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ఒం నమో వేంకటేశాయ^~   50 news posts
Entry# 2132896   News Entry# 291614         Tags   Past Edits
Train No.16301 / 16302 Shoranur – Thiruvananthapuram– Shoranur Venad express trains have been provided stoppage at Sasthankotta railway station on experimental basis for a period of six months with effect from 20.01.2017 to 20.07.2017 as detailed below.

Arrival/Departure timings of
Train No.16301
– Thiruvananthapuram
Venad express
Railway Station
Arrival/Departure timings of
Train No.16302
Thiruvananthapuram - Shoranur
Venad express
20.12 / 20.13 hrs.

06.31 / 06.32 hrs.

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Yesterday (22:14)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2132896-3            Tags   Past Edits
The word experimental should be permanently removed. These stops are never removed in any case

Yesterday (22:44)
ఒం నమో వేంకటేశాయ^~   1196 blog posts   88 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2132896-4            Tags   Past Edits
Your view is ok but not in our hands

Today (02:17)
ChandigarhJagadhariKarnalJindHansi Project~   1242 blog posts
Re# 2132896-5            Tags   Past Edits
No there are many halts which are not made permanent.
This is not always that Halts are politically influenced.
Example : 12311/2 Kalka Howrah Kalka Mail had stoppage at Narela which is removed now.

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Today (09:31)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2132896-7            Tags   Past Edits
This is a good rare exception. I hope that they do it for many other trains.
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Yesterday (11:33)   Bengaluru Suburban Rail: 10 Possible Rail Routes To Decongest India’s Silicon Valley

