Malayali Railway Professional Creates Online Platform for Detailed Industry Information

The website features blogs written by experts, job postings from around the world and a space for railway companies to post their profiles.

The website features blogs written by experts, job postings from around the world and a space for railway companies to post their profiles.

When Australia-based Deepu Dharmajan decided to create, an online platform for railway professionals and those interested in railways, it was out of a desire to help others find their way in this industry and learn more about it. He sees it as a resource of knowledge and opportunity for those looking to make a career out of it. He brings 22 years of industry experience from India, the Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore and Australia.

“It’s a recession-proof industry and there are always jobs because infrastructure building is constantly going on,” he said on a call from Perth, Australia. where he worked as Director of Engineering (Signals) at the Public Transport Authority.

Deepu’s first experience with railways was working with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation during the construction of the Delhi Metro. He was part of the team that worked with the French company Alstom on the design of the signaling system; eventually he joined this company and moved to the Netherlands. He continued his travels around the world, working on various projects including the Betuwe Route project – Netherlands, Incheon Airport Rail Road – Korea, Hunter Valley North Coast based in Australia, Cronulla line Duplication, FMG Mining Railway and BHP Mining Railway, Singapore. Thomson East Coast Line and Singapore Circular Line Extension in addition to the Manila Light Rail project in the Philippines.

Railway Info

The most complex railway system: The New York City Subway is the most complex network with 472 active stations serving 27 subway lines.

The most efficient: East Japan Railway, Switzerland and Singapore

The most frequented in India: With 23 platforms, Howrah Junction station is the busiest in the country in terms of train frequency. There are approximately 974 arrivals and departures per day. ( Contributions by Deepu Dharmajan)

His interest in railroads, however, began when he was a child. “Railways and trains have always been in my head. I used to play cricket in front of Mayyanad station (near Kollam), which is 50 meters from my house, talking to the station master and the signalmen. One of them, Mr. George, an Anglo-Indian, even helped me in English,” he recalls. By waving to passing trains, he learned the basics of how signals work: “I noticed that a green signal turned red just as the locomotive passed the signal. I used to think that driving a train was the hardest job in the world! »

Deepu’s area of ​​expertise is signage. “This ensures that no train is running on the same track at the same time and that a safe distance is maintained between trains,” he said. “I decided to start RailFactor when I remembered how difficult it was for me to understand the signaling systems when I left India. The principles, practices and standards of signaling are different in around the world. The help of experienced hands made it easier. All the information he gathered along the way was incorporated into the website because “I didn’t want the information I gathered to be wasted so that they could be a resource for others”.

Multiple features

Some of the site’s features include blogs by experts on various aspects of railways, worldwide job postings (in the industry), articles in publications, and a space for railway companies to publish their profiles. He sees it as a platform that connects all related sectors under one roof. Plans also include adding an e-commerce section, funds raised would go into a corpus to help families of members in the event of death.

RailFactor is not his first railway “project”; he used to blog earlier at/as before his work commitments interfered and he couldn’t keep up. After relaunching as a website a year ago, traffic on it has grown, with around 2,000 registered members and almost 20,000 visits to the RailFactor site.

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Stephen V. Lee