Aug 29, 2014

New time table for Northern Railway unveiled

NEW DELHI: The detailed schedules of the 57 new trains announced in the Rail Budget including 11 premium trains and 5 AC express trains among others, were released on Friday in the new time table here. 

The new time table, an annual exercise of railways after the budget, will be effective from September 1. 

Besides the scheduling of three premier trains announced in the budget for pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi, details of eight more premier trains have been mentioned in the new time table. 

Katra-Bandra weekly premium express, Katra-Howrah weekly premium express, Katra-Yashwantpur weekly premium express and New Delhi-Kamkhya weekly AC premium express are among the 11 new premium express trains to find mention in the new scheduling. 

Other new trains whose schedule has been announced in the new time table include 4 Jansadharan express trains, 32 mail/express and 5 passenger trains. 

According to the new schedule, frequency of Old Delhi-Hoshiyarpur Express has increased from weekly to daily. 

Also, there are changes in number of 3 trains, change in timings of 2 trains and change in route of 2 trains. 

Unveiling the new time table, Northern Railway general manager Pradeep Kumar stated that the zone ran 3,820 special trains during April to July 2014 to clear extra rush of passenger as against 2,968 last year which is an increase of 41 per cent. 

"Northern Railway ran 1,939 special trains during Puja last year to clear extra rush. Special trains are also being planned to run over the various sector especially on the eastern sector during Puja rush to meet with the heavy waiting list on all eastern bound trains," Kumar said. 

Lauding the various achievements of the zone in core functional areas, he said Northern Railway launched Go-India Smart Cards for hassle-free purchase of all modes of rail tickets at New Delhi station during the current year. 

He said three stations — Chandigarh, Anand Vihar and Bijwasan Terminals — would be redeveloped with modern facilities for passengers.

SOURCE..times of india

'Gate Mitra' at Vulnerable 85 Rail Crossings in Delhi Division

NEW DELHI: Stepping up efforts to prevent accidents at unmanned level crossings, Northern Railway has deployed 85 personnel known as "Gate Mitras" to educate road users at vulnerable rail crossings in Delhi Division.

Gate Mitras have been deployed at unmanned level crossings to educate road users to use the crossings safely, said Northern Railway General Manager Pradeep Kumar while launching the new Time Table 2014-15 in New Delhi.

The new Time Table will be effective from September 1.

Kumar said deployment of the Gate Mitra is an additional step besides the ongoing awareness campaign through posters, radio, newspapers and other media about how to use the rail crossings safely.

Currently, railways have 31,254 level crossings and around 40 per cent of these are unmanned and maximum number of accidents take place at these crossings.

Despite financial constraints, railways have set an ambitious target of eliminating 10,797 level crossings during the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) and not adding any new level crossing to the rail network in future.

Currently, railway staff are being deployed as Gate Mitra at vulnerable crossings. Later on ex-servicemen will be hired as Gate Mitra at these crossing for which Delhi Division will soon go for the hiring process.

Kumar said construction of 52 road over-bridges and road under-bridges were completed last year and this year seven more ROB/RUB were completed till June.

In order to strengthen the safety, seven level crossings were equipped with interlocking system, he said.

In the interlocking system, the gate will not open at the crossing unless signal is green for the road users.

"We are also taking additional steps like track circuiting measures in 53 places to prevent train mishaps. If a train is stationed at a certain track at the station, then another train will not be able to move on the same track as its movement will be automatically stopped in track circuiting system," he said.

Indian Railways to pay Rs 15,000 to man whose bags were destroyed by rats

Indian Railways has been held deficient by a consumer forum here which directed it to pay Rs 15,000 compensation to a retired serviceman, whose bags were damaged by rats in a train.

New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by C K Chaturvedi, asked the Railways to pay the amount to Delhi resident R K Bansal.
"It has happened due to lack of proper maintenance of the compartment by the loco shed staff where bogies are kept for cleaning and maintenance for further departure but they never bothered to care. Consequently this incident occurred which amounts to be deficiency on the part of Opposite Party (Railways) and lack of supervision of Railway authority," the forum's bench, also comprising its members S R Chaudhary and Ritu Garodia, said.

