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Feb 26 2017 (17:43)   Zone-wise performance rating: Western Railway stands 2nd, Central Railway seventh

Ravichandra Madagala~   79 news posts
Entry# 2179160   News Entry# 294816         Tags   Past Edits
All the zones were marked on their individual performance on 15 factors measuring operational and financial performance, asset reliability and capacity utilisation

THE CENTRAL Railway (CR) was ranked lower in the categories of rail fractures and high working costs in the Railway Board’s performance ratings of different zones released Sunday. While CR was ranked seventh among the 16 zones, Western Railway (WR) stood second.
the zones were marked on their individual performance on 15 factors measuring operational and financial performance, asset reliability and capacity utilisation. While WR managed to perform well on the operational side, CR lost out on cutting down costs and maintenance of equipment.
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“The CR only received 1.06 marks in the category of ordinary work expenses (OWE), which means it failed to cut down on costs while operating services. An increase in fuel costs and other expenditure could have been the reason. We will aim to cut down wasteful expenses,” said a CR official. CR saw a rise in delay of services due to equipment failure and technical problems in the last year. However, it scored better than WR (4.05) and other zones in over head equipment (OHE) failures, scoring 4.52 out of 5.
The marking has been done after taking into account the details submitted by each zone to the Board last year and the proportionate target set by each zone. While CR received 54.88 marks out of 85 amounting to 64.56 per cent, WR scored 71.15 per cent with 60.48 marks. CR had a poor show in rail failures, where it scored 3.63 out of 5 while WR got 4.28. In maintenance of coaches and sustainable utilisation of equipment, CR’s performance was poor.
“We have fared well on our operational and financial performance. There is also a significant 5-6 per cent increase in our asset reliability, which means there have been fewer technical failures. Our passenger earnings and freight earnings too grew simultaneously,” said Ravindra Bhaker, Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway.

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Today (02:14)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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No one has this list? Lot of newspapers talk of it, but where is the list?
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Yesterday (16:12)   02878/Ernakulam - Howrah Antyodaya Inaugural Special | ERS/Ernakulam Junction (South) (6 PFs)

Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 2180092            Tags   Past Edits
Exquisite interiors and exteriors of the fully Unreserved Superfast Antyodaya Exp ex Ernakulam-Howrah
Fully Unreserved SF service Antyodaya Exp (Ernakulam-Howrah) has dustbins in each cabin,water purifiers,LED lights,modular/bio toilets
Source: GM Southernrailway

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Today (01:24)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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For all auspicious occasions they tie Banana stalks and decorate with mango leaves festoons and then finally with flower strings (for many ceremonies at house too). They also keep vermilion and sacred ash dots/markings on new vehicles. This is the custom followed in Southern India.
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Feb 26 2017 (17:34)   The lines of history

Ravichandra Madagala~   79 news posts
Entry# 2179386   News Entry# 294814         Tags   Past Edits
Why do Indian Railways mark their origin to a date 16 years after the first rail journey? What did Karl Marx know that we don’t? Economist Bibek Debroy marries nuggets with nostalgia in a definitive new book on the railways. Lounge presents exclusive excerpts

