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Sudan team learning diesel loco maintenance

By R. Rajaram

TIRUCHI, APRIL 2 . Ahmed Mohammed Abdel Karem and nine of his colleagues in the Sudanese Railway Corporation have come here all the way from Sudan on a mission: To learn maintenance of diesel locomotives. A team of instructors from the Diesel Traction Training Centre (DTTC) at Golden Rock here is giving them a hands-on training.

This is the first visit to the country for Ahmed Abdel Karem, heading the group, and for his team comprising technicians, officers and supervisors from the Mechanical and Electrical Departments.

During a four-week session, which began at the Diesel Loco Shed early this week, the Sudanese team is being given a comprehensive training.

The session comprises theoretical and practical classes. A team of 10 instructors is teaching them power pack, fuel injection systems, alternators, traction motors and auxiliary subjects, the Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer, (Diesel), Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock, V.V.S. Sreenivas, told.

The Principal, DTTC, G. Chandraseharan, is the coordinator for the programme.

The training is being given as part of a contract signed by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), a Union Government enterprise, and the Sudanese Railway Corporation last year.

Under the contract, the Diesel Locomotives Works at Varanasi will manufacture and supply three new-cape gauge diesel locomotives to Sudan, while the training is the second component of the contract.

A few metre gauge locomotives were converted into cape-gauge locos and sent to Sudan earlier.

The Joint General Manager (Training), RITES, P. K. Mitra, who is accompanying the Sudanese team, said this was the second batch from the Sudanese Railway Corporation to undergo the customised training in diesel loco maintenance at the DTTC.

Prior to the programme, the team had visited the Diesel Locomotives Works at Varanasi and examined the designs of the new-cape gauge locomotives.

The training programme, which was inaugurated by the Tiruchi Divisional Railway Manager, D. K. Saraf, will conclude on April 21.

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