Apr 19, 2014

Railway Ticket Booking to be Briefly Frozen During Easter day Rush Hour

If you are planning to travel by train in the coming days, avoid railway counters or IRCTC website to book tickets from 11.30 am to 1.pm this Sunday.

The Southern Railways will be suspending reservation facility for a brief period on that day for routine maintenance work.

However, the reservation system will function between 8:00 am and 11:30 am in the morning and again from 1.pm to 2.pm in the afternoon, as it is done normally on Sundays, an official statement said.

Rail passengers, meanwhile, expressed apprehension that shutting down the reservation system during the peak of the summer holiday season may affect their travel plans.

People trying to book Tatkal tickets in the morning hours will be the most affected, they feel.

“I was planning to book a Tatkal ticket on Sunday to travel from Chennai to Kochi after Easter. But now, I have to change my plans if I don’t get a ticket before 11.30 am,” said Mathew, a regular commuter to Kerala.

However, denying any chance of disturbance to travelling public, a railway official assured that it will not affect commuters as the maintenance will be done for a very short duration.

“This maintenance is planned in such a way that it doesn’t affect the public. Also, it is very much needed for the smooth functioning of the system,” said a railway reservation in-charge.

The maintenance will take place throughout Southern Railway’s six divisions -- Chennai, Palakkad, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruchy and Puducherry.
Source-new indian express

2.5 hour halt to south-central railway bookings on 20th April

The passenger reservation system will be shut down for modernisation on April 20, 2014, between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm (Photo: DC)

Hyderabad: Rail passengers in the South Central Railways region will have to put up with some inconvenience when the passenger reservation system is completely shut down for modernisation on April 20, 2014 between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm.

This means the reservation ticketing system, checking of PNR status and refunds of tickets will be crippled during those hours. The SCR regretted the inconvenience and said in a press statement, “The Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) is being still more technologically upgraded for the purpose of archiving ticketing data.

Towards the same, backup systems have been commissioned and are undergoing field trials. As a part of these trials, the online testing of the systems will be undertaken. The testing necessitates total shut down of the PRS between 11.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm on 20th April, 2014.”

Tickets will not be issued at reservation counters for the entire South Central Railway (SCR) Zone or on the internet for trains originating on the South Central Railway, Southern Railway and South Western Railway Zones. However, online ticketing for trains originating in all other zones will not be affected.

No PNR and other related inquiries will be possible and there will be no refund of tickets through the PRS system. The refund will be arranged manually across the counters. Also no Current Day Booking (CDB) facility will be available during these hours.
Source-deccan chronicle

Closed railway ticket counters irk passengers

NAGPUR: Looking at the rush of passengers in peak summer season, the ladies wing of the Bharatiya Yatri Kendra (BYK) has demanded opening of more reservation counters at the main railway station and Ajni.

Joint secretary of BYK Ratna Awasthi said there are 15 reservation counters at the main station including four at the east (Santra Market) side. However, only eight counters are open at any given time and seven are always closed. Of the eight counters that remain open, three are for handicapped persons, senior citizens, party bookings and VIPs.

Awasthi said of the four counters at Santra Market side, one remains closed at any given time. At Ajni too, of the eight counters, four are always closed. "This is peak travelling season owing to vacation. Closure of counters is causing grave inconvenience to passengers. Less counters also mean promoting touts," said Awasthi.

The BYK said owing to meagre counters, passengers don't get confirmed tickets and are compelled to buy Tatkal tickets at higher price.

Shrikant Deshpande, a farmer and regular traveller to Pulgaon, said if reservation counters are less, situation of unreserved counters too is not better. "Many passengers boarded train to Amravati without buying tickets recently. The number of counters was less and there were long queues. They had no other option but to travel without ticket as the train was about to leave. Many had to cancel their journey," said Deshpande.
Source-times of india

Stonework repairs being carried out to Huddersfield Railway Station

Landlord of King's Head Bruce Travis tells how his pub is being restored too
Railway Station covered in scaffolding, St George's Square, Huddersfield

Walk into St George’s Square and our most magnificent buildings are covered in scaffolding.

For the pipework is now up at three of the square’s premises including the landmark railway station and George Hotel.

Stonework repairs to the front of Huddersfield Railway Station mean the facade will be covered in scaffolding for some time yet.

One of England’s best loved poets Sir John Betjeman described its magnificent frontage as the most splendid in England and by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as “one of the best early railway stations in England.”

The Grade I listed building was designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye in 1846–50. It is one of the very few Grade I stations which are still operational in the country.