karbang   21 news posts
Entry# 2132238   News Entry# 291593         Tags   Past Edits
Commuter rail services in Bengaluru have received the nod, and will be moving towards implementation in the not-so-distant future.
What is important now is to consider key rail routes that these trains will cover so that the city’s roads get decongested effectively.
This writer proposes 10 rail routes that can help achieve that goal.
decade-long demand of Bengaluru residents has finally been heard with the city finally moving towards building a commuter rail system. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Karnataka for utilising the megacity’s existing railway infrastructure to operate commuter rail services similar to that in Mumbai and Chennai.
As part of the deal, Karnataka will pitch in 80 per cent of the cost to convert 15 trains to electric multiple units while Indian Railways will take care of the rest. The total cost is pegged currently at Rs 360 crore. And the first train is set to have Ramanagara, 35 km outside the city, as its destination point.
It has been a long journey trying to get commuter rail service started in Bengaluru, a city that already has a metro rail system, with a light rail system also in the docks. Although far from perfect, suburban rail is the most practical and cost-friendly solution to ease Bengaluru’s traffic problems. You get such advantages as:
Rail lines already exist
Land acquisition not required
No time spent on construction
No felling of trees or digging underground
No inconvenience to existing commuters
The only additional thing required is passenger trains. Weighing the costs and benefits of implementing this system, the choice becomes clear.
Okay, so now that commuter rail is set to materialise, it’s worthwhile to discuss what the possible rail routes could be. Based on a map of railway lines across the city, this writer has attempted to come up with ten rail routes that could work. (Do note that this writer does not have real data on how many users would benefit from the proposed routes and what exact impact it would have on traffic -- the math on this is yet to be done.) So here are ten possible suburban rail routes:
1. Bidadi-Nelamangala (via Bangalore City railway station (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station), Malleshwaram, Yeshwantpur)
People residing along Mysore Road and near Peenya would especially benefit from this rail route. It will also connect two highways, namely Mysore Road and Tumkur Road.
A mapping of possible beneficiaries:
a) Bidadi: Factory workers, Innovative Film City visitors, Nithyananda devotees
b) Hejjala: Wonder La visitors
c) Kengeri: Kengeri Satellite Town residents, Big Banyan Tree tourists
d) Gnanabharathi: Students and staff of R V College of Engineering and Bengaluru University, Global Village Tech Park employees, residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Nagarbhavi (key station)
e) Nayandahalli: Residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Nagarbhavi and Chandra Layout (makeshift stations -- one platform each at RPC Layout and ETA Mall would be even better), students and staff of PESIT and neighbouring colleges (another key station)
f) Bangalore City railway station: Direct connectivity to the city’s main railway station is a must.
g) Malleshwaram: This locality attracts a lot of people. With this route, a commute from Gnanabharathi to Malleshwaram, for instance, which now takes an hour or more, would take about a half-hour.
h) Yeshwanthpur: Another important locality. Rail connectivity to this area would benefit a lot of people.
i) Nelamangala: Several educational institutions and industries are situated in this area. Students and workers alike would benefit as a result.
Even just three trains in a day, one in the morning peak-hour, one in the afternoon time and one in the evening peak-hour, would help reduce traffic along Tumkur Road and NICE Road significantly.
2. Bidadi-Whitefield (Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment, Baiyappanahalli, K R Puram)
This would help anyone living in and around Mysore Road commute to the eastern limits of Bengaluru with relative ease. A train from Bidadi to Whitefield via Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment and K R Puram will combat traffic congestion effectively.
3. Nelamangala-Whitefield (via Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore City railway station)
This rail line can connect North-West Bengaluru to East Bengaluru. If one wants to travel from Nelamangala to Whitefield in the present, it’s quite a difficult commute. For instance, one would have to go to Nagasandra, take the Green Line up to Mantri Mall, take a bus from there to Majestic, take the Purple Line from there to Baiyappanahalli and then take a bus from there. A direct train along this route, therefore, would do wonders for regular commuters.
4. Nelamangala-Heelalige (via Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Hebbal, Banaswadi, Bellandur)
Besides Whitefield, which other areas in Bengaluru would one consider super-congested? Topping the list of many would be the localities of Marathahalli and Electronic City.
This proposed rail line will connect North-West and South-East Bengaluru. The city’s employees, especially IT employees, would be most benefited by this line. It would also greatly reduce traffic on Old Airport Road. Anyone commuting to Marathahalli from the north-west side and vice versa would also have it easier.
5. Bidadi-Heelalige (Bangalore City railway station, Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
Similar to the previous line, this route will help link areas near Mysore Road to Bellandur and Electronic City. In effect, it will reduce the dependence on NICE Road and Old Airport Road, which would be a significant.
6. Bidadi-Banaswadi (Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Hebbal)
This line would benefit residents who commute regularly from Mysore Road to Hebbal and vice versa. It will significantly reduce the dependence on Outer Ring Road as well.
7. Whitefield-Heelalige (via Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
A direct railway line linking the two major Information Technology hubs of the city cannot help but be a boon for Bengaluru’s large and growing IT crowd.
Rail routes to the airport (to be introduced with the highest priority)
As if there isn't enough traffic in Bengaluru already, a commute to the city’s airport is close to a nightmare for those living far from it. In most cases, flying from Bengaluru to another city and beyond takes lesser time than commuting from one's house to the airport -- that is how far it is!
Taking the BIAL (airport) bus is possible only when one has a lot of time on their hands. Otherwise, one has to rely on cabs, which can take anywhere from one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on where one is starting their commute from.
So then, what is the solution for a quicker commute to the airport? Suburban rail. The city already has a rail line that goes by the airport. So that can be used. Every major city in the world has rail connectivity to its airport. Bengaluru, despite being a world-class city, unfortunately does not.
Besides trains, the only additional thing required would be a railway station near the airport. The ideal location to construct this station would be as shown on the map:
The airport railway station could be built on either of the two locations marked by red lines. These trains, while primarily serving the purpose of airport commute, can be extended to Nandi Halt. If this is done, it would help tourists heading to Nandi Hills as well.
It would be preferred that these trains operate round the clock, as many international flights depart in the middle of the night.
8. Bidadi-Nandi Halt (via Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
There are two ways of implementing this route, namely through Yeshwanthpur (recommended) and through Baiyappanahalli (because this station will or should already facilitate the connection from Heelalige).
9. Heelalige-Nandi Halt (via Baiyappanahalli, Channasandra, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
Since a majority of the IT population resides in Electronic City area -- and they’re more likely to take the flight than the average Bengalurean, this rail link is bound to be effective.
10. Whitefield-Nandi Halt (via K R Puram, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
This is as crucial as the Electronic City-airport link. These two routes should be sufficient to keep a lot of cars off the airport road.
In conclusion, I believe that if trains are introduced on these specific routes with a reasonable frequency, it can help decongest the roads and reduce overall traffic, turning Bengaluru into the paradise that it once used to be. Now, wouldn’t we all want that for Namma Bengaluru?

