New Delhi: Indian Railways has introduced an innovative system to ensure passenger security in the country. Recently, the national transporter introduced a novel mechanism, Rail Bicycle to quickly travel on rail tracks for inspections, monitoring, and urgent repairs. The Railway Ministry said, during monsoon seasons, sometimes the situation becomes very difficult, causing unwanted detention of train services. With the help of Rail Bicycle, any emergency location can be easily reached for urgent repairs.
Apart from emergency situations, Rail Bicycle is also very helpful for Hot Weather Patrolling as well as daily monitoring of the rail tracks. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the sections over the Indian Railways network are currently closed for the traffic. In these sections, Rail Bicycle is used for patrolling, ensuring safety and security.
Necessity is mother of #inventions!#Rail Bicycle developed by #Bengaluru division for facilitating movement of track man for patrolling the track. This Will result in faster and easier movement@RailMinIndia #India #IndianRailways #Karnataka #IndiaFightsCOVID19 #technology pic.twitter.com/c09IMbYpsJ
— SouthWestern Railway (@SWRRLY) July 28, 2020
Rail Bicycle is a light-weight structure of around 20 kilograms and can be lifted by just one person. The cycle can be easily assembled and dismantled by one person. The average speed of the Rail Bicycle is 10 kilometre per hour and the maximum speed is 15 km per hour. The Rail Bicycle can carry two persons.
Railways have said that these Rail Bicycles can be easily manufactured at very economical rates. The total cost of a Rail Bicycle is only 5 thousand rupees.