Mar 23, 2014

The Rail Summit 2014 to take place in June

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith will headline The Rail Summit 2014, which returns to Chicago this summer.

The annual conference for railroad industry professionals will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Union League Club in Chicago on June 6.

MEP&A, a Chicago-based communications, consulting, branding and event marketing firm, coordinates the gathering, which is intended a forum where railroad executives can initiate business deals.

This year's theme is "rail delivers jobs." The daylong conference features two VIP panels and four breakout sessions on subjects such as "Delivering Logistics For The Future, Indiana’s Journey" and "Why Shale Gas Will Drive a U.S. Manufacturing Revolution."

Keynote speakers include PLG Consulting CEO and founder Graham Brisben, OmniTRAX chairman Brad Skinner and Vickerman Associates CEO John Vickerman. They will discuss the evolving transportation impacts of shale development, energy independence, and emerging trade and intermodal growth opportunities for the Midwest.

For information about sponsorships, contact info@therailsummit.com or (312) 750-9150.
Source..nwi times

Qatar Rail awards BIM contract to Autodesk



Qatar Rail has awarded a building information modelling (BIM) services contract to Autodesk.

The company will provide BIM implementation, consultancy and advisory services to Qatar Rail, which is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the entire rail network and systems within Qatar.

Autodesk’s consulting team will support Qatar Rail on the implementation of BIM technologies and practices. The aim is to help decrease the overall time and costs of railway projects by minimising rework and miscommunication, providing better insight into projects,and helping accelerate decision-making earlier.

Over the next three years, Qatar Rail will employ several services offered by Autodesk starting with the company’s input on BIM standards, quality control and integration across organisations. Autodesk will also implement a technology platform within Qatar Rail to train, support and collaborate with the company’s assigned staff for the railway project.
Source..construction week online

Call to start work now to reap benefits of railway

HS2 Growth Taskforce Report-Nick Crew, Julia dore and Robert Godwill

High-speed rail is vital, but ‘20 years too late’ according to key South Yorkshire figures backing the scheme.

Former Sheffield engineer Coun Bob Johnson – Doncaster Council cabinet member for regeneration and growth and managing director of Rotherham recycling firm Envirofeed – said the region will need to see more than a short-term boost from the planned high-speed rail line linking London and the north, via Sheffield.

Speaking at the launch of a report into HS2’s growth strategy at Sheffield’s University Technical College yesterday, he said: “We’re about 20 years behind. We have 20 years work in hand for engineers which is fantastic.

“The industry does need that. A lot of firms will have to double their workforce in the next 10 years with work in hand for 20 years.

“However, with Spain and France’s high-speed rails the majority of the impact was within a 10 miles radius of the station.

“How are we going to make sure the long term economic benefits from 2025-30 actually happen in the north of England?”

Transport minister Robert Goodwill, agreed the Government had dragged its heels.

He said: “We have prevaricated for too long.

“It’s not just high-speed rail, but over nuclear power and investment in electrification of railways, which makes it even more important now.

“This project will contribute to the renaissance of manufacturing in cities like Sheffield in particular.

“It’s about getting people ready. It’s about getting businesses ready.”

The report outlined the need for ‘locally-led’ delivery boards to be set up this year, as well as collaboration between organisations and businesses.

It also said each station would need to come up with a ‘growth strategy’ in 2014.

There was also debate over the HS2 station’s location, with Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, stressing it should be in the city centre – not Meadowhall where it is currently planned – to create 6,000 more jobs.

But Mr Goodwill said: “Instead of going past your front door, you want it through your front room.”

Work could start in Sheffield as early as 2021.
Source..the star

Light rail will allow Canberrans to rethink their city


Gold Coast light rail project. Photo: Glenn Hunt

So many of us in Australia are obsessed with our own private mobility. We love driving our cars, but better still, we love buying new cars. We are buying cars in record numbers and, with more road funding flagged in what is otherwise expected to be a tight federal budget, there is little to dissuade us from our self-drive preferences.

However, there are undisputed benefits - personal, environmental and economic - from moving away from a reliance on cars and making a shift towards low-emission public transport such as light rail.

The focus on private cars for transport has influenced the design of our cities - and not necessarily in a positive way. It often manifests in increased congestion, air and noise pollution.

Cities around the world are embracing light rail as they look to re-energise and reshape their cities to reduce congestion and improve the overall health and wellbeing of their citizens. Most Australian cities have very low public transport usage, but anecdotal evidence suggests that private car use has peaked or will peak soon.
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Canberra is about to embrace its most ambitious public transport project, energising a century old dream for light rail in the nation's capital. Part of Burley Griffin's vision is being realised, and despite the time lag in realising the dream, it is a real opportunity to rethink Canberra's next 100 years, with light rail as the catalyst.

It is important to point out that public transport investment provides great benefits beyond the infrastructure outlay. A well-planned light rail system is not just about laying tracks from A to B. It also considers every aspect of the corridor through which it travels: housing needs, amenities, ease of use and access, streetscapes, how it influences pedestrian movement and its impact on surrounding businesses.

Any progressive, seamless and well-patronaged light rail system needs to be designed for its people.

Many cities in the world have grown organically and others have been planned, but in the last half century, as their populations have grown, they have all faced similar challenges to better connect where people live to where they work, shop, play and enjoy their cities. So how do we link the distinctive employment, retail, education and public sector zones across a city?

Light rail should complement existing public transport networks, but because it does not need to rely on major interchanges, can be used to create vibrant corridors between key nodes and key urban centres.

That is the beauty of light rail - it acts as a city shaper, and can transform and re-energise public domains, particularly around stops. For it to work, as many people as possible need to be able to walk or cycle to it, and it should be a pleasant, seamless part of their day.

Planners and designers can work out how many people may comfortably live within a 10 minute walk from a light rail stop. To design the corridor, they will investigate a range of options such as the pedestrian approach, housing styles, the provision of amenities such as supermarkets, cafes, retail stores, childcare, community and other services, as well as linked and equitable green spaces.

Light rail presents an opportunity to create new and well-integrated places for people to live, work and play.

How does it do this? Imagine crowds of passengers getting on and off each tram stop at regular intervals, like clockwork, every day. The high turnover of people - ready patronage - will lure additional facilities and services. Underused buildings and land may be transformed for new residential or commercial use.

Whether passengers walk from home or park and ride, they will need a pleasant, pedestrian-friendly means of accessing and waiting at their stop - transforming each of these areas into places as much for people as cars.

The aim with any light rail system is that it will be easier, faster, cheaper and more convenient than other modes of transport. So, as part of an integrated system, we need to carefully and respectfully plan to reduce reliance on our cars.

Linking more centres with light rail results in less congestion in urban centres, and creates more opportunity for pedestrian-friendly zones, which encourages more people to walk and cycle.

There are many light rail systems around the world that seamlessly merge existing streets with light rail - in Lyon, Le Mans, Strasburg, Nottingham, Brest and many others. They prove that well- designed streets for people can work and be successful city shapers. Imagine Northbourne Avenue as a great urban boulevard with a focus on people as much as cars!

Canberra is a city of grand open space, considered and beautiful streets, off-road cycle ways, a strong sense of the seasons and nationally significant ceremonial and civic places. Light rail allows us to rethink the city in ways that will bring more life to its streets and create better public spaces while respecting its character

The Capital Metro project, Canberra's first stage of light rail, is the next chapter in creating a more sustainable future for the city. This investment in public infrastructure is a welcome catalyst for a once-in-a-generation reshaping of Canberra. It will respect and reinforce the original plans for the city with a bold new 21st century vision.

Daniel Bennett is a registered landscape architect and an urban design consultant with Hassell for the Capital Metro Agency developing the Canberra Light Rail Project. Daniel was also Hassell's project leader on the Sydney Light Rail project.
Source..canberra times

Gul hits out at Bansal, questions CBI clean chit in rail scam



Launching a scathing attack on former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal over cash-for-post scam, AAP candidate and former Miss India Gul Panag today questioned the clean chit given by CBI in the case to her rival from Chandigarh seat and said he cannot simply brush aside the alleged involvement of his nephew in the scam.