In 1953, the centennial year of Indian Railways, India issued a postage stamp to celebrate the occasion. But the date 1853 is both right and wrong; the postage stamp is both right and wrong.
3.35pm on 16 April 1853, flagged off with a 21-gun salute, a train with 14 railway carriages and 400 guests left Bori Bunder for Thane (then Tannah). With three steam locomotives (Sindh, Sultan and Sahib), it took 1 hour, 15 minutes to make the journey. Bori Bunder station is no longer used. A non-stop EMU (electric multiple unit) train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Thane still takes 57 minutes! The Bori Bunder-Tannah journey of 16 April 1853 was the first commercial passenger service, but not the first train in the country. Karl Marx clearly knew this, since he talked about steam engines in the Burdwan coal districts. But Indian Railways decided to celebrate its centenary year in 1953.
A locomotive from Southern Mahratta Railway at the National Rail Museum in Delhi. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint.
A locomotive from Southern Mahratta Railway at the National Rail Museum in Delhi. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint.
It must be placed on record that no photograph exists of the 1853 journey. And the reader should keep in mind that any photograph or postage stamp purportedly showing that train should have pictured three engines, not one. No one seems to know what happened to the locomotives Sahib and Sultan. They just vanished. Sindh was luckier. The locomotive was last seen on a plinth at what used to be the Byculla office of GIPR (Great Indian Peninsula Railway) in Mumbai. Sindh was brought to Delhi by Indian Railways later, but no one knows what happened to Sindh thereafter.
The saloon used by the maharajas of Bhavnagar and Mysore, at the National Rail Museum.. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The saloon used by the maharajas of Bhavnagar and Mysore, at the National Rail Museum.. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The 1853 fare from Bombay to Thane was Rs2 and 10 annas for first-class travel, Re1 and 1 anna for a second-class ticket, and 5 annas and 3 pice for the third class. However, this was for the subsequent journeys, and not for that first train ride in April 1853. Since all 400 passengers invited were VIPs, including Lady Falkland, wife of the governor of Bombay, they probably paid nothing. An apocryphal story tells us that the governor, Lord Falkland, didn’t think the railway line was a terribly good idea, and wasn’t part of the entourage.
The saloon used by the maharajas of Bhavnagar and Mysore, at the National Rail Museum. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The saloon used by the maharajas of Bhavnagar and Mysore, at the National Rail Museum. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
If quiz book facts need to be amended a bit about the first train in India, one should mention 1837 and Chintadripet. The Madras Presidency of the British owed its origins to Madraspatnam, a fisherman’s village. There were other villages in Madras Presidency, and one of these was Chintadripet, or Chinna Thari Pettai, to use the original name. Chintadripet means a “village of small looms”. This village was established in 1735, when the governor of Fort St George was George Morton Pitt. One of the merchants of the city possessed a garden where the Cooum river winds past Periampet. A village for spinners, weavers, washermen, painters and temple attendants was established in that large garden. This became Chintadripet.
A railway outfit called Red Hill Railroad (RHR) is associated with the name of Chintadripet. There is occasional, cursory mention of this in many written records, even before references to Bori Bunder-Thane in any records.
The Red Hill Railroad was built in 1836, nearly two decades before the Bori Bunder-Thane railway. The best account of this relatively neglected railway line is in a piece written by Simon Darvill, from which we learn the following.
Steam engines decorated with different themes for Railway Beauty Contest at New Delhi railway station in November 1976. Photo: HT
Steam engines decorated with different themes for Railway Beauty Contest at New Delhi railway station in November 1976. Photo: HT
First, it wasn’t quite an experimental line. There was probably an initial 3-mile-long line from Red Hills—to the north of Madras City, which gets its name from the red hills there—to the stone quarries around Little Mount—a small hillock in Chennai, along the banks of the Adyar river—but this eventually merged with RHR’s permanent line. Second, it was built to carry granite for road-building work, leading to an estimated annual savings of Rs28,000 on a Rs60,000 budget for building roads in the Presidency. It was a freight railway, but passengers also travelled on it. Third, though it was planned for animals to pull the train, two or three steam locomotives (one of which was built by the Madras Corps of Engineers) were also used. Fourth, the rolling stock possibly consisted of road-carts on railway wheels. Fifth, the rails were produced in Parangipettai (Cuddalore district). Sixth, the railway cost Rs50,000 crore to build.
“A small piece of railway has been laid down near the Chintadripet Bridge to show how little labour is required on a road of this description, a cart is placed upon the rails, loaded with stones, which is easily moved up a slightly inclined plane by one hand, from whence it returns by its own weight to the place from which it was first propelled...which is worth the inspection of the good people of Madras...”
"It must be placed on record that no photograph exists of the 1853 journey. And the reader should keep in mind that any photograph or postage stamp purportedly showing that train should have pictured three engines, not one. No one seems to know what happened to the locomotives Sahib and Sultan. They just vanished. Sindh was luckier"
The Red Hill Railway was closed in 1845. On the closure, Darvill wrote, “It is unknown how long the RHR was in use for. In an extensive article in The Foreign Quarterly Review, written in May 1845, about the prospect of building a railway system in India, a footnote concerning the RHR stated that, ‘The Red Hill Railway was dependent on a canal and as that occasionally dried up, the railroad could not possibly answer (sic); for when there was no water to float the barges, the trains which brought down granite to fill them could not of course be needed.’ ... From the fact that the railway is referred to in the past tense, it can be inferred that it had closed prior to the article being written. It is known from the paper about the locomotives that experiments ceased abruptly after the second test as Capt. Cotton had become ill and went to Tasmania on sick leave. It would be a good supposition that the railway’s decline came after Cotton left Madras as he was the driving force behind the railway; it was certainly the reason for the cessation of experiments with locomotives. Whatever the reason, it was the end of railways and locomotive traction in India for the time being.”
