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Yesterday (18:19)   22119/Mumbai CST - Karmali Tejas Express

Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Entry# 2292689            Tags   Past Edits
Extremely bad of the people to damage facilities.
• 12 of the high-quality headphones provided for the infotainment screens are missing, said railway sources. Some screens were found scratched.
• A passenger, who travelled on the train the second day, said the train was not properly cleaned. “Toilets too were unclean.
• Attendants were ignorant. The food was not as good as during the inaugural run,”
he said.
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Crime/AccidentsCR/Central  -  

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1182 news posts
Entry# 2292683   News Entry# 303575         Tags   Past Edits
The Mumbai-Goa Tejas Superfast Express' maiden run on Monday has left Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu understandably chuffed. What Prabhu probably doesn't know, and what has left the railway officials visibly sheepish, is the railway staff reporting that several headphones were stolen from the train during its very first journey. The impact of the thefts is such that on Wednesday - during the train's journey from Goa to Mumbai - a few passengers complained that they were not provided headphones at all.
Tejas, hailed as an "aeroplane moving on the ground" by the Central railway top brass, boasts of amenities such as LED screens attached to seats, Wi-Fi, CCTV cameras, and tea/coffee vending machine. Capable of running at 200 kmph, the train covers
the 552-km Mumbai-Goa journey within nine hours.
A senior railway official told Mumbai Mirror that "at least a dozen headphones" were missing from the train after Monday's journey. He also said a couple of LED screens had scratch marks on them.
"The headphones were distributed just after the journey commenced. There wasn't an announcement to return the headphones because we expected passengers to not carry them away, just like they don't take away pillows and blankets," the official said.
When asked the cost of a single headphone on board Tejas, the official merely said, "Not very expensive". The cheapest ticket on the 992-seat train costs Rs 1,185 (chair car, without food), and the most expensive is the executive class ticket at Rs 2,740.
The Central Railway's chief public relations officer, Narendra Patil, confirmed the railway staff reported that "a few headphones" were missing from the train after Monday's journey.
Yesterday, a senior citizen on board the train's journey to Mumbai said he was not given headphones "despite several reminders". Mahendra Barde, 62, who was travelling with wife, said, "I wanted to watch something on the screen but never got the headphones." Several passengers also complained that the Wi-Fi on the train wasn't active.
The railway officials said not much should be looked into these incidents. "These are teething troubles that will be sorted out within a few days. We need to celebrate a train that will eventually change the way India travels," the official said.

Yesterday (18:16)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2292683-1            Tags   Past Edits
Its an absolute shame. I think we Indians dont deserve such facilities. Unless the attitude of people change, railways should not come up with such new features.
They should have taken some input after a similar incident happened in Mahamana Express.
General Travel
May 24 2017 (21:35)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT)

Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Entry# 2291313            Tags   Past Edits
The timings of this trains seems to have been decided based on its run in some critical sections and lack of platforms during arrival at major junctions like VSKP, BZA, Chennai, Shoranur & ERS. In the process lots of slack time is being given and train is extremely slow.
It may not be a bad option for this train to skip stations like Chennai, shoranur and instead be rerouted to a suburb station like Perambur etc . This will definitely save good amount of time and trains can be speeded up
General Travel
May 23 2017 (13:06)  

Kunal Rathi   591 blog posts   366 correct pred (64% accurate)
Entry# 2289295            Tags   Past Edits
Any Difference between Side-Lower & Side-Upper Seats of 3AC & 2AC ?

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May 24 2017 (21:28)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2289295-12            Tags   Past Edits
Yes you are right. 3AC has become like the new sleeper...with the only difference being it has AC. They should reinstate curtains in 3AC also. Also there are quite a few sectors where local passengers have also started boarding these 3AC coaches.....and TTE hardly seems to do anything !
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New/Special TrainsCR/Central  -  
May 22 2017 (09:58)   Tejas Express to make its maiden journey from Mumbai to Goa today

