Taming the Briganza !

January 24, 2009 at 11:33 3 comments

Mr Praveen Kumar delivers his keynote address titled ‘Taming the Briganza Ghats’.

He talks about the days he started off as a Mechanical Engineer at Jamalpur Workshops, at other places like Andal, Ajmer, etc.

Mr Kumar says that he got married to the Indian Railways 41 years ago and in true Indian Style, it had Romance after marriage which runs in his blood till the day…

He talks about the Ghats of the country comparing the KSR in the north, DHR in the East, NMR in the south and Neral-Matheran in the West to the ‘Chaar Dhaam’ for Railfans.

He talks about the ghats on the SWR, the Briganza and the Shiradi Ghats.

He labels the majestic Doodhsagar Falls as the Railway Falls as there is no better place to experience these falls from. 50% of the Briganza ghats is comprised of curves.

An audio-video presentation is on about the ghats and how they are the lifeline of the SWR. Wonderful scenes from the Briganza and a super presentation about the WDG-4.

Extensive detailing about the working of the ghat section, the way each parameter of the freight train and the locos are checked before being allowed to tackle the ghats.

Only locos which are equipped with AEB (Auto Emergency brakes) are allowed on the ghats. 59 BOXN loads on the Briganza are run with Pentaheaded WDG-4 locos in the lead and triplets to bank. Earlier sets of 3+2+3 were used.

These sets are used only on the QLM-CLR sector. Three out of the five locos are cut off at either end and the train continues with twin locos.

New training centres including a loco simulator to train the LPs. Newer and better facilities for the running staff like brand new and hassle free running rooms result in better performance.

‘We Care, We Serve’, says Mr Kumar.

Mr Kumar says that the EMD locos were not used earlier than 2007 in the Briganza as their introduction was slowed down by the naunces of our famed beureaucracy.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Akshay Marathe  |  January 24, 2009 at 12:02

    Ah! I would have loved to be present for this one 🙂

  • 2. Ranga  |  January 24, 2009 at 12:14

    Brindavan Exp spotted with WDP 4 20009 at Villivakam today by RS Giri

  • 3. BenHur  |  January 24, 2009 at 13:36

    Great work Vrijlesh! Man Thanks for the coverage….

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