The forum said that Bansal "unnecessarily suffered loss during journey due to lack of proper maintenance and the cleaning of the compartment".

"Thus, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Northern Railway, is held responsible due to lack of proper maintenance at local shed staff or supervision lacking at big junction where hundreds of trains leave every day for journey in which lakhs of people travel for various destinations," the forum said.

Bansal had told the forum that he was travelling on October 8, 2013 by Kerala Express from New Delhi to Ernakulum.

During transit, his bag was damaged by rats in a running train and his clothes were torn into pieces.

Alleging negligence on the part of the competent Railway authority, he lodged a complaint with the forum seeking compensation of Rs 18,400 for damaged goods.
Source...first post

Two satellite stations to ease rail traffic in Telangana

Secunderabad station gets cramped during peak hours. (Photo: DC/File)
Hyderabad: In order to decongest Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda railway stations the South Central Railways plans to develop Moula Ali and Nagulapally (near Lingampalli) terminals. Secunderabad caters to 1.6 lakh people on a daily basis, while Hyderabad accommodates 60,000 people and Kacheguda accommodates 40,000 commuters.

All loading trains will terminate at the two new terminals to be developed. P.K. Srivastava, SCR general manager, said, “The maximum rail traffic density is towards the East (on the Secunderabad-Kazipet line), which is the trunk route on SCR to the West (Vikarabad-Wadi-Mumbai). There is relatively low traffic towards the North and South. Most of the rail routes originate from Secunderabad, but there are only 10 platforms. The station gets cramped during peak hours. 

“The Moula Ali and Nagulapally terminal will be developed as satellite stations to handle express and passenger trains which will help decongest Secunderabad. Talks with the TS government have been successful. A concrete plan will be made soon,” said Mr Srivastava.
Source..deccan chronicle

Network Rail joins the public sector: but don't call it 'nationalisation'

An East Coast train at a station
The East Coast franchise is already in state control: now Network Rail is to become, nominally, a 'public sector organisation'. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
It is June 2029, and the last train run by a private company rolls into platform 28 of the new Euston mega-station. The moment is marked only by a low-key ceremony with a handful of managers and long-retired staff, since few in the railways want to reignite the long-bubbling political row over what only the oldest members of the House of Lords still call "a return to the bad old days of British Rail".
Yet, as Labour ministers are fond of pointing out, the first moment in the long wave of renationalisations started back in September 2014 – the final months of the Cameron government – when Network Rail came back under state control.
Or did it? The semantics and equivocation over Network Rail's status already resembles a saga to equal Boris Johnson on his ambitions. The government insists its impending reclassification is a "statistical decision" – not (dread word) nationalisation.
Network Rail is more relaxed over what people choose to call it. The fact is that from Monday, the track operator moves from being nominally in the private sector to a public sector organisation, answerable to parliament and with a ballooning £34bn debt now on the national balance sheet.
Claims that ministers are seizing control are dismissed by both Network Rail and the coalition. Yet on Friday Network Rail's 41 public members – to whom the board is theoretically accountable – vote on allowing the secretary of state to hire and fire the chair of the track operator, have a greater say over the board and in effect control the appointment of those public members.
One member, Lord Berkeley, who chairs the Rail Freight Group, says: "I think it's a very big deal. A special member will appoint a special director and will fix the director's bonuses, executive pay and approve strategies. If that isn't state control, what is?"
At the transport department, the official line holds firm. A spokesman says: "The classification of Network Rail is an independent statistical decision by the Office of National Statistics. It does not change the industry structure or affect the day-to-day operations of the rail network. The ONS's decision has no effect on fares, performance, punctuality, safety or timetables."
At Network Rail, as befits an organisation the government wants to insist is at arm's length, the official word is slightly different: "For passengers and station users, this statistical change will mean little to their journeys. We recognise that, for Network Rail, it will mean greater accountability and transparency to parliament, taxpayers and fare payers, who rightly deserve to better understand the value of their significant investment in Britain's booming railway."
Source..the guardian. 