Southern Railway^~   108 news posts
Entry# 2287327   News Entry# 303232         Tags   Past Edits
The Executive Class fare in Tejas has been fixed at Rs 2,540 without food and Rs 2,940 with food. The Chair Car fare Rs 1,850 with food and Rs 1,220 without food.
New Delhi, May 22: The luxurious Tejas Express with ultra-modern amenities on board like LED TV, wi-fi, CCTV and much more will make its maiden journey from Mumbai to Goa on Monday. The semi-high speed train will run between Mumbai and Karmali (Goa) five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon by halting at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Ratnagiri and Kudal stations.
No 22119 Superfast Tejas Express will leave CST at 5 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 24 and arrive at Karmali at 1:30 PM the same day. Train No 22120 Superfast Tejas Express will leave Karmali at 2:30 PM on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting from May 23 and arrive at the CST at 9 PM,” DK Sharma, general manager of the Central Railway, said.
Tejas will have two executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach. (Also read: Tejas Express – from reclining chairs to automatic doors: Here are top features of superfast train)
Unlike the Shatabdi Express, passengers will have the option to opt for onboard food. If a passenger opts for food while buying ticket, the catering charge will be included in the fare. There is an increase of more than 20 per cent in the base fare for Tejas as against the Shatabdi, said a railway ministry official.
The superfast surcharge, reservation fee and catering charges will be levied separately.
The Executive Class fare in Tejas has been fixed at Rs 2,540 without food and Rs 2,940 with food. The Chair Car fare Rs 1,850 with food and Rs 1,220 without food.
The Shatabdi fares are Rs 2,390 and Rs 1,185 in Executive Coach and Chair Car respectively which include food also.
Manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the coaches will have automatic entrance door, a first in non- suburban train in the Indian Railways.

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May 22 2017 (22:46)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2287327-11            Tags   Past Edits
Lets hope that passengers also behave responsibly and not tamper with the LED tv's etc. Also CCTV and other equipment is properly maintained.
Maybe after few months of running it would be good to see how may of these facilities are in working condition

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Rail News
IR AffairsSER/South Eastern  -  
May 18 2017 (06:27)   Vidyut meets SER GM, demands speedy work on Jugsalai over-bridge

Waiting For Extension Of TATA ROU JAT Upto SVDK😊^~   508 news posts
Entry# 2288547   News Entry# 302720         Tags   Past Edits
Jamshedpur: The MP of Jamshedpur Vidyut Varan Mahato has asked the South Eastern Railway authorities to expedite work on the construction of the proposed railway over-bridge in Jugsalai.
He said the government of Jharkhand was willing to extend all possible support to the Railway in connection with the overbridge project. He said a letter has already been sent to the Railway authorities regarding payment of land value for the project to the Railway by the state government. He said the Union Railway Minister had assured to speed up work on the project in his last meeting with him in New Delhi in connection with the project.
meeting of South Eastern Railway Zonal Advisory Committee was held in Howrah. It was presided over by the General Manager of South Eastern Railway SN Agrawal.
At the very onset of the meeting, the Jamshedpur MP spoke about the issues related to railway services and facilities for the passengers of Jamshedpur constituency. He said that after much paper work and ground work done by the Jharkhand government, now it was the responsibility of the zonal railway authorities to ensure speedy completion of the overbridge project.
The GM told Mahato that a proposal regarding the overbridge had been sent to the Railway Board. Once approval is given to the proposal, the construction work would start, said the GM.
At the meeting, various passenger issues were discussed. The MP demanded that Tatanagar-Yashwantpur train should be run thrice a week and that its bogies should be replaced. He also demanded new train services from Tata to Howrah and Tata to Bangalore via Katpadi besides demanding that Lalmati Express be run on a daily basis.
Mahato further demanded that the Tata-Jammutavi Express train should be extended till Katra and that it should be renamed as Lauh Shakti Express. HE said the second entry gate to Tatanagar railway station should be started soon so that the traffic jam on Station Road may be prevented.
The other demands raised by the MP include total renovation and construction of a foot-over-bridge at Ghatsila and Dhalbhumgarh railway stations, construction of railway under-bridges at various railway level crossings in Ghatsila rail section and increasing the height of railway platform at Galudih.
Mahato expressed concern over the delay in the construction of a halt between Dhalbhumgarh and Ghatsila at Chirugora and between Haldipokhar and Bahalda at Sidirsai. He said the Raiway should give approval to the pending projects and complete them as soon as possible.
The MP also raised the issue of removal of encroachment from Tatanagar railway area. He said the daily vegetable vendors removed from the Station Main Road should be allowed to carry on their daily business at the vacant railway plot situated nearby. He said the Railway had no use of the land at present.
He handed over a memorandum of the said demands to the Railway GM who reportedly gave a positive response to the same.

