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Oct 21 2016 (09:59)   Now, Virar commuters face bullying in Dahanu local
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 2031532   News Entry# 283577         Tags   Past Edits
Virar commuters, known for their unruly behaviour towards their counterparts from Borivli, got a taste of their own medicine on Wednesday night, when commuters of a Dahanu-bound train objected to their alighting at Virar.
On Wednesday, the Virar Railway Protection Force (RPF) raided the newly introduced Churchgate-Dahanu train on platform 3 at Virar at 9.50pm following complaints from Virar commuters the previous day. The commuters were forced to travel up to Vaitarna station before they could alight.
The RPF arrested 14 men, all residents of Palghar, and fined them Rs 1,000-2,000. Police said
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as the men were preventing Virar commuters from alighting, they had to barge into the train and arrest them. A video of the uniformed cops using their batons and dragging commuters out of the train later went viral.
They were booked under sections 141 (needlessly interfering with means of communication in a train), 145 (nuisance), 146 (obstructing railway servant in his duties). The arrested men were released by 1am. While 10 of them took a private vehicle and got home early on Thursday, the remaining four stayed at their relatives' homes in Vasai-Virar. Nikhil Dixit (22), a student who was among those arrested said he was simply standing near the footboard when the cops pulled him out and charged him.
Over the years, commuters travelling between Andheri to Borivli have complained of high-handedness when they alight at their stations from a Virar-bound train. In fact, as several Virar trains originate at Borivli, commuters wanting to alight at Goregaon, Malad and Kandivli (in a Borivli-bound train) are often blocked by Virar commuters.
Police said complaints of Palghar and Dahanu-bound commuters preventing others from alighting at Virar were pouring in since the ChurchgateDahanu train was introduced on October 10. It leaves Churchgate at 8.27pm, reaches Borivli at 9.15pm and in Virar at 9.50pm. There are seven stations between Virar and Dahanu. The train was introduced after the timing of Saurashtra Mail, which was used by commuters heading beyond Virar, was advanced by an hour. Palghar and Dahanu commuters, who would board this train at Borivli at 9.15pm, now board the local train. The next long-distance train from Virar towards Dahanu arrives at 10.50 pm in Virar.
However, commuters travelling beyond Virar say local and long-distance trains should not halt at Virar. "The Dahanu-bound local should be fast from Borivli. There are many trains for Virar," said Mukul Sinha, a daily Palghar commuter. The Dahanu-bound locals halt at Bhayander, Vasai and Virar.

  
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Oct 21 2016 (15:01)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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Great!! but bullying is undesirable who so ever does it.
But third line/second corridor between Virar & Dahanu is necessity. A lot of time has been wasted in planning for the same. Construction should begin at the earliest, else the hapless commuters shall continue to suffer.
  
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Oct 15 2016 (15:49)   The Window Seat Project offers a look at India, from the vantage point of Indian Railways
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 2024462   News Entry# 283092         Tags   Past Edits
The Indian railways are one of the most interesting places to gauge human interactions. Shanu Babar, a grad student, came up with an Instagram project documenting people on train journeys. This was part of his Master's dissertation as he (along with four friends), journeyed across India to shoot a travelogue.
They began uploading 10-15 second snippets of their journey on Instagram and Facebook, which gradually grew into the now viral 'Window Seat Project'. The WSP has crowd-sourced photos of travellers from all over the country. Firstpost had a chat with Babar recently about his project; excerpts from the interview:
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In conversation with Shanu Babar. Shanu Babar, the creator of the Window Seat Project
How did you come up with the idea for the project?
I started this project as a part of my dissertation film during my Master's at the Symbiosis Institute of Communication in Pune. I came up with the idea of doing a travelogue, which explores this country through the window seat of a train. The window seat always was a very special place when I was a child... it still is in some ways. Trains unite the vastness of India in one whole thread. Four of my friends and I, we planned a trip from Pune to Kanyakumari, and from there to Dhanushkoti and back, and decided to capture the experience and interview fellow travellers, of what do they think when they look at the country through the window seat.
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A photo posted by The Window Seat Project-India (@windowseatproject) on Jul 21, 2015 at 6:11am PDT
How do you fund your project?
We started the Window Seat Project by using our own money for the travel, food and accommodation. After that I started the Instagram page and slowly it started gaining attention and now it has more than 15,000 followers; so I'm planning to associate with brands and put together funds for WSP on a bigger scale throughout India. If luck holds, maybe even the world. As of now I'm only approaching brands and people. I haven't used any crowdfunding websites yet.
How do you crowd-source your project?
Whomsoever wishes to be featured on the page has to use the hashtag #windowseatproject. After some time, a lot of people started using the hashtag. Every day I go through about 100 photos. I pick up the picture which I feel is the most meaningful and something that echoes the theme of our project and I give the person proper credit for using the photograph.
Can you pick three favourites out of your series?
Picture 1:
This is the exact frame from the outside of a window seat traveler, of one where the person is just reminiscing and behind him is an entire train of thought.Babar says, "This is the exact frame from the outside of a window seat traveller, of one where the person is just reminiscing and behind him is an entire train of thought."
Picture 2:
Babar says, "This is purely for the inspiring thought it portrays 'about alaways looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.'"Babar says, "This is purely for the inspiring thought it portrays about 'always looking for the light at the end of the tunnel'."
Picture 3:
This one probably for the magical nature of the photo itself. It looks less like a photo and more like a painting of that magical hour of the day when the light makes everything look so sublime around you.Babar says, "This one probably for the magical nature of the photo itself. It looks less like a photo and more like a painting of that magical hour of the day when the light makes everything look so sublime around you."
All photos courtesy Shanu Babar and The Window Seat Project
The Window Seat Project is on Instagram and Facebook

