Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 (LocalWire): With the onset of winter and dense fog, Indian Railways have undertaken a slew of measures to combat the problems faced due to lack of visibility.
In areas prone to dense fog, luminous and fluorescent strips have been painted in OHE (overhead equipment) masts, level crossings and stop signals which loco pilots can spot even during fog and can be extra careful regarding the aspect of the approaching signal.
The safety department of East Coast Railway headquarters has given instructions to accord highest priority for safe train movement during foggy weather.
The loco pilots and guards have been instructed to ensure that they should put the safety of passengers on top and run trains at slow speed, even if it means loss of punctuality of the train, railway officials stated in a release.
Detonators are used in foggy weather or when visibility is severely impaired, to provide an audible indication to the locomotive crew that the train is approaching a signal.
These detonators are flat, disc-shaped metal containers, usually coloured red that detonates with the application of pressure when the locomotive passes over.
The station masters have been provided adequate detonators and have been advised to assess whether visibility is impaired badly enough to warrant their use.
The Railway staff posted at stations, cabins and gates have also been instructed to place detonators whenever there is thick fog to warn the loco pilots according to laid down rules and regulations.