In a press release on Tuesday, the Ministry of Railways said, “To enhance the safety of train operations during the foggy season, Indian Railways has taken various steps to ensure smooth operation of trains in foggy northern parts of the country.”
Steps taken to avoid train delays
It was decided that by using the locomotives’ fog structure, the maximum speed allowed in foggy/washed weather conditions could be increased from 60 km/h to 75 km/h.
Reliable anti-fog devices, if available, should be provided for locomotive drivers in all fog locomotives during fog.
Placement of detonators and adequate supply of detonators must be ensured. Explosive signals, also known as detonators or fog signals, are devices that are attached to the rails and, when an engine passes over them, explode with a loud report to attract the attention of the driver.
A chalk mark must be made along the track at the direction sign (or at a remote signal in the case of double remote signals).
Seats Cum luggage rake
The new existing Seating Cum Luggage Rake(SLRs) are already equipped with an LED-based flashing rear light, so existing SLRs with a fixed red light must be modified and fixed with LED lights.
It must be ensured that there is a reflective strip in the shape of Sigma to identify the stop sign in accordance with the existing instructions.
Fog-hit Railways to review staff replacement. Given the increased hours on the road, railways may build infrastructure at new/additional interchange locations. At the same time, locomotive/crew/rake relations should also be reviewed during fog. All personnel on standing duty (drivers/assistant drivers and guards) should be utilized for train work, especially in fog.
Locomotive drivers must take all precautions during the foggy season. In fog, when, in the driver’s judgment, visibility is limited because of the fog, he must run at a speed at which he can control the train to be ready to stop in the event of any obstruction; this speed must not exceed 75 km/h under any circumstances.
Locomotive pilots often blow their whistles to warn gate guards and road users of an approaching train at level crossings.