Yesterday (11:51)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2132238-1            Tags   Past Edits
Some good suggestions. At least hope railways looks into some of them.
The SBC-Hosur road section is a critical section. Hope railways introduces few suburban trains. Will benefit lot of people working in ORR/Electronic city areas. But then these services must be properly marketed and highlighted by railways.

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Jan 13 2017 (09:18)  

srinivasvasanthi   3561 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Entry# 2125411            Tags   Past Edits
Requested that our Thiruvananthapuram division has to be extended any one of the day time terminated /originated to Trichy via Nagercoil Town,Tirunelveli, Madurai and Dindugal

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Yesterday (11:40)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2125411-4            Tags   Past Edits
First of all the demands are quite ridiculous to say the least. At least you could have thought about it properly.
The trains that you have mentioned only run with one rake !...........If you have demanded, maybe you could also suggest as to how and from where the railways need to arrange for rakes ???
This is exactly the reason as to why railways hardly even bother to look at some of the demands made by passenger associations etc.

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General Travel
Jan 15 2017 (20:56)   66301/Ernakulam - Kollam (Via Kottayam) MEMU | QLN/Kollam Junction (Quilon) (6 PFs)

RbK~   691 blog posts   9878 correct pred (86% accurate)
Entry# 2128440            Tags   Past Edits
Controllers of SR/TVC having a filed day today; almost all up trains are running late.
A sample of their efficency: 66301 ERS QLN MEMU was held @ KRPP for 20 minutes for a twin light loco to pass; this train could've easily reached ETM for this crossing.
66301 held again @KTYM for twin crossings: 12515 & a goods train.
Imagine the urgency behind
sending a goods train in between many express trains, that too on a day when thousands of pilgrims are returning home after Makaravilakku @ Sabarimala. Thanks to this superior decision added to heavy rush from CNGR, 16525, 12082, QLN MAS Suvidha, 12624 etc are all running late.
To make a long story short, 66301 eventually reached QLN @ 1950, after getting overtaken by 16605 at PRND. As per railway records, it was just an hour late(actually it was 90 minutes late @ PRND; so think about the slack!).
(PS: I do accept that you pay nominal fare in passenger trains; but does it mean the train shouldn't be allowed to run to its approved time table?!)

Jan 16 2017 (09:28)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2128440-1            Tags   Past Edits
I have never understood the basis on which controllers take decision on day to day basis. Also quite sure that these decisions are also thrust upon them instead of taking them independently.
Is there some set of rules/priority lists on the basis of which they prioritise ?

Jan 16 2017 (19:44)
RbK~   691 blog posts   9878 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 2128440-2            Tags   Past Edits
Priority is set by the Operations manual and important aspects are incorporated in Working Time Table(WTT) circulated to operation staff. AFAIK, Goods are not supposed to get priority over any kind of passenger trains; but in reality they accord priority to goods, especially oil tankers etc to ensure their arrival ON TIME, which fetches railways some incentive or additional charges.
Travel Question
Jan 10 2017 (16:29)   12625/Kerala Express (PT) | ERS/Ernakulam Junction (South) (6 PFs)

Balaji Sunder*^   1740 blog posts   5170 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 2122488            Tags   Past Edits
Is there any special reason why this train touches ers and reverses? This can go through ern directly..