The Capt. Cotton in question is Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803-1899), identified more with the construction of irrigation and navigational canals, especially in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Cotton is the one who proposed that experimental line in Chintadripet. Those cost figures were also his estimates. With Arthur Cotton away in Tasmania, interest in the railway also declined, temporarily.
Excerpted with permission from Indian Railways: The Weaving Of A National Tapestry by Bibek Debroy, the 10th title from the series on Indian Business edited by Gurcharan Das, Penguin Books.
An ode to the ‘Iron Horse’
In 1894, George Herbert Trevor authored a book, ‘Rhymes Of Rajputana’, which was, as the title implies, a collection of poems on various aspects of Rajputana/Rajasthan—its lifestyle, culture, traditions and history.
One of these poems was titled ‘Famine In Rajputana, 1892’; it spoke about how the Iron Horse had saved Rajasthan from famines.
The goddess of Chittor in olden time
Craved regal victims—superstition tells:
But this gaunt spectre ravages and dwells
Among the poor, in poverty and slime,
Tempting despair and maddening to crime.
We read in former days how dried-up wells
And barren fields brought death; Old chronicles
Speak of slain hecatombs: but now like chime
Of bells o’er hills the railways’ scream is heard.
The Iron Horse has saved the land and scared
The spectre Famine, like some bird
Disturbed at its foul feast.
Had God but spared
The poor man’s cattle, ah, what joy had stirred
The hearts of those for whom in need He cared!
Many of the Kipling stories, including ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, were first published by the Indian Railway Library. This was a publishing concern set up by A.H. Wheeler in Allahabad in 1888; Wheeler had a monopoly on selling books at railway stations. Both the Indian Railway Library and Wheeler are part of the historical legacy of the Indian railway system.
The Indian Railway Library was Kipling’s idea. He needed money to fund his return to England in 1888 and for something that was a bit like a world tour. To this end he approached Emile Edouard Moreau with a proposal that his stories should be republished (they had all been published earlier) in cheap prints. Illustrated by Kipling’s father, John Lockwood Kipling, six such collections were published—‘Soldiers Three’, ‘The Story Of The Gadsbys’, ‘In Black And White’, ‘Under The Deodars’, ‘The Phantom ’Rickshaw And Other Eerie Tales’ and ‘Wee Willie Winkie And Other Child Stories’—all at Re1 each. Nothing else was ever published by the Indian Railway Library. As for Emile Edouard Moreau—who was born in 1856—he is often unnecessarily confused with the French playwright Emile Moreau, who was born in 1877, the year when AH Wheeler was set up (1877 is usually cited as the year that AH Wheeler & Company was established, though 1874 is also mentioned sometimes). Emile Edouard Moreau happened to be in Allahabad at the time because he was an employee of Bird and Company. Moreau’s grandfather, James Bird, had also been in the bookselling business.
Predictably, Moreau was fond of books, and so was his friend, Arthur Henry Wheeler. A.H. Wheeler was then in Allahabad, though he moved to London later. In Allahabad, he possessed a huge collection of books, too many to take back home. Since passengers, especially the upper classes, had got into the habit of reading on train journeys, Moreau volunteered to sell Wheeler’s old and unwanted books from a wooden ‘almirah’ at the Allahabad railway station. This venture was so successful that in 1877, AH Wheeler and Company was set up as a partnership. Arthur Henry Wheeler and Moreau weren’t the only partners. There were also Arthur Lisle Wheeler, W.M. Rudge and Tigran Ratheus. The company had offices in Allahabad and London.
Especially in the north and the east, AH Wheeler and Company took off. It not only had the exclusive rights to run bookstalls on railway platforms, it also became the sole agency for issuing advertisements on behalf of the railways across most of India. T.K. Banerjee joined the firm in 1899 and, after World War I, became a partner. AH Wheeler and Company added vernacular books and journals to its product line.
Eventually, Moreau retired and returned to England. Interestingly, his house in Brighton was named Fairlie Place, and was the headquarters of the EIRC (East Indian Railway Company). When Moreau retired, the Banerjee family took over the equity of A.H. Wheeler.
Let us make that exclusive rights privilege a little bit more precise. AH Wheeler and Company didn’t have an exclusive monopoly throughout India—understandable, because of the fragmented way in which the railways developed. It had a monopoly everywhere, except for what later became Southern Railway and parts of South Central Railway. This monopoly was scrapped in 2004.
In the south, there was Higginbotham’s, which too had a monopoly till 2004. Higginbotham’s was based in Chennai. Abel Joshua Higginbotham was reportedly a stowaway on a ship. On being discovered by the angry captain, he was dumped in Madras. Eventually, Higginbotham bought the stock of the Wesleyan Book Shop, a book store in Madras that wasn’t doing too well, and this became Higginbotham’s on Mount Road. This was in 1843. By 1859, Higginbotham’s was the most important bookshop throughout the south. In 1859, Sir Charles Trevelyan, who was the governor of Madras, said to Lord Macaulay in one of his letters: “Among the many elusive and indescribable charms of life in Madras City, is the existence of my favourite book shop ‘Higginbotham’s’ on Mount Road. In this bookshop I can see beautiful editions of the works of Socrates, Plato, Euripides, Aristophanes, Pindar, Horace, Petrarch, Tasso, Camoyens, Calderon and Racine. I can get the latest editions of Victor Hugo, the great French novelist. Amongst the German writers, I can have Schiller and Goethe. Altogether a delightful place for the casual browser and serious book lover.”
When the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) visited India in 1875, Higginbotham’s became “booksellers to his Royal Highness”, an honour that no other bookseller in India ever received. In 1888-89, Abel Joshua Higginbotham would go on to become the sheriff of Madras. When he died in 1891, his son took over the business (that ownership would pass into Indian hands in 1945).
Higginbotham’s wasn’t purely into selling books. It also ventured into publishing. For our purposes, what is important is that Higginbotham’s had the monopoly for operating bookstalls in all railway stations that were under South Indian Railway and Southern Mahratta Railway.

