Oct 26, 2013


For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush during the festive season, Western Railway will run special trains.

·Hapa-Raipur Weekly Special train(10 services)

Train No. 09536 Hapa-Raipur Weekly Special train will depart from Hapa at 22.00 hrs o­n every Tuesday and reach Raipur at 03.00 hrs. o­n Thursday. This train will run from 29thOctober to 26th November, 2013.

Similarly, Train No. 09535 Raipur-HapaWeekly Special train will depart from Raipur at 04.10 hrs o­n every Thursday and reach Hapa at 15.25 hrs. the next day. This train will run from 31st October to 28th November, 2013.

The train will halt at Rajkot, Wankaner, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Vadodara, Surat, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Malkapur, Akola, Badnera Jn., Wardha Jn., Nagpur, Gondia, Rajnandgaon and Durg in both directions.

The train will have AC II Tier, AC III tier, Sleeper Class and General II class coaches.

Booking for train no. 09536 will be open from 28th October, 2013.
SOURCE - (Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer

4 AC Specials between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Madgaon - Bookings for 02113/02114 open from 27.10.2013


Central Railway will run 4 AC special train between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Madgaon to clear the extra rush of passengers during Diwali Festival. The details are as under:–

02113 AC special train will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.55 hrs o­n 31.10.2013 and 7.11.2013 and arrive Madgaon at 12.00 hrs same day.

02114 AC special train will leave Madgaon at 17.10 hrs o­n 31.10.2013 and 7.11.2013 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 04.10 hrs next day.

Halts: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali.

Composition: o­ne AC First Class, Three AC-2 Tier, Eight AC-3 Tier, 2 Generators cum guard’s brake vans and o­ne Pantry car.
Reservation: Bookings for 02113/02114 open from 27.10.2013.


Date: October 26, 2013.

Source - This news comes to you from the Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai

Introduction of New AC Superfast Special Train between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Hazrat Nizamuddin from 29.10.2013 - Bookings for 22109 open from 27.10.2013

Central Railway will introduce Air-conditioned Superfast train between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Hazarat Nizamuddin with effect from 29.10.2013. The details are as under :–

22109 AC Superfast train will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 14.30 hrs o­n every Tuesday from 29.10.2013 and arrive Hazarat Nizamuddin at 10.20 hrs next day.

22110 AC Superfast train will leave Hazarat Nizamuddin at 15.50 hrs o­n every Wednesday from 30.10.2013 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.50 hrs next day.

Halts: Nasik Road, Bhusaval, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior and Agra Cantonment.

Composition: o­ne AC First Class, Three AC-2 Tier, Ten AC-3 Tier, 2 Generators cum guard’s brake vans and o­ne Pantry car.

Reservation: Bookings for train No. 22109 open from 27.10.2013.


Date: October 26, 2013.
Source - This news comes to you from the Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.

Railways Vintage Steam Engine ‘Akbar’ ready to ferry tourists for tiger sightings of Alwar

Once again the steam tourist train consisting of two coaches hauled by steam engine, named ‘Akbar’ is all set to commence its package tour between Delhi and Alwar in current season from tomorrow i.e. 26th October, 2013. The 48 year-old steam engine ‘Akbar’ which will haul this train is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives and was manufactured at ChittranjanLocomotive Works. The loco has been named after the great Mughal emperor of the same name. This Pacific class of Broad Gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains. After remaining many years out of service, ‘Akbar’ Loco was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition at the Amritsar workshop of Northern Railway in October 2012. Amritsar Workshop has acquired unique distinction of being the only workshop of Indian Railway which is rehabilitating ‘steam’ locos and carrying out Periodic Overhaul of these locos.
The engine was recently in news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’ – A film portraying famous Indian runner, Shri Milkha Singh. The steam engine hauled train takes us to nostalgic scenario of rhythmic chugging and whistling in the form of quintessential chhuk-chhukand synchronised throw of black smoke from steam loco. Rewari Steam Locomotive heritage shed of the Northern Railway is the home of this Loco.

This tourist steam train starts from Delhi Cantonment Station of the capital and travels to Alwar (138 kms) in Rajasthan via Rewari on a tour package which includes a visit to the SariskaNational Park near Alwar. This will give opportunity to the tourists for tiger sighting at Sariska. The train in its current season will travel between October, 2013 to April, 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays, starting from 26th October 2013 as per the following schedule. (Similar trips will continue in the subsequent years also)
            Day 1              Dep                 Delhi Cantt                             0950 hrs.
                                    Arr.                 Rewari                                    1145 hrs.
                                    Dep.                Rewari                                    1210 hrs.
                                    Arr.                 Alwar                                      1545 hrs.

            Day 2              Dep                 Alwar                                      1300hrs.
                                    Arr.                 Rewari                                    1540 hrs.
                                    Dep.                Rewari                                    1610 hrs.
                                    Arr.                 Delhi Cantt.                            1845 hrs.
Departure Dates for Steam Express Train*
Year 2013
Year 2014
Year 2015
Year 2016

11, 25
10, 24
9, 23

8, 22
14, 28
13, 27

8, 22
14, 28
12, 26

12, 26
12, 26
10, 24
11, 25
10, 24

9, 23
8, 22
14, 28
14, 28
13, 21
12, 26
*Subject to availability of loco
2.         The Indian Railways provides comprehensive package with many options to the tourists as per the details along with the tariff given below.

