- The device is carried by the loco pilot
- The Railways has also deployed fog men to place detonators on the tracks to alert the loco pilots
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has finally come with a solution regarding the issue of fog. Many trains are running late nowadays so NFR introduced a new GPS-based system in all locomotives for an auto warning to train drivers during the foggy season, an official said on Thursday.
NFR Chief Public Relations Officer, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, said an equipment called Fog PASS (Fog Pilot Assistance System for Safety), consisting of an inbuilt battery and GPS antenna with a magnetic base, has been installed in all locomotives in the NFR.
The device weighs 1.5 kg, is carried by the loco pilot at the time of assuming charge of the locomotive. It is placed on the console of the loco and, as the train moves, it displays the short description and remaining distance of next two landmarks in geographical order on an LCD screen, he added.
He further said that a total of 1,101 such devices have already been allotted to all Divisions for fixing in locomotives. Besides, the Railways has also deployed fog men to place detonators on the tracks to alert the loco pilots about approaching signals. Senior railway officials are undertaking night foot-plate inspection and track patrolling to detect cases of rail fracture.
Railway authorities have also provided sufficient walkie-talkie sets to the crew and station staff. Signal indication booklets have been provided to loco pilot and counseling on working during fog is also being done.