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    കണ്ണൂര്‍: തീവണ്ടി ടിക്കറ്റ്‌ െചലവാകുന്നത് കുറഞ്ഞ സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ തീവണ്ടിയില്‍ ടിക്കറ്റ് പരിശോധനയും പ്ലാറ്റ് ഫോം പരിശോധനയും കൂടുതല്‍ ശക്തമാക്കി. തീവണ്ടിയിലെ പരിശോധനയ്ക്ക് പ്രത്യേക സ്‌ക്വാഡ് രൂപവത്കരിച്ചാണ് പരിശോധനനടത്തുന്നത്. െവള്ളിയാഴ്ച മൂന്നു തീവണ്ടികളില്‍ കണ്ണൂര്‍ മുതല്‍ നീലേശ്വരം വരെ നടത്തിയ പരിശോധനയില്‍ ടിക്കറ്റില്ലാതെ യാത്രചെയ്തതും ബുക്ക് ചെയ്യാതെ അനധികൃതമായി ചരക്കുകടത്തിയതുമായി 35 കേസുകള്‍ പിടികൂടി. ടിക്കറ്റില്ലാതെ യാത്രചെയ്തവരില്‍നിന്ന് 23,175 രൂപ പിഴയീടാക്കി.
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    The three-day annual India-Bangladesh Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting will begin in Dhaka tomorrow to discuss various railway issues of the two countries. Additional Director General (Operations) of Bangladesh Railway Shah Zahirul Islam will lead Bangladesh side while Railway Board's Additional Member (Traffic) AK Maitra will lead the Indian delegation. The meeting...
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    A minor fire today broke outside the busy Rajiv Chowk metro station here but smoke emanating from it sounded the fire alarm at the premises, forcing authorities to halt the train service and close the station for a brief period. According to fire officials, a rubber mat near gate number...
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    इलाहाबाद। आगरा से दिल्ली के बीच 200 किमी की रफ्तार से ट्रेनों को चलाने की तैयारी शुरू हो गई है। इस योजना को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष अरुणेंद्र कुमार, एमएम आलोक जौहरी, जीएम प्रदीप कुमार रविवार को विंडो ट्रेलिंग यानी ट्रेन की खिड़की से ट्रैक का...
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    by: Nitesh  Today (10:28AM)


    बरेली/कासगंज। डीआरएम चंद्र मोहन जिंदल ने शनिवार को कासगंज रेलवे जंक्शन का निरीक्षण करने के साथ कासगंज-बरेली रेल लाइन के अमान परिवर्तन कार्य की प्रगति की जानकारी ली। बाद में इस पर संतोष व्यक्त करते हुए दावा किया कि बरेली-कासगंज के बीच रेल यातायात जुलाई में शुरू हो जाएगा। उन्होंने...

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Yesterday (2:58PM)   12263/Pune - Hazrat Nizamuddin AC Duronto Express | PUNE/Pune Junction (6)        
 

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The next day, I woke up early thanks to my habit of doing so for all these ears years
Ratings:
Speed: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Punctuality: 8/10
Staff Service: 8/10
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, as much as I have travelling and compiling this!! :D