Full Package includes round trip journey between Delhi Cantt and Alwar+ stay at Sariska/sightseeing
One-way train journey between Delhi Cantt & Alwar + sightseeing/stay at Sariska
One-way train journey between Delhi Cantt & Alwar only
One-way train journeys between Delhi Cantt & Alwar & back
One-way train journey between Delhi Cantt &Rewari
One way train journey between Rewari & Alwar
(The above charges are exclusive of service tax)
            The package has been prepared with a tie-up with the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) for off board hospitality and IRCTC for on-board hospitality. Booking can be done on IRCTC’s website www.railtourismindia.com.  For enquiries, contact 9717645632 (10.00 – 17.00 hours on weekdays) or email to pkjha6468@irctc.com.
Source - pib

Railway Board Financial Commissioner launch “E-Rail Lekha Portal”


Railway Board/New Delhi: Shri Rajendra Kashyap, Financial Commissioner (Railways) inaugurated the newly developed software “E-Rail Lekha Portal” at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi today i.e. 25th October 2013. The software facilitates quick and accurate compilation of financial data through RAILNET from all the railway field units across the country. Implementation of this software would help in generation various MIS statements in time for quality decision making.

Source..Rail News

Rail Film Festival organized by CR’s Nagpur Division

NAGPUR: Railways are a part of many cinemas and films. On Friday, in a first of its kind effort, a documentary film festival on Railways was organized by Films Division and Nagpur Division of Central Railway (CR). Documentaries featuring different aspects of railways were showcased during the programme meant for railways officers and their families.

Celebrating the role of Indian Railways in the film industry, documentary ‘Trains Within 24 Frames’ tried to capture the romance between motion pictures and trains. “The film is directed by Rita Hemrajani, an Indian Railway Personnel Services officer who is on deputation to Film Board. She sowed the idea of the documentary film festival on railways,” said RK Chandel, senior branch manager, Films Division, Mumbai.

The documentaries reflected the various relationships that railways had with different people. While A Race With Death, an animation film addressed the public on safety measures at unmanned level crossing, Courtesy Costs Nothing is aimed at railway’s own employees. About eight documentaries were screened.

“All these films have been made over different period of time and showcase the working of railways and its interaction with different people. They showcase the difference that railways has made in the lives of the people and the country,” said Brijesh Dixit, divisional railway manager, CR, Nagpur Division.

Source..Rail News

INTERVIEW with President & CEO, Progress Rail Services (a Caterpillar Gp Co.)

