Date Of Post: 12 Mar, 2018
New Delhi: With the modernisation of training facilities & skill development of crew becoming a major focus area, Railways has decided to equip all divisions with advanced simulators at an estimated cost of Rs 350 crore for training loco pilots. A provision for advanced simulators has been made under Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh for providing simulator-based training of crew across Indian Railways in the budget for 2018-19.
- A senior Railway Ministry official said,”The aim is to enhance the learning experience of the crew and improve their productivity and driving skills with regard to aspects like train dynamics and handling, dealing with unusual and hazardous events, route learning, economical fuel efficient driving and safe operations.”
- At present, there are 7 electric and 9 diesel loco simulators in operation in different divisions while 17 more electric & diesel cab simulators are in the process of induction.
- The official said,”It has been decided to have advanced simulators in every division so that drivers do not have to travel to other divisions for training.”
- It will save time & improve productivity, the official added.
- All divisions will now have the facility for simulation-based training for locomotive crew through a mix of full-cab, motion-based simulators, networked desktop simulators and computer graphic imagery of important rail sections.
- Official said,”We are planning to modernise the crew training infrastructure across the network by extensively using computer modeling, simulation, digital and 3D technologies and interactive knowledge based training and assessment tools.”
- The Railways had carried out a study of simulator-based training being imparted by operators in the US, France & Spain and it emerged that simulators are extensively used to train crew at various stages like initial induction, promotion & periodic refresher courses.
- A comprehensive range of simulation-based training tools are being extensively used by railways worldwide.
- These tools include-
- Full-replica cab simulators with motion (for specific locomotive types)
- Generic driver desk cab simulators (some controls are real while some are on touch screen and can be changed depending on locomotive type)
- Generic desktop simulators or soft simulators/compact simulators
- The study further analysed the requirement of simulation-based training keeping in view the global best practices and norms and also the crew training requirements in the coming years keeping in view massive capacity augmentation and the electrification drive.
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