"A man who has to resign from his Ministerial post (Railways) due to a corruption scandal, a man whose nephew is still in jail is talking of having got the clean chit," the 35-year-old Bollywood actress told PTI.

Panag, daughter of a retired Army officer, said the former Railway Minister has to decide whether he was complicit or incompetent to know what was going on in his ministry.

"It's like this. If I am in a scandal where you found somebody guilty, either I am complicit or I am incompetent. I am incompetent if I don't know what is going on in my ministry. So, I think Mr Bansal has to decide what is he, complicit or incompetent," she said.

When asked about four-time Chandigarh MP Bansal's statement that the charge sheet in the case has not named him, she said, "I am sure he has a clean chit, he has been given clean chit by CBI under his own government."

"Individually, I have the highest respect for him. He is a man who is of my father's age. He was a class fellow of my father. He is a man with incredible political acumen and incredible experience.

But I think it's time for him to step forward and tell us if is he complicit in this (case) or is he incompetent that he does not know what was going on in his own Ministry," she said.

Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and nine others, arrested in the Rs 10-crore cash-for-post railway bribery case, will face trial with a special court in Delhi framing charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption against them recently.

Bansal has been arrayed as a prosecution witness by the CBI in its charge sheet filed last year.

Apart from Panag, who writes her full name as Gulkirat Kaur Panag and Bansal, prominent among those who are pitted against them include BJP's actor-turned-politician Kirron Kher and BSP's Jannat Jahan.

Panag said that corruption is an issue which affects everyone and her party's fight is to root it out from the society.

Panag said that people of this country are seeking a change and AAP is trying to provide them with a viable alternative.

Launching an attack on the parties with "Right wing agenda" she said, "On the other extreme there is such a Right wing agenda, it frightens me as somebody who is a minority, as somebody who has been at the receiving end of religious persecution still hasn't seen justice."

"I am not saying these parties will not reform, I am sure they will, time will make them reform. Today, they all have made corruption their agenda suddenly, why?

There is public pressure, there are pressure groups, so eventually system will get cleaned up -- 50 years, 60 years down the line, there may be no need for AAP by then. The idea is to force change," said Panag, who has a masters in Political Science.
Source..deccanherald

Rail fracture might have caused accident, suspect CR motormen

Mumbai : The motormen of the Central Railway are of the view that a rail fracture might have caused the derailment of the 12-car CST-bound local between Titwala and the Ambivali on Thursday. The motormen were also critical of the Railways for the shoddy maintenance with regard to tracks, as they feel it is the result of outsourcing of such works.

The derailment between Titwala and Ambivali on Thursday claimed the life of 19-year-old Dhaval Lodhya and injured 14 others. A motorman from CR, on condition of anonymity, said, “The point of derailment was a 8 degree curve passing through which lead to a sudden pull in the train. The tracks then gave out which resulted in the derailment that caused a jerk, breaking the couplers of the train.”

The Railway officials have also maintained that no work is being outsourced. “Several odd jobs have been outsourced. Private contractors have been deployed for laying the ballast on the tracks,” added another motorman, who did not wish to be named.

The Railway officials however look at buckling as a cause for the derailment and want to ignore all other theories related to technical problems. The maintenance works are always avoided during the day as there are possibilities of expansion of tracks due to heat, termed as ‘Buckling.’

A senior Railway official said, “As there was a considerable increase in temperature during last couple of days it might have happened in the afternoon, it might as well be the reason. However, several aspects come into play which should be considered before reaching a conclusion. An inquiry will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.”

The CR will be felicitating the motorman S K Mishra along with guard R N Dubey for their work, which averted further casualties in connection with the accident.
Source..freepressjournal

128 Summer Specials between Mumbai-Agra/Varanasi/Lucknow/Gorakhpur and Pune-Lucknow

CENTRAL RAILWAY TO RUN 128 SUMMER SPECIALS DURING APRIL TO JUNE 2014

Reservation Opens o­n 12.3.2014

Central Railway has decided to run 128 Summer Special trains during 2014 summer vacation period. The details are as under:

1. LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS-AGRA CANTONMENT WEEKLY SUPERFAST SPECIALS (24)

Train No. 01015 Dn will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 13.20 hours o­n every Monday from 7.4.2014 to 23.6.2014 which will arrive at Agra Cantt. at 12.55 hours next day. 

