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Blog Posts by Raymond Charles
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General Travel
Mar 04 2016 (13:24)   12311/Kalka Mail

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1757205            Tags   Past Edits
Why does this train have a jumbled up CC? SL, 3A,2A,3A, 2A, SL

Mar 04 2016 (16:09)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1757205-1            Tags   Past Edits
No answers anybody?

Mar 04 2016 (16:53)
Praveen Srivastva SSM~   325 blog posts   18 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 1757205-2            Tags   Past Edits
Because this train is split in two parts on Chandigarh. And Slip coaches go to Kalka.
Mar 02 2016 (08:04)  

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1754845            Tags   Past Edits
Al Qaeda hacks railways website -> click here
★★★  General Travel
Feb 29 2016 (16:59)   12951/Mumbai Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express | BCT/Mumbai Central (5 PFs)

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1753461            Tags   Past Edits
An Indian man has entered the record books after making a rail journey to Delhi on a 26-year-old ticket.
On 19th Jan 2000 Fakhruddin Takulla ( India ) travelled from Mumbai ( Bombay ) to New Delhi, both India, using a ticket he had purchased on 15 July 1973 – 26 years 6 months earlier. Takulla used the unlimited booking service offered by the Indian Railway Authority so that he could attend the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Indian Independence.
Shri Fakhruddin Takulla, resident of Bombay, shocked the reservation clerk on
duty at Western Railway's reservation office some time in 1973 when he approached him to book an AC Chair Car ticket to travel from Bombay Central to New Delhi by the Rajdhani Express 27 years later in January, 2000! Such bookings were then allowed under Railway Board's experimental scheme to permit would-be passengers to book their reservations in all trains without any time cap. Initially the clerk was reluctant for he had no calendar for 2000 to know whether the train would run on the specified date 27 years later for the Rajdhani then (in 1973) used to run only thrice a week. Further it was also too much of an 'unnecessary' hassle for the clerk to keep records, etc., safely for the next millennium. But the enterprising Shri Takulla would not give up as he produced a manual calendar, which he had drawn up himself, to let the clerk know the exact day and date of date of his journey! Finally, thus, he got his precious ticket for Rs 120/-.
Later Shri Takulla indeed took the journey to New Delhi by the Rajdhani Express to arrive there well in time to see the Golden Jubilee Republic Day celebrations in January 2000. He was grateful to Allah for keeping him alive to see the destined day 27 years later.
Indian Railways played the good Samaritan for they exchanged his ticket gratis for AC 3-tier class as by 2000 the AC Chair Car class had vanished from the Rajdhani. They also gave him a VIP treatment by deputing a railway official to receive him at New Delhi station on arrival and arranged for his lodging in New Delhi at a railway guesthouse for 8 days, and also arranged for his return journey at no cost to him. Shri Takulla was also given a place in the VIP gallery to watch the Republic Day celebrations. 'We felt that a person who could think of doing this 27 years ago obviously had tremendous faith in the reliability of the Indian railway network and we felt that we needed to acknowledge that and respond to it adequately,' said Shri Shanti Narain, member of the Railway Board.
At 61, Fakruddin Takulla now wants to book a ticket for 2038 - when he will be 100.His dream now is to go to his ancestral home in Kaparwaj, in the western state of Gujarat.
Source - click here

4 posts - Feb 2016

7 posts - Tue Mar 01, 2016

Mar 01 2016 (07:46)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1753461-12            Tags   Past Edits
There would be some form of record keeping that railways would have preserved. He had a valid ticket as it was purchased under the unlimited booking scheme which was started by railways on an experimental basis!

Mar 01 2016 (09:15)
Guest: b272763   show all posts
Re# 1753461-13            Tags   Past Edits
Maybe it was that way.
Either way that is too much of a risky venture for me.
He was plain lucky that the railway acknowledged it.

Mar 01 2016 (17:31)
venky 63~   828 blog posts   65 correct pred (59% accurate)
Re# 1753461-14            Tags   Past Edits

Mar 01 2016 (17:34)
ADMINISTRATOR   402 blog posts   917 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 1753461-15            Tags   Past Edits
Kaun kehta hai indian railway me imaandar log nahi hai

Mar 02 2016 (06:09)
Inferno is upon us   736 blog posts   682 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1753461-16            Tags   Past Edits
Lets see now If Railway remembers his next reservation in 2038 and enter his booking in CRS four months in advance from 2038 departure date
★  General Travel
Feb 01 2016 (23:32)   12261/Mumbai CST - Howrah AC Duronto Express | CLA/Kurla Junction (8 PFs) | HWH/WAP-4/22412

Arzan Kotval   1330 blog posts
Entry# 1727052            Tags   Past Edits
ALMOST FLYING - Mumbai Cst Howrah Duronto Express at Kurla In Absolute Mad Rush !!!

