PREFACE

Track Machines were introduced on Indian Railways during the early sixties. The use of the machines both for maintenance as well as track laying increased with the introduction of heavy track structures. For working of these machines, instructions had been issued by the Railway Board and Zonal Railways from time to time. However, no manual as such was issued on tack machines. Under these circumstances. Railway Board vide their letter no.96/Track-III/TK/44 dated 11-12-96 appointed a committee, for preparation of the manual, of Director/IRICEN Executive Director(TM)/RDSO, Executive Director Track (MC)/Railway Board and Chief Track Engineers (MC) of Northern, Southern & South Central railways. The following officers participated in the committee from time to time: -

Designation

 

Name

Director, IRICEN(Chairman)

 

Shri Vinod Kumar

Executive Director(TM) / RDSO

 

i)

ii)

iii)

S/Shri

A.P.Mishra

O.P. Agrawal,

Dharm Singh

Executive Director Track (MC)/ Rly Board

 

i)

ii)

S/Shri

R.N.Verma.

V.K. Agrawal

Chief Track Engineer(MC)/ N.Rly.

 

i)

ii)

iii)

S/Shri

S.K. V1J

A.P.Mishra

Harjinder Singh

Chief Track Engineer(MC)/ S.C.Rly

 

i)

ii)

S/Shri

N.Ramasubramanian

P.N. Ram

Chief Track Engineer (MC)/ S. Rly

 

i)

ii)

iii)

S/Shri

A.N.Parakalan

S.Parameshwara Iyer

K.J.S.Naidu

The Committee held its first meeting -on 10-04-97 at IRICEN/Pune. The subject matter of various chapters of the manual was discussed by the committee during subsequent sittings and draft of the manual finalised.and circulated to zonal Railways for suggestions. Vide Railway Board’s letter no. 96/Track-III/TK/44 dated 08-06-98. In the light of comments /suggestions received from Railways,original draft was finalized with modifications as considered necessary.The prevailing instructions in regards to working of track machines over different railways, instructions issued by the Rly. Board, provisions in the IRPWM. Indian Railways General Rules other relevant codes / manuals and circulars issued by RDSO, had also been kept in view while writing this manual.

While every effort has been made to cover all aspects of track machine working Chief Engineers of Zonal Railways may issue such supplementary instructions as necessary to suit local conditions on the railways. Such instructions, however, should not contravene any of the provision in this manual and other codes.

The Committee was rendered valuable assistance and contribution by S/Shri C.P.Tayal, Sr. Professor /IRICEN,Hitesh Khanna, Director Track(MC)/Railway Board and J.S. Mahrok, Director (TM)/RDSO,during deliberations and preparation of this manual.

Though every care has been taken in preparing this manual, any error or omission may be brought to the notice of Railway Board. Suggestions for further improvement in this manual will be welcome.

( See Correction Slip No. 1 dated 18.10.2000)

March 10, 2000

                                                                                                            N.C. Bindlish

Aditional Member/Civil Engg.

Railway Board, New Delhi.

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