Train No. 01016 Up will leave Agra Cantt. at 14.45 hours o­n every Tuesday from 8.4.2014 to 24.6.2014 which will arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 15.00 hours next day.

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 tier, o­ne AC-3 tier, 13 Sleeper class, 5 General second class and 2 General second class cum guards brake vans

HALTS: Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Bina, Lalitpur, Babina, Jhansi, Datia, Dabra, Gwalior and Morena.

2. CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS MUMBAI-VARANASI WEEKLY SPECIALS (24)

Train No. 01027 Dn will leave CST Mumbai at 12.25 hours o­n every Wednesday from 2.4.2014 to 25.6.2014 (except o­n 7.5.2014) which will arrive at Varanasi at 16.00 hours next day. 

Train No. 01028 Up will leave Varanasi at 17.45 hours o­n every Thursday from 3.4.2014 to 26.6.2014 (except o­n 5.6.2014) which will arrive at CST Mumbai at 23.30 hours next day.

COMPOSITION: o­ne First AC cum AC-2 tier, o­ne AC-2 tier, Two AC-3 tier, 12 Sleeper class, 5 General second class and 2 General second class cum guards brake vans

HALTS: Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, Satna, Manikpur, Chheoki and Mirzapur

3. LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS–LUCKNOW (NR) AC WEEKLY SPECIALS (26)

02111 AC special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.20 hrs o­n every Friday from 4.4.2014 to 27.6.2014 which will arrive at Lucknow (NR) at 11.40 hrs next day.

02112 AC special will leave Lucknow (NR) at 12.50 hrs o­n every Saturday from 5.4.2014 to 28.6.2014 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 16.25 hrs next day. 

HALTS: Kalyan, Igatpuri, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Jhansi, Orai, Kanpur.

COMPOSITION: o­ne First AC, Three AC-2 Tier, Ten AC-3 Tier, o­ne AC Pantry Car and Two Luggage cum Generator Vans.

4. PUNE-LUCKNOW JN. WEEKLY SPECIALS (26)

Train No. 01451 Dn will leave Pune at 22.00 hours o­n every Tuesday from 1.4.2014 to 24.6.2014 which will arrive at Lucknow Jn. at 02.20 hours o­n third day. 

Train No. 01452 Up will leave Lucknow Jn. at 06.55 hours o­n every Thursday from 3.4.2014 to 26.6.2014 which will arrive at Pune at 11.05 hours next day.

HALTS: Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Bina, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Orai, Pokhrayan and Kanpur.

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 tier, o­ne AC-3 tier, 5 Sleeper class, 6 General second class and 2 General second class cum guards brake vans

5. LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS-GORAKHPUR WEEKLY SPECIALS (26)
Train No. 01047 Dn will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 13.20 hours o­n every Wednesday from 2.4.2014 to 25.6.2014 which will arrive at Gorakhpur at 21.30 hours next day. 

Train No. 01048 Up will leave Gorakhpur at 08.00 hours o­n every Friday from 4.4.2014 to 27.6.2014 which will arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.50 hours o­n third day.

HALTS: Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, Satna, Manikpur, Chheoki, Varanasi, Aunrihar, Mau, Belthara Road, Bhatni, and Deoriasadar

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 tier, o­ne AC-3 tier, 7 Sleeper class, 6 General second class and 2 General second class cum guards brake vans
RESERVATION
Reservation for summer special trains 01015, 01027, 02111, 01451 and 01047 will open from 12.3.2014.
TEACHERS’ SPECIALS

Train No. 01075 CST Mumbai – Varanasi special leaving CST Mumbai at 12.25 hrs o­n 7.5.2014 and 01076 Varanasi – CST Mumbai special leaving Varanasi at 17.45 hrs o­n 5.6.2014 will run as Teachers’ Specials. These specials will run o­n the path, timings and halts of trains No. 01027/01028 CST Mumbai - Varanasi specials. Booking date for 01075 and 01076 will be notified later. 

Source - This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai (V. Chandrasekar) PRO-HQ
Source - This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. (V. Chandrasekar) PRO-HQ

 

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