19 amazing facts about the Indian Railways you probably didn't know

The Indian railways is the among the largest rail networks in the world. Almost 12 lakh tickets are booked everyday out of which roughly 1.7 lakh account for the tatkal reservations. But it is still quite an achievement to be able to book a berth through its web portal The Indian railway has a rich heritage that dates back to the year 1853.

It is hard to believe but 'Fairy Queen', the oldest locomotive made way back in 1855, is now the oldest functioning steam engine in the world! Fairy Queen has found its way into the Guinness World Records and also won the Heritage Award at the International Tourist Bureau in Berlin.

There are luxury trains and then there is the affordable 'Garib Rath'. The Indian Railways has an interesting history and boasts of some amazing facts that are hard to believe. Did you know these facts about the Indian rail?

For more than fifty years after the formation of the Indian Railways, there was one crucial element that was missing on the nation's trains: toilets. Passengers had to wait till till the stations to answer the call of nature, and it was not until a passenger named Okhil Chandra Sen wrote this angry yet amusing letter in 1909 that toilets were installed on Indian trains. The transcript of the letter is on display at the Indian Railway Museum. Courtesy:

In the early years, the Indian Railways used elephants to position the carriages at their designated spot. Courtesy:

Unlike today, Indian Railways of yesteryears were more animal friendly. This picture shows a four-wheeled horse box used by the Bengal Nagpur Railway for carrying horses. Courtesy: Quora

The most preferred mode of commute in India, the Indian railways is among the largest rail networks in the world to be operated by a single government. It has been in operation since April 16, 1853.

A renovated platform at Gorakhpur Railway Station in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has become the world's longest, measuring 1,366m. Until recently, Kharagpur in the Indian state of West Bengal was the longest platform at 1,072m, followed by State Street Center subway station in Chicago at 1,067m.

A recent book found in IIT Roorkee library mentions that the first train in the country had run between Roorkee and Piran Kaliyar on December 22, 1851 and not two years later as widely known. The first train in India ran on 16 April, 1853 between Mumbai and Thane.

Ib is a railway station in the Indian state of Odisha with the distinction of having the shortest name of all stations on the Indian Railways system.

Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta (Halt). This is sometimes spelled with 'Sri' prefixed, making it even longer by 3 letters. on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section of the Southern Railway (the first station after Renigunta towards Arakkonam (just within the AP border). Station code VKZ. It is in the Chennai division of SR and not in the Guntakal division of SCR. Source:

Northernmost railway station is Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. Westernmost is Naliya near Bhuj in Gujarat. Southernmost railway station is Kanyakumari, while the last station on the east of India is Ledo on branch line from Tinsukia.

Shrirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which are both at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track.

As the Nagpur is located in central India, the Diamond crossing in Nagpur is one of a kind from where trains go East, West, North and South.

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites connected to the Indian Railways – The Mountain Railways of India and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Teminus which was formerly known as Victoria Terminus.

The Vivek Express running between Dibrugarh Town – Kanyakumari has the longest run considering time. It covers a distance of 4286 km in nearly 82.30 hours time.

Shortest route: Scheduled services between Nagpur and Ajni stations situated just 3km from each other – primarily meant for crew to travel from Nagpur station to the workshop at Ajni.

The New Delhi railway station has sealed a place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the world’s largest route relay interlocking system. This is the system where multiple tracks are interlocked. It helps divert train movements during periods of high traffic and volumes.

The British may have given us the Railways. However, you’ll be surprised to know that the first railroad was actually constructed by two Indians – Jaganath Shunkerseth and Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy; not the British.

India is building the new world highest rail bridge across the river Chenab between Bakkal and Kauri in the Kashmir Railway route. Chenab bridge is one of the part of mega project of a new railway line from Udhampur to Baramulla in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chenab river bridge is 359 m (1,178 ft) above river bed and will be the highest arch bridge in the world. Courtesy:

The first passenger train steamed out of Howrah station destined for Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles, on 15th August 1854.

Least punctual train: Guwahati-Trivandrum Express is said to be the most unreliable long-distance train in the country. The charted journey time is 65 hours and 5 minutes, but the average delay on a trip is about 10-12 hours.
Source..IBN LIVE





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