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Jan 16 2017 (09:25)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2122488-7            Tags   Past Edits
Correct. Both Venad express and Kerala express can almost reduce their running time by almost 45-1hour minutes if they skip ERS.
As of now in case of Venad express, from the time it arrives in ERN and then departure from ERS after loco reversal close to 1 hour 10 minutes is wasted. In case of Kerala express, from Aluva to ERS 1 hour running time is given to cover just 20km. If it would have gone from ERN itself, the train can easily reduce running time by almost an hour !!
★★  General Travel
Jan 13 2017 (08:05)   22651/Chennai Central - Palani SF Express | MAJN/Mangaluru Junction (Mangalore) (3 PFs)

onlyLHBRAKEintrains   2218 blog posts   118 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 2125368            Tags   Past Edits
Kankanadi (Mangalore jn.)- kochuveli ( 3 days a week) and kankanadi (Mangalore jn.)- Rammeshwaram (2 days a week) via Pgt,Poy and Punalur-Palakkad Passenger Trains to be on tracks soon....
Also Chennai-Palani exp which is now running as special up to Pollachi will be extended till Palakkad very soon...and will leave from palakkad town as pgtn-chennai exp.

26 posts - Fri Jan 13, 2017

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Jan 13 2017 (15:32)
One Mail~   4555 blog posts   1429 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 2125368-31            Tags   Past Edits
As per news that came, post RM visit at TVC. It was said, same route via KR. New slot will be given.
One via CBE-BZA will be good.

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Jan 13 2017 (17:09)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2125368-38            Tags   Past Edits
If a new slot is given it will be really remarkable considering that getting slot via konkan railways does have its own challenges. And if that is done, RM can look at increasing frequency of Goa Rajdhani as the TVC-NZM rajdhani slot would become free.
I guess with him having a Goa connection, he might surely tray and do that !

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Jan 13 2017 (17:50)
One Mail~   4555 blog posts   1429 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 2125368-40            Tags   Past Edits
Hope, challenge for new slot, doesnt slow down raj

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Jan 13 2017 (18:37)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2125368-46            Tags   Past Edits
So I guess this is a good example of the fact that there is no need of the rail budget for announcing new trains. Also I think that last week, there was a time table committee meeting where these things might have played a part

Jan 13 2017 (18:40)
One Mail~   4555 blog posts   1429 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 2125368-47            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. They have changed it. No more budget and no more random trains based on budgets. Based on study and demands which officials will decide

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Jan 13 2017 (09:56)   4 More trains for Kerala

imaravIndian^~   98 news posts
Entry# 2125600   News Entry# 291152         Tags   Past Edits
പാലക്കാട്: കേരളത്തിലേക്ക് നാല് പുതിയ തീവണ്ടികള്‍ ഉടനെത്തുമെന്ന് പ്രതീക്ഷ. കങ്കനാടി-രാമേശ്വരം എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ്, പുനലൂര്‍-പാലക്കാട് പാസഞ്ചര്‍, പഴനിവഴി പാലക്കാട്-ചെന്നൈ എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ്, കങ്കനാടി-കൊച്ചുവേളി എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ് എന്നിവയാണ് പുതിയ തീവണ്ടികള്‍. കങ്കനാടി-കൊച്ചുവേളി എക്‌സപ്രസ് ആഴ്ചയില്‍ മൂന്നുദിവസവും കങ്കനാടി രാമേശ്വരം എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ് ആഴ്ചയില്‍ രണ്ടുദിവസവുമായിരിക്കുമെന്ന് അറിയുന്നു.
ഇതുസംബന്ധിച്ച് ദക്ഷിണ റെയില്‍വേതലത്തിലും റെയില്‍വേ ബോര്‍ഡില്‍നിന്നും അനുകൂല നടപടികളായിട്ടുണ്ട്. റെയില്‍വേ മന്ത്രാലയത്തില്‍നിന്ന് അനുമതിയായാല്‍ തീവണ്ടികളോടാന്‍ നടപടികളാവും. മംഗലാപുരം-രാമേശ്വരം, പാലക്കാട്-ചെന്നൈ എക്‌സ്​പ്രസുകള്‍ പൊള്ളാച്ചിപ്പാതവഴിയാണ്.
ഇപ്പോള്‍ ചെന്നൈയില്‍നിന്ന് പൊള്ളാച്ചിവരെയുള്ള എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ് പാലക്കാട്ടേക്ക് നീട്ടാനാണ് സാധ്യത. നേരത്തേ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള രാമേശ്വരം-മംഗലാപുരം എക്‌സ്​പ്രസ് ഓടിക്കുന്ന കാര്യത്തില്‍ അനുകൂലനടപടിയുണ്ടാവുമെന്ന് എം.പി.മാരുടെ യോഗത്തില്‍ ദക്ഷിണ റെയില്‍വേ ജനറല്‍മാനേജര്‍ അറിയിച്ചൂ.