  
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Oct 15 2016 (16:02)
mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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I think some of our members will like this facebook page
  
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Coach AugmentationsSR/Southern  -  
Sep 21 2016 (08:57)   Rockfort Express to have LHB rakes from Sept 26
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 1997687   News Entry# 280747         Tags   Past Edits
As per a decision by the Indian Railways to replace conventional air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned Integral Coach Factory (ICF) made coaches with the LHB coaches gradually on all trains, Southern Railway Trichy - Chennai - Trichy Rockfort express have been allotted such type of rakes.
According to a statement from the Trichy railway division, new LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches have been allotted for Trichy - Chennai Egmore - Trichy Rockfort Express trains. Consequently, the two rakes of train no. 16178/16177 Rockfort Express will be converted into LHB stock on September 26 and 27, 2016. The composition of the new rakes will be revised as first class AC - 1, AC 2-tier - 3, AC 3-tier - 4, sleeper class - 10 and
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general second class - 2 coaches.
LHB coaches are made of stainless steel and aluminium making them lighter as compared to conventional rakes. The modular interiors integrate lighting into ceiling and luggage racks with wider windows. The improved suspension system of LHB coaches ensures more comfort for passengers compared to conventional rakes.

  
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Sep 21 2016 (08:58)
mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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wonderful news

  
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Main nd around in VM TPJ Sud be Diesel~   1020 blog posts   6 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Instead of Rock Fort they can give to nellai
  
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Guys Here's a thought . Every day I observe that most of the night trains from southern districts in TN to Egmore are arriving late ( around 50 mins late ) at TBM .
And 90% of the time it is due to the late running of Rockfort Express . The trains before RF are coming within 20 minute delay .
Should Railways consider a TT change such that Rockfort departs from TPJ after Pandiyan . Rockfort has many intermediate stops where as Pandiyan has only 4 stops from TPJ
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. Instead of following RF all the way from Trichy , the TT of Pandiyan can slightly be advanced and that of Rockfort can slghtly be retarded .
By this all trains can arrive at TBM within a 10 minute delay . What are your thoughts ??

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Sep 19 2016 (16:03)
mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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This is a wrong notion. I know rockfort always reaches egmore before time. But all the trains reach tambaram late coz they have ridiculous amount of slack between TBM and MS. I dnt think rockfort is a reason for that. This is my personal opinion. But i think pandiyan may be allowed to overtake as rockfort passengers wont mind to be able to sleep a few minutes extra.

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Sep 19 2016 (19:11)
ksaravind37   125 blog posts   2 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Now that Pandiyan has been alloted LHB and have been a premium train of SR , they can consider this .

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Sep 07 2016 (20:39)   Indian Railways Goes for Surge Pricing, Premium Train Tickets to Turn Costlier
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 1984171   News Entry# 279334         Tags   Past Edits
Taking a leaf from the world of Ola and Uber, the Indian Railways is rolling out the surge-pricing model that could kick up a political storm in the coming days, starting September 9.
Rail fares are set to rise across the Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains where Railways is introducing this system which will increase the ticket tariffs by upