Railways to Upgrade Tracks with High-Strength Rail to Boost Train Speeds

The railway ministry issued guidelines for the adoption of R350HT grade rails on its network. These rails have a proven track record globally, eliminating the need for field trials.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Indian Railways is gearing up to upgrade its tracks using high-strength rails known as R-350. This move is crucial for the operation of high-speed trains. Alongside track upgrades, the railway ministry is implementing various measures to enhance train technology and safety. These include the installation of an anti-collision system called Kavach and the fencing of tracks.

The railway ministry recently issued guidelines for the adoption of R350HT grade rails on its network. These rails have a proven track record globally, eliminating the need for field trials. Although they will be produced by Indian companies and used for the first time by Indian Railways, they will be closely monitored for a specific duration to detect any unusual behaviour.

According to sources, the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is gearing up to initiate the production of these rails in the next few months. The railways will soon invite tenders to procure these rails, which will ultimately help in overcoming current speed limitations caused by infrastructure challenges.

To address safety concerns, the Kavach system is being expanded, and tracks are being fenced to prevent accidents involving cattle and other animals on the tracks.

Additionally, work is being done to make the next-gen Vande Bharat trains with sleeper coaches go even faster, up to 220 kmph. Work is also in progress to enhance the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah lines, allowing trains to run at 160 kmph. All these steps collectively aim to modernize the Indian Railways network and provide better travel experiences for passengers.

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