Jan 13 2017 (12:26)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2125600-1            Tags   Past Edits
It is learnt that Kerala may get 4 new trains.
• Kankanadi (Mangalore) ­Rameshwaram Express (2 days/week)
• Punalur­Palakkad passenger,
• Palakkad­Chennai Express via Palani and
• Kanganad(Mangalore)i ­Kochuveli (3 days /week)
• Regarding
the sanction of the two trains, the Southern Railway and the Railway Board have taken a favourable approach. If the Railway Board okays the proposal, then it would be introduced immediately.
• The Mangalore­Rameshwaram and Palakkad­Chennai Express will run through Pollachi.
• There are proposals to extend the Chennai­Pollachi Express till Palakkad. The Rameshwaram Mangalore Express which was announced earlier may also be okayed, said the General Managof the Southern Railway at the MPs meet.
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Rail News
Temporary StopsSR/Southern  -  
Jan 13 2017 (12:10)   ON EXPERIMENTAL BASIS

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2125590   News Entry# 291177         Tags   Past Edits
Stoppages for four trains
The Railways have granted experimental stoppages for four trains for a period of six months with effect from January 17. As per this, Train 16603 Mangaluru- Thiruvananthapuram Maveli Express (one direction only) has been given stoppage at Feroke station (10.08 p.m.), Train 56378 Kayamkulam- Alappuzha passenger at Punnapra Halt Station (10.56 p.m.), Train 66309 Ernakulam- Kollam MEMU at Punnapra Halt Station (9.08 p.m.) and Train 66310 Kollam- Ernakulam MEMU at Punnapra Halt Station (10.11 p.m.). — Special Correspondent

Jan 13 2017 (12:18)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2125590-1            Tags   Past Edits
Experimental word should be removed completely as they are never removed or discontinued. They are kept on extended.
Not sure why railways doesnt simply write is a permanent halt.

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General Travel
Jan 12 2017 (19:05)   06072/Visakhapatnam - Chennai Egmore AC SpecialFare Special | VSKP/Visakhapatnam Junction (8 PFs)

Aditya   2008 blog posts   170 correct pred (68% accurate)
Entry# 2124900            Tags   Past Edits
06072 VSKP MS AC SPL on Sunday 15th JAN #admin #moderator

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Jan 12 2017 (22:29)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2124900-16            Tags   Past Edits
Somewhat similar timings to Allp-Dhanbad despite having lesser stoppages ...........let hope that SCR keeps the train on time

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New Facilities/TechnologySR/Southern  -  
Jan 12 2017 (11:16)   LHB coaches for Chennai Mail from next week