May 22 2017 (22:43)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2288547-1            Tags   Past Edits
• The MP demanded that Tatanagar-Yashwantpur train should be run thrice a week
• He also demanded new train services from Tata to Howrah and Tata to Bangalore via Katpadi besides demanding that Lalmati Express be run on a daily basis
Doe these public representatives actually try and check before coming up with some weird demands. At least the press should also check before publishing the same!
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Major Accidents/DisruptionsNFR/Northeast Frontier  -  
May 22 2017 (07:47)   Examinees ransack New Jalpaiguri station on being denied residential arrangements

Rail Fanning~   145 news posts
Entry# 2286956   News Entry# 303221         Tags   Past Edits
Irate examinees on Sunday went on the rampage at New Jalpaiguri railway station ransacking the station master’s office, damaging an engine and two AC coaches and trying to set fire to the station, after being denied arrangements to stay overnight at the station. NF Railway Area Manager Parthasarathi Shil said over one lakh examinees from Bihar had arrived in Siliguri on Saturday to appear for the examinations for the Group-D posts conducted by the West Bengal government at various centres in north Bengal. They were on their way back home from New Jalpaiguri junction. However, no trains were available for the return journey Saturday, Shil said.
Examinees approached the station master on Saturday night and demanded arrangements for them to stay overnight
at the station. However, they were allegedly chased away by the RPF, sources said. Agitated candidates went on rampage the following morning. They ransacked several platforms and the station master’s office, burnt tyres on the tracks, held up the Awadh-Assam express and damaged its engine and two AC coaches and tried to set fire to the station, Shil said.
The RPF together with the NJP police brought the situation under control. Several passengers, however, sustained injuries, the sources said. Shil said the damage to railway property was estimated at Rs one crore. The RPF has lodged an FIR against the agitators. Several superfast and long distance trains were held up as a result. These included Awadh-Assam express and Sealdah-Kamakhya express, sources said.
Agitation subdued at around 11 am Sunday after the Railways made arrangements for a special train to transport the examinees to Bihar, Shil said. Meanwhile, NJP Railway Passengers Welfare Committee President Dipak Mohanty alleged that the situation would not have taken an ugly turn had proper arrangements been made at the station for the examinees to stay.

May 22 2017 (07:50)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2286956-1            Tags   Past Edits
It was mentioned that damage to railway property was estimated to be Rs. 1 crore and the RPF had lodged an FIR against the agitators.
What is the point of FIR when the candidates have all gone back to the home state ? In the whole bargain, railways has lost so much money through damage to its property. It is quite sad to see people having no care whatsoever and consider everything as their own property !

May 22 2017 (08:16)
S V Iyer*^~   13626 blog posts   12348 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 2286956-2            Tags   Past Edits
If this is how the recruits are to be then IR doesnt need auvh staff. Jinke naam pe FIR farj hua hai..seedha reject kar daalo.
Reason: Inappropriate behaviour.
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New/Special TrainsSR/Southern  -  
May 14 2017 (11:11)   Railways cuts a raw deal for Kerala again, 6 train services canceled.

Rail Fanning~   145 news posts
Entry# 2276550   News Entry# 302429         Tags   Past Edits
Even when Kerala's repeated demands for new trains fail to yield any result, the Railways has cut down six train services in the Palakkad division.
The Railways said the decision was taken due to the shortage of passengers. The Pazhani-Pollachi and Kasaragod-Byndoor passenger trains and the Kasaragod-Kannur special were canceled. Also, three special trains from Palakkad town station will not operate services from Friday.
There were plans to run long-distance trains along the Palakkad-Pollachi route, connecting major pilgrim centers. The Railways' latest move to cut even the passenger trains serves a severe blow
to the commuters.
Most of the pilgirms from Kerala depended on the Kasaragod-Byndoor train to visit the famed Mookambika temple.

May 14 2017 (11:14)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2276550-1            Tags   Past Edits
The railways could have re looked at the time of some of the special trains running between Palakkad & Pollachi. Also some of the express trains running in this route, stops at Kollengode, Pudunagram could have been provided for people to have better access and patronisation.

May 14 2017 (11:25)
MCPNBR~   2062 blog posts   101 correct pred (88% accurate)
Re# 2276550-2            Tags   Past Edits
Knowingly railway give inconvenient timings and finally will end up in loss, they will not be ready to listen passengers suggestion/opinions.

