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Yesterday (17:44)   22878/Ernakulam - Howrah Antyodaya Express | ERN/Ernakulam Town (North) (2 PFs) | ED/WAP-4/22660

Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 2180195            Tags   Past Edits
Inaugural run of Ernakulam Howrah Antyodaya express | First Antyodaya Express of Indian Railways
ED WAP4 22660 leads Ernakulam Howrah Antyodaya express passing through Ernakulam Town
Credits:Krish Menon.

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Yesterday (18:51)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2180195-14            Tags   Past Edits
This is primarily targetting the migrant workers from Orissa/Bengal/Assam. It would have been better if they could have started one from GHY to TVC. All the trains from South to East/North East usually run jampacked. Railways are probably hoping that this train will reduce the crowd to some extent

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Yesterday (13:03)   Antodaya, Humsafar Express to be launched today; Suresh Prabhu to unveil new catering policy for railways

Jayashree ❖ Amita*^   35492 news posts
Entry# 2179922   News Entry# 294868         Tags   Past Edits
New Delhi, Feb 27: To provide passengers with quality services, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate new policies and new trains to revolutionize train travel at 3 PM on Monday. Prabhu will be accompanied by Ministers of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain. Prabhu is also set to announce a new policy for its catering services which will separate the functioning of its cooking and food distribution on board. As per reports, the new catering policy envisages fulfilling aspirations of public regarding healthy and hygienic food. This move was taken as the Ministry received many complaints against food quality. ADVERTISING
Along with new catering policies, today’s event is going to see the launch of a new partnership in parcel
business with the Department of post. Two Express trains namely Humsafar Express, a special service comprising only AC-3 coaches with many added facilities and the First Antyodaya Express will also be introduced at the event today. The new catering policy is set to replace the seven-year-old one gives the railways an onboard catering responsibility for a majority of trains including all the new ones. Railway catering policy-2017 also empowers the IRCTC to fix menu and tariff in consultation with Railway Board. The Humsafar Express (Train No. 14715/14715) will run to and fro from Sriganganagar to Tiruchchirappalli. It will have GPS-based information system Equipped with coffee/tea/soup vending machine, hot and refrigerated pantry. It will also comprise of the fire prevention system, smoke detection and suppression system, mobile and laptop charging points Convenient Berth Identification The Express trains will have improved and hygienic toilets and will have dustbins in each cabin. The Express trains will have attractive seats and berth with attractive curtains on windows and aisles. The Antyodaya Express (Train No 22878/22877) will run to and fro from Ernakulam to Howrah. The Express will have cushioned luggage racks and superfast service to please passengers. It will have LED lights and dustbin in each compartment. The Antyodaya Express will have water purifiers, fire extinguishers and will have modular toilets and bio-toilets. After inspecting the Humsafar coaches in New Delhi last December, Prabhu said, “We will announce the fare structure of Humsafar soon but it will be slightly higher than the normal service”. The new catering policy encourages e-catering system and was finalized after taking suggestions from all stakeholders. It also allows 33 percent sub-quota for women in allotment of stalls at all stations.  While announcing in the 2016 Rail Budget, Prabhu has stated that 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 mentioned. Moreover, the Indian railways has decided to go ahead with manufacturing on its own trainsets that can run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, PTI reported. Aptly named ‘Train-2018’, the first trainset a rake without a separate locomotive is expected to be ready by March next year and likely to be pressed into service in Delhi-Lucknow or Delhi-Chandigarh sector.

Yesterday (13:19)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2179922-1            Tags   Past Edits
While ist is good to see new facilities in Antodaya exp, it will be a challenge for railways to really deploy ticket checkers for this train. Considering that Antodaya fares will be slightly higher than normal fares, how will railways keep a track of the same remains to be seen.
Passengers can simply take a normal general ticket without mentioning that it is for Antodaya exp and actually end up boarding the train

Yesterday (13:24)
College exams~   195 blog posts   4376 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2179922-2            Tags   Past Edits
general ticket is not only one type/price ... they are different for passenger, express and superfast trains ... now one more category is added in price list i.e. antodaya
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Yesterday (13:23)   12515/Thiruvananthapuram Central - Guwahati SF Express (PT)

Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Entry# 2179927            Tags   Past Edits
I saw this train yesterday at Palghat Junction. Train was on its way to Guwahati. Every toilet in the general coach was filled with at least 3 passengers. The windows were completely broken and passengers were buying water,food etc by simply putting their hands outside and reaching out to vendors !!
Extremely sad to see the state of affairs and nobody being bothered about the same. I wonder how do passengers use the washroom . It is hight time they run a antodaya or at least try and run a GHY-TVC daily train to reduce the load.
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Yesterday (10:05)   Rail safety hits right track - Pile-proof LHB coaches for train trio

Rail Fanning~   136 news posts
Entry# 2179817   News Entry# 294861         Tags   Past Edits
Passengers of three trains halting at Tatanagar can look forward to a more comfortable journey, which again will be high on safety.
South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to replace conventional ICF rakes of Howrah-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (22893/22894), Howrah-Mumbai Express (12869/ 12870) and Santragachi-Anand Vihar Express (22857/ 22858) with anti-telescopic, pile-proof Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches that are already used in high-speed trains like Rajdhani and Duronto.
"The decision was taken to ensure safety and comfort of passengers. With the conversion, the accommodation capacity in all the three trains will also be
enhanced," an SER spokesperson said over phone from its Calcutta headquarters.
The Shirdi Express, which is a weekly train, will chug on its maiden journey with LHB coaches on March 2 while the daily Mumbai Express will make its super-safe trip on March 3. The weekly Anand Vihar train will also roll out with LHB coaches on March 3.
Officials at Garden Reach headquarters of SER said the Mumbai Express would boast an additional 116 berths - 88 more in sleeper class, 12 additional one in AC-II and 16 in AC-III. The Shirdi and Anand Vihar trains will each boast 86 extra berths after the change. There will 64 additional berths in sleeper class, six more in AC-II and 16 extra in AC-II.
Designed by Alstom, Germany, and manufactured at the Kapurthala coach factory in north India, LHB coaches are currently used in three trains - Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express, Howrah-Pune Duronto Express and Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express - that cross Tatanagar.
Asked how LHB coaches were more safer than the traditional rakes manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, a Tatanagar engineering division official said the unique German design made the compartments anti-telescopic, which means they don't flip in case of derailment.
"Also, LHB coaches are made of stainless steel as compared to mild steel (less ductile and heavier) in ICF coaches. This increases its shock-absorbing capacity. Furthermore, the special coupling system in LHB reduces the relative motion between two coaches. This prevents one coach from rising above or telescoping into another," the engineer explained.
Chotanagpur Passenger Association has welcomed the decision. "We had taken up the issue (of LHB coaches) for long-distance trains passing through Tatanagar. We hope more trains get these super-safe rakes soon," said Arun Tiwary, a senior functionary.
A frequent traveller and senior official of SCCI Vijay Moonka said apart from ensuring safer travel, a larger number of passengers would be able to board these refurbished trains. "Now, that is quite a big boon."

Yesterday (11:54)
Remember BTPS^~   30290 blog posts   22623 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 2179817-1            Tags   Past Edits
North bound trains ko LHB kb milega for jat-punjab side
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Feb 24 2017 (18:11)   22878/Ernakulam - Howrah Antyodaya Express | ERS/Ernakulam Junction (South) (6 PFs)

Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 2177136            Tags   Past Edits
Ernakulam -Howrah Antyodaya to be inaugurated on 27th FEB as per a local Newspaper.
Inaugural timings 3 pm from ERS And will reach Howrah at 9am..

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Feb 26 2017 (10:15)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177136-12            Tags   Past Edits
Unfortunately even before inauguration, it seems 2 coaches derailed at the marshalling yard. So the inauguration will happen without these 3 coaches.

