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23 years of wide ranging experience in Railway systems & applications. Experienced in managing assignments in complete range of system life cycle, i.e., conception, design, development, manufacturing, construction, testing and maintenance of operational assets. Significant experience in planning, tendering, procurement & contract management. Experienced on developing & standardizing safety critical signalling systems like cab signalling, automatic train protection (ETCS based TPWS system for IR), Fail-safe multiplexer & centralized traffic control for use on Indian Railway network. Successfully led multiple signalling projects for Indian Railways. Experienced in providing leadership for teams working on design, development, project management, process improvement and asset management. Successfully interfaced with other railway disciplines like Track, Civils, OHE and Electricals in all the above activities. Led multi-disciplinary teams for accident investigations involving signal passed at danger, derailment etc. Successfully participated in delivery of multiple major Signalling Schemes of Network Rail UK while on secondment from 2005 to 2009. Specialties: Managing technology, people & projects in Railway domain. In recent past managed technologies like ETCS based TPWS, Centralized traffic control/Train management system (CTC/TMS) and Failsafe signalling multiplexer for adoption over Indian Railways.


Atkins, Indian Railways


(1) Institution of Railway signal Engineers (2) Institution of Railway Signal & Telecom Engineers (India)


(1)Bachelor of Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India. - www.mnnit.ac.in (2) Trained in Signal engineering at Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering & Telecommuncation (IRISET), Secunderabad- www.iriset.ac.in (3) Trained in management of railway systems at Railway staff college Vadodara - www.rscbrc.ac.in

Awards and Honors

Multiple awards in Indian Railways and recognition by Atkins rail for playing a key role in design work for network rail projects.

Past/Present Clients

Indian railways, Network Rail, UK

What do you like about this subject?

Railway is the future of public transport. It is the safest mode of modern transport systems and has the best possible fuel efficiency vis-a-vis other modes like road/air. Trains are going to be an essential part of a carbon free world.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There is so much to learn in the world of railway systems specially in todays world when so many innovations and projects are going on world over to make Rail transport fastest, cheapest, safest and most environment friendly mode of transport.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Transport accounts for approximately 25 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and needs far most attention in the climate change combat! To compare environmental impact of mode choices you make on a daily basis, please visit: http://www.uic.asso.fr/uic/spip.php?article552

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Initial cost of infrastructure is high. System is quite complex with multiple departments required to co-operate & be all efficient at the same time to make the trains run on time.

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Recent Answers from Akhilesh Yadav

2012-11-16 Infotainment solution Media4Rail for Indian Railways.:

Dear Samir,    Infotainment solution appears interesting and you could pursue this with Telecom directorate of RDSO (Director Telecom-II @ RDSO- find his contacts in Telecom directorate link of RDSO website

2011-07-14 Axle Counters:

Terry,     I have been hearing about Frauscher for last few years. Their product is highly modular and requires almost no track-side electronics (that's a big plus). They also keep innovating in sensing

2011-07-13 Axle Counters:

I have plenty experience with Thales but none so far with Frauscher. I will be evaluating frauscher for one of the projects in India very soon. Whatever information i have, they both appear comparable

2011-01-13 Locomotive sensor:

Dear Jim, I think you are looking for an specific application. If you can send me required functionality and objective from system you are trying to design, then i can suggest a solution which could be

2011-01-11 Locomotive sensor:

Wheel sensors are available from many manufacturers like Frauscher, Tiefenbach, Siemens etc. These devices can be fitted on the track and they sense when a wheel has passed that point of track.


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