Indian Railways Engineer Gets An Award For Innovating “Caterpillar Train”

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Ashwani Upadhyaya, 43, is a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. He, along with his fellow PhD scholar Emil Jacob won a competition on innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for proposing the concept of “Caterpillar Trains”.

This electrically-run train consists lightweight coaches that run on tracks suspended by bent poles. Having wheels both above and below them, many coaches can be passed at the same time. He also has an idea of platforms with directly connected elevators to get to the coaches quickly and save space.

To describe why this project won the competition, Upadhyaya says, “Some ideas are very good on paper, but not practicable. I guess we won because ours was both.”

This train could enter prototype stage in a few years if Upadhyaya and Jacob succeed in convincing the academicians and town planners in September at a global conference at MIT.

Title image: Indianexpress

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