Mar 01 2016 (08:33)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1727052-1            Tags   Past Edits
Wonder, what that lady was looking away from the oncoming train!

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★  Rail Fanning
Feb 28 2016 (03:08)   12002/New Delhi - Bhopal Habibganj Shatabdi Express | AJH/Ajhai (3 PFs) | GZB/WAP-5/30014

3 ⌀ Traction™~   203 blog posts   32 correct pred (84% accurate)
Entry# 1751934            Tags   Past Edits
"Fastest Train Of India" The Bhopal Shatabdi Express powered by GZB WAP-5 loco bolts past Ajhai Station on a chilly morning at full speed !!!

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Feb 29 2016 (18:50)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1751934-2            Tags   Past Edits
How is it fastest when it has avg speed of 84 whereas Mumbai Rajdhani has avg speed of 88?

Feb 29 2016 (19:24)
عمران جاوید   3569 blog posts   886 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 1751934-3            Tags   Past Edits
it is on the basis of max speed acheived i think

Mar 01 2016 (02:00)
3 ⌀ Traction™~   203 blog posts   32 correct pred (84% accurate)
Re# 1751934-4            Tags   Past Edits
Fastest train is that which has maximum speed in IR. i.e. Only 12002/01 Bhopal Shatabdi Exp having 150kmph (which is the top speed) no other train has attained this speed yet !!!
General Travel
Feb 29 2016 (18:32)   16331/Mumbai CST - Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Express

Southern Railway^~   2653 blog posts   188 correct pred (82% accurate)
Entry# 1753555            Tags   Past Edits
if anyone trvelled by this train please tell about the second ac in this train(its condition) good or bad?if possible post some pics too

Feb 29 2016 (18:42)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1753555-1            Tags   Past Edits
Do you plan to travel from mumbai to trivandrum all the way? I am asking because air ticket from mumbai to trivandrum is about Rs. 3800 (for a week later). 2A fare on this train is 2700. If you book online, another 100 will be added. So for 1000 more, you can reach trivandrum in 2 hours! Just my opinion!

Feb 29 2016 (18:43)
Southern Railway^~   2653 blog posts   188 correct pred (82% accurate)
Re# 1753555-2            Tags   Past Edits
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Feb 22 2016 (15:14)   12907/Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1746239            Tags   Past Edits
It is surprising that there are no dedicated trains between Mumbai and Delhi apart from Rajdhani, Duronto, Garib Rath and Sampark Kranti some of which dont even have daily run. I mean, only Sampark Kranti has SL class which sees huge demand and waiting list. Railways should make Sampark Kranti daily. I wonder why they have not increased the frequency of this train although it is been running since more than a decade!

Feb 22 2016 (16:16)
ssood143   843 blog posts
Re# 1746239-1            Tags   Past Edits
A few trains from Mumbai which are badly needed for north
1) NDLS-BCT SF Express via KOTA, SWM - Daily
3) BDTS - CDG should be made daily

Feb 22 2016 (17:04)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Telangana Express Oops AP Express ⭐ ⭐ ⭐~   1431 blog posts   851 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 1746239-2            Tags   Past Edits
Paschim express b hai

Feb 22 2016 (17:38)
amitdey73   60 blog posts   426 correct pred (66% accurate)
Re# 1746239-3            Tags   Past Edits
golden temple,swaraj express,paschim express

Feb 23 2016 (04:34)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1746239-4            Tags   Past Edits
@amitdet73, these are not dedicated Mumbai Delhi trains and have few seats between mumbai & delhi!

Feb 24 2016 (02:20)
SER Antyodaya Era^~   6591 blog posts   7886 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 1746239-5            Tags   Past Edits
Mumbai is still attached directly with delhi by many dedicated end to end weeklies.
What you will say regarding Pune , Solapur , Nagpur , Kolhapur ? These are the next largest cities of maharashtra but see the number of dedicated trains they have for Delhi ?
Most severely affected is Pune which is the second largest city and the most demanding city , but has only 1 Biweekly dedicated duronto for Delhi.
should start a daily superfast train from kolhapur to Delhi via Pune-Kyn-BSR-BRC-KOTA.

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★  General Travel
Feb 20 2016 (15:36)   12903/Golden Temple Mail (PT)

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1744367            Tags   Past Edits
The name of this train should have never been changed. The name 'Frontier' evoked historical aspects and value of this train. All our folks who regularly travel on this train still call it Frontier Mail in our conversations!