May 16 2017 (20:04)
chakravarthiguptan~   78 blog posts
Re# 2276550-3            Tags   Past Edits
In case of kannur byndoor passenger the timings of the train was the sole reason for its loss. Starting the train at 4am will not fetch much passengers. If it would have started at a time between 5 and 6 more passengers will use this train. The unwanted 30 min halt at kasargod to and fro should be refuced and that time should be devoted for the train to run via manglore central instead of directly entering manglore junction as the daily commuters wish to get down at central. The train's running time between manglore and byndoor should be reduced and need to be extended to bhatkal. These are very possible steps railway can easily take.
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PoliticsSR/Southern  -  
May 14 2017 (11:12)   Peeved by railways' apathy, Innocent MP goes on hunger strike

Rail Fanning~   145 news posts
Entry# 2276624   News Entry# 302430         Tags   Past Edits
Innocent MP on Saturday kicked off a hunger strike against the central government for ignoring Kerala's interests in matters related to the railway. The actor-turned-politician wants the railway to complete the promised projects in his constituency, Chalakkudy, at the earliest.
Top on the list of demands is the allocation of stops for the Palaruvi Express at Angamaly and Chalakkudy railway stations. Innocent said he expected the central government to be sympathetic. He added that he would strengthen the agitation with more people’s participation in case a favorable response was not forthcoming.
The Member
of Parliament sat in strike in front of the Chalakkudy railway station from 10 am to 2 pm. He alleged that the central government and the railway were yet to respond to a comprehensive plan related to the railway development in Chalakkudy after the 2014 general election.

May 14 2017 (11:50)
MCPNBR~   2062 blog posts   101 correct pred (88% accurate)
Re# 2276624-1            Tags   Past Edits
Was it hunger strike? Strike after breakfast and before lunch.

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May 14 2017 (13:06)
Half Girl friend   39225 blog posts   12709 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 2276624-3            Tags   Past Edits
Innoncent on what sense?

May 14 2017 (23:04)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2276624-4            Tags   Past Edits
Haha. Imran Sir, the name of the MP is 'Innocent'.He is also a Malayalam actor ! Got elected as an MP in the last elections.
General Travel
May 09 2017 (00:04)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT)

Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Entry# 2268834            Tags   Past Edits
Have you ever seen any instance of a train making up and cutting delay by almost 4-5 hours ???? . Well this train does it most of the time !!
The train that left DHN/Tata on Saturday had a delayed start due to a line block near Sini/CKP. It departed from Rourkela at 1am with a delay of 6 hours , continued with its delay in Andhra. Had a terrific run in BZA-MAS section despite route congestion and stops (covered in 7 hours ).
And finally despite all stops,
it reached its destination Alleppey with a delay of only 1.5 hours. When it is delayed , there hardly seem to be any route congestion, pf availability issues , path issues etc.
The railways need to cut down its slack by at least couple of hours

May 09 2017 (00:08)
Gajendra Sahu~   1417 blog posts   160 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 2268834-1            Tags   Past Edits
Legendary sanghamitra express.

May 09 2017 (12:28)
One Mail~   5036 blog posts   1462 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2268834-2            Tags   Past Edits
of course it can. Just take its TT in Kerala.
Departs CBE at 11:05. Requries like 70min to reach PGT. So ideally by 12:15 train can reach PGT. 1hr slack
the train which departs at 1:20PM from PGT, having a not stop run to SRR, can reach SRR by 2PM, and say it takes 20min for loco change. By 2.20 train is ready. But needs to depart only at 3:10. 50min slack.
train leaves AWY at 4:36. And it will hardly take 30 min to reach ERS. So by 5:05 Train can reach. But It need to reach by only 5.30. So another 25min slack.
If you add all this, it is 2hr 15min slack within its run in Kerala without considering the slack before ALLP.

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May 09 2017 (23:18)
Rail Fanning~   2645 blog posts
Re# 2268834-5            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, it was pressure from daily passengers it seems. Even though there is a passenger at 6pm towards Allp followed by another train around 7pm, yet this train somehow bore the brunt.
Though 18189/13351 belong to SER and ECR respectively, it is ironical that they have very minimal run in their divisions. They are consistently given low priority by all divisions in Orissa, Andhra, TN & KL
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