Any comments or suggestions for improving this Manual as well as any advice in regard to errors or omissions if any requiring correction may be sent to the Railway Board. Upadhyay Member Electrical Railway Board. I hope the Manual, in its revised form, will help towards developing better know-how of the prevalent system in respect of Maintenance and Operation and thereby improve reliability and safety. A pilot project of electrification with 2 x 25 kV State-of-art technology on Bilaspur-Bina-Katni section has also been taken up. Volume I - General is of a general nature and contains descriptions of the traction installations and electric rolling stock. A sizeable fleet of dual brake locos has come up to offer better operational flexibility.
Keeping these changes in mind, the Manual has been revised and is brought out in three Volumes as indicated below though the style has by and large been retained. It will be appreciated that in a Manual of this nature, it will not be feasible to include material to cover each and every contingency that may arise in the course of working of the traction installations and the electric rolling stock, though efforts have not been spared to make it as comprehensive as possible. The first digit indicates the Volume number, the next two digits indicate the Chapter number and the last two digits the specific paragraph number. Technological upgradation has also been continuously taking place. In case you want a lot more chronological arrangement, you can search through the Glossary page.
While earlier supply was being availed at 25 kV from power supply authorities, Railway owned traction sub-stations and transmission lines have come up. However, Operating department in particular has its role in producing a service called Transportation. It is hoped that the Manual will serve the needs for which it has been made. Considerable experience has since been gained in the operation and maintenance of electric traction assets. It also contains the rules and procedures for the staff of other disciplines like Signalling and Telecommunication, Civil Engineering etc. In the get up of this Manual the paragraphs are numbered with 5 digits.
In what is considered to be the greatest common measure of agreement in regard to the maintenance schedules and their periodicity, the forms and registers in use, the availability of staff and operating conditions obtaining on the Railways the bases have been standardised, subject, of course to the condition that the Chief Electrical Engineer of the Railway may, where considered essential, authorise deviations to the prescribed procedures and practices to the extent necessary. Over the years since the issue of Manual in 1972 changes have taken place in certain aspects of the traction installations as well as the electric rolling stock. . These developments have given rise to a need for updating the Manual, The present Manual caters to this requirement and is the result of efforts put-in by a number of Electrical Engineers of Indian Railways. You could start through the Introduction and then Brief Description for just a peek about the subject.
Operations Functions of Operating Department Railway operation encompasses all the activities connected with the running of a railway. We hope one of the data files in the related list might be complement to your demand and prerequisite. In this activity, Operating department harnesses the efforts of all the departments of the Railways and optimizes usage of operational assets viz. It indicates the organisation for operating and maintaining the traction installations and electric rolling stock, both in the Headquarters and Divisional offices of the Zonal Railways, describing the functions at various management levels. .
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