1 posts - Sun Feb 21, 2016

Feb 21 2016 (12:38)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1744367-2            Tags   Past Edits
It still runs upto Frontier of India, wagah border is just few kms from Amritsar! Frontier mail was a historic train and hence it should have been remained as Frontier Mail forever. Mumbai has several landmarks. Yet not a single train is named after any single landmark of Mumbai!

Feb 21 2016 (20:36)
rdb*^   31089 blog posts   368951 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1744367-3            Tags   Past Edits
August Kranti Rajdhani, first time there were 2nd Rajdhani introduced

Feb 21 2016 (20:40)
Guest: b2726f4   show all posts
Re# 1744367-4            Tags   Past Edits
Not needed as the Golden Temple is world renowed landmark.
Besides Pakistan has never given us any peace so there is nothing to celebrate the frontier with them.

Feb 22 2016 (05:01)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1744367-5            Tags   Past Edits
Why are you taking it so far dude? Is it necessary to include Pakistan in every discussion? It is our Frontier. What has Pakistan to do with it!

Feb 22 2016 (08:31)
Guest: b272735   show all posts
Re# 1744367-6            Tags   Past Edits
Well it is Pakistan's frontier too.
No Porkis please.

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★★  General Travel
Feb 19 2016 (04:32)   12009/Mumbai Central - Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express

Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Entry# 1742892            Tags   Past Edits
Just checked, a Mumbai Ahmedabad air ticket for Feb 23rd (Not much in advance) is Rs. 1500 which is less than Executive Chair Car ticket on Shatabdi and not a great deal more than CC or 3A or 2A on other trains. In the future, airlines will become more favorable for even short distances. In such a scenario, bullet trains whose tickets will be much costlier than Shatabdi will not be preferred. In my opinion, it is a waste to spend so much money on building Bullet train infrastructure. Look what E. Sreedharan of Konkan Railways & Delhi Metro fame has to say -> click here Your comments are welcome!

5 posts - Fri Feb 19, 2016

Feb 19 2016 (22:09)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1742892-6            Tags   Past Edits
I had even got an air ticket from Mumbai to Kolkata for Rs. 1400 on Spicejet which is such a deal... U reach in 2.5 hours paying less than 2A or 3A fares! We don't need bullet trains at all!

Feb 20 2016 (10:07)
Railfan Houston Texas~   341 blog posts
Re# 1742892-7            Tags   Past Edits
i currently stay in the US and based on how it is over here, trains are not for people traveling long distance, only for local intra city metros...trains are only for transporting goods long distance...it is always flights for people traveling long distance...

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Feb 20 2016 (14:21)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1742892-9            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, it is less costly to build airports as you just need land for 2 airports at both ends. For railways, land is required for the whole route and then there is cost to maintain the infrastructure. Building elevated route increases the cost too. Such projects in India are known to get delayed and their budget increase exponentially due to bureaucracy & red tape. As more and more people start traveling by air, air travel will become more and more affordable as economies of scale comes into picture. Right now, no country apart from China is looking to build costly Bullet Trains because it is not worth in this age of low cost air travel. Even China is facing problems with bullet trains!

Feb 20 2016 (14:28)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1742892-10            Tags   Past Edits
Check this article out.. Economics of High Speed Rail (HSR) -> click here

Feb 20 2016 (17:30)
108 years of Electric operations on IR~   2518 blog posts
Re# 1742892-11            Tags   Past Edits
A valid point, but also one thing to consider is the population. Passenger movements on the scale present in India can never be handled by Airways and neither can airports be provided everywhere. While I do wish to see High speed trains in India, I am skeptical about the execution of the proposed project, that too with such a large expenditure.
But, it is always better to invest in a next-generation infrastructure. The economy of scale you mentioned, will also hamper the introduction of such technology as in the future. The more, such an infrastructure upgrade is delayed, the more difficult it becomes to introduce it any time in the future. Even at the simple rolling stock/
locomotive/ signalling level, this is very much visible in IR. IR's network and operation continuously expanded for close to 30 years without any significant infrastructure updates or technology updates, because of which, now it is becoming very difficult to switch to a new technology. Just see the delay in the adoption of 3 phase locomotives and LHB coaches ( both of which arrived almost 20 years ago!). The sheer size of the existing operations mean that any kind of upgrade, even if it is beneficial, is very uneconomical in the short term. And in our country, where every politician is ready to pounce on such decisions ( harmful in the short term but useful in the long term), it becomes even more difficult to add any such enhancements.
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Feb 20 2016 (14:24)  

enggkamal566   124 blog posts   4 correct pred (67% accurate)
Entry# 1744291            Tags   Past Edits
can we book the rac ticket from internat it is valid if it remains in rac

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Feb 20 2016 (14:25)
Raymond Charles   30 blog posts
Re# 1744291-2            Tags   Past Edits
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