Feb 26 2017 (10:18)
Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 2177136-13            Tags   Past Edits
/blog/post/2177394 Already posted about the same.
Earlier,,at first,it was said that inaguration might be cancelled but then DRM TVC confimred that it will happen as planned earlier.
General Travel
Feb 24 2017 (22:09)   DBG/Darbhanga Junction (5 PFs)

DBG JN Loves BSK 🤘~   1281 blog posts
Entry# 2177335            Tags   Past Edits
"Aastha Circuit Tourist Special Train" Will Depart From Darbhanga Junction On 20 March 2017!
*Time- 8.00 AM
(South India Tour)
*Destinations- Tirupati - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum -Rameshwaram - Madurai!
For Detailed Info,See The Screenshots Attached
& Book Tickets From Here - click here

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Feb 25 2017 (20:05)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177335-4            Tags   Past Edits
Any reason for the huge demand ?. and that too for Kerala. I was under the impression that Patna-ERS, Rajendra nagar-ERS were sufficient to cater to the demand.
General Travel
Feb 25 2017 (12:41)   01321/Pune – Tirunelveli Weekly AC special (Via Pollachi) | PGT/Palakkad Junction (Palghat) (5 PFs)

Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 2177757            Tags   Past Edits
Hurray... Finally a long distance train Via PGT-POY route ...
Pune- tirunelveli AC exp via Majn,Pgt,Poy,Mdu ......
Train No. 01321 Pune – Tirunelveli weekly special will leave from
Pune at 16:15 Hrs on every Sunday ( 02/04/2017 to 04/06/2017 ). Train will reach Tirunelveli at 04:00 Hrs on third day.
Train No. 01322 Tirunelveli - Pune weekly special will leave from Tirunelveli at 07:20 Hrs on every Tuesday ( 04/04/2017 to 06/06/2017 ). Train will reach Pune at 20:40 Hrs on next day.

Feb 25 2017 (19:39)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177757-1            Tags   Past Edits
Wow great news. Hope more trains start in this route. This was very much needed

Feb 25 2017 (19:41)
Southern Railway^~   2425 blog posts   155 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 2177757-2            Tags   Past Edits
But an normal exp/sf was better...

Feb 25 2017 (19:41)
Boxer Bhai   38201 blog posts   12669 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 2177757-3            Tags   Past Edits
Whats the use of ac spl in new route?

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Feb 25 2017 (20:01)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177757-9            Tags   Past Edits
Yes it could have been normal SF with sleeper and AC. Maybe they are hoping for some patronisation during the summer vacation rush. Incidentally apart from Pune-Tirunelveli, there is also a Pune Ernakulam special on different day which will obviously follow the same route till SRR.That train is also AC special
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Feb 24 2017 (19:42)   First trial run of diesel engine to harbour terminus a success

Rail Fanning~   136 news posts
Entry# 2177217   News Entry# 294721         Tags   Past Edits
The trial run of diesel engine to the Cochin Harbour Terminus railway station, on the new tracks, was a success.
“The engine commenced the trial run from the Ernakulam South railway station around 10.30 am. Travelling at 10 kmph, the engine passed Mattancherry Halt and completed the trial run in half-an-hour,” said Railways area manager R Harikrishnan.
Train service to Harbour Terminus was discontinued after the Venduruthy bridge was destroyed by a dredger in 2004. Since then, there have been demands from various quarters to resume the service. During his last visit
to the state, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had assured that Harbour Terminus would be reopened by April.
Renovation of the station is progressing fast as per schedule. The platform will be capable of accommodating 18 bogies. Meanwhile, electrification is being delayed for want of consent from the Navy.
Initially, the Ernakulam-Angamaly MEMU service will be extended to Harbour Terminus twice a day. It is expected that the airport link service could be started after the Nedumbassery station becomes operational.

Feb 24 2017 (19:43)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177217-1            Tags   Past Edits
This is a good start. Hope they gradually start few passenger trains for the benefit of travelling passengers especially those working in the various companies in Willingdon Island. Also passengers staying in West Kochi can also benefit.

