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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:05 am 
GOC to become a Production Unit

TIRUCHI: Following its good performance over the years, the Central Workshops, Southern Railway, Golden Rock (GOC) is likely to be upgraded into a Production Unit by the Indian Railways, the Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, V. Carmelus said.

The Golden Rock Workshop has achieved a unique distinction of rolling out 1,005 wagons in the current financial year (2008-09), the highest ever by any Railway Workshop in the country. This achievement places the workshop in a strong position to claim production unit status, Mr. Carmelus told presspersons here on Monday.

Four Railway Workshops are manufacturing wagons in the country and their production output is no where near the GOC. The GOC which commenced its wagon construction activity in the year 1962 has developed its capacity and facilities to become the biggest wagon construction unit in Indian Railways. There is ever increasing demand for the transportation of containers and hence the requirement of container wagons has been ever increasing.

GOC workshop has established a niche in the construction of low level platform container wagons (BLC) for public sector undertaking, CONCOR (Container Corporation of India Ltd).

The workshop has so far taken up as many as 50 varieties of wagons for manufacture and produced 34,787 wagons in total. It has so far completed three BLC wagon manufacturing order of Rs.313 crore.

The present order of CONCOR for 1,125 wagons comprising of 25 rakes worth Rs.285 crore is under fast execution. Besides, the workshop has another order for manufacture of 315 wagons worth Rs.118 crore.

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Referring to the latest achievement, Mr. Carmelus said that the workshop was involved in the manufacture of stainless steel wagons, which will be replacing the conventional steel wagons in the Indian Railways in a phased manner.

The GOC got an order for the manufacture of 300 stainless steel wagons during the current financial year and has already successfully completed three wagons. The rest 297 stainless steel wagons will be manufactured in the next financial year.

It is on the process of manufacturing four MG locomotives exclusively for the Nilgris Mountain Railway. These locomotives are being manufactured at a cost of Rs.40 lakh and the production will take a minimum of 18 months.

In the export front too, it has performed exceedingly well.

In the current year, a dozen locomotives were exported to four countries – Malaysia 5, Benin 3, Mozambique 2 and Tanzania 2. The GOC is likely to get an order from Benin for the manufacture of six more locomotives and the negotiations are on.

More orders from Mozambique are also expected, Mr. Carmelus added.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:40 pm 
Diesel engines manufactured in Trichy Golden Rock to be exported to Malaysia.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:01 am 
5 locos despatched to Malaysia

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TIRUCHI: Five locomotives overhauled and modified at the Goldenrock Workshop (GOC) here were flagged off to Malaysia at a function held at its premises on Thursday.

These locomotives will be exported through Indian Railway Construction Corporation (IRCON), New Delhi.

Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, V. Carmelus flagged off the consignment in the presence of Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer, GOC, Ravindrababu, Additional Divisional Railway Manager S. Ramasubbu and other senior officials.

The locos possess many features including conversion of automatic buffer coupler to cape buffer coupler; fitment of dual brake system in place of vacuum brake system; provision of twin beam headlights for better visibility; modified control stand with assistant loco pilot console; provision of crew-friendly features with formica panelling in cabin, etc.

Forty three locos have already been delivered to Malaysian Railways between 1993 and 2001 through IRCON and were working satisfactorily.

IRCON placed order for five more in-service locos for Malaysia. These locos were sold to IRCON at an outright price of Rs. 6.66 crore, a press release of the GOC issued here today said.

The workshop has already carved a name for itself in overhauling and modification activities. This shop commenced modification cum rehabilitation of MG locomotives for export through Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) and IRCON in 1993 and so far 11 locomotives have been despatched to various countries like Malaysia, Tanzania, Myanmar, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, Mozambique and Benin (in western Africa).

With the current consignment, the GOC has despatched 116 locomotives to various countries. There are enquiries from new customers like Congo.

A high level team from Congo visited GOC last month and expressed satisfaction over the activities, the release added.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:42 pm 
The Central Workshops, Southern Railway, Golden Rock, is likely to engage sub-contractors to stick to its delivery schedule.

Against the capacity to manufacture 600 wagons a year, the Golden Rock Workshop has orders to manufacture 1,000 wagons. The existence of hundreds of fabrication units in and around Tiruchi is expected to make the outsourcing task easy for the Railway Workshop.

The Railway Workshop follows a tender system for outsourcing work. Interested vendors could register their units locally with the Deputy Chief Materials Manager, the Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer – Projects, Central Workshops, P.V. Kothaiya, told a gathering of prospective sub-contractors at a meeting organised by the Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association (TIDITSSIA), under its Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development (STED) initiative, on Thursday.

Mr. Kothaiya hinted at the possibility for the sub-contractors to take up job works for delivering machining parts numbering about 80. Proximity will enhance competitiveness of sub-contractors, he felt.

According to TIDITSSIA president S. Sridharan, interested sub-contractors would be taken on a visit to the Central Workshops in a month’s time to orient them on the requirements. Components are being manufactured with micron-level accuracy, said N. Kanagasabapathy, association vice-president.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:57 pm 
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Details on Golden Rock Railway Workshop

The South Indian Railway Co. set up its major workshops at Nagapattinam, on the east coast. When new and expanded facilities were required, these workshops were moved to Golden Rock near Tiruchirapalli in 1928. The workshops here are equipped to deal with locomotives and carriages, carrying out overhaul, repair, and restoration work.

They are today IR's premier workshops for restoration and rebuilding work for locomotives that are severely damaged in accidents. Many public-sector concerns also send their works shunters to Golden Rock for overhauling from locations all across India (10-15 locos annually).

Carrying on with the experience from steam days, Golden Rock also carry out the periodic overhaul of the 'X' class locos of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. They have also been working on developing the new oil-fired replacements for the 'X' class locos. Two such locos have been turned out so far.

Golden Rock also built some DMU rakes from old coaches. They have also repaired and (since 1962) built various wagons (BLBN/BLAN, BCCN (double-decker automobile carriers), box and covered wagons, special-purpose multi-axled heavy wagons, and many others), and performed conversion of wagon types (BOXC to BKH, etc.). In recent years they have taken on expanded manufacturing of BLCA / BLCB container flat wagons for CONCOR.

Golden Rock has also restored YDM-4 MG diesel locos for export to places such as Myanmar, Malaysia, etc. More recently it has been working on regauging some YDM-4 locos to Cape gauge for export to Sudan.


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A little talked about, but an important place in Trichy

TIRUCHI: Three in-service metre gauge diesel locomotives were exported to Benin, a country in West Africa, from the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here on Wednesday after carrying out necessary modifications in the engines to suit the requirements of the Benin Railways.

The locomotives have been fitted with Dual Brake System in place of Vaccum Brake System with driver controls designed ergonomically to reduce the strain on drivers.

Modifications have also been made in the drivers’ cabin with crew friendly features and the engines have been provided with twin beam headlights for better luminosity and visibility.

The exteriors of the locomotives have been coated with Polyurethane paint.

A technical team from the workshop will commission the locomotives in Benin.

With the current consignment, the workshop has despatched 111 locomotives to various countries so far and earned revenue to the tune of Rs.100.6 crore.


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