Tiruchi-Karaikudi BG section to go electric soon


Overhead electrification works on the Tiruchi-Pudukottai-Karaikudi broad gauge section have reached the superior stage of completion.

The practically 90-km section will change into yet one more stretch on this a part of the area to go electric soon which might pave the way in which for operation of electric loco hauled specific and freight trains from Karaikudi to Chennai through Pudukottai and Tiruchi.

The overhead electrification venture is being executed by the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) which is finishing up electrification initiatives everywhere in the State and within the nation.

A senior railway official stated wiring works as a part of the electrification venture had been accomplished up to Karaikudi station outer from Tiruchi through Pudukottai. Works related with modifying the sign circuits for electric traction had been at the moment below approach, in addition to some fine-tuning.

Joint electrical inspection alongside the stretch was being performed by officers of the CORE and the Traction Distribution of the Madurai Division for the reason that railway stretch falls below the jurisdiction of that division.

Simultaneously, electrification works in Karaikudi Yard had been additionally below approach as a part of the venture. Poles had been erected and wiring works had been anticipated to start this week. But for the monsoon rains over the previous few days, the electrification venture was continuing swiftly, the officers stated.

The traction sub-station at Karaikudi as a part of the venture was additionally within the superior stage of completion. Transmission strains to prolong energy provide to the traction sub station had been taken up by the Tangedco.

The overhead electrification venture had reached the superior stage of completion. The plan was to full your complete works at one go from Tiruchi to Karaikudi by this month-end, says the official. Upon completion, the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, Bengaluru, could be invited for finishing up necessary inspection of the electrified stretch to get his statutory sanction for operation of freight and passenger trains hauled by electric locomotive.

A significant profit on completion of the venture was that there could be no change over of locomotive from diesel to electric for specific trains such because the Karaikudi – Chennai – Karaikudi Pallavan Pallavan superfast expresses in each instructions, he stated.

Presently, the loco changeover from diesel to electric for the Karaikudi – Chennai Pallavan specific takes place at Tiruchi Junction upon arrival. Similar loco changeover takes place at Tiruchi Junction within the return course in the direction of Karaikudi.

Electric locos have higher acceleration and are environmental pleasant, the official stated including that freight trains from Karaikudi to different locations through Pudukottai and Tiruchi may be hauled by an electric locomotive as soon as electrified.

R Rajaram , 2021-11-07 17:36:16

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