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From 50 Years Ago (26 August 2006)

barrage of criticism and is taking some pains from 7 per cent to less than 4 per cent, thus FROM 50 YEARS AGO to prove that it is steadily improving utilisation releasing almost a thousand wagons for goods of its rolling stock and is moving more goods traffic. Again, time spent by wagons in and passengers with the same equipment

barrage of criticism and is taking some pains from 7 per cent to less than 4 per cent, thus

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

to prove that it is steadily improving utilisation releasing almost a thousand wagons for goods of its rolling stock and is moving more goods traffic. Again, time spent by wagons in and passengers with the same equipment… workshops undergoing periodic overhaul was

A bright little brochure brought out by the also reduced. Working hours in goods sheds Central Railways appropriately called ‘Facts were increased to enable unloading and reand Figures’ brings out the improvement that loading to be completed in a single day. WorkVol VIII, No 34, August 25, 1956 has already been achieved, mainly through in marshalling yards was speeded up to shorten intensive use of existing resources...By the the period of detention to through loaded

Welcome Slant on

end of the First Plan period, the Central wagons. Express goods trains reduced by halfOperational Efficiency Railways has been able to carry 25 per cent the time spent in transit, thereby increasing (Weekly Notes) more gross ton miles with only 16.4 per cent availability of wagons. A “wagon chasing

increase in the number of locomotives. Simi-unit” was set up to minimise delays to through

There is a commendable shift of emphasis larly, the freight ton miles carried has shown loaded wagons at terminals and atintermediate in railway publicity from passenger amenities an increase of 43 per cent and this has been marshalling yards and stations. All this resulted to operational efficiency. Good wine needs possible ‘only by making an intensive use of in speeding up the movement of wagons and no brush and when passengers find railway goods wagons and engines’. cutting down delays in transit. The cumulatravel so much more comfortable, they do not An appreciable increase to rolling stock has tive effect of these measures has been an have to be coaxed; the new amenities are talked been made possible on the Central Railway appreciable increase in the quantum of goods about and the news travels from lip to lip. But by keeping on the line overage passenger traffic carried on the Central Railway during operational efficiency which can be measured coaches, which had run their normal life and the last busy season. The freight ton miles of by increase in ton miles of goods moved or were thus due for replacement by carrying out goods traffic carried during 1955-56 busy wagon miles per wagon day are not so easily repairs on them. By overhauling arrangements season stood at 8,448 million against 7,532 grasped by the public. The Railway Board, it for repairing wagons, the proportion of wagons million carried during the previous season, is good to see, has not been impervious to the in sick sidings to wagons on lines was cut down showing an improvement of 12 per cent.

Economic and Political Weekly August 26, 2006

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