Pankaj Soin, a railway civil engineer (Sr DEN / AII), has invented the cheapest bicycle that fires comfortably on railway tracks. Everyone guesses that a Rail Bicycle will be as heavy as a train, so let us tell you that it is only 20 kg, which you can lift very easily.
The Problem with Railway Trackmen Will Be Away
Do you know the person who maintains rail tracks? You must have seen the trackman who carried the heavy bag before walking on the railway tracks somewhere. These workers travel many kilometers every day on foot so that if there is a defect in the railway tracks, it can be rectified. The idea of making a bicycle for them helped to invent this revolutionary bicycle.
Rail Bicycles are Made of Old Things
North Western Railway says that two old wheels of a rail cart and two iron pipes have been used in making this bicycle. The iron pipes were cut accordingly and the old wheels of the rail cart were added to it. The same was attached to an old bicycle with a nut bolt. With this, the bicycle running on the railway track was ready.
Price is Just 5000 Rupees
When it comes to rolling stock, train coaches, freight coaches or engines, cranes, etc., they are quite expensive. Even motorized trolleys on railway tracks are expensive. Therefore, you might be thinking that rail bicycles will also be expensive. However, you will be surprised to know that it has been prepared for just 5000 rupees, which includes the price of the old bicycle.
Senior DEN of NWR has Prepared this Bicycle
Pankaj Soin, posted in the Ajmer Division of North Western Railway, got the idea to design a bicycle that would take the trouble out of railway workers. He himself is an engineer, he sat down with a pencil and made a map of a bicycle on paper, which could run smoothly even on railway tracks and prepared it with a little effort.
Not Even Weighing Much
It has been designed in such a way that if a train is coming from the front, it should be lifted and removed from the track. Therefore, the total weight for the rail cycle has been kept at just 20 kg. Therefore its handling is easy. If it doesn’t work, it can be picked up and kept in the warehouse. When driving on the track, when a train is coming from the front, it can be lifted and kept on the side. As soon as the train passed, again picked up the bicycle and put it on the track, and started driving.
Why was it Made
A railway spokesperson says that the rail tracks pass through many inaccessible areas, where there are still no roads. Not only this, as there is a flood in Bihar and Assam, but the road connectivity is also lost. In such a situation, the railway employees can go to the place where they want to go through the rail cycle and do an inspection and remove the deformity of the tracks. Similarly, in the Summer of Rajasthan, it can easily cause hot weather patrolling.
Bicycle Travels at a speed of 15 km
North Western Railway says that two people can sit on this railway bicycle. Its average speed is 10 kilometers per hour but it can also be run at a maximum speed of 15 kilometers per hour. The official says that it depends on the ability of the cyclist how fast he can hit the paddle on the bicycle.