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Station Tag: Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079
TRIP REPORT
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I undertook a trip on 4th April 2014 from PUNE-NZM ( /diary/trip/45386 ) for which I am presenting a report.
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The day 4th April had finally dawned, the day for which I was excited and waiting for since many days, for two reasons. First, a travel by the rockstar 12263 and second, the travel was a part of my 12 day vacation trip to Amritsar & Kashmir. Accordingly, we arrived at Pune station at around 10.15 am, around 1 hr prior to scheduled departure and waited in the main concourse hall. I ventured out for a bit of RF and announcements / displays for the following were being made:
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51324 BRMT-PUNE Passenger on PF-4
18520 LTT-VSKP Express on PF-6
12158 SUR-PUNE Hutatma Express on PF-2
11014 CBE-LTT on PF-3
12263 PUNE-NZM Duronto from PF-1
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12150 PNBE-PUNE Express soon arrived with its customary PUNE Alco twins on PF-1, horribly late by nearly 5 hrs. Some 20 mins later, the rake of 12150 was being shunted away and then the rake of 12263 was shunted onto PF-1. Our coach was A3, 2nd from LOCO and right after EOG. After having settled in with luggage, I got down of the train to see the chariot, a 30249 GZB WAP-7 getting ready for the journey. Got inside the coach again and stood near the door. At exactly 11.10, the starter turned yellow and the chariot let out a snort, indicating it was time to roll. The train set out, on its journey back home. After having negotiated the crossovers and the PSR over Sangam Bridge, it attained a speed of around 60-70 kmph, skipping Shivajinagar and overtaking 99814 SVJR-LNL EMU. What a feeling it was for me, to see SVJR, my RF den skipping from the train, innumerable times I had seen the train skipping from the station and now I was in the train. After the T/P indicator, the loco let out a snort again and we hit MPS in no time. I was enjoying the action from my SLB, a railfan’s favourite. After Dehu Road, the attendants began their service. At around 11.44, after the train had skipped Vadgaon, tomato soup was served along with the usual Amul butter chiplet and a couple of breadsticks and the eternal Rail Neer. The taste was quite good.
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Within no time, we arrived and departed Lonavala, at around 12, but it was just touch-and-go on PF-2 with the train halting for a couple of minutes. The same happened at Khandala as well. I had began my doorplating and photography from LNL itself and the AC attendant requested me to move over to EOG for doorplating, as keeping door open of A3 could let the hot air in and hamper coach cooling (which was pretty good). I readily accepted the proposal and moved over to the EOG coach all to myself. The generator attendant was standing at the other door and after a while I struck conversation with him, asking him some of my doubts. The EOG has a capacity of 3000 litres of diesel and each EOG has 2 generators. Both the generators of front EOG and one generator rear EOG was currently on, he replied, which varies according to the load and also outside temperature. I was enjoying the sights and sounds of the Bor Ghats and the occasional views of Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It was only after the ghats at Palasdhari that I returned back to my seat, only to find out that lunch was being served.
I opted for a non-veg meal, which consisted of 2 rotis, chicken masala, rice, dal, salad, pickle and dahi. The quantity was filling and the quality was quite acceptable. The rotis were thin and soft and the chicken pieces were tender and juicy with tasty gravy. This was followed by a cup of Cream Bell Vanilla Ice-cream at the end of it all.
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The train was maintaining decent speed, with intermittent slowing downs and crawling, crossed Neral at around 13.05 and Kalyan at 13.45. IRI Servers had started to crawl as well, with me facing issues in accessing the pages and after umpteen tries, I finally gave up. IRI was facing an outage that day (I confirmed this with Tejas**). I cursed my stars, as to the day chosen by the site to go off :( The train continued its intermittent crawling now and then, to finally arrive at PF-6 of Vasai Road at 14.35. We had a brief parallel run into Vasai Road with 12933 Karnavati Express and she overtook us here. Another set of LPs and ALPs were already ready and waiting to take charge further upto Vadodara. A brief RF session included spotting of a GMO WAG-9, BL WAG-7 with BTPN, MGS WAG-7 with BCNA and a few EMUs. We departed at 14.55 and I guess there is a SR for about 2 kms so the train just crawled. I was very happy when I saw the T/P indicator (how well we RFs can read these signs) and the moment loco crossed the T/P sign, we received a forward jerk which meant that the license to cut loose had now been given on this high speed WR corridor. Within no time, we hit MPS, skipping Nala Sopara and Virar in no time. Spotted the huge WR - Virar EMU Carshed here on the left side after which the train slowed down to negotiate the Vaitarna Bridge on Vaitarna River and then hit MPS again. I returned back to seat now, enjoying the scenery of rivers and coconut trees, with fast train in motion.
