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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:33 pm 
Golden Rock Railway Workshop bags fresh orders for export

The Golden Rock Railway Workshop here has bagged a fresh order to convert an “in-service” Broad Gauge (BG) diesel locomotive into cape gauge for export to Mozambique.

The Rail India Technical and Economic Services Limited (RITES), a Government of India Enterprise, has entrusted the workshop with the task of modifying a BG loco into cape gauge following a deal it clinched with the Mozambique Railways.

A 2,600 Horse Power diesel engine would be acquired for this purpose and necessary modifications carried out in the loco to suit the requirements of the Mozambique Railway System.

The engine’s horsepower would be upgraded to 3,100 by changing major components inside the loco including pistons, fuel pumps and cylinders. The locomotive’s under frame would be retained, but the bogie would be new to suit the cape gauge system of the African nation.

The striking feature of the modification work this time will be that the loco pilot’s cabin would be air-conditioned and equipped with hot plates to enable loco pilots prepare beverages while piloting the engine. The loco would be fitted with micro processor control system with tri-plate panel brake system for easier handling and maintenance, a senior workshop official here told The Hindu.

The workshop had recently converted an “in-service” BG loco into cape gauge for Mozambique. Over 20 locos had been exported to Mozambique from the workshop over the past three years.

The official said that the workshop has bagged a separate order from the RITES to export two “in-service” Metre Gauge (MG) locos to Benin, another African nation, after carrying out modifications. Improvements would be made to the loco cabin and changes in the braking system. The loco would be given a fresh coat of polyurethane painting, said the official adding that the modified locos would be dispatched before March.

The modification work would be carried out at a cost of over Rs.3 crore. The official said the workshop had exported 120 locomotives to various Third World countries through RITES over the years thereby generating over Rs.100 crore to the Indian railways.


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திருச்சி: இந்திய தொழிலாளர் விவசாயிகள் பேரவை, ரயில் மஸ்தூர் யூனியன் ஆகியவற்றின் கூட்டுக்குழு கூட்டம் திருச்சியில் நடந்தது. மஸ்தூர் யூனியன் துணைத் தலைவர் செல்வராஜ் தலைமை வகித்தார். கோட்டத் தலைவர் புகழேந்தி, பணிமனைக் கோட்டத் தலைவர் கோவிந்தராஜ், சகாயராஜ் ஆகியோர் முன்னிலை வகித்தனர்.

ரயில்வே துறையில் அனைத்து பிரிவு தொழிலாளர்களின் வாரிசுகளும் வேலைவாய்ப்பு பெற "குரூப் டி' பணிகளில் பதவி வழங்க உத்திரவாதத்துடன் உடனடி நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும். ரயில்வே அப்ரண்டீஸ் பணிநியமன அவலங்கள் களையப்பட்டு விடுபட்டவர்களுக்கு அடிப்படை பதவி, பயிற்சிக்குரிய குரூப் "சி' டிரேடுகளின் பதவி ஓய்வூதிய உரிமையை வழங்க ரயில்வே துறை அமைச்சர் கவனத்துக்கு கொண்டு சென்று ரயில்வே துறையில் பயிற்சி பெற்றவர்களின் திறன், மனித சக்தி உரிய துறைக்கு பயன்பட்டு பொன்மலை பணிமனை உற்பத்தி தொழிலகமாக வேலைவாய்ப்பை தரும் பயிற்சி கேந்திரமாக உருவாக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

திருச்சி-சென்னை இடையே சோழன் எக்ஸ்பிரஸ் ரயில் இயக்கப்படும் வரை பகல் நேரத்தில் இயங்கும் விதமாக திருச்சி-ஈரோடு, தஞ்சை-திருச்சி-சென்னை மார்க்கத்தில் முன்பதிவு செய்யப்படாத விரைவு ரயில்கள் இயக்கப்பட வேண்டும். திருச்சி-விருதாச்சலம் பெசஞ்சர் ரயிலை விழுப்புரம் வரை நீட்டிப்பு செய்ய வேண்டும். தஞ்சை-பட்டுக்கோட்டை அகல ரயில்பாதை திட்டம் செயல்படுத்தப்பட வேண்டும். ப

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:08 pm 
M.P. Kumar's visit to Golden rock workshop.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:21 am 
First high-power cape gauge engine flagged off

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TIRUCHI: The first 2,400-horse power Cape Gauge Locomotive for Mozambique was flagged off from the Golden Rock Railway Workshop by Railway Board Member (Mechanical) Praveen Kumar at a function here on Thursday.

He also flagged off the rehabilitated Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) coaches and the 24th rake of the 1,125 bogie low platform container (BLC) wagons at the same function.

