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Tell something about Modern Railways?


There are three types of modern locomotive – electric, diesel-electric and diesel. On an electric locomotive, the wheels are moved by electric motors (normally one for each pair of wheels). The electricity usually comes from overhead cables, but sometimes from an electrified third rail. On a diesel-electric locomotive, the wheels are also driven by electric motors, but the electricity comes from a generator driven by a powerful diesel engine. On a diesel locomotive, a diesel engine drives the wheels via a mechanical transmission. Diesel locomotives are normally used only for shunting and on low-speed local trains. The fastest express trains, such as the French Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV), are normally electrically powered, with a locomotive at each end.

The TGV runs at 300 kilometres per hour – half as fast again as most express trains – and holds the world-record speed of 515 kilometres per hour. It runs on a purpose-built track, which has few bends, and uses computerized signaling.

The TGV can climb steeper slopes than other trains, allowing its purpose-built track to go straight over hills instead of around them.

Many high-speed expresses run on similar tracks, including the Japanese shinkansen or “bullet” trains, which began operating in 1965. Where purpose-built straight tracks are not possible, speeds can be increased by using tilting trains. These tilt inwards as they go round curves at high speed in the same way as motorcyclists do on the road. Other special trains include magnetic levitation (maglev) trains, which are both supported above their tracks and propelled by magnets. Maglev trains can reach very high speeds because there is no friction between the train and the track.

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I want to be a loco pilot in the Indian Railways

I have done my HSC in Science and I want to be a loco pilot in the Indian Railways. What are the requirements to become a loco pilot in the Indian Railways? When does the notification come and what is the procedure to join them?

The basic qualification to become an Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) in the Indian Railways is a three year diploma course in Electrical/Electronics/Mechanical/Automobile Engineering from a recognized Board or Institution like IIT. Eligibility for these courses is tenth grade. Selection is through a written test followed by an interview.

The examination is conduction by the respective Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). There are 21 RRB zones in the Indian Railways. Recently, the Indian Railways released the RRB Assistant Loco Pilot Recruitment Notification 2017 to fill approximately 23,801 vacancies.

Loco pilots assist in driving or piloting the train. The job requires continues attention and a high degree of responsiveness. Initially, candidates are appointed as Assistant Local Pilots with goods trains. After getting some experience, they are appointed to passenger trains, later to express trains, superfast trains and the Rajdhani express trains.


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