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In the meantime, I SMSed our admins Stevenson** & Zahaib** about the plans of Delhi Admin Meet the next day and received confirmations from them. We bid bye to Maharashtra and entered Gujarat in grand style, skipping Umbergam Road at terrorizing speed in full fury. It was a treat to the eyes to see skipping the likes of Vapi, Valsad & Bilimora Jn relatively important stations with quite a crowd that just amazingly looked at our train rip their stations apart. Spotted the ELS at Valsad on the right side as we skipped the station. Evening snacks were served, consisting of an awful Kachori that was hard, a tomato ketchup sachet, Soan Papdi, Masala peanuts and Tea.
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After we had crossed Navsari, I received a call from our Surat admin Shivkumar Mishra** that he was standing at outer of Udhna Jn and is waiting to capture me and my train, so he requested me to stand on the right side to spot him. I went to the front EOG and stood on the right side post our train crossing Bhestan, with my eyes all over the horizon. I could see the Udhna overbridge looming in distance and after a while, could spot the popular “Mishra Ji” of IRI with a cam in his hand. We exchanged good byes at MPS and it surely was a thrilling admin meet!! The train slowing down having crossed Udhna could mean only one thing - Diamond City Surat was the next target, however, instead of ripping it apart, the train respectfully skipped the station with intermittent honkings at around 60 kmph beside PF-1 (There is SR of 60 here). It was again thrilling to see a train skip an important station and doorplating was fun, clicking pics and catching attention of people (and RPF) on the PF. The huge rush on PF-1 was for Suryanagari / Karnavati. After having skipped Surat and Tapi river, the train again hit MPS. I returned back to my seat after crossing Sayan and spotting the Sayan Sugar Factory (a very smelly place) for a bit of rest and enjoying Gujarat countryside.
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At around 18.00 hrs, I rushed to EOG again. We skipped Ankleshwar at fairly decent speed and then the train slowed down, what was the RF attraction of the trip. The Silver Jubilee Bridge over the mighty Narmada River at Bharuch. I enjoyed doorplating here, taking a video (which will be posted in due course) and at the same time, paying obeisance to Narmada Maiyya. The train slowed down further and we crossed Bharuch after which the train picked up speed again. At 18.40, we entered PF-3 at Vadodara Jn. I got down for a bit of breather and to stretch my legs. Bought a packed of the famous “Bharuch ni Seeng - Salted peanuts of Bharuch” on the PF. 79456 Chhota Udepur-Vadodara DEMU arrived on PF-2 right behind us. We received the starter at around 18.55 and pulled out of PF at 19.00. There was rush on PF-7 as Gujarat SK was slated to arrive soon. On the way while negotiating the points, spotted the 59162 Vadtal Swaminarayan - Bharuch Passenger, with BRC WAP-5 doing the honours. The rake of 12927/28 BCT-BRC-BCT Express was taking rest in the marshalling yard. The line to ADI went up straight ahead as we were put on the RTM line that branched out to the right.
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With sun going down, I decided to give my camera (and myself) some rest and called it a day as far as RF was concerned. The train continued its run and had a brief unscheduled halt at Godhra and departed soon. It was dinner time. Sweet corn Veg Soup arrived first, with butter and breadsticks. I again opted for non veg meal. Dinner arrived but the quality of food loaded in BRC was poor than that of PUNE, with rotis rigid and chewy, chicken having awful taste and dal watery. The only consolation came in form of Cream Bell Strawberry ice-cream. At around 22.15, Ratlam arrived and we departed in mere 5 minutes, after which I decided to hit the bed.
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The next day, I woke up early thanks to my habit of doing so for all these years. The train had made up for the delay enroute and we were at outer of Mathura at around 04.50 am, being regulated for being before time. It was only at around 05.05 that we crossed Mathura very slowly and perhaps a touch-and-go halt as well. Post MTJ, P7 unleashed itself and started rocking again with BTSR and VRBD having skipped in no time. We were served morning tea and biscuits; I opted for coffee. Being my first visit to Delhi, it was awesome to see the famous stations (made famous by Delhi railfans to capture BPL Shatabdi) of Hodal, Rundhi, Palwal & Asaoti at flat MPS!! We were having a fairly decent run with minimal slow-downs. My eyes were on the horizon as we neared the outskirts of Delhi, for a glimpse of the celebrity - The BPL Shatabdi. I had one when it crossed us at Ballabgarh, with 30005 GZB WAP-5 in the lead. The train slowed down considerably again post Faridabad and then crawled all the up to the heaven and den of Delhi RFs, Okhla. Here, we were made to wait for more than 20 mins and finally we made it to PF-6 of NZM at around 07.25, thus concluding a very fulfilling and an exciting trip.
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Ratings:
Speed: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Punctuality: 8/10
Staff Service: 8/10
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I really like writing longish write-ups so Thanks everyone for the patient reading.. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, as much as I have travelling and compiling this!! :D