The workshop has refurbished MG locomotives to suit cape gauge track in Sudan and Mozambique. MG YDM4 locomotives are 1,200 HP locomotives and the same are being converted to cape gauge.

In order to face global competition and to provide more powerful locomotives on cape gauge system, the workshop has for the first time converted one BG 1,800 HP diesel locomotive into 2,400 HP cape gauge locomotive, to facilitate hauling of higher tonnage trains on steeper gradients. As per the requirement of the customer, the locomotive has been provided with various modifications.

`The workshop has established a distinct place in the manufacture of BLC wagons for Container Corporation of India (CONCOR). Out of the total order of manufacture of 2,905 BLC wagons the workshop has completed 2,860 wagons including the 24th rake consisting of 45 wagons which was flagged off today.

The wooden coaches of the NMR built earlier are being converted into steel coaches under the directions of the Railway Board without compromising on the design and aesthetics that attract tourists.

More wagons needed

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kumar said wagon manufacturing activity was very vital for the overall development of Railways. The Railways was in dire need of more wagons and the workshop was always in the forefront not only in the production of wagons, but also in adopting and implementing modern technology in the production process.

Mr. Kumar said imparting continuous training to workers and supervisors on latest technology was very important.

Commending the workshop for maintaining its prime place among the railway workshops in the country, he said that the workshop had always successfully completed projects allotted to it.

In appreciation of its good work done, he announced a group award of Rs.1 lakh for its staff on the occasion.

M. S. Jayanth, General Manager, Southern Railway, too commended the workshop for its exemplary record and underlined the need for enhancing its manufacturing capacity.

V. Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, said that it had always remained a trendsetter in many ways and crossed the 1,000-wagon mark last year. The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs. 90 crore for the modernisation of the workshop. The project will be completed within two-and-a-half years.

R. Kuppan, Chief Workshop Engineer, Southern Railway, S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, J. Digi, Chief Workshop Manager, GOC, Goutham Dutta, General Manager, RITES and other top officials were present on the occasion.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:47 am 
Railway Workshop gets shed to overhaul GM diesel locomotives

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TIRUCHI: Infrastructure facilities have been created inside the sprawling Golden Rock Railway Workshop here to carry out Periodic Overhaul (POH) of high horsepower General Motors (GM) diesel locomotives in the near future and for overhauling its major sub assemblies.

A huge shed with pit lines has been constructed, as part of the creation of infrastructure facilities, inside the over 75-year-old workshop to accommodate five GM locos, which are longer than the conventional diesel engines, to carry out POH works.

Rs. 22-crore project

Of the Rs. 22.2 crore funds sanctioned by the Railway Board to the Workshop exclusively for creation of facilities for overhauling GM Locos, a sum of Rs. 7 crore has been utilised for civil works that includes construction of the huge shed; Rs. 1 crore for electrical works and the rest for procurement of new machinery and equipments.

GM locos are sent for a POH once in 18 years while overhauling of its major sub assemblies are done once in six years.

These locos are being utilised from 1997 in various sections across the Indian railway network.

Though the first GM loco is expected to be sent to the workshop for a POH in 2015, the workshop has already commenced the work of overhauling of its major sub assemblies with the new machinery procured for this purpose, a senior official told The Hindu here.

This is the only railway workshop in the country nominated by the Railway Board to carry out POH of GM locos, the official added.

The 4,000 horsepower GM locos are being homed at the Diesel Loco Sheds in Hubli and Krishnarajapuram in South Western Railway besides at Siliguri in North Frontier Railway and Jodhpur in North Western Railway.

At present these engines are being utilised to haul the Guruvayur, Pandian and Nellai Expresses in Southern Railway limits.

Equipped with micro processors, these locos can travel at a speed of 140 kilometres per hour hauling passenger trains with 24 coaches. The goods loco can travel at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour, the official said.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:23 am 
Workshop gets order to convert metre gauge locos

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TIRUCHI: Having successfully converted a Metre Gauge (MG) diesel locomotive into a Broad Gauge (BG) locomotive as a pilot project a few months ago, the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here has now been given an order to convert three diesel MG engines into BG for supply to public sector undertakings (PSUs).

The workshop, which in addition to carrying out periodic overhaul of diesel locomotives had been exporting locos to various countries after carrying out necessary modifications in them, received the order recently from the Rail India Technical and Economic Services Limited (RITES), a Government of India Enterprise.

Three “in-service” MG diesel locos would be acquired from the Southern Railway and the North Western Railway, headquartered at Jaipur, for converting them into BG engines.

