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         Diesel Shed (Hubballi)

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Requirement for hauling heavy loads on steep gradients and in its quest necessitating technology up-gradation, the state of art micro processor controlled locos from M/s. GM/USA (WDG4/WDP4) were introduced on Indian Railways.  Under the concept of transfer of technology to Indian Railways, Diesel Loco manufacturing unit at DLW/BSB became the first unit to undertake the production of this type of locomotives.

This shed has been constructed by imbibing various features of diesel sheds across the globe. It was the first shed on Indian Railways where these locos were based and their maintenance undertaken.

Staff and supervisors of the shed have innate thirst for work and a flair for innovation. They, with their relentless efforts are maintaining these high tech locomotives to world standards with high level of availability, reliability and productivity. Man power yardstick for this loco is 3.7 which is the lowest on Indian railways for any type of locomotives.

·Salient features of the shed are:

ØTotal area of the shed                                                 : 75 acres (303550 sqmtrs.)

ØTotal covered area of the shed                                   : 14500 sq meter

ØTotal plinth area of the administrative building           : 1700 sq meter

ØTotal Covered area of Training School                      :  2633.7 Sq meter

ØTotal Covered area of Training Hostel                       :  1609.5 Sq meter

ØNo. of stocked item                                                    :  775   

ØTotal Staff Strength                                                    :  706


ØCurrent Shed Holding                                                 :  1239 Locos+2WDS6+1Railbus

·Unique features of the shed.

This Diesel shed is a benchmark shed in terms of maintenance friendly facilities and elegant administrative building. Layout of the shed has been finalized by amalgamating the features of major North American Diesel Sheds at Alliance, North Platte, Kansas City, Corwith and Clyde Diesel Shed in Australia. Construction of shed was completed in June ’99 and the Administrative building was completed in Aug’2002.

ØState of the art administrative building.

ØPit less concept of light repair bays with sunken sub level for ease of working.

ØDrop pit table facility for quick changing of wheels and Traction Motors.

ØWash house with cat walks facility.

ØWare house annexed to shed at deck level with storage racks and stacker.

ØDeck level access to maintenance area.

·Shed holding

The shed which had a modest beginning with 12 imported locos in 1999 has grown in strength mainly after its manufacturing in DLW and the present loco holding is 195 as detailed below:

         ·Loco holding


















·Training Facilities

Diesel loco Shed, Hubballi being a nodal shed for homing of these unique locomotives is having facilities for training of running staff as well as maintenance staff.


ØInitially for acquiring the knowledge and skill othe maintenance ofGMlocomotives,

20 Staff and Supervisors  from Operatinand Maintenance side weretrained at the trainingfacilityinGeneralMotors,USA.


ØTo  facilitateindigenoustrainingothe maintenanceand operationof GMlocomotives,a unique training facility habeencreatedwhich consists oaelegant Training School equipped with Loco component display rooms, Auditorium, Library, Seminar room and facultyrooms,inmotion.


ØGLocSimulatoand   excellentraininhosteto   providaccommodatioto trainees.MDDTIHubballi(DTC)was commissionedo07-Nov-2005.However,training was beingimpartedfrom2003. As o30-June-2021,5177 Locopilots,4477, Asst.Loco pilots,270 Pro Asst.Loco Pilots and 82Loco Inspectorshavebeenimpartedtraining at this TrainingCentreapartfrommaintenancetechniciansand supervisors.

FromApril2021toJune–2021atotalof44 runningstaffsi.e, LocoInspectors–Nil, Loco

Pilot-44,AsstLocoPilot-Nil,Pro ALP-Nilweretrained.

ØThe   refreshecourse fostafand    supervisowas   started fro02-Mar-2020. As on 30-June-2021, 4Supervisors an262     staffs have been trained. A   total o308 supervisors& Staffweretrainedand alsofromothersDivisions92 (Supervisors,Staff& pre promotionaltraining)wheretrained.

OnlinerefreshercoursefromApril2021tJune–2021,atotalof 75 Supervisorsand Staff i.e., 03 Supervisorsand 72 Staff weretrained

ØMaintenance staff were trained namely (Mech Supervisor –  1244,   Technician-2601, Helper-537,   Ch.OS-1, Junior Clerk –    4,    Act    Apprentice-56, Internship Training-

362) (Elect-Supervisor-546, Technician-1377, Helper-247)from2006.

FromApril2021toJune–2021atotal268 weretrained,i.e., Supervisor–73, Technician–

80, Internship Training-109and PPTfor supervisorand technicianofHHPlocoshed/UBL-


ØInthe Year2020-2021atotalo31570traineedayshas beencompleted.

FromApr -2021to June–2021atotalof 3732traineedayshas beencompletedincluding simulator.

ØIn 2020-2022,5284Onlinetraineedayshavebeenachieved.,4799traineedays(2020-21)

and 485 traineedays(2021-22uptoJune)



ØGLocSimulatowacommissionedurinOct    2005    for     impartinmore meaningfultrainingtLoco Pilotsfor improvingtheirLoco /trainhandlingskillsunder difficultworkingsituations. With the increase ilength and tonnageothe trains, the severity ofthe slackactionand the resultantshockon couplersbecomeveryhigh.Henceit becomesverymuchnecessarythaLocoPilotsshouldacquiremoreand   moreskillsin controlling in-train forcescausedbslackactionand knowthe trainbehaviorodifferent trackprofiles.

ØSimulatohelpin   measurinLocPilots’  performancanidentifyinthe draw backsin their train handling methodsand addressing themin  asystematic way.This helps LocoPilotsto  improvetheirconfidencein propertrainhandlingand thereby asafe and efficientTrainoperationisachieved.

ØFroNov-2005,a totalof 945runningstaff,i.e. 590     LocInspectors,504Loco

Pilots&3822 AssistantLocoPilotshavebeentrainedtill 30-June-2021.

FromApril2021to June2021a  totalof 90 runningstaffi.e, ,  LocoInspector-Nil, Loco

Pilots-23 &Asst.LocoPilots-67  havebeentrained.

Source : South Western Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed : 23-07-2021  

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