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The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO)

The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) an Introduction

The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) is the research and development organisation of Indian Railways that works as the technical advisor and consultant to the Indian Railway Board and other regional railways of India. It works to research and develop new designs, materials and products for Indian Railways, it also imparts new technologies that can be used in Indian Railways. In fact, The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) plays a major role in the development, success and advancement of the Indian Railway.

A Brief History

Though the first railways started its operation in India on way back 1853. Later, various private railway companies and state-owned railway system came into existence. In order to standardize and harmonize these disparate systems, the Central Standard Office (CSO) was established in 1930. CSO was started with the purpose to develop standards, designs, and specifications. After India's independence, as the need for extensive railway network withing the country arose, the Railway Testing and Research Centre (RTRC) was established in 1952 at Lucknow, which was engaged in testing and conducting research for various railway works such as development of railway rolling stock, permanent way etc. However, in 1957, CSO and RTRC were merged to form The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).

Functions of RDSO

The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) mainly works in research, design and development of new technologies, materials and products for Indian Railways. The function of RDSO include:

  • Development of new designs. Working upon the old designs to make it improved.
  • Development of new technologies to work with.
  • Development of Standards for materials and products to be used by Indian Railways.
  • Doing technical investigations
  • Inspection of critical and safety items from various railway equipments including rolling stock, locomotives, signals, tracks, and telecommunication equipments.
  • International consultancy for overseas clients on design, testing, and inspection of railway equipments.
  • Making surveys for construction of new tracks.

Infrastructure of The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO)

The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has a number of well-equipped laboratories for research, design, development and testing of various equipments and materials relating to railways. Those can be named as below:

  • Air Brake Laboratory
  • Brake Dynamometer Laboratory
  • B&S Laboratory
  • Diesel Engine Development Laboratory
  • Fatigue Testing Laboratory
  • Geo-technical Engineering Laboratory
  • Metallurgical & Chemical Laboratory
  • Psycho-Technical Laboratory
  • Signal Testing Laboratory
  • Track Laboratory
  • Mobile Test Facilities
  • Vehicle Characterisation Laboratory
  • Centre for Advanced Maintenance Technology

For more information on The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), please go through the site www.headlinesindia.com.

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