George Hotel covered in scaffolding, St George's Square, Huddersfield 

This latest outbreak of scaffolding mania in St George’s Square means many of the town’s best-known buildings are covered in the stuff.

The huge edifice of the George Hotel is hidden behind scaffolding which appeared in January while Tite’s, the five-storey Grade II*-listed property, on the corner of Railway Street and St George’s Square is being converted into student apartments.

And work has finally started on the listed King’s Head pub, next to the railway station, where landlord Bruce Travis is hoping to turn the clock back more than 100 years.

The former solicitor said: “It’s a dream I have had since I came here more than 10 years ago and will take around a year to complete.

“The idea is to return it to something like it was in 1895. We don’t know what the bar looked like though.

“The ceiling in the main bar is to have its height restored which means an increase of some six to seven feet.

“In what was the Third Class waiting room, (which has been unused all this time), that ceiling was also false and is to be restored. I am hoping to serve food there at some point in the future.

“I want to put the ceiling back to its original height. I will be using Victorian-style paint when it comes to decoration.”

Bruce has been aided in the project which has been in the planning process for several months by his friend, project manager, Ivan Moorhouse.

Long distance train derails at Asangaon, Mumbai local train services hit

The Saket Express which derailed at Asangaon

Two coaches, including the engine of the 11068 Faizabad-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Saket Express derailed near Asangaon in Thane at 8:06 pm yesterday, according to a press release by Central Railway. There were no injuries to the passengers. 

Entanglement with overhead wires is being cited as a possible reason for the derailment. Enquiry at the Junior Administrative Grade level has been ordered into the incident.

After rerailment of both coaches, the train departed for Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 6:50 am.

For ferrying the affected passengers from Asangaon to Kalyan, the Central Railway reportedly arranged for 10 buses. Several food items, water and biscuits were also distributed to the passengers.

As a result of the incident, local train services on the Kalyan-Kasara line were disrupted until 9:40 pm. Train traffic was then restarted on a single railway track. During this period, suburban trains between Mumbai CST and Titwala were running as scheduled.

However, 17 suburban trains had to be cancelled yesterday, and 2 today, as a result of the incident. Currently, trains are running at a delay of 25 to 30 minutes on the Kalyan-Kasara line.

TrainWest convention and Modrail exhibition

They are miniature worlds where everything is as it should be

Whether that is a slice of the Dorset countryside between the wars, or the West Highland line in Scotland in the 1980s.

But after being lovingly created by painstaking hours of fine detail, what would be the point if they could not be shown to the world – or at least to the hundreds of model railway enthusiasts who flocked to Melksham last weekend, to the annual TrainWest convention at the town's leisure centre.

The event regularly features between 20 and 30 of the nation's creme de la creme of model railway worlds.

One of the big hits of this year's TrainWest was a very specific model world, detailing the North Somerset Light Railway as it winds through the Cam Valley in the 1920s, brought to Melksham by Jerry Clifford.

The event is organised by the Chippenham-based Bentley Model Railway Group.

For years it was the source of some embarrassment – mainly for those who run the life-size railway lines through Wiltshire – while the enthusiasts had control over their trains, the hordes of people who wanted to attend the event in Melksham could not do so by train. The service at the real-life Melksham train station was so poor – two trains a day in the week and none on Sundays – that everyone had to travel by car or bus.

But 2014 was the first year TrainWest has been able to advertise to its fans how to get there by train, thanks to an initiative between First Great Western and Wiltshire Council to massively improve the Trans-Wilts service between Trowbridge and Swindon. Now, enough trains ran to serve the event, which was just as well, because on the eve of Saturday's opening, the temporary car park near the leisure centre was put out of action.
Source-western daily press

Security tightened at railway stations following threats of terror attack

Security has been beefed up at seven railway stations, including Jaipur and Ajmer, after a letter purportedly by a terror outfit threatened to carry out an explosion on April 21, three days before second phase of Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held in Rajasthan.

North West Railways (NWR) have alerted its security agencies including GRP, RPF and state police and extra precautions are being taken by them at Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Alwar, Hanumangarh, and Sriganganagar railway stations, official sources said on Saturday.

Entry and exit points of the stations are being strictly monitored by the security agencies, a senior NWR official said.
Security tightened at railway stations following threats of terror attack

A letter from an unknown terror outfit was received by the Station Master of Ferozpur about a week ago. In the letter they had warned of blowing up any of the seven railway stations on April 21.

After the letter, NWR alerted the security agencies, the official said.

However, Railways have not disclosed the sender's identity to the media.

 

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