rdb*^   124811 news posts
Entry# 2124372   News Entry# 291054         Tags   Past Edits
As part of the initiative to offer enhanced safety and travelling comfort to the passengers, the Railways is to introduce Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches in the 12624/12623 Thiruvananthapuram Central-Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central Superfast Expreses from next week.
The rake with LHB coaches will start plying from Chennai Central to Thiruvananthapuram Central on January 18 and from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Chennai Central on January 19, a senior railway official told The Hindu here on Wednesday.
Threes rakes have been made available for the Southern Railway to switch over the LHB coaches for the prestigous
Chennai Mail operating in the highly-demanding Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai sector.
At present, the Rajadhani Expresses operating in the New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Central-New Delhi, the Kochuveli-Indore-Kochuveli Weekly Expresses and the Ernakulam-Hatia-Ernakulam Superfast Express and back are operating with LHB coaches.
The introduction of LHB coaches is part of the decision to introduce them in mail and express trains in a phased manner. LHB coaches based on German technology were initially confined to RajdhaniExpress, Shatabdi Express and Duronto trains.
The raiwlays has decided to replace all old coaches of mail and express trains by LHB coaches by the end of 2019-2020. Compared to the ₹ 1.5 crore needed to manufacture a conventional coach, a LHB coach will cost the railways around ₹ 2.5 crore.
Developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany (renamed Alstom LHB GmbH in 1998 after the takeover by Alstom) and produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the coaches are designed for an operating speed up to 160 km per hour. The length of 23.54 m and a width of 3.24 m means a higher passenger capacity, compared to conventional rakes.
They are considered to be “anti-telescopic” (they do not get turned over or flip in case of a collision). The coaches are made of stainless steel and interiors are made of aluminium to make them lighter. Advanced pneumatic disc brake system for efficient braking at higher speeds, modular interiors, improved suspension system and modern air conditioning system are the sailent features of the LHB coaches.
Only secondary check of the LHB coaches comprising of safety check and cleaning will be taking place in Kerala, the official said, adding primary maintenance of the coaches will be carried out in Delhi.

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Jan 12 2017 (13:21)
Rail Fanning~   2522 blog posts
Re# 2124372-4            Tags   Past Edits
Yes right. One query. When this train reaches TVC at 11am, is this the same train which then starts the retunr journey from TVC around 2pm. There is very little time for maintenance .
I guess the primary maintenance is done in Chennai

Jan 12 2017 (13:27)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2732 blog posts   271 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 2124372-5            Tags   Past Edits
Even now only floor cleaning and watering done at TVC for 12623/24.. As a result, complaints keep coming up from pax on twitter etc for 12624. Not sure things will change post conversion to LHB as far as cleanliness is concerned.

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Jan 12 2017 (14:01)
Finally TVC Mail gets LHB*^~   9512 blog posts   497 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 2124372-8            Tags   Past Edits
Primary is at Chennai .
OEA ( Other End Attention) @ TVC

Jan 12 2017 (14:22)
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  • Entry# 2133126
    Today (01:29AM)

    The modification to the TL Update scheme - i.e. the introduction of the new RAC System - has led to some efficiency with TL Updates. More TLs are being discussed, and quickly moved up. However, we still have on Average, about 300 Waitlisted TLs in the backlog at any time, and our hard-working and diligent TLMs...
  • Entry# 2126247
    Jan 13 (11:57PM)

    Here are some guidelines for members regarding the new Report button and the revamped FM system: 1. If you have ANY complaint about a blog or ANY other issues, please USE the Report button and file a Complaint. Most complaints are resolved by FMs within seconds/minutes. (Some require further discussion). FMs have...
  • Entry# 2125399
    Jan 13 (08:58AM)

    Often we have some TL Entries seemingly in WaitList forever. Usually, the reason for this is that TLMs have already looked at the TL Entry but are not confident enough to Confirm it or are looking for more inputs from the Member regarding the source, etc. And this delay eventually causes...
  • Entry# 2122843
    Jan 10 (10:15PM)

    This is to address persistent and lingering questions about FM Appointments: . 1. Being an FM is a service. It is NOT supposed to be some kind of "reward" or "medal" to "deserving" members. The ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE of the process is to promptly handle/look into Reports filed by members, which is expected to...
  • Entry# 2115377
    Jan 04 (12:30AM)

    There are some changes to the Forum section. . The Objection feature is now completely GONE. We now only have a "Report Abuse" button. When the Report button is used, an alert is sent to the "Forum Monitor" group. ALL FMs will see an "FM Alert" notification at the top. Thereafter, they will...
  • Entry# 2095722
    Dec 18 2016 (11:34PM)

    Very soon, we shall have a points-system for Timeline updates, Atlas updates, News updates, Blog Tagging, News Tagging, Blog Tagging, etc. The reason for this is that some kinds of updates require more hard work and are more useful than others. Up-to-date News about late-running trains, updating TTs of trains only...
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