Feb 24 2017 (19:49)
Raja lare Raja se Praja jaye jaan se~   1155 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 2177217-2            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. Both pairs of PNBE ERS expresses must origin/terminate at Kochi HT

Feb 25 2017 (19:36)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2177217-3            Tags   Past Edits
As of now express trains may not be feasible as it will also entail change of Engine from Electric to diesel merely for 5 km. Also the pf at CHTS cannot accommodate 20 coaches ....maybe at a later time they can always explore the feasibility of reducing the rush at ERS by diverting trains to CHTS

Feb 25 2017 (19:50)
SER Antyodaya Era^~   6521 blog posts   6854 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2177217-4            Tags   Past Edits
The Diesel Hauled trains like those of Konkan Route can be sent to CHTS which are at present terminating/starting at ERS/ERN.
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Feb 22 2017 (22:36)   RRTS tops list of cost-sharing rail projects

rdb*^   126143 news posts
Entry# 2174807   News Entry# 294539         Tags   Past Edits
Centre allocates ₹213-crore for the Angamaly-Sabari railway line
With the Centre providing ₹213 crore for the Angamaly-Sabari railway line in the 2017-18 budget, the list of “viable” rail projects under cost-sharing to be executed through Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) with 51:49 equity between the State and Railways has been revised.
The enhanced budget allocation for the ambitious Sabari project to put the hill shrine on the railway map of the country has come as a respite for the cash-strapped State as the Centre will have to provide the needed funds in
the successive budgets of the coming years as well to lay the railway line.
The doubling of the rail line from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Kanyakumari has also been given budgetary support giving the State the scope to include new projects on a cost-sharing basis.
With Sabari becoming a commitment of the Railways, the prioritisation of the ‘viable’ rail projects to be executed under the joint venture company has changed. The Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) proposed for the 125.65-km stretch between Thiruvananthapuram Central and Chengannur at a cost of ₹3,330.78 crore now occupies the top slot of the first four projects identified for execution in Phase I. Moreover, this is the only project where the Detailed Project Report is ready.
The Thalasserry-Mysuru railway line, a triangle connectivity to the Cochin International Airport from the Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram railway line and the proposed Sabari rail line and development of old railway station in Ernakulam are the other three projects shortlisted for Phase I.
In Phase II, the Erumeli-Punalur rail link for the Sabari Rail, 15-km rail connectivity to Ettumanur and Nilambur-Nanjangud railway line are the prioritised projects.
Official sources told The Hindu that the clearance of the Karnataka government and the Ministry of Environment and Forests was needed. Besides, the Kerala government is of the view that the Karnataka government should share the cost for the Nilambur-Nanjangud and Thalasserry-Mysuru line as it traverse the State.
Meanwhile, the KRDCL board is to meet here soon. The cost-sharing of the railway projects in nine States, including Kerala, is to be launched soon by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Railways have nominated their board members to the KRDCL. The committee, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Railways and the State government in equal numbers for the selection of the Managing Director, has not been set up and the process of selection has commenced.

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Feb 22 2017 (23:31)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2174807-2            Tags   Past Edits
Regarding this project Mr E Sreedharan who is definitely a credible voice with regard to these projects has clearly said that Sabari railwys project is not viable. There is no need to spend so much money for the same as traffic in this route is only seasonal (Nov-Jan). He has instead adviced to focus on doibling and electrification and improving speeds in the existing route
Hope govt heeds his suggestion
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Feb 21 2017 (23:15)   02197/Coimbatore - Jabalpur SF SpecialFare Special

Boxer Bhai   38201 blog posts   12669 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 2173618            Tags   Past Edits
Holi ,summer
Jabalpur- coimbatore
Via konkan

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Feb 22 2017 (17:13)
Rail Fanning~   2589 blog posts
Re# 2173618-12            Tags   Past Edits
Is it targetting the migrant workers working in the industrail belt of CBE-Tiruppur. For the first time seeing a Holi special from TN considering that the Holi specials are usually seen in Northern/Western/Eastern regions.
From MAdagoan till SRR it seems to be following the old time of 11097 Pune ERS, Poorna exp. Good trains for intermediate passengers though

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Feb 22 2017 (19:20)
Boxer Bhai   38201 blog posts   12669 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 2173618-24            Tags   Past Edits
Summer spl
Holi means one trip
Just coincidence

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