In an effort to increase the productivity of locomotives, and streamline operations, the Indian Railways is all set to use mathematical formulas to calculate the number of locomotives required for each train.
Till now, each of its 16 zones, would manually prepare the mentioned locomotive links, to operate the allocated trains, but that is set to change.
The Ministry of Railways released a statement recently, speaking of its involvement with the evolution and implementation of the system. The software-based decision support system will optimise locomotive deployment to run passenger trains across the nation.
The system will use a mathematical model to work out the minimum number of locomotives needed to run all the passenger trains, as per the timetable, slotting in maintenance and operational activities as well.
The model will benefit the railways, freeing up 30 diesel and 42 electric locomotives, to the tune of Rs 720 crore. These newly-free locomotives will be utilised to run additional freight trains and earn additional revenue. Read More…