for cleaner coaches for passengers in an efficient and environmentally friendly way, it said. -he adds.

Nearly 60-70% of recycled water is used for washing in each wash cycle and the time required to clean a 24-car train is 5-6 minutes at 4-5 cars per minute compared to manual practice running over 180 minutes.

Mr. Sanjeev Kishore also inspected the LHB spring workshop, forklift workshop and wheel workshop and inaugurated the newly installed state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, in addition to inspecting the training institute of base at the Ashokapuram workshop.

He said that with the expansion of the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coach fleet on the Indian railway system, the Ashokapuram workshop has a vital role to play in the periodic overhaul of these coaches which have characteristics improved safety, greater driving comfort and are aesthetically more attractive. leading to greater passenger satisfaction.

A statement said the Mysuru Coach Depot infrastructure has also been increased and key features include a 100m long x 36m wide covered hangar with two maintenance bays, four examination pits, a installation of synchronized lifting cylinders for all sick lines, alternator test bed installation (Dyna-drive) in an examination pit, 750V couplers, welding points, battery chargers and charging points in each bay of maintenance, rainwater harvesting with groundwater recharge system and provision of translucent sheets in the roof and side cladding for adequate daylight. Work on Bay II is expected to be completed by June 2023, according to the release.

U. Subba Rao, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, South Western Railway, Hubballi, Rahul Agarwal, Divisional Director of Railways, Mysuru Division, and senior officials from Mysuru Division were present.

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