For the first time ever, Southern Railway has installed CCTV cameras in a WAP 7 locomotive to monitor loco pilots during train operation. Highly placed sources told Express that as a pilot project, two CCTV cameras and voice recorders have been installed on a WAP 7, a third generation passenger locomotive, a month ago at Royapuram AC Electric Loco shed.
“Initially, the surveillance cameras will record the tracks and a portion of the cabin. A voice recorder has also been installed in the loco cabin. The loco will be monitored closely for three months on parameters such as loco pilot behaviour, difficulties in navigating the operating tools and troubleshooting process. If it works well, it would be replicated in more locomotives. Passenger train locos will be given top priority,” said an official.
Sources said installing CCTV cams were part of the recommendations made by a task force in June this year. The panel was constituted to improve the safety of train operation in the wake of repeated rail accidents. Read More…
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