South Central Railway has commissioned its largest Electronic Interlocking (EI) System at Gooty on 12th July, ahead of its targeted schedule. Major yard remodelling work was also completed with the EI installation.
Gooty is the fourth largest interlocking system on South Central Railway, The larger yards are located at Secunderabad, Vijayawada and Kazipet All of these currently have legacy Route Relay Interlocking systems installed.
The installation will enables hassle-free handling of trains at Gooty Railway Station in Guntakal Division of Andhra Pradesh. The new system is configured with 343 Routes.
The project has been jointly executed by the Guntakal Division and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) and has been completed well before its schedule.
A distinguishing feature of this installation is that there will not be any un-signalled / manual movement of Trains leading to safer train operations. A total of 14 hand-operated points were converted into motor-operated points.
Train movements at Gooty station were previously controlled by operating the signals from two end Cabins and one central Deputy Station Superintendent. The Electronic Interlocking has made a central operator with single control possible.
This has resulted in a significant decrease in physical interference in the operation of signals besides reducing the Manpower requirement.
Further, before the execution of this work, only 4 lines at Gooty station yard were provided with the facility of direct reception and dispatch of trains. Due to remodelling of the Gooty yard, now the yard has been upgraded to handle the trains from 11 lines with direct reception and despatch.
In addition, a new line has been constructed between Gooty Station and Gooty “A” cabin as a part of execution of this work, while an additional traffic gate has been closed to strengthen safety.
Gooty is a major junction station in Guntakal Division and handles trains from four important directions – Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Secunderabad/Hyderabad. With the regular increase of traffic over time, the sections around the station yard have become highly saturated.
The completion of this advanced and modern Electronic Inter-locking signalling system and yard remodelling will ease the congestion on this important junction station and facilitates running of more number of Passenger and Freight trains.
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