15 November 2017


Train servicestowards/from East Coast Railway are being affected  and losing their punctuality due to dense fog in North India, especially in Delhi and North Central region. Many important and prestigious trains like Rajdhani, Duronto, Sampark Kranti, Purusottam, Utkal, Nandankanan, Neelachal, Hirakud Express are being badly affected and their scheduled running paths have gone haywire.

East Coast Railway has urged its passengers to bear with the delay in train running as the situation is unavoidable. Many trains are now being rescheduled and will run o­n changed timings. Passengers are urged to refer to Helpline Enquiry Phone139to know the current status of their trains. Rescheduling of trains would also be announced in the media from time to time. East Coast Railway has already alerted its maintenance staff to be ready for the workload of trains that would be coming out of schedule.  Railways have stepped up monitoring24X7the running of trains and a special drive has now been started with the o­nset of the winter season and prevalence of fog in the morning hours.

East Coast Railway has geared up its manpower to cope with the dense fog during night and early morning in various Railway Sections under its jurisdiction and in the areas prone to be affected by fog and precautions have been taken regarding train running during the current winter season.

In dense fog weather i.e. in winter, drivers have been instructed to regulate train speed depending o­n visibility conditions for the safety of passengers and train movement. Apart from this, several precautions have also been taken and train running staffs are being counselled by the Railway Officers & Safety Counsellors to cope with the situations.

In areas prone to dense fog, luminous and fluorescent strips have been painted in OHE (Overhead Equipment) masts, Level Crossings and at busy traffic areas before an approaching “Stop Signal” to warn the loco pilot that the train is approaching a stop signal and running in sensitive areas. The provision of this device has been of great help to the loco pilots who now can spot these luminous strips even during fog and get extra careful regarding the aspect of the approaching signal.

The Safety Department of East Coast Railway headquarters has given instructions to accord highest priority for safe train running during foggy weather. The loco pilots and guards have been instructed to ensure that, they should put the safety of the passengers at the top and should run trains at such reduced speed in foggy weather as they feel confident and comfortable, even if it means loss of punctuality to the train.

In automatic signal territory, the maximum speed of a train is restricted to 30kmph and in Absolute Block territory the speed is restricted to 60kmph in dense fog. Depending o­n the severity of fog, the driver is expected to control the speed of the train and restrict it further if necessary.

Since the safety of the travelling passengers is top most priority,counselling of Station Staff, Loco-pilots & Guards are being conducted to run the trains in the prescribed speed limit and use of flasher lamps during fog to indicate last vehicle.When the loco pilot in his judgment feels that visibility is restricted due to fog, he has been given the authority to run at a speed at which he feels that he can control the train or stop the train whenever required without taking any risk. This speed shall in any case not be more than 60kmph. The loco pilots have also been advised to whistle frequently to warn the nearby gateman and road users of approaching train.