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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 3.3 which is the lowest on Indian railways for any type of locomotives.

        · Salient features of the shed are:

Salient features of the Diesel 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                                                  : 948

ØTotal Staff Strength                                                  : 761

(Including Other than R&M Staff ).

ØCurrent Shed Holding                                               :  260*Locos(197+63ACLocos).

            *-35 Gooddiesellocomotivesdeclaredsurplusby HQandstabledinsidetheshed.

·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 260 as detailed below

 · Type Wise 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.

· MDDTIHubballi(Multi–Disciplinary Divisional Training Institute) Diesel SheHubballiTraining Centre):

Training Facility:

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.

Diesel Training Centre:

ØThis Center has commenced AC conversion course for Shed staff and till Now 157  Shed Staff have undergone AC Loco Conversation Training - Mech Wing (Technician – 88, Helper – 09)  Elect Wing (Technician-45, Helper – 15) . During the month of Feb-2024, 54 shed staff have undergone AC loco conversion training (14 days course) in MDDTI.

ØDuring the period from April -2023 to Feb-2024 a total of 515 running staff i.e., Loco Inspectors – Nil, Loco Pilots – 490, ALP – 25 have undergone training.

ØDuring this Year, 07 App. JE, 63 Asst. Loco Shed, 03 Trainee Technician & 01 Trainee Helper have been trained.

Ø20 Act Apprentice trainees is undergoing  training in MDDTI.

ØDuring this Year 95 students visited under internship program.

ØFrom April-2023 to Feb-2024, training conducted for a total of 14189 trainee days simulator.

ØDuring the month of Feb-24 as a safety awareness shed has given training for CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)  & Fire fighting to 39 staff  (08 Shed Maintenance Staff and 31 Cleaning Contract Staff).

ØCurrently Training on First Aid is also being imparted in Training Centre.

  Ø54 students along with 03 Faculty members from STJ Institute of Technology, Ranebennure,                Haveri) visited shed for one day industrial visit


ØGM Loco Simulator was commissioned during Oct 2005 for imparting more meaningful training to Loco Pilots for improving their Loco / train handling skills under difficult working situations. With the increase in length and tonnage of the trains, the severity of the slack action and the resultant shock on couplers become very high. Hence it becomes very much necessary that Loco Pilots should acquire more and more skills in controlling in-train forces caused by slack action and know the train behaviour on different track profiles. 

ØDuring the Period from 21-Mar-22 to 10- Jan-23, total of 1592 ALPs of SWR were given one day training on D1 emergency braking valve operation.

ØFrom Jan- 2023, 02 days training is being given to all ALPs and so far 436 ALPs of SWR have undergone training in D1 emergency braking valve operation.

ØDuring the month of Feb-2024 a total of 88 ALP’s of SWR have undergone 2 days training on D1 emergency brake valve.

ØFrom April -2023 to Feb-2024 a total of 1105 running staff i.e. Loco Inspectors – Nil, Loco Pilots – 528, ALP – 577. 

Source : South Western Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed : 14-03-2024  

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