Railways installs devices on trains to help drivers in foggy conditions
Train accidents due to visibility inhibited by thick fog conditions are a hazard to passengers and crew members that could easily result in loss of life and property damage. To meet this challenge, Indian Railways has installed a fog safety device on trains to help drivers cope with poor visibility due to heavy fog during the season.
Northern Railways General Manager Ashutosh Gangal outlined the procedure by which a foggy condition is declared at a station.
“Various departments of railways make arrangements because of the fog. Visibility test object placed in train stations. station masters declare foggy conditions if the object is not available. Foggy conditions disappear after the object becomes visible. The crew has been given a sign location brochure, “he said.
The visibility test object is placed at a distance of 180 meters from the starter and if it is not visible to the station manager or station superintendent, foggy conditions are declared. When such a condition is declared, a fog signal is recorded and the time the condition was declared is recorded.
Once the visibility test object is back in view, the foggy conditions disappear.
Speaking about train crews, Gangal said foggy conditions could cause the crew to lose signals due to reduced visibility. To counter this challenge, fog detection devices have been placed between the gaps of a sign and sign location brochures are also given to the crew so they are aware of the location of a sign and, if not visible, drivers should regulate the speed of the train until they see it and then proceed.