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Enjpyed Enjoyed all the way
Splendid report Soumitra.. Very well narrated. Enjoyed all the way.
Pics are awaited.

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Apr 18 (6:35PM)   India’s first double-decker flyover opens in Mumbai | IndiLeak — Latest India Breaking News, Real Hard News, Scam News, Politics, Entertainment News        

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India’s first double-decker flyover opens in Mumbai Mumbai: India’s first double-decker flyover was opened for public use in this west coast megapolis and the country’s commercial capital on Friday.
The long delay resulted in huge cost overruns – from the original
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estimated Rs 1.15 billion to Rs 4.54 billion at completion stage
The project – Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) – will provide a critical east-west suburban link in the city and has slashed travel time from the earlier 90 minutes to barely 20 minutes now, entailing huge savings in time and fuel costs for commuters.
The main flyover spans a total length of 3.45 km, and one 1.8 km long double-decker flyover also crosses above the Central Railway and Harbour Line tracks, giving a speedy access from the Western Express Highway to Kurla, Tilak Nagar, Chembur and Eastern Express Highway.
Planned in 2002 and under construction since 2006, the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road missed around a dozen completion deadlines and cost around Rs 4.54 billion before it finally became operational on Friday.
The long delay resulted in huge cost overruns – from the original estimated Rs 1.15 billion to Rs 4.54 billion at completion stage.
The third and final phase of elections are due here on April 24.
The World Bank-funded SCLR gives not only the crucial east-west link within the city, but also provides a faster access for onward destinations like Pune, Goa and Nashik from the state, an official said.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials attributed the delays mainly to the rehabilitation of around 3,500 families residing on the route of the flyover at Gazi Nagar, Buddha Colony, Indira Colony, Rahul Nagar and other slum pockets.
Significant time was also lost in securing permission by the Indian Railways to construct the double-decker part of the flyover, the officials pointed out.
Besides the SCLR, Mumbaikars have been given a whole lot of mega infrastructure goodies in the past few weeks, including the swank, world-class four-decker Terminal II at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the Eastern Freeway Project with two long tunnels – the first ever in an urban set-up in the country.
There is also the new Sahar Elevated Access Road, including a flyover and subway outside Mumbai Airport, the sea-plane services, India’s tallest ATC tower, besides several other smaller projects in and around the country’s commercial capital.

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Congrats. At last it is opened for public.
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collage.jpg160+ years of Indian Railways.
A small dedication from my end..
SEE IN LARGEST.

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Great compilation, Amit. I would however request you to identify them.

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Thanks everyone!
and sure Gopal sir..will post the details in some time :)

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Gopal sir.. here is the video with description :)

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Thanks a lot for providing video with the description of different locos.
Quite interesting and thanks for taking trouble.:)

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Apr 16 (12:51PM)   Train Takes Mangalore Passengers on Gulbarga Ride - The New Indian Express        