The converted BG locos would be essentially utilised by the PSUs for shunting purposes. The MG engines to be acquired for conversion would be 20 to 25 years old.

As part of the conversion work, the under frames and bogies of the MG engines would be replaced with new BG frames and BG bogies.

The engine’s power pack, general control systems, engine related equipment would, however, be retained and re-used. The converted locomotives would be fitted with air brake system with improvements in the loco pilot’s cabin.

A senior workshop official told The Hindu that the conversion works would be carried out at a cost of Rs. 6.75 crore. The converted locos would be dispatched in February – March. The official said many power and steel plants required BG locomotives for their internal operations for shunting purposes.

Lesser than new


The cost of converting an in-service MG loco into BG would work out much lesser than manufacturing a new BG shunting loco, the official said adding that the surplus MG stock would be put to use by conversion.

For the first time, the workshop had converted a BG locomotive into Cape Gauge for export to Mozambique.

A 1,800 Horse Power (HP) BG engine was acquired and upgraded to 2,400 HP with necessary modifications carried out inside the loco to suit the railway system of the African country.

The engine had been given a fresh coat of polyurethane painting and fitted with compact fluorescent lights inside the stainless interiors of the loco pilot’s cabin.

The loco would be dispatched soon.

The workshop had exported 24 MG locos to Mozambique over the past three years.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:48 am 
Railway Workshop refurbishes three locomotives for Mozambique

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TIRUCHI: V. Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, Chennai, flagged off three locomotives refurbished and modified at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop (GOC) here to Mozambique on Saturday. Top officials and staff were present.

Diesel and Periodical Overhauling (POH) shop in the GOC had been carrying out refurbishment and modification of MG locomotives for export to various foreign countries through RITES and IRCON. In the midst of global competitive environment, GOC shop had successfully completed various challenging activities to satisfy the overseas customer needs. The shop had so far exported 116 locomotives to countries like Malaysia, Tanzania, Myanmar, Mozambique, Senegal, Mali and Benin.

The three locomotives would be utilised for the Railway line construction work by IRCON at Mozambique. The GOC had earned a revenue to the tune of Rs. 20.78 crore by exporting the 119 locomotives, a press release of GOC said.

These locomotives would be commissioned in Mozambique by GOC staff.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:00 pm 
The Railway Board has sanctioned four new steam locomotives at an approximate cost of Rs 40 crore for Nilgiri Mountain Railways (NMR). The new locomotives are manufactured at the Golden Rock Workshop in Tiruchy.

Southern Railway informed that it commenced the track renewal on NMR in July and has so far completed the work for a length of 6.4 km. The entire length would be completed by February 2010.

The railway maintained that it faced serious constraints in completing the work in the given time frame. The North-Eastern monsoon plays havoc, making the ghat section inaccessible, said chief public relations officer, VJ Accamma.

The rails have to be renewed along with rack bar and the tolerances prescribed for the manufacture and laying are very stringent. There is restriction on working hours as wild life problems are encountered.

Movement of materials is a tough job and work has to be executed by suspending train services for a short period everyday. Wagons to carry materials need to be modified because of the load carrying capacity of the wagons and the requirement. Overall safety of the rack section from Kallar to Coonoor will have to be improved.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:32 pm 
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First batch of stainless steel wagons flagged off

TIRUCHI: The first batch of seven BOXNHL wagons made of stainless steel was flagged off at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop in the city on Monday. C. Ilangovan, Controller of Stores, Southern Railway flagged of the wagons in the presence of J. Digi, Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop and other workshop staff and officers.

A press release here said the Railway Board had given an order to the workshop to manufacture 600 numbers of BOXNHL stainless steel wagons with a higher pay load. The wagons have been designed to overcome problems of corrosion, body bulging and weak stanchions in the existing BOXNHS wagons. The new design enables extra loading of 2.92 tonnes per wagon contributing an extra earning of Rs. 5,800 per wagon and Rs. 3.38 lakh per rake.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:11 am 
First batch of stainless steel wagons flagged off

TIRUCHI: The first batch of seven BOXNHL wagons made of stainless steel was flagged off at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop in the city on Monday. C. Ilangovan, Controller of Stores, Southern Railway flagged of the wagons in the presence of J. Digi, Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop and other workshop staff and officers.

A press release here said the Railway Board had given an order to the workshop to manufacture 600 numbers of BOXNHL stainless steel wagons with a higher pay load. The wagons have been designed to overcome problems of corrosion, body bulging and weak stanchions in the existing BOXNHS wagons. The new design enables extra loading of 2.92 tonnes per wagon contributing an extra earning of Rs. 5,800 per wagon and Rs. 3.38 lakh per rake.


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