The remote-controlled electrical railway engine was successfully made test run for the first time in the country and was demonstrated on the tracks of electric loco shed to Railway Board member (electrical) Ramesh Chandra, who was in the city.
The Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer K Toria here developed the remote-controlled engine and used the industrial remote terminal unit (RTU) of German technology in association with a Visakhapatnam-based industrialist Maninder Singh, who supplies this technology.
When Mr Toria proposed the idea of developing remote-controlled engine a couple of years ago, the idea was welcomed by the Chief Electrical Engineer of the SCR and gave the nod to go ahead with the project.
Mr Toria said the range of the remote control is 20 km. Whenever a goods train needs to have a second engine due to overload of bogies, it no longer requires another set of drivers. If a remote-controlled engine is placed, the speed and other operations can be controlled by one driver, he added.
This proves cost effective to the railways too, he said.
Lauding the initiative of Mr Toria, Mr Chandra said the engine was a cost-effective measure and it would be used for goods trains initially after getting the approval by the Railway Board.
The railway officials said even though the driver-less engine can be used for regular passenger trains, it cannot be allowed to operate, as passenger confidence and safety is of paramount importance.
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