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Train Takes Mangalore Passengers on Gulbarga Ride By Ramkrishna Badseshi - GULBARGA Published: 16th April 2014 09:16 AM Last Updated: 16th April 2014 09:16 AM Passengers waiting at Gulbarga railway station on Tuesday morning were puzzled to see the Okha (Gujarat)-Ernakulam Express, which is not assigned this route, pass through...
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the station. They were in for another surprise as the train, which passed the station without halting, returned in five minutes, only to halt there for more than three hours.
The Okha-Ernakulam Express runs on the Konkan route but due to a derailment in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, many trains have been diverted on alternative routes.
D D Sahu, Scientific Assistant of Kaiga Generating Station 3 & 4, who was travelling on the train, told Express that he had boarded the train at Surat enrote to Mangalore. The train was supposed to reach Ernakulam via Ratnagri, Madgaon, Udupi and Mangalore. When the train reached Panvel, the driver got a message that due to the derailment near Ratnagiri, his train was diverted to Pune. At Pune station, authorities announced on the public address system that the train has been diverted to Madgaon.
Hoping they would reach Madgaon by Tuesday noon, the passengers went to sleep. When they woke up at about 7 am, they became suspicious when the train passed Gulbarga. By then the coaches had run out of water.
Sahu said some passengers pulled the chain near the Koranti Hanuman temple in Gulbarga and asked the engine driver where the train  was heading and when it would reach Madgaon. When he could not give satisfactory reply, the passengers forced him to drive back  to Gulbarga railway station.
Hundreds of passengers gheraoed Gulbarga station master D V Raman Rao. They questioned why the train was skipping Madgaon. Rao, who was unaware of the developments, contacted higher authorities. Passengers were then given the option of cancelling their tickets. At about 1.20 pm, the railways decided to  take passengers to Ernakulam via Madgaon and instructed the Gulbarga railway officials to divert the train to Madgaon via Hotgi.
Railway officials in Gulbarga told Express that there was no need to bring train to Gulbarga since it could have been diverted to Madgaon from Hotgi after Solapur.
A Central Railway officer at Solapur ruled out any action against officials. He denied there was any confusion over the routes and said that it was decided to run the train to Ernakulam via Gulbarga.

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Heights of arrogance. First of all they caused trouble to thousands of passengers and then they are not ready to accept their fault.

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Apr 15 (5:06PM)   74629/Banihal - Baramulla DMU | BAHL/Banihal (3)        
 

