Shri John Thomas has taken over charge as General Manager, Southern Railway on 19th September, 2019.

Shri John Thomas has taken over charge as General Manager, Southern Railway on 19th September, 2019. He belongs to 1982 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE). Prior to this elevation, he was serving as Additional General Manager, South Central Railway.

He started his career o¬n Indian Railways in 1984 and in over three decades of service, has held several important assignments o¬n various Zones including o¬n Southern, Central and South Central Railway.

Commencing his service as Assistant Electrical Engineer o¬n Southern Railway in 1986, Shri John Thomas has went o¬n to serve in several important posts during his career till present. Amongst the assignments he has held are - Divisional Electrical Engineer, Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer/Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, Chief Electrical Loco Engineer, Chief Projects Manager (Railway Electrification), Chennai, Divisional Railway Manager, Sholapur, Central Railway. He also served as Chief Safety Officer, Southern Railway, Chief Electrical Engineer, South Central Railway.

During his stint as Additional General Manager, SCR, Shri John Thomas has initiated various innovative measures towards handling issues concerning Public Grievances, review of Zonal Performance on critical aspects as Safety, Security, Punctuality, Operational efficiency and business. He was also instrumental in handling the massive relief measures undertaken by SCR to render succour to victims of floods in Kerala in 2018, intensively co-ordinating the entire operations from all over the Zone. Prior to this, as Chief Electrical Engineer of SCR, he led the Zone to achieve National Level recognition in energy conservation, enabling the Zone to earn a record 09 National Energy Conservation Awards for 2016 from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India. He has also been instrumental in initiating efforts towards better work efficiency and boosting work force morale amongst the Loco running staff o¬n the Zone.