In what is seen as a move,which will improve operation of suburban railways and help run more services during peak hours,the Mumbai suburban railways will use Railsys a train timetable software from January 2014. Currently,the Central Railway and Western Railway together run more than 2,000 daily services on a biannual timetable.
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation,which procured the software from a German firm R M Con,is conducting trials of the software. Confirming the trial,a MRVC official said,We have already fed different parameters involved in the suburban railway operations into the software for testing. The software will be ready for use in a month.
Railsys is a software used for preparing timetables,simulating real life conditions,planning infrastructure and track work required for a railway network.
According to railway officers the software will help railways plan more services,especially during peak hours. Under the manual timetabling method it is very difficult to gauge whether services can be increased or not. However,the software will automatically reflect the possibility of services which can be run once it prepares the schedule, said a senior railway officer.
A batch of 12 railway officials have already undergone training to handle the software. Once parameters such as signalling,track conditions and availability of coaches are fed into the system,it automatically prepares the best possible schedule.
Problems specific to Mumbai suburban like disruptions due to roof top travel,trespassing have been put under the unscheduled category which will also be including while preparing the timetable,said a MRVC officer.