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Mahesh Kumar Jain

I graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of Roorkee in the year 1976 and joined Indian Railways in the year 1977 through UPSC exam IRSEE-76. Worked in different position most importantly:
Electric Locomotive Maintenance and Operation in SER as Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer/ Rolling Stock TATA, BIA and BNDM, Operation CKP, Dy. CEE/OP and RS at HQ, Chief Electrical Loco Engineer/HQ
Divisional Railway Manager Ratlam
Executive Director/Power Supply and EMU/RDSO
Chief Electrical Engineer/ECR, NR, CR, Kolkata Metro
Adviser/Railway Electrification/Railway Board
Director/IRIEENs
Superannuated from Indian Railways on 30th June 2013

Indian Railway Context – Sanding to improve adhesion

By on November 11, 2017
Indian Railway Context – Sanding to improve adhesion

In Indian Railway context, sanding is one of the important design and functional requirement to improve adhesion between rail and wheel during traction. The requirement has gone so deep in the background of policy makers that it is difficult to believe a traction equipment without sanding gear. Any case of an investigation into wheel slipping/stalling  […]

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Why IR passenger traffic heading south?

By on November 9, 2017

Indian Railway non-suburban passenger business is in a bad shape and unless immediate measures are taken to arrest it, it will be difficult to retain its status in the transport business. A lateral thinking, different to the way in which IR policy makers had been thinking in the past, is necessary. A brain storming with […]

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Average speed of freight train over Indian Railways

By on February 9, 2017

General The average speed of freight train is steady and unchanging for the last 20 years as per the published figures of Indian Railway. It was 22.8, 24.1, 25.6, 23.4 and 23.8 in the Year 1990-91, 2000-01, 2010-11, 2015-16 and 2016-17 (till Oct.2016). Had IR reached the plateau of the target average speed? Is there […]

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Mechanized measurement and inspection – a help to cut down maintenance cost

By on January 31, 2017
Mechanized measurement and inspection – a help to cut down maintenance cost

Failure of integration of new technologies with the traditional system of working is the main reason of Indian Railways failure to cut down cost. Introduction of new technologies in any system cannot be done overnight, and is always a well planned engineering process. If not, both system runs parallel and not deriving any benefit to […]

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‘Rescue’ Indian Railway passenger business through statistical indices ‘RSKU’

By on January 17, 2017

Is Indian Railway earning fully towards its non sub-urban passenger business? There is no published data to corroborate this. Interpreting it by the long waiting list is a wrong assessment. The waiting list continuing in 2016-17 even when there is a drop of 10% passenger as compared to 2012-13 and 10% increase in coach holding. […]

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Why not confirmed seat on demand before 2020?

By on September 18, 2016
Why not confirmed seat on demand before 2020?

There was a news the other day “Confirmed seat on demand by 2020: Railways” But no mention “How”? As the news go, it appears that with the progress of traffic facility and doubling/tripling of line work, the throughput will increase and so the  running of more trains. Thus, it is presumed that train capacity will […]

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Help to understand job profile of NTPC vacancies advertised by RRBs

By on December 28, 2015
Help to understand job profile of NTPC vacancies advertised by RRBs

Indian Railways had opened up an excellent opportunity of 18252 posts for graduates in any subject to join Group C service of Indian Railways. There is an additional provisions for Visually Handicapped (111) orthopaedic Handicapped (301) and Hearing Handicapped (88). This is an opportunity of life time but believe it, not less than 18 lakhs […]

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Wheel Slipping and Stalling of trains-an age old problem of IR

By on December 9, 2015
Wheel Slipping and Stalling of trains-an age old problem of IR

Wheel Slipping and Stalling Wheel slipping and stalling of freight trains is one of the major hurdles in running of trains during certain period of monsoon and dew during early hours of winter. Such happening are accepted as seasonal with steriotype repetition of age old instruction and action plan circulated every year in the month […]

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Why no steps to digitize issue of free travel pass and reservation?

By on November 5, 2015
Why no steps to digitize issue of free travel pass and reservation?

Indian Railway issues free passes for journey over Indian Railways to its employee, dependent and also non-railway persons for variety of reasons as detailed in the gazette notification issued on 8th May 2008 with inclusion of all correction slips. 2http://www.ner.indianrailways.gov.in/uploads/files/1349074968630-1986%20(1993%20edition).pdf The system followed for issue of pass has not undergone any change for the last […]

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Railway minister Suresh Prabhu launched a new mobile app

By on October 11, 2015

October 08th, 2015, Indian Express In a move to supplement PM Modi’s much-acclaimed ‘Digital India’ programme, the Union Minister for Railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhu launched a new mobile app called as ‘JUMBO Bonanza of UTS on mobile’ on October 9th. Passengers can now download this mobile application, which would not only save time, but also […]

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