Jan 1, 2015

Road bridge over Swanage Railway to close for eight weeks for gas works

Road bridge over Swanage Railway to close for eight weeks for gas works
Road bridge over Swanage Railway to close for eight weeks for gas works

THE road bridge over Swanage Railway’s restored track will close to traffic for almost the full two months of scheduled New Year gas mains work.

This eight-week project starts on January 5, but for the first seven days it will only involve temporary two-way traffic lights – starting at the Victoria Avenue/Ancaster Road junction and moving eastwards.

When work moves onto the rail bridge the following week, the line underneath will close until February 13. However, the road closure at the bridge will remain in place until the whole project finishes at the end of February.

SGN construction manager Alan Thompson said: “We have worked with Dorset County Council to schedule the project, which is being completed during the winter when traffic tends to be lighter in Swanage.

“We are also very mindful of the work’s likely impact on the operation of the Swanage Railway, therefore, it will coincide with the shutdown of the line for a period of maintenance.

“We will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption and complete our works as quickly as possible.”

This project, as previously reported in the Daily Echo, is to replace Victoria Avenue’s aging gas main with a modern plastic pipeline boasting an 80-year lifespan.

Mr Thompson added: “This means less long-term disruption and a safe and regular supply of gas to homes and businesses for many years to come.

“We understand that roadworks can be very frustrating and we’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused. We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out our essential works.”
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Hundreds have their say on the future of Darlington railway museum

CONSULTATION on the future of Darlington’s railway heritage saw hundreds of people have their say.
Hundreds have their say on the future of Darlington railway museum
More than 150 people offered 400 ideas and suggestions about how the town could make the most of its status as the birthplace of the railways during a three month consultation period.

Ideas to boost the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum included providing units for people to sell artisan crafts, offering heritage journeys on the Bishop Auckland line, arranging tours with bus companies and offering black and white films.

Four people will win a share of £200 shopping vouchers for coming up with some of the most innovative ideas.

The railway museum has been at the centre of a proposal by Darlington Borough Council to create a ‘heritage campus’ ahead of the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

The museum had been put at risk of closure but the council has committed to keeping it open and is now looking for ways to make the facility financially viable and more of an attraction to local people and tourists.

Councillor Nick Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “Many thanks to all those who got on board with ideas.

“The consultation sparked a great amount of interest and prompted a number of people get involved and share their views.

“It has been really useful to gather these ideas and opinions and they will now be used to develop the next stage of the process.”

Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, added: “The heritage campus aims to build on Darlington’s unique legacy – the birthplace of the passenger railway.

“It is our vision to create a visitor experience that will put the town on the local and global map, create educational and training opportunities and boost the local economy through increased visitors.

“There is a long way to go but we have made the first steps by asking local people what they want.”

Feedback from the consultation will be used to create a draft vision and action plan both short and long term leading to the 200th anniversary celebrations.

Once drafted, further community consultation will take part with a finalised vision and action plan going to cabinet to be adopted in late summer or early autumn 2015.
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Railway disaster revealed by local historian and author at Manvers

Railway enthusiasts were given a history lesson about one of the area’s most notorious rail disasters when they visited the site in Wath.

Around 35 members of the Great Central Railway Society met Swinton Coun Ken Wyatt and local historian Mike Brearley for a talk about the Wath/Manvers railway disaster of 1948, as they walked the now defunct Midland line from Elsecar to Swinton.

Mike, of Swinton Hall, Swinton, wrote his first book about the disaster in 2000, before revisiting the notorious accident in his latest book – Mexborough, A Railway Journey to Anywhere.

The 73-year-old historian and author said he met up with the group at the memorial stone, which commemorates the 1948 tragedy before giving a talk about the crash, the rescue efforts, casualties and the story of the memorial itself.

He said the memorial, which was put up thanks to the efforts of Coun Wyatt and others, was commissioned not only to remember the fatalities and injured, but also the fantastic efforts of many local people who assisted in the rescue work and aftermath.

After his talk he said he had sold 19 copies of his book and added: “This disaster is part of local and railway history. I wrote the story of the accident as I was taken there by my father as a child and in the noughties I see the landscape changing, as heavy industry is being replaced by light industry.”

He further added: “People are still interested by and fascinated by the 1948 accident. About four years ago I met Alan Wilshere, the son of the train driver, Bertie Wilshere, who was killed in the accident and a few months ago I met the youngest person to be injured in the crash, Pamela Hancock, who was only three-years-old at the time.”

