Yayiee! If you are wondering what makes us jump out of joy, here’s what you need to know:
With the recent upgradation of the signalling system on congested routes, the Indian Railways has been able to save 60 min. in 6 Shatabdi trains and 130 min. in 12 Rajdhani trains.
14 premier trains have now shorter travelling time, including Rajdhani Express (from Delhi to Howrah) and Shatabdi (from Delhi to Amritsar).
A total of 74 superfast and 350 express trains, including, both, Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains, are now reaching destinations 5 to 25 minutes prior the scheduled time, thanks to the rationalisation of the timetable and removal of bottlenecks.
Moreover, the travel time of Shatabdi trains from Howrah to Puri and Chennai to Coimbatore, and of Rajdhani trains for Sealdah, Bhubaneshwar, and Dibrugarh has reduced owing to the improvement in the signalling system.
As per a railway official, the Route Relay Interlocking system was installed on routes to make sure trains had a much faster movement, thus taking less time than the scheduled time.
This system is used in busy stations so that high volumes of train movements can be easily handled.
Under the system, an entire route through the station can be selected and all the associated points and signals along the route can be set at once by a switch for receiving, holding, blocking, or dispatching trains. Interlockings operate solely without a human operator.
The railway official further added, “We have managed to save total 130 minutes in 12 Rajdhani trains and 60 minutes in six Shatabdi trains due to various measures being undertaken in a gradual manner. Major changes were carried out at Allahabad Junction, the most congested section, to speed up services.”
Interestingly, the new timetable, effective from October 1, includes the reduction in journey time.