Date Of Post: 25 May, 2018
New Delhi: The Railways will spend about Rs 350 crore to train 1.5 lakh drivers and assistant drivers through virtual reality techniques to bridge the gap between theoretical & practical learning, an official said. The training will be conducted in 47 centres across zones and the railways will soon float a global tender to acquire about 40 simulators for the purpose.
The official said,”We spend almost a month in giving drivers on-road training. They learn all the techniques in theory, but through these virtual reality techniques, they will learn how to navigate routes, signals, curves, bridges and any other situation as if they are actually driving a real train.”
More About The Simulators-
- Fitted with computer-generated motion images, the simulator will have a man-machine interface, a host of computers and a video camera to capture the movements of the driver.
- It would look like a sophisticated electric locomotive and drivers would feel as if they are steering a train on a specified route.
- The motion pictures on the monitor in front of the wheel would keep changing and drivers would feel a flurry of activity around them, such as the passing of other trains on adjacent tracks, people and cattle crossing the tracks & sharp bends.
- Globally, simulator-based training is being imparted by operators in the US, France & Spain and has emerged as a critical component of crew training for it presents a real-life environment & exposes trainees to unusual occurrences.
Experiments with simulators-
- Already, some zonal railways have experimented with simulators.
- The first one was tried in Vadodara and the 2nd in Vijayawada where assistant driver recruits were trained on the state-of-the-art simulators.
- The official said,”This will test how alert a trainee is. They will learn how to deal with a hazardous situation by actually experiencing it and dealing with it. It will greatly improve their skills.”
- Over 12,000 electric & diesel locomotives daily run on a 66,000-km network across the country.
- There are about 86,000 train drivers.
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