Feb 26 2017 (21:58)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Nice article written by a person, probably only one in this govt. who has any knowledge about railways. But still he too hasn't been able to influence this govt. in changing IR.
Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton, probably one of few Britishers still revered in India. There are statues of him in many places in AP's Krishna-Godavari delta. IR would have had an earlier beginning if he had stayed.

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A good day ahead~   2356 blog posts
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He is the person the Godavari districts owe their lives to. His projects alone converted a large, nondescript area ravaged by famines, to the rice bowl of India and one of the most fertile agricultural lands in the country!!
Interestingly, Sir Cotton helmed another railway project in the Madras Presidency. This was a railway line about 6 miles long on the east coast of the Godavari river near Rajahmundry, during the construction of the Anicut on the Godavari. Not only is this the second documented use of railways in the country, but it was also the first double line railway in the country, having been constructed around 1844.
Alas! His love for India and his favorable attitude towards the Indian people, placed him in a bad position with his superiors who tried to impeach him several times. Despite all this and several health issues, he returned to India and lightened up the lives of several million people with his engineering works.

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Yesterday (22:16)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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He was the one who floated the idea of interlinking rivers. Wish British had heard him. No one till date is concerned for it.
★  General Travel
Feb 25 2017 (14:38)   NZB/Nizamabad Junction (3 PFs)

Rizwan NZB Jn~   223 blog posts
Entry# 2177898            Tags   Past Edits
#Nizamabad- #Karimnagar - #Peddapalli Line ready for operations.
SCR on Wednesday successfully completed the trial run of the Nizamabad-Morthad section of Peddapally-Nizamabad railway line and it took 30 minutes for the train to reach Morthad from Nizamabad, at a speed of upto 120 kmph. The 177KM Peddapally-Nizamabad rail line connecting Senunderabad-Manmad-Mumbai Line to Delhi-Chennai Main Line is now ready for operations as the 42 km stretch between Morthad and NZB was inspected for safety. There were already Demu services running between Morthad and Peddapalli.
click here

Feb 25 2017 (20:52)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Great news!!!
Those RoBs which were being built at level crossings ready? Or is it level crossings for the time being?

Feb 25 2017 (22:08)
Rizwan NZB Jn~   223 blog posts
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I am in Hyderabad for a week. Once I visit Nizamabad, I will notify you.

Feb 25 2017 (22:12)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Any idea of the extension upto NZB, the existing DEMUs? Inauguration will be a big function, I guess, given NZB is a major city and hence to showcase the completion of the line.

