Railways to use ‘clone trains’ to tackle fog delay

By Avishek G Dastidar  indianexpress.com

Even as the north Indian fog continues to throw rail traffic out of schedule, Rail Bhawan officials have devised a plan to provide at least partial relief to the lakhs of commuters who take the national transporter daily.

A new strategy of rolling out ‘clone trains’ is being tried this time to ensure that popular trains at least depart on time even if they run way behind schedule, thanks to low visibility and congestion.

For a train to depart on time, it needs to arrive in time to undergo cleaning, maintenance and refurbishment for the mandatory turnaround. However, in the current scenario, trains arrive hopelessly late, delaying the return trip. The Kolkata Rajdhani, for instance, departed eight hours late on Sunday. There are trains which are up to 20 hours late. More info

 

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