Anyone who is interested in buying either the book about the Wath/Manvers disaster at £4.50 or Mexborough, A Railway Journey to Anywhere at £14.99, call Mike on 01709 586943.
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Indian Railway: Training session for railway officials on high-speed trains

Kolkata, Jan 1 (PTI) Training sessions and lectures on the high-speed railway were organised for the Indian Railway officials at IIT Kharagpur after government planned to introduce such corridors across the country.

A short-term course was initiated last week by the International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) programme, where four international faculty members from University of Illinois and University of Tokyo along with IIT faculty gave lectures on high speed rail system.

India is currently considering two corridors for high speed trains. While Japan is conducting the feasibility study for the bullet train project in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, China will do the same for the Delhi-Chennai route expected to begin by early next year.

"The course had 40 participants mainly from Indian Railways and Railway PSUs," In-charge of the Centre for Railway Research at the IIT, Prof Subhransu Roy said.

The Centre for Railway Research at IIT-Kgp is fully funded by the Indian Railways for research collaboration and training of manpower.

T C Kao, former Vice-president of Taiwan High Speed Rail Project, taught Indian Railway officials how to plan and construct high-speed trains.

Although the basic elements of high-speed technology resembles that of conventional rail transport, there are engineering design differences in rolling stock as well as civil infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels and viaducts, they said.

It requires a specialised system of dedicated tracks to run trains built to travel at least 250 km per hour and advanced technology for communication, safety monitoring and maintenance, he said.

Roy said the 2015 summer ISWT program would be on heavy haul as Indian Railways is planning to increase its freight load capacity.

"Recognised experts from universities abroad will be invited to teach on how the load can be increased. We will need to work on tracks, wagon, locomotives and others," he said.
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Special Train between Bangalore and Patna via., Vijayawada

In order to clear extra rush of passengers, o­ne Special Train will be run between Bangalore and Patna via., Vijayawada as per the following schedule:-
Train No.02578 Bangalore - Patna Special Train will depart Bangalore at 10:00 am o­n 31stDecember, 2014 (Wednesday) and arrive / depart Vijayawada at 10:55/11:05 pm o­n the same day and arrive Patna at 10:00 am o­n the second day i.e., 2ndJan, 2015 (Friday).
Enroute, this train will also stop at Bangalore Cantt, Krishnarajapuram, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Chennai Central, Gudur, o­ngole, Warangal, Ramagundam, Balharshah, Nagpur, Itarsi, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Satna, Cheoki, Mughalsarai, Buxar, Ara and Danapur stations.
This train will consist 22 coaches viz, o­ne AC III Tier, o­ne Sleeper Class, eighteen General Second Class and Two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake Van Coaches.

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Run of Two Vaikuntha Ekadashi Special Trains between Yesvantpur – Gudur

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during Vaikuntha Ekadashi festival, two special trains are being run between Yesvantpur – Gudur as per the following schedule:-

Train No. 06535 Yesvantpur – Gudur special train will depart Yesvantpur at 02:30 pm o­n 31st December, 2014 (Wednesday) and arrive Gudur at 11:45 pm o­n the same day.

Four Premium Superfast Special Trains between Bangalore – Visakhapatnam via Vijayawada

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during winter, four premium superfast special trains are being run between Bangalore –Visakhapatnam as per the following schedule:-

Train No. 02653 Bangalore – Visakhapatnam Premium Superfast Special train will depart Bangalore o­n 9th and 16th January 2015 (Friday) at 03:40 pm and arrive Visakhapatnam at 09:30 am o­n the next day.

Vijayawada-Hubli-Vijayawada Amaravathi Tri-Weekly Express to Run Daily

As announced in the Railway Budget 2014-15, the frequency of Train No.17225/17226 Vijayawada-Hubli-Vijayawada Amaravathi Tri-weekly Express will be increased to run daily with revised timings effective from 26th January, 2015.
Accordingly, Train No.17225 Vijayawada-Hubli Amaravathi Daily Express will depart Vijayawada from 26th January, 2015 at 07:45 pm; arrive/depart Guntur at 08:45/08:55 pm,  departs Narasaraopet  at 09:46 pm, Vinukonda at 10:18 pm, Kurichedu at 10:40 pm, Donakonda at  10:56 pm, Markapur Road at 11:20 pm, Tarlupadu at 11:35 pm, Cumbum at 00:02 am, Giddalur at 00:40 am, Nandyal at 02:45 am, B.Cement Nagar at 03:20 am, Betamcherla at 03:30 am, Dhone 04:05 am, Pendekallu at 04:25 am, Maddikere at 05:00 am, Guntakal at 05:50 am, Bellary at 06:55 am, Tornagallu at 07:30 am, Hospet at 08:20 am, Munirabad at 08:35 am, Koppal at 08:55 am, Gadag at 10:10 am, Annigeri at 10:25 am and arrive Hubli at 11:20 am o­n the next day.

