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First indigenously developed Train Driving Simulator unveiled

First indigenously developed Train Driving Simulator unveiled

C.C Engineers, the Pune based Rail Simulation company, has developed a simulation solution for training drivers of locomotives and Metro trains. Indian Railways have been importing such simulators from Australia and France. This means that Indian Railways and various upcoming Metro train operators can substantially reduce capital costs and also provide training in the preferred local language.

Rail Simulators are used to train drivers in a high fidelity environment. Driver training is extremely important as it directly affects the safety of passengers. The Simulator consists of a loco cab with train instrumentation which accurately matches with that in a real locomotive. The behaviour of the train is modelled using simulation software. Actions taken by the trainee driver will generate a matching response from the vehicle. High quality projectors and sound systems are used to create different hazardous environments such as Rain and fog. Mathematical models of coaches and wagons coupled to the locomotive provide the trainee with information on coupler forces and other train dynamics resulting from the terrain, rail-path and rail – wheel interactions. These skills gain importance especially when the Indian railways are in the process of developing high speed goods trains to be run in the dedicated freight corridor.

As a result of multi-year research and training projects carried out in cooperation with various training institutes of the Indian Railways, CC has now indigenously completed the development of Rail simulators. To supplement available technology, CC has also developed the first of its kind vision technology SOVAC, which will allow the Railways to easily add track data to its simulators without depending on the simulator manufacturer. On the other hand the superior image quality provided by SOVAC will provide the trainee with predictive information that is useful in the development of perceptual cognitive component skills required for high speed train driving.

The first indigenously manufactured Loco Driver simulator was unveiled at the International Rail Equipment exhibition (IREE) held at Pragati Maidan organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Indian railways. The Railway Minister Mr. Dinesh Trivedi and the Minister of State for Rural development Mr.Shishir Adhikari visited the simulator and also had a brief ride in the same. Railway Board Member Mechanical- Mr. Sanjiv Handa, Member Electrical Mr. Kul Bhushan and the General Manger of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works Mr. Amar Nath also inspected the simulator and appreciated the progress made.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.