Feb 25 2017 (23:28)
Boxer Bhai   38201 blog posts   12669 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Tpty krmr cnf 99%
May be some snsi or nsl spl or weeklies via sc may be diverted via new line
1-2 passengers

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Yesterday (21:16)
Rizwan NZB Jn~   223 blog posts
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I am in Hyderabad for a week. Once I visit Nizamabad, I will notify you.
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Feb 25 2017 (17:23)   BYPL/Baiyyappanahalli (2 PFs)

Foamer~   1303 blog posts
Entry# 2178043            Tags   Past Edits
Bengaluru-Hassan Intercity Express' new rake. And also Kudla Express' (?).
Today I spotted 3 brand new rakes stabled at BYPL yard. 2 ICF rakes and 1 LHB rake.
1. One of them is
for Bengaluru-Hassan Intercity Express via the new line as per news report /news/post/294551. It had many Deen Dayalu coaches.
2. The 2nd ICF rake too had many Deen Dayalu coaches. Maybe for Kudla Express - the day train proposed between Bengaluru and Mangaluru via the new line.
3. The 3rd rake was a LHB one with sleeper and AC coaches. Maybe if Kudla Express is started as night train, they may use for it (?).
Most of the Deen Dayalu coaches had ECR markings - 2017 made. Some of them CR and NER - 2016 made. The LHB train had CR markings - 2016 made.
P.S.: Kudla is what Tuluvas call Mangaluru as, hence the name.

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Feb 26 2017 (13:37)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Or Roshan Bhat sir would be knowing about that train intro. Maybe he can shed some light on this when he reads your comment.

Feb 26 2017 (17:46)
KR   378 blog posts   116 correct pred (77% accurate)
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No brother. No information on this.... As said by you & one more Guy (from Gadag) here, This can be Mostly for UBL - SBC- MYS Daily Train, Last time - It was told that rake is yet to be received something.. And if the rake is one of these than SWR has Good Opportunity to do Multiple Trains flagging off Cermony.

Feb 26 2017 (17:53)
KR   378 blog posts   116 correct pred (77% accurate)
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What where Approximate no of Coaches in both ICF Rakes ??? And where there any other Classes leaving 2S & GS, SLR ???
I doubt, SWR may not use more than 12-14 Coaches for Hassan Intercity, as it is new section...
Curious of RSA & all....
Suspense remains for LHB Rake..

Feb 26 2017 (18:14)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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I couldn't go the entire distance and see the complete rake (front was covered behind trees), but from distance it looked some 16 coaches in each - all seemed to be Deen Dayalu with that Z red band. One ICF rake had SLR - old one on one end. SLRs - SWR has many at YPR, so that may not be problem. But if many are DD coaches, then they may wait for day time sitting type coaches for the UBL train. For now Hassan ICE, they may just use these DD and few other coaches to start that service.
LHB coaches is suspense, probably for another weekly like Anga.

Yesterday (19:41)
Vinay~   1339 blog posts   912 correct pred (71% accurate)
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two or three deen dayalu coaches were mixed up with lalbagh ,spotted today mrng during xing Tyakal
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Feb 26 2017 (20:28)   12508/Guwahati - Thiruvananthapuram Express (PT) | JTJ/Jolarpettai Junction (5 PFs)

Er AC*^~   6100 blog posts   52850 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2179307            Tags   Past Edits
Pics taken today morning.

Yesterday (01:03)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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This sort of weirdo motif is at BWT too !!! SR remnant, I guess.
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Feb 26 2017 (23:40)   59547/Ahmedabad Okha Passenger | RJT/Rajkot Junction (5 PFs)

Heartbroken by Indias Loss~   2130 blog posts   73 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 2179462            Tags   Past Edits
Myself with Pankaj Bhai at Rajkot Junction. Throwback to the good times. Had a few railfanning moments as well.
Date of Capture- 9 August 2016.

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Yesterday (00:12)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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A different coloured t-shirt of IRI!!! Yours was maroon?

Yesterday (00:18)
WELCOME JBP ET OHE OMG 😲 AGAIN~   10935 blog posts   14 correct pred (47% accurate)
Re# 2179462-7            Tags   Past Edits
Inka kaun sa color h ??
Meri t shirt ka brown sa h

Yesterday (00:20)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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The colour merges with the black bag straps.
Please give a link to your post of t-shirt.

