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 : 806
ØTotal Staff Strength : 702
(Including Other than R&M Staff ).
ØCurrent Shed Holding : 252 Locos (232 + 20 AC Locos)
·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.
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 249 as detailed below:
· Type Wise Loco holding
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 Shed HubballiTraining Centre):
ØInitially for acquiring the knowledge and skill on the maintenance of GM locomotives, 20 Staff and Supervisors from Operating and Maintenance side were trained at the training facility in General Motors, USA.
ØTo facilitate indigenous training on the maintenance and operation of GM locomotives, a unique training facility has been created which consists of an elegant Training School equipped with Loco component display rooms, Auditorium, Library, Seminar room and faculty rooms, in motion.
ØGM Loco Simulator and excellent training hostel to provide accommodation to trainees. Diesel training centre was commissioned on 07-Nov-2005. However, training was being imparted from 2003. As on 28-Feb-2023, 5553 Loco pilots, 4682 Asst. Loco pilots, 270 Pro Asst. Loco Pilots and 839 Loco Inspectors have been imparted training at this Training Centre apart from maintenance technicians and supervisors and PPT for 17 LP’s given and 1591 EBV (Emergency Brake Valve) training for ALP’s.
From April -2022 to Feb-2023 a total of 1792 running staff i.e., Loco Inspectors – 24, Loco Pilots – 272, ALP – 160, EBV (Emergency Brake Valve) - 1319 and PPT for LP’s -17.
ØMaintenance staff were trained namely (Mech. Supervisor – 1265, Technician-2701, Helper-551, Ch.OS-1, Junior Clerk – 4, Act Apprentice-70, App JE-104, Internship Training-555) (Elect- Supervisor -548, Technician -1402, Helper-251) from 2006 and PPT for supervisor and technician of HHP loco shed/UBL is 12 were trained.
From Apr- 2022 to Feb -2023 a total of 109 were trained i.e. Supervisor-06, Technician-77, Helpers-6, and Internship Training-20.
ØThe refresher course for staff and supervisor was started from 02-Mar-2020. As on 28-Feb -2023, 68 Supervisors and 585 staff have been trained. A total of 653 supervisors & Staff were trained and also from others Divisions 14 (Supervisors, Staff & pre promotional training) where trained.
ØIn the year 2020-21 a total of 31570 trainee days has been completed and in the Year 2021-22 13271 trainee days has been completed including simulator.
From April-2022 to Feb-2023 a total of 16757 trainee days have been completed including simulator.
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.
ØSimulator helps in measuring Loco Pilots’ performance and identifying the draw backs in their train handling methods and addressing them in a systematic way. This helps Loco Pilots to improve their confidence in proper train handling and there by a safe and efficient Train operation is achieved.
ØFrom Nov-2005, a total of 11944 running staff, i.e. 608 Loco Inspectors, 5666 Loco Pilots & 5670 Assistant Loco Pilots have been trained till Feb -2023.
ØFrom April -2022 to Feb -2023 total of 1788 running staff i.e. Loco Inspectors – 16, Loco Pilots – 308, ALP – 1464.