Train Horns and Their Meaning in Indian Railway You Never Knew About

Indian Railways, Train Horns


Let’s discuss Train Horns and what they mean in the Indian Railways system.

Indian Railway is the fourth largest railway network in India stretching over a 119,630 km. Maintained by the ministry of Indian Railways it is one of the easiest modes of transport for the people residing in India. It is also cheap as compared to other modes of transport.There are total 18 railway zones and 73 divisions in Indian Railway. There are total 7,216 railway stations in India.

Indian Railway consists of 254,006 freight wagons, 70,241 passenger wagon, and 11,122 locomotives. It is such a wide network that we might notice one or more railway station at nearby places. Being such a vast network puts an additional responsibility on the system and the loco pilot.

You must have heard different train horns at different points but might be unaware what they actually mean. So we decided to finally disclose the truth behind train horns and their meaning. Let’s have a look at them.

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Meaning About Train Horns

One Short Horn

 The horn indicates that the train has arrived in the yard on the destined platform and it’s time for cleaning of the train. It might not be useful for citizen but it’s a signal for the station authorities to take care cleanliness of the train

Two Short Horns

 Two short horns are an indication for the passengers and the station authorities that the train is ready to leave and a green signal should be given.

Three Short Horns

 Three short horns are an indication of an emergency. They are generally used when the loco pilot has lost his control over the train. Moreover, it is an indication for the guard sitting at the back of the train to use vacuum brakes.

Four Short Horns

 Four Short Horns are an indication of technical fault in the train and it wouldn’t be possible for the train to go any further

Two Short and One Long Horn

 This type of horn is used in two cases. One when someone has done chain pulling and the brakes have been applied or the guard has used vacuum brake in order to stop the train.

One Long Horn

 It is an indication the train is on a non-stoppable station and is not going to stop at the coming station. It is an indication of the people standing on railway tracks to stay away.

Two Long Horns With Some Time Gap

 This horn is generally sounded near a railway crossing. It is a symbol that train is approaching a crossing and people should stay away from crossing to avoid an accident.

Two Long and One Short Horn

 It is sounded when the train is changing its track. It is generally sounded near the railway station or when the train needs to change its path.

Six Short Horns

 Six Short Horns are sounded in case of emergency.

Indian Railways is quite so busy so you might hear one or the other horn in your routine life. Now as we have told you about train horn and their meaning in Indian Railway, try to be smart over others if you hear one or other type of horn. Because there is no harm in flaunting your knowledge.

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