Zonal Railway Training School is located in the heart of Udaipur amidst lush green artistically laid out inviting gardens in a 150 – acre sprawling area with a regal arc shaped building and pleasant campus layout. The ambience is conducive for intensive learning in a peaceful place. The famous Sukhadia Circle fountains are so close that they seem to welcome people visiting the training institute.
The institute had begun from the campus of Railway Bisset Institute, Ajmer which had been there since 1900 when the railways were managed by Britishers and owned by the various princely states of India. In 1952, the institute was shifted to an accommodation owned by the Royal family of Mewar, the present Garden Hotel near the famous Gulab Bagh. On October 9, 1956 the institute was moved to its present vast campus. It was rechristened as Zonal Railway Training School in 1992. The foundation stone was laid on March 25, 1955 by the then Maharana Bhupalsingh. President Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the new building on October 9, 1956 in the presence of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who in fact had floated the idea of establishing a multi-disciplinary institute of high standard to provide qualitative training to railwaymen of various departments.
The motto of the institute is safety, service and speed. The employees from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Ajmer of North Western Zone, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavanagar and Ratlam of Western Zone, and Kota of Western Zone come here for training. So also employees of IRCON, CONCOR, RCTC, Metro, Konkan, DFCCL, Mudra port etc. Railwaymen of countries like Srilanka, Mozambik, Zambia, Combodia, IRAQ, Bangladesh etc. are also trained here.
Initial and promotional courses at the introduction and promotional stages are conducted for new recruits and newly promoted staff. The success rate of the staff trained here is as high as 98.5% . There are courses for staff like station master, train controller, track in charge, section in charge, loco pilot, motor man etc. Technical staff of railways has to take refresher course after every there years.
The institute has the biggest railway transport model in Asia. The model has eighteen stations. The gauge of track in the Model Hall is 4.45cm and length of the track is about 3075 meter. Other features include electrified and non-electrified sections, emergency train light box, flasher light, blinker light, crack handle and equipment for guards. The Model room has panel interlocking system.
Here one can see a live demonstration of how trains are run and controlled. Other Model rooms like Mechanical Model room, Electrical Model room, Commercial Model room and Engineering Model room with demonstration facilities are most impressive and are a great help in learning. The classrooms are equipped with latest audio- visual aids like multimedia projectors, computers, simulators, overhead projectors and white and green boards.
The large library and a big stock of course-wise manuals are a source of useful knowledge.
The institute publishes books on the different subjects taught here. Prashikshan Patrika, a useful house magazine, helps former trainees to share ideas, update themselves and keep in touch. Documentary films on various subjects are also produced here. The institute plays a major role in the development of CBSE syllabuses to make education job-oriented.
The museum has on display royal objects like monograms of erstwhile princely state railway, utensils, uniforms, and turbans used in the royal saloon of Mewar State Railway, Tail lamps of earlier times, Station Masters’ lamps etc.
The institute is fully aware of environment concerns and has in place rain harvesting system and solar energy based heating system in kitchens and hostels. Tree plantation programmes are also taken up in a big way.
The fully equipped institute has been providing quality training to railways for a long time.