arshyam wrote:If true, that's serious negligence. The drivers usually gets a list of caution orders when he starts the route and he has to sign his acceptance of the list. The list is to be prepared by the controller of that track section and presumably vetted by multiple people
These news reports indicate that none of these procedures were followed, and frankly, it sounds too far fetched. Need more details - Sachin saar, any thoughts?
In this incident I feel there is much more than what meet's the eye. It is not the first time Railways have done major track over-hauling work, and even in this particular section such works would have happened before. And none in the Permanent Way or Section controlling jobs would be unaware of it. Relaying of tracks is not an activity which can be done in a jiffy. This is a planned activity which can span many hours, or many days. The first question would be? Was this train the first one to enter the block section before or after
the scheduled maintenance activities?
If there is a maintenance activity of this nature is planned, it would certainly be informed to all concerned people. Especially when it is to be done during night hours. I find it surprising that "caution orders" were not given to the driver & the guard of the train. Generally they are issued from a station where the train last stopped. If that is far away (generally happens in case of Express/mail trains), then even such trains are halted at a station just before the maintenance area, and the "caution orders" are issued. The driver & guard
actually counter sign the "caution order" and accept it. One copy would be retained by the station master who issued the "caution orders". None of them can lie on this part.
Next well ahead of the maintenance area, there would be the "Caution boards" (a triangle board with the permitted speed clearly indicated), and in case of multiple tracks an arrow board indicating for which track the caution board applies. Even when this board is sighted as a surprise, the driver would still have time to slow down. Off course he would make a big fuss of it, and may even formally lodge a compliant. There would be "caution termination" boards in the area at a distance, so that the driver can pick up speed after the last vehicle has crossed the maintenance area ("T/P", "T/G" - yellow round boards).
I find this incident to be still a case of sabotage:-
1. The local SM seems to be unaware of this maintenance activity. Heck, there would be a large number of labourers involved in this activity. Many of them rely on trains to reach the maintenance area. They just dont land up in their own cars and bikes, and start the repair work without telling any body.
2. The "caution orders" were not issued to the Express train. It requires many people to make a mistake on this one. These are given to the guard & the driver, and counter signed copies to be retained by the SM. Three people have to make a mistake for this to fail. Highly improbable.
3. No "caution boards" placed ahead of the maintenance area. Again, chances of this are very low. If this is not done, there is a risk of a train running over the maintenance crew themselves. So this is also done religiously. Atleast for their own personal safety, the maintenance workers would do this.
4. A probability I can see is:-
a) There was a scheduled maintenance activity in that area. Because the track repair equipment was still there.
b) The maintenance activity was completed and formally communicated to the IR top brass. Hence the issuing of caution orders were stopped.
c) Since the maintenance activity was formally completed, the caution boards were also removed. The train's driver drove on with an impression that every thing was fine.
d) The work was incomplete, or there were miscreantes who used the railway equipment to sabotage the tracks.
PS: If the purpose of this tragedy was to have another #BlowToYogi; then it is a futile attempt. IR is a central government body, and states generally do not have any say in their day to day operations. And here again, Yogi has done his best for medical help to reach the place quickly. He has also deputed 1-2 ministers to over see the relief work.