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Station Tag: Srinagar Kashmir/SINA added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079
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*** TRAIN TO PARADISE – JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME ***
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The day was 26th June 2013 when Indian Railways carved (or literally dug for itself) a new crown, called the 11 km long PIR PANJAL RAILWAY TUNNEL and linked Qazigund in Kashmir Valley (The Gateway of Kashmir Valley in Anantnag District) with Banihal in Ramban District of Jammu region. Of course, there was the 3 km long JAWAHAR TUNNEL on NH-1A leading from JAMMU to SRINAGAR, but this one was special. This was one masterpiece all RFs wanted to lay their hands on and get a first-hand experience of “Jannat ka Safar”.
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Come 8th April 2014, after two days of continuous
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rainfall, the Sun God shone brightly upon the entire Kashmir Valley. The lifeline of Kashmir, NH-1A was thrown open to traffic that day. There was a significant traffic on the highway, vehicles stranded in Jammu moving towards Srinagar and vice-versa. We had already began our journey from Jammu to Srinagar early morning, the hills glistened in the early morning sun and Tawi River flowing amidst towering peaks. There was cheer in the air, as our Tempo Traveller made its way towards the VALLEY, with popular Punjabi numbers mainly sung by YOYO HONEY SINGH.
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After Lunch halt at Batote, a small town in Doda District in the Chenab Valley of Jammu region, our tour leader gave the most pleasant surprise that would make any railfan dance with joy. Instead of going by road, he announced that we would be taking the train from Banihal to Srinagar!! His words were like a soothing music to my ears!! I was all agog with excitement in anticipation of what was to follow some moments later.
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At around 16.15, we reached Banihal Station which to me was one of the most beautiful rail terminals in the world!! Situated in the lap of the snow capped Pir-Panjal ranges, the green capped brick coloured edifice presents a splendor of its own. The last train to Baramulla is the 74629 Banihal-Baramulla DMU which departs at 17.00 hrs.
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As we entered the station, we saw a SEA OF HUMANITY. Locals and tourists had literally filled up the entire station and an equal number had made a beeline for tickets. Two factors for the huge rush were the highway being opened after 2 days of rainfall (as I explained earlier) and this being the last train to the Valley. There was tight security all around and every passenger was being frisked before he/she entered the platform. My dreams of a window seat and clicking some HQ pics and vids were shattered and had to keep camera inside to protect it from getting damaged :(
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With all eyes on the horizon, at exactly 16.55, the DMU snaked in to Banihal and the quiet atmosphere suddenly turned electric, with people jostling to get in. We all somehow got into the second last coach and heaved a sigh of relief, for being in ONE PIECE. The GRP made sure everyone got inside the coach. At 17.15, the LAST TRAIN TO THE VALLEY started its journey. I was standing in the aisle owing to rush, but the marvel of Kashmir Railways made me forget the tiredness of travelling the entire day. Moments later, 11 km long PIR PANJAL RAILWAY TUNNEL, an engineering marvel arrived and most of the tourists couldn’t hold themselves back from praising the engineers and labourers who toiled hard to make this a reality.
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The tunnel has a three-meter wide road has been provided inside the tunnel for maintenance and emergency rescue and relief operations. It has also been equipped with the state-of-the-art air quality monitoring system, ventilation system, communication system, firefighting system and emergency rescue system. At around 17.40, we came out of the tunnel to see the first sights of THE PARADISE. Mustard fields, vast greenery, snowcapped mountains, Chinar and safeda trees all around presented a glorious portrait painted by Nature. At a few places, I even saw Kashmiri boys enjoying a game of cricket and didn’t forget to envy their playground that would put even the best of the stadiums to shame. The sights and sounds was something that cannot be explained in words but has to be experienced by oneself.
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Inside the coach, we were mesmerized by a completely different Kashmiri culture and local folk which have their own distinct identity. Kashmiri men and women attired in traditional “pheran”, a long wool coat, smiling faces and friendliness made us feel comfortable. I struck conversation with a couple of guys, a man who was a govt contractor in Srinagar and another young land who had his saffron field in Pampore.
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After Anantnag, a significant number of people got down and I got a place to sit. Our DMU was chugging along the greenery and mustard fields nicely countering small streams and brooks in between. At around 18.55, we arrived and got down at a chilly and “naturally Air-conditioned” Srinagar, the outside temperature being 7 degrees!! The starter turned yellow and the DMU chugged along to its next destination Budgam while we waved goodbye coming out of the station, thanking the Almighty for some of the sweetest memories of one of the best rail journeys of my life…
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Something about Kashmir Railways:
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> Every passenger is frisked thoroughly before he / she enters the platform. There is tight security everywhere.
> There are security personnel standing alongside the tracks as well and at some important vantage points
> The GRP / RPF make sure that everyone gets on the train. They render all possible assistance.
> The moment a train arrives at a station, the policemen whistle and ask the de-boarded passengers to hurry up and leave the station. Loitering around in station premises is strictly prohibited.
> Passengers with a valid journey ticket are allowed on the platform only at the time of train arrival and departure. Other than these times, no person is allowed to enter the platform. So railfans, if you are planning to just “see” the trains (forget railfanning even with a mobile) with a valid PF ticket, choose some other place except the station. You will not be entertained and will be shooed away!!
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Pic Index:
Pics 1-4: Banihal: Station overview, waiting for the DMU to arrive
Pics 5-8: Nature along the way
Pic 9: Anantnag
Pic 10: Crossing 74634 Budgam-Banihal DMU at Kakapor
Pic 11: Our DMU after having arrived at Srinagar (sorry for the shake, as a GRP personnel as approaching towards us and I had to take a quick pic. The man shouted at another guy taking pics - "Bandh karo isko, yeh allowed nahi hai" :( )

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Soumitra,that was an impressive report. You took us straight to Kashmir,Jewel of India.However,at this point of time,the pics are not getting displayed.Must be a temporary glitch.I will post my comments later on.

