Jan 26, 2015

Oamaru Railway station open day attracts hundreds

It was a nostalgic day for many people at Oamaru Railway Station on Saturday as the doors reopened to the public.

In conjunction with Dunedin Railways' sell-out steam train trip, the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust opened the station building for the day as an opportunity for the public to gain some understanding of the possibilities and challenges associated with the historic building.

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust chairman Peter Garvan said of the hundreds who looked through the building, many had worked there, or had family who had done so.

Aqaba Railway awards wagon repair contract

JORDAN: Aqaba Railway Corp has signed a 10-month contract for King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau and Jordan Advanced Machining Co to rebuild 35 accident-damaged wagons at a cost of 665 000 dinars.

An initial wagon was rebuilt free of charge by JordanAMCO, and underwent three months of trial operation to verify that it met ARC’s specifications.
Source - railway gazette

Yet another sabotage on railway

The derailed carriages of Joyantika Express at Paghachong in Brahmanbaria yesterday. Alleged supporters of the nationwide hartal had removed the rail lines. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Railway service was again hit yesterday as a train derailed in Brahmanbaria after saboteurs had removed lines on the first day of the BNP-led alliance's 36-hour hartal.

The capital's rail link with Chittagong and Sylhet was suspended after six bogies of the Sylhet-bound Joyantika Express derailed in Paghachong of Brahmanbaria at 2:10pm, said Sayedur Rahman, assistant director of Bangladesh Railway.

BREAKING NEWS – Goods train derails as railway track in Chhattisgarh blown up by Maoists

While there is unprecedented security in the Delhi area Maoists have made good their threat of disrupting peace in Central India.

Sometime in the night of 25th Jan or early morning 26th railway tracks in Chhattisgarh blown up as a result of which a goods train was derailed. The engine and nine wagons fell off the track because of the impact. Maoists made their escape after achieving their target.

East Coast Railway recorded originating earnings of Rs9909.24 crore during the current fiscal

East Coast Railway recorded originating earnings of Rs9909.24 crore during the current fiscal

Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has recorded originating earnings of Rs9909.24 crore during the current fiscal, which is 11.3 per cent more than the earnings of 2013-14 fiscal.ECoR General Manager Rajiv Vishnoi said this in his Republic Day message to the ECoR officers and staffs. He thanked all railway staffs of the zone for making efforts that have been fetching continued success to the ECoR. “I am happy that our performance in the current fiscal has been very encouraging. We have already loaded 118.76 million tonnes, which is 9.5 per cent more than last year, carried 66.94 million passengers, which exhibits a growth of 1.55 percent over last year and our originating earnings stand at 9909.24 crore, which is 11.3 per cent higher than last year,” Vishnoi said. He further informed that the ECoR’s Operating Ratio, a key indicator of financial health, stands at 52.94 per cent, the highest among all the zonal

Railways eyes tech to shorten training time for drivers

CHENNAI: In a bid to condense the 17-week training period so that loco pilots can be made available faster to operate trains, railways is planning to set up an advanced centre at Avadi with sophisticated simulators under the PPP or joint venture model. 

The plan has been mooted because a modern simulator would help cut down duration of training and help tide over shortage of loco pilots to run trains. Railways are under pressure to induct more loco pilots as the demand for trains goes up every year. 

Railways get record revenue from Chengannur

PROFITABLE:Services to Sabarimala pilgrims are turning out to be a money-spinner for the Chengannur railway station.

ABASS call to improve pilgrim amenities at Chenganur

: Southern Railway has earned record revenue collection of Rs 5.5 crore during the two-month Mandalam-Makaravilakku Sabarimala pilgrim season, according to

official sources. Chengannur railway station topped the revenue collection followed by Kottayam.

Western Railway to straighten tracks at Andheri, reduce delays

After completing work to straighten the curves in the tracks near Borivli, WR will begin the complicated work of tweaking crossover points and straightening and replacing tracks near Andheri station

After more than 30 years, Western Railway (WR) authorities are going to straighten tracks near Andheri station that would help reduce delays. While local trains are meant to run at speeds as high as 100 kmph on straight lines and close to 40 kmph on crossovers, it usually ends up moving at a snail’s pace before Andheri station.
Straightening up: The degree of curve will be eased and tracks will be replaced on both ends of Andheri station. File Pic for representation

The R31-crore project has already received R10 crore to start the first phase of modifications in the coming month. The remaining funds are expected to be sanctioned by the Railway Board soon. 

Besides changing the alignment of tracks, to ease the degree of curve, authorities are planning to replace existing tracks as well. Currently, the curvature of tracks at crossovers is around 8 degrees and officials are planning to straighten it to 12 degrees. “This will help us run trains at 30 kmph, up from the present 15 kmph, on crossovers,” said a WR official. 

Challenging job
Officials said that there are a number of crossovers — used by trains to change lines — at Andheri. Until now, rail authorities have remained sceptical about carrying out this complicated work. In addition, rail tracks would be replaced on both ends – towards Jogeshwari and Vile Parle — to help improve the speed of trains coming to Andheri station.

Currently, both slow and fast trains enter the platform at around 40 kmph. Sources say that once tracks are replaced, trains will easily be able to enter at 80 kmph, improving the punctuality of trains. This would not only help ease the movement of the train entering a platform, but also those running behind it.

“We will start the work at Andheri once the work at Borivli is over,” said Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Western Railway.

Authorities began straightening the tracks at Borivli, after they acquired a portion of BMC land. The rail yard on the east side of the station was also remodelled and alignment of tracks has been changed. The WR been cancelling five early morning train services till today, when the work at Borivli is expected to be complete.
Source - mid-day

Railway up to fourth spot as Bromley’s early strike proves key

HARROGATE Railway jumped to fourth in the Evo-Stik League First Division North with Saturday’s 2-1 success at mid-table Bamber Bridge.

Fatlum Ibrahimi gave Rail’ a 14th-minute lead but Alistair Waddecar levelled 13 minutes later.

However, in an all-action first half, only another six minutes passed before Rail’s Stephen Bromley hit what would prove the winner.

At the other end of the table, Brighouse Town kicked further clear of the drop zone with an impressive 3-1 success at home to former leaders Salford City who have now dropped to second.

In front of a gate of 515, Leon Henry put Brighouse ahead after 20 minutes before Gareth Seddon equalised one minute before the break.

But Ernest Boafo’s 58th-minute penalty put Brighouse back in front and the points were sealed through Ryan Hall’s strike six minutes after the hour.

Saturday was a miserable day for both Ossett clubs with fifth-bottom Ossett Town felled 3-0 at ninth-placed Mossley whose Thomas Pratt, with a brace, and Kyle McGonigle both netted in the first half.

Sixth-bottom Ossett Albion were defeated 2-0 by third-placed visitors Darlington 1883 whose Graeme Armstrong and Stephen Thompson both netted. Farsley AFC’s hosting of Scarborough Athletic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was the clash between Ramsbottom United and Frickley Athletic.

In First Division South, mid-table Goole AFC fell to a 3-1 reverse at home to third-bottom Kidsgrove Athletic.

First-half goals from Ryan Brown and Wayne Johnson had Kidsgrove in control before Niall Barker hit back for Goole five minutes after the hour.

However, Anthony Malbon made sure of an away victory when he converted a 90th-minute penalty.
Source - york shireevening post





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