2.1 Duties of Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in charge of Maintenance or Construction

The Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in charge of Maintenance or Construction is generally responsible for

(a) The installation and maintenance of all signalling and telecommunication equipment under his charge in a satisfactory and safe condition.

(b) Observance of the rules and procedures laid down in the General and Subsidiary Rules, Rules for opening of a Railway, the Signal Engineering Manual, the Telecommunication Manual, relevant Rule books and Manuals and orders and circulars issued by the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer from time-to-time and ensuring that all staff under his charge are acquainted with relevant rules and working methods and efficiently perform their allotted duties.

(c) Preparation of plans and estimates and safe execution of works in his charge.

(d) Ensuring that all important inspection notes of higher authorities receive prompt action.

(e) Co-ordination with Engineering and other branches in case of combined works ; obtaining sanction of Commissioner of Railway Safety for new signalling works or alterations and additions to the existing signalling installations, either separately for purely signalling works or jointly with other Departmental officers in the case of combined works.

(f) Co-ordination with concerned branches in case of accidents for speedy restoration of traffic and for investigation into the causes of accidents.

(g) Co-ordination with officers and staff of other branches in all other matters to ensure smooth functioning of signalling and telecommunication system.

(h) Ensuring supply of approved quality materials and tools for the installation and maintenance of the equipment.

(i) Control over expenditure in relation to budget allotments and sanctioned estimates.

(j) Submission of proposals for Revenue and Works Budget, and for periodic reviews.

(k) Exercise of such powers as may be delegated to him in Establishment and other matters.

(1) Ensuring strict discipline amongst his staff within the frame work of the Rules.

(m) Dealing promptly with appeals and representations from and looking after the welfare of his staff.

(n) Issue of special and specific maintenance schedules for Inspectors and Maintainers as and when necessary.

2.2. Transfer of Charge :

2. 2. J. Instructions on "Transfer of Charge" are contained in Chapter I of Indian Railway Code for Engineering Department.

2.2.2. The Divisional/Senior Signal and Telecommunication Engineers handing over and taking over charge of a Division or of a work shall carry out joint inspection of such works or important sections as necessary.

2.2.3. The "Transfer of Charge" statement shall be prepared in adequate number of copies, signed by both and one copy sent to the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer

2.3. Applicability to other Signal and Telecommunication Engineers 

These instructions with suitable modifications will apply to the other Signal and Telecommunication Engineers posted to a Division or for executions of works.


Additional duties of Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in charge of Maintenance

2.4. The Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer is generally responsible for :

(a) Ensuring that no alteration to an installation is made, which is a deviation from the original approved plan diagram or specification, without the authority of the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

(b) Periodical inspection of all Signalling and Telecommunication installations under his charge by a Signal Engineer, at least once in twelve months. The inspection shall be intensive with reference to the prescribed schedule of maintenance. A monthly report of inspections so made shall be submitted to the Headquarters Office.

(c) Inspection of Signals within his jurisdiction from footplate of a locomotive or a driving cab both by day and by night in both Up and Down direction once in a year, preferably jointly with officers of Mechanical /Electrical /Traffic branches.

(d) Having in his possession the under mentioned drawings and registers as required when called upon to accompany the inspection of superior officers like Divisional Railway Manager, Chief Signal and Tele-communication Engineer", General Manager, Commissioner of Railway Safety or an officer of the Railway Beard etc.

(i) Interlocking plans of the section ;

(ii) Foot plate/station inspection details ;

(iii) Previous inspection reports of the section by Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer. General Manager, Commissioner of Railway Safety etc.,

(iv) Any other books/papers/documents as per instructions issued by the Headquarters office of the Zonal Railway.

(c) Inspection of office and stores of Inspectors once in a year. During the inspection a percentage check of some of the stores items, particularly those that are costly shall be made.

(f) Keeping watch on inspection of Signal and Telecommunication installations and foot plate inspection by the Inspectors under his control.

(g) Analysing the failures from the reports submitted by the inspectors and taking remedial measures to eliminate recurrence of failures. The reports may be examined in a meeting preferably jointly with all Chief Signal Inspectors of the division to improve the standard of maintenance.

Note.—Each Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer must maintain a record showing the number of failures and number of trains detained every month over the jurisdiction of each Inspector.

(h) Drawing out a programme of overhauling and/or testing of interlocking frames, interlocking key boxes, Station Master's slide control frames, block instruments, relays, cables, point and signal machines, etc., as per instructions contained in Chapter XIII.

(i) Reviewing the position in regard to supply of stores on the Division periodically.

(j) Planning replacements of wornout installations and additional signalling inputs necessary to improve the working and submission of proposals for the same.

(k) (i) Reviewing the staff position periodically to ensure that the strength is neither in excess nor short of requirements.

(ii) Arranging to obtain timely sanction for additional maintenance staff before new works or additions/alterations to existing installations involving increased workload are commissioned.

(l) Ensuring sending periodical returns to Headquarters Office as well as replies to letters from Headquarters within the time specified.

Note.—The rules in Section' B 'will also apply to a Senior Signal and Telecommunication Engineer normally in charge of Construction, who is entrusted with the maintenance of any installation as for the time being.


Additional duties of Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in charge of Construction 

2.5. The Signal and Telecommunication Engineer in charge of Construction is responsible for

(a) the accuracy, quality and progress of the works entrusted to him and for ensuring that "each work is efficiently organised and so programmed that it progresses speedily and is completed within the time specified.

(b) ensuring that all works are carried out strictly in accordance with the approved plans., standard drawings and specifications and conforming to the provisions of this Manual. Deviations, if any, shall have the prior approval of the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer.

(c) (i) ensuring that traffic notices are issued in consultation with other Divisional officers before any existing installation is altered or any new installation is introduced which affects the safe working of any signal, points or interlocking :

(ii) ensuring issue of temporary working instructions for working of traffic, where necessary.

(d) Furnishing relevant information to the Operating department to help them in the preparation of working Rules and temporary working instructions.

(e) Arranging for obtaining the sanction of Commissioner of Railway Safety where required as per instructions' in paragraphs 9. 6 and 9.7.

(f) Advising Commissioner of Railway Safety by a message after bringing a new installation or modification to the existing installation into use and submission of a Safety Certificate as per instructions in Paragraph 9.8.

(g) Submitting progress reports on Form S. & T./PR1 (Annexure ' 1 ') to Headquarters every month.

(h) Periodical verification of the Materials-at-site as per Paragraph 6.14.

Note,.—The rules in Section ' C' will also apply to a Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer normally in change of maintenance, who is entrusted with the execution of certain specific works.