Pakistan Railways has purchased a total of 230 modern passenger carriages to help passengers as well as modernize the department.
The first batch of acquired coaches is expected to arrive by the end of this month, according to a Ministry of Railways official.
He added that the 4000 horsepower high-power locomotives were also purchased to increase payload in order to maximize freight earnings.
He stated that the installation of a Radio Frequency Identification System (RFIS) on the railway network had begun, which will transform the department into modern lines through effective and efficient rolling stock monitoring. He stated that the process of putting Automatic Train Protection (ATP) in locomotives had begun and that it would be operational once Computer Based Interlocking (CBI) at 31 stations had been completed.
The central control office at Pakistan Railways Headquarters Office in Lahore, as well as the control offices in all seven operational divisions, were working around the clock to monitor train operations and ensure and improve punctuality, according to the source. “These control offices are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the department has taken numerous steps to improve train punctuality and minimize running times,” he said.
In response to a question, he said that degree crossing gates on all systems had been properly linked telephonically with operational stations to ensure that gates were closed on time to avoid detentions and accidents.
According to the official, spare rakes and coaches have been stationed at major stations to meet the unfavorable circumstances and maintain train schedules.