Yesterday (00:22)
SKM*^~   30434 blog posts   67764 correct pred (81% accurate)
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It was black colour T shirt

Yesterday (00:23)
WELCOME JBP ET OHE OMG 😲 AGAIN~   10935 blog posts   14 correct pred (47% accurate)
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1 compliments
It was archived, I remember.
It's deleted
I would send u tomorrow in pvt
25 votes
Feb 18 2017 (09:26)  

©The Dark Lord™~   5049 blog posts
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For me the biggest failure of Suresh Prabhu till now in his office is that he isn't being able to improve the Punctuality of trains. Besides the improvement in fake updates of NTES, on ground nothing has changed. Still trains are running horribly late, regular rescheduling of linking trains so cutting the things short I find no improvement in punctuality of trains. This is my personal opinion, what's yours?
**Constructive criticism of every person or organisation is needed for further improvements so this poll shouldn't be considered as a toll for bashing the Current Government.
refrain yourself from making political statements.
Yes. Agree with you92%23
No....Plz mention ur thoughts in comments8%2

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Feb 18 2017 (17:10)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Toughest decisions need to be taken in first 6 months to 1 year, else forget changing anything. When he was appointed in late 2014 and got familiar with the workings in early 2015, it was the right time to hike fare and cancel low patronage weeklies and de-congest the routes. But he never seized the opportunity. Media was on his side when he presented his maiden budget with no new trains. But being carried away with all hype and twitter publicity has done him in. Things are worse and will worsen further.

Feb 26 2017 (23:44)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Nice Poll! Everybody agrees with you that this RM hasn't improved IR.
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Feb 26 2017 (20:24)   New rail catering policy to separate cooking, distribution

Ravichandra Madagala~   79 news posts
Entry# 2179364   News Entry# 294825         Tags   Past Edits
New Delhi: Railways will tomorrow announce a new policy for its catering services which shall separate the functioning of its cooking and food distribution onboard.
The new catering policy to be announced by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu envisages fulfilling aspirations of public regarding healthy and hygienic food as it was flooded with complaints against food quality.
While the food will be prepared at the state-of-the-art base kitchens, it would be distributed through service providers from hospitality industry, according to the new policy which aims to attract reputed food-chain players from the market.
new policy replacing the seven-year-old one gives back the IRCTC, a railways PSU, onboard catering responsibility for majority of trains including all the new ones.
The Railways PSU was relieved from the responsibility through the current policy effected by the then Railway minister Mamata Banerjee in 2010.
"IRCTC would begin to manage catering service in a phased manner. IRCTC would unbundle catering service by creating distribution primarily between food preparation and its distribution," Prabhu had announced in the 2016 Rail Budget.
Railway catering policy-2017 also empowers the IRCTC to fix menu and tariff in consultation with Railway Board.
In order to achieve social objective, the policy allows 33 percent sub quota for women in allotment of stalls at all stations.
"Besides, self-help groups will also be empaneled in catering services to promote employment opportunities in various regions," Railway Ministry sources said, adding "milk stalls would be alloted at all stations through open tender."
Stringent guidelines have been incorporated in the policy to set up base kitchens at major junctions and also to restrict IRCTC from outsourcing private licensees outrightly.
Perpetual renewal of food stalls at stations has been done away with and the new policy envisages that tenure of stalls shall be of five years only.
The new policy, which encourages e-catering system, was finalised after taking suggestions from all stakeholders.

Feb 26 2017 (21:31)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Somebody prepares someone distributes - all need to make profit, hence final price will be higher than if one organisation involved in preparation and distribution.
No mechanism to help passengers who are charged high. Not every passenger can tweet and get help, nor do all approach consumer court. So internal complaint system which effectively punishes overcharging is needed.

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Feb 26 2017 (18:02)   16534/KSR Bengaluru - Bhagat Ki Kothi Jodhpur Express (Via Guntakal) (PT) | UBL/WDP-4/20009

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A rare occurrence and a delight for railfans in Bengaluru.
SBC-YPR is a bi-directional double line where parallel action and overtake is rare. One such instance of parallel run happens on Sundays, between Jodhpur Express and Basava Express,
today Jodhpur Express came chugging along led by UBL EMD with Basava nowhere in sight. Just when I thought today's event was a non-starter, I heard 'Basava - the Bull' come roaring along with horns blaring and caught up with Jodhpur Express.
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