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Ok,now pics I can see.Wonderful snaps of PF,DMU and nature scenes.
Thank you for virtually taking us to Kashmir

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Thanks a lot for your kind words Sir.. Its my pleasure the bring you the best our country has to offer. Hoping that you see the pics soon :-)

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Journey: Tue Apr 15, 2014 @ 14:45
12001/Bhopal-New Delhi Shatabdi Express
Entry# 1055378
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PNR: 812-xxxxxxx    |   AC 1st Class - 1A   |   Charting: < 12:45   |   Similar PNRs
BPL/Bhopal Junction   to   AGC/Agra Cantt.   |   508 km / 703 km
Original Status as of: Apr 12 (7:07PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 8 (Booking Status: W/L 9,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 9 (Booking Status: W/L 10,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: Apr 14 (9:15PM)
Passenger 1: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 9,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 10,GNWL)
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AC-Ist Class: Class-IA: Refers to I AC Sleeper
In all Shatabdi class trains,ECC to be indicated in place of AC-I Class-IA

Apr 14 2014 (12:09PM)
Sir
In all Shatabdi class trains,ECC to be indicated in place of AC-I Class-IA

Apr 14 2014 (11:08AM)
In all Shatabdi class trains,ECC to be indicated in place of AC-I Class-IA
#moderator Sir
AC-Ist Class-IA: Refers to I AC Sleeper. In the case of this train, it is to be Executive Chair Car (ECC).
Request correction to ECC.
In all Shatabdi class trains,ECC to be indicated in place of AC-I Class-IA

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But in gov site, its givn as 1A
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20140414062821.jpgA very good morning to all at IRI from PKV now holidaying with my family at the seaside resort of Mandarmoni 185 kms from Kolkata A pic of my cottage here .

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Very Good Evening Sir. A delightful snap of Sunflower bed.Equally good sunrise pic. I am glad you and family had a great time at the resort.

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Apr 13 (4:49PM)   11035/Sharavati Express        
 

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11036sharawatiexpress.jpgTrain Board Pic:13 December 2012
Pls see how Mysore is spelt as "Maysore"
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idu hale board alva sir?

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Pic Date says 13 Dec 12.However, why the spelling is wrong?

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Ha ha ha...They have just gone by the way people speaks. In Mumbai and many north Indian cities, Mysore is pronounced as Maysore..

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Ok Vinay. I guessed so:)

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May be they hav pronounced in Hindi written the same in English.
For Karnataka Exp SWR shud write "NAVA DEHALI" or "HOSA DEHALI" in English
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There is a disused railway station Mangalore , in Australia:
Mangalore railway station
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Station statistics
Line(s) North East
Shepparton
Platforms: 2
Tracks: 2
Other information
Opened 20 November 1872
Closed 4 October 1981
Station status: Closed
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Mangalore is a closed station located in the township of Mangalore, at the junction of the North East and Goulburn Valley railway lines in Victoria, Australia. The station was one of 35 closed to passenger traffic on 4 October 1981 as part of the New Deal timetable for country passengers. The former station building was moved from the site, and currently sits in a yard on the way into nearby Avenel.
The station was located on a triangular wedge between the two lines, and was once the end of the double track from Melbourne. The signal box at the station was closed in 1989 when the junction of the North East and Goulburn Valley lines was moved to Seymour, and the two lines worked independently
Pic:Looking north towards the junction of the two lines and the former station

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Great to Know Mangalore is also there in Australia..
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Journey: Mon Apr 14, 2014 @ 19:10
22181/Gondwana Express
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PNR: 851-xxxxxxx    |   Sleeper - SL   |   Charting: < 13:35   |   Similar PNRs
SGO/Saugor   to   GWL/Gwalior Junction   |   321 km / 905 km
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Passenger 1: Waitlist# 16 (Booking Status: W/L 18,CK)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 17 (Booking Status: W/L 19,CK)
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Latest Status as of: Apr 14 (1:35PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 12 (Booking Status: W/L 18,CK)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 19,CK)
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What is ST2,17?

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Slip Coaches to tatanagar/Tuticorin, as the case may be

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Thanks rdb for explaining the meaning
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