There are nearly 2,25,000 wagons exist in the Indian Railways spread over 16 zones duly allotted to various divisions according to their requirements. It becomes very difficult to ascertain the performance of them if we don’t monitor their movements. Monitoring the movement of wagons is done by stations and control offices and through the FOIS net work. These exercises are done on a daily basis and periodically also. Due to adjustments in loading in interchanges of trains, powers, empties and loads the link in constantly maintaining the physical availability of rolling stock becomes inaccurate. Hence an exercise called WAGON CENSUS is conducted every year for coaching and goods stock. It is separately conducted for coaching and goods, separately for BG and MG.

Broad Gauge Census:

1. BG census generally conducted on 31st October at 12 Hrs.
2. The division is divided into Blocks, Circles, and Districts.
3. A block may be a roadside station or a part of a large yard, a siding or a running train
4. In each block a maximum of 50 vehicles to be enumerated. In any case it should not exceed 99 vehicles.
5. A circle is a collection of Blocks.
6. A District is a collection of circles.
7. Numerical codes have been given for every division for identification.
A census meeting will be held prior to the official census day. CFTM holds the census meeting for goods wagon which will be attended by the divisional officers and inspectors. Census in charge is nominated and their names and instructions are published. Generally CTNCs, SMs, GDs, CYMs are nominated for looking after the proper enumeration of wagons.
Tally sheets are supplied to the required extent. Three copies of tally sheets have tobe carefully filled in, the third copy “TRIPLICATE” should be retained in the District office. Duplicate and Triplicate copies should be copies from the original and compared for correctness of the entries by ‘Checked with the original and found correct. Circle summary and district summaries are to be prepared by the district officers in duplicate marking original and duplicate on the top of each front page. A final summary has to be prepared in a Performa summarizing the information contained in the district summaries. It is essential that all duplicate copies are carefully checked with originals in all cases before submission to the office.
The following particulars should be enumerated while conducting Census on the nominated day.
1. Running trains of all descriptions
2. Wagons standing or stabled on any line including sidings or yards.
3. Wagons on ballast and on construction, work trains
4. Wagons in shops and in sick lines.
5. Vehicles employed temporarily for housing staff
6. In case a damaged loaded vehicle is being loaded upon another vehicle both vehicle numbers are to be enumerated.
7. Vehicle already condemned has to be entered in a separate tally sheet.
8. Port trust railway wagons should be recorded separately.
9. Wagons kept off the track on account of accident are accounted for
10. The outlying sidings, sheds, private siding, colliery, port areas etc, are specially checked for any vehicle.
All the staff involved in the census duties are to be briefed about their responsibilities. A mock census has to be conducted on the nominated day prior to the official census. The lacunae in the mock drill are to be identified and corrected. During the enumeration each vehicle should be stenciled by a census symbol of equilateral of six inches each side in white colour at extreme left of the vehicles on both sides. A representative of mechanical branch also involved to identify the mechanical code of the wagons. Each railway should update the list of the condemned vehicles after the last census was held, with necessary details, well before the census. The census timings are to be followed strictly. Shunting movements in the yard has to be stopped before the commencement of census.

Wagon codes

Vehicle codes for goods stock:- The following code letters must be used to designate the various designations of goods stock in use:

Note:- (i) The code initials of each description of goods stock are marked on the right hand top corner of the vehicle. The staff must refer to these initials in case of doubt.

(ii) If vacuum fitted goods stock is required this must be specially mentioned in the stock order the exception of some departmental vehicles, all goods stock is either fitted with train pipe or vacuum brake.

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