Running Status of Certain Trains on SCR

The Running Status of the following trains which are either terminating or passing through South Central Railway as o­n today ie., 31st December, 2014 at 04:00 pm is as follows  .

1)Tr. No. 12722 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Hyderabad Dakshin Express is running late by 9 hrs. and 35 mts.
2)Tr. No.12716 Amritsar-Nanded Sachakand Express is running late by 14 hrs. and 5 mts.
3)Tr.No.12724 New Delhi-Hyderabad AP Express is running late by 11 hrs. and 9 mts.
4)Tr. No.12862 Kazipet-Visakhapatnam Express is running late by 10 hrs. and 15 mts.
5)Tr.No.12792 Patna-Secunderabad Express is running late by 3 hrs. and 10 mts.

Hyderabad-New Delhi AP Express Rescheduled on 1st January, 2015

Train No.12723 Hyderabad-New Delhi AP Express, scheduled to depart Hyderabad Station at 06:25 hrs tomorrow i.e. o­n 1st January, 2015 (Thursday) is re-scheduled to depart at 03:25 pm on the same daydue to late running of its pairing train.

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer


Western Railway is going to introduce new Superfast Weekly Express train between Rajkot and Rewa via Ahmedabad-Surat-Bhusawal-Jabalpur. This train will benefit the passengers of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 The Inaugural run of Rajkot- Rewa will be o­n Sunday, 04th January, 2015 from Rajkot as Special train. The inaugural run of the train will be run as Train No.02937 Rajkot- Rewa superfast express ex Rajkot o­n 04/01/2015 at 11.20 hrs which will reach Rewa at 16.45 hrs the next day. The regular run of Train No.22937 will commence from 11thJanuary, 2015.
Rajkot-Rewa Weekly Superfast Express (via Surat-Bhusawal)
In its regular run Train No. 22937 Rajkot-Rewa Weekly Superfast Express will leave Rajkot o­n every Sunday at 11.50 hrs w.e.f 11/01/2015 and will reach Rewa at 16.45 hrs the next day i.e Monday.


Ministry of Railways have decided to increase the frequency of 19312/19311 Indore-Pune-Indore Express from 4-days a week to 5-days a week with effect from 1.3.2015. The details are as under:-

Train No.   From            PresentRevised Frequency

19312      Indore       Mo, We, Th & Fr        Su, Mo, We, Th & Fr

19311      Pune         Tu, Th, Fr & Sa        Mo, Tu, Th, Fr & Sa

RESERVATION: Bookings for 19311 Pune-Indore Express for the increased frequency will open as per Advance Reservation Period.


Consequent o­n increase in frequency 11049 Ahmedabad-Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur) Express will depart Ahmedabad at 19.25 hrs (instead of 19.55 hrs).  The revised departure timings at stations o­n Central Railway are:

Bhiwandi Road03.55 hrs instead of 04.35 hrs
Kalyan 04.50 hrs instead of 05.15 hrs
Karjat 05.30 hrs instead of 06.00 hrs
Lonavala 06.27 hrs instead of 06.45 hrs
Pune07.50 hrs instead of 08.10 hrs

There is no change in timings from Satara to Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur).
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Date: February 6, 2014.

(Narendra A Patil)
Chief Public Relations Office

A.K.Mital Appointed as Chairman, Railway Board ए के मित्‍तल रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्‍यक्ष नियुक्‍त

श्री ए के मित्‍तल रेलवे बोर्ड के नये अध्‍यक्ष तथा भारत सरकार के पदेन प्रधान सचिव नियुक्‍त किये गए हैं। श्री मित्‍तल की नियुक्ति आज श्री अरूणेन्‍द्र कुमार के सेवानिवृत्‍त होने पर की गई है। श्री मित्‍तल इससे पहले रेलवे बोर्ड के मेम्‍बर स्‍टॉफ और भारत सरकार के पदेन सचिव थे। श्री मित्‍तल दक्षिण-पश्चिम रेलवे (मुख्‍यालय हुबली) के महाप्रबंधक थे और दक्षिण-मध्‍य रेलवे (मुख्‍यालय सिकंदराबाद) के महाप्रबंधक का अतिरिक्‍त प्रभार भी देख रहे थे। 





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