bio-william-ainsworthElectro-Motive Diesel (EMD), part of the $65-billion capital goods major Caterpillar, is one of the two key American firms competing for a tender to supply diesel locomotives to Indian Railways, the other being GE. William P. Ainsworth, President and CEO of EMD and Progress Rail Services (the Caterpillar-owned subsidiary that acquired EMD in 2010), spoke about the key markets for the company’s business and also its attempts to develop gas-based locomotives on the back of high diesel prices.
Edited excerpts:
What is the value of business that EMD gets from India?
The problem is we are not a separate reporting section within Caterpillar and we don’t reveal the business we do with separate customers.  In India, we have one customer — Indian Railways — so it would be difficult to share numbers.
Which countries provide you business?
North America is our largest market. After that it is India, Australia and Brazil.
Not China?
We do some business in China, but it is not a large market for us. Several years ago, in 2005, we had a large order to provide 300 locomotives to China…But India is a consistent market for us.
Did this China order incorporate a transfer of technology component (as the Chinese tend to always do)?
It had some. Some technology we transferred, some we didn’t.
Was the transfer of technology agreement with China based on the number of locomotives or the number of years?
Good question, but I don’t know the answer to that question. They (EMD) did that part before we (Progress Rail) acquired them.
What is the nature of customers for Progress Rail — primarily state-owned or private owned? Could you give us a break-up?
North America is primarily private. But if you get outside North America, quite a bit is government-owned. Brazil is privatising rail roads, Australia has privatised rail roads. So, I would say it is more private than government. In India, it is government-owned, and so is the case in some other jurisdictions. But it would be difficult to give specific numbers.
You have the railway systems of so many countries as your customers. Which markets are still seeing good growth in orders in the backdrop of the current overall slowdown?
Even though the market is slowing down, worldwide, people are realising that transporting goods and services by rail is the most economical and environment-friendly way to move. Moving freight by rail is two-to-four times more fuel efficient than moving by truck. And when people move by rail they reduce carbon emissions. So, I would say, on a worldwide basis, people are adding more rail infrastructure and a lot of capacity.
Haven’t you seen the incremental capacity addition slowing down in the last five-six years?
Well, it ebbs and flows depending on where you are. Obviously in 2009, everything was depressed. But overall, there is growth in rail movement.
You discussed rail versus road competition. What about intra-rail – the diesel versus electric debate. With diesel prices going up, how will your customers get more value for money?
Caterpillar is our parent company. We are the largest high-horsepower engine manufacturer in the world. At EMD, we have the best engine technology available to our customers. So, for the customers that burn diesel we are making more fuel efficient engines.
But one of the big initiatives we are working on with our customers is in the area of liquefied natural gas (LNG). We have demos at the end of this year in North America. Using gas rather than diesel-based engines offers customers substantial savings on current prices in the US now. Also, we are also discovering more and more gas (globally). We are definitely looking at alternative fuel plans.
Are you referring here to the BNSF project (a railroad where Warren Buffett is an investor)?
I won’t name any customer. We are working with several customers on gas-based technology.
Indian Railways, too, has been talking about biodiesel- and LNG-based locomotives. Are you currently involved in any discussion in these areas?
Biodiesel, yes. We have told Indian Railways that 5 per cent blend is what we would be perfectly fine with. We are also willing to work with the RDSO (Indian Railway’s Research Design and Standards Organisation) on how high we can go with the blend. We are also doing bio-fuel with vegetable oil.
You are already supplying to Brazil, which does a lot of bio-fuel blending. But we have heard that customers who do bio-diesel blending face warranty issues from loco manufacturers…
Bio-diesel is hydroscopic; it absorbs a lot of moisture. So, you have to be careful about how much you blend.
About your business in China. You got the 300 locomotives order in 2005; why hasn’t that moved forward?
Well, we worked with China Northern Locomotive and had a 300loco order that we sold them. They were 6000 HP locomotives. There are other opportunities in China that we are evaluating currently. But we see other markets in rail…(and they are) the ones that we are putting our resources in.
Is it true that one of the firms you supplied to in China is today competing with you in the Indian Railways’ loco tender now?
(With a laugh): You did say that, I did not. All I can say is we are focusing our resources on specific countries that I talked about earlier.
Have you previously executed public private partnership (PPP) contracts of the kind that you are evaluating now in India (the tender floated by the Railways involves setting up a locomotive project at Madhepura in Bihar through a joint venture)?
PPP is a big word. We have done a lot of deals with governments to provide locomotives and sell them maintenance services. We would not comment about the ongoing tender.
Last time, (in 2008-09), the diesel loco tender got cancelled because EMD did not bid for the project, and Indian Railways was left with just one bidder — GE. You are most likely to be short-listed this time. If short-listed, will you bid?
We have to pre-qualify. We have submitted the documents to pre-qualify. And other than that, when the request for qualification is in process, we don’t comment.
But your qualification is almost certain. So, if you qualify, will you bid financially?
Our company policy is to not comment when the process is on.
All I am trying to know is whether you will submit financial bids this time, given the last experience when you pre-qualified but still did not submit a financial bid?
We are not going to comment on that. We are a publicly traded company.

About Progress Rail Services

Progress Rail Services Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. since 2006, is a supplier of railroad and transit system products and services headquartered in Albertville, Alabama, United States. Founded as a recycling company in 1982, Progress Rail has increased the number of its product and service offerings over time to become one of the largest integrated and diversified suppliers of railroad and transit system products and services in North America. Progress Rail markets products and services worldwide and maintains 110 facilities in the United States, 34 in Mexico, four in Canada, two in Brazil, five in UK, one in Italy, and one in Germany. Progress Rail is organized into two divisions: Engineering & Track Services (ETS) and Locomotive & Railcar Services (LRS).
Progress Rail Services Corporation traces its roots to a recycling company founded in Albertville, Alabama, United States in 1982.
Progress Rail became a division of Progress Energy in 2000 as a result of the merger of Florida Progress Corporation and Carolina Power & Light Company.
In February 2005, Progress Energy announced it was selling Progress Rail to One Equity Partners for $405 million. The sale closed on March 28, 2005, with Progress Rail becoming a separate private company.
On May 17, 2006, Caterpillar Inc. announced it would purchase Progress Rail from One Equity Partners for $1.0 billion in cash, stock and debt. The acquisition by Caterpillar was announced as part of its long-term strategy, Vision 2020.
In July 2011 the company announced it was to assemble EMD locomotives at a plant leased in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
On May 24, 2008 Caterpillar agreed to acquire all of the capital stock of MGE – Equipamentos e Serviços Ferroviários Ltda., a São Paulo, Brazil-based locomotive component and transit car services company to become part of Caterpillar’s Progress Rail Services Corporation. The acquisition of MGE marked Progress Rail’s first entry into the South American market.
On June 1, 2010, Caterpillar announced Progress Rail Services Corporation would buy Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. from Berkshire Partners LLC and Greenbriar Equity Group LLC for US$820 million.  The purchase was completed on August 2, 2010, making Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation.
During 2010, Progress Rail acquired two makers of signal equipment, Coast to Coast Signal Engineering and C&S Signaling, as well as a General Electric subsidiary involved in the signal industry; now Progress Rail Inspection & Information Systems.
Products (Locomotives)
Progress Rail currently offers four models of locomotives:
PR22L 2013 for Tasmania (1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge) – 17 off
Progress Rail’s Signal Division makes grade crossing and wayside signals under the name Lincoln Industries.
Source..Rail News





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