RATES BRANCH SYSTEM -AN
Branch System (RBS) is the software under development by Centre
for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), Chennai for
computerization of distance calculation and generation of
distance tables for all the Railways.
The objectives of the software are -
To calculate distance
between any two stations in Indian Railways by-
-by the shortest route,
-by the route desired by
To calculate the distance
as above, for Coaching and Goods traffic, as required by the
To provide user friendly
interface for calculation of distance and provide facility to
update data regarding stations and distances.
To generate Local
Distance Tables and Junction Distance Tables (LDT & JDT) of
Each Railway publishes
distance tables LDT and JDT with all notified and vetted
sections and distances.
Any user, to calculate
the distance between two stations, will have to arrive at the
shortest route between the stations, duly taking into account
rationalization and other local conditions such as temporary
closure of sections etc.
After arriving at the
route, the user will refer to the JDT of every Railway involved
in the route and calculate the distance as follows:
-from starting point to
the interchange point with the first Railway enroute;
-from that interchange
point to the interchange point of the first Railway with the
next Railway, and so on till he reaches the destination
-from the last
interchange point to the destination station.
in the existing system
The user will have to be
provided with LDT and JDT of all the Railways.
The corrections and
changes in any Railway have to be updated to all the stations
This involves an
expensive official machinery to carry out the above tasks and
Any delay or mistake in
the above, will lead to wrong distance and loss of revenue.
The proposed system
application has been developed with J2EE as front end with
Sybase in the back end.
The system is web enabled
and can be hosted on internet.
It has 3 modules.
Data Entry and Data
This module contains the
basic data entry forms for input of data and also for correction
module gives the shortest coaching Distance / Goods Distance
between the given pair of stations. It can also give the popular
route (which is not the shortest route) if via points are given.
Data Viewing Module.
contains the LDT/JDT of all railways for viewing the data.
The following data are fed
in the system
Zones in Indian Railways
Divisions in each Railway
Interchange points of
Stations in each Division
with all details such as Alpha code, Numeric code, Gauge, type
of station (Station, Junction, Interchange point, cabin, Halt
Routes in each Division
(A route is a set of stations between two junction points with
no diversion in between)
List of stations in each
route with inter-distance between stations. (Engineering,
Coaching and Goods separately, up to three decimal points).
List of Independent
sidings with serving stations and notified distance from
List of Non-Independent
sidings with serving stations.
Inflated distances, if
The system can be made
available at all Zonal Commercial Rates offices for real time
maintenance of data.
The system will calculate
the distance as follows:
User has to input the
Via stations (In
Whether Coaching or Goods
With or without
The system will give the
out put as follows:
Coaching / Goods
distance by the routes asked for.
If no via points
specified, by the shortest route.
- The interchange points
enroute will be highlighted and shown.
- The percentage of
distance over each Railway will be shown for apportionment.
- The user can also view
the route highlighted in IR map.
for PRS users
- In PRS system, distance
calculation is train based. When a new train is introduced, the
stations where the train stops and the cumulative distance from
the train starting station are fed in the system.
- A separated option is
given in RBS, where the user has to feed the train number,
from, to and all the stopping stations.
- The system will calculate
the distance as per the route given by the user and give as
for UTS users
- In UTS, distance between
source station and various destinations via various routes are
fed to the system.
- A separate option is
given in RBS, where the UTS user can give the source station
and multiple destinations one below the other by different
- RBS will calculate the
distance by the given route for each pair of point and will
give the output.
via path option
- It may often be the case
that the user does not know the via stations in correct order,
or does not know the station code.
- Such difficulties can be
overcome by the Advanced Via path option, where the system will
provide help for via by displaying the adjacent junctions. The
user can select the required via by clicking on it and build
The system will print as
output LDT/JDT of all the Railways.
The system will be
capable of taking input from other software such as FOIS, UTS,
PRS etc and give the distance.
The system can be hosted
on internet for access through net.
The system can display
the IR map and will also highlight the route for which the user
has sought the distance.
The data of all stations
and distances of each Railway and their accuracy are critical
to the functioning of the system.
Resource persons from
Commercial and Operating departments of each Railway have been
called to correct/update the data.
Railways have been given
with copies of the data input / corrected by them. They have to
check the data thoroughly and ensure accuracy of the data.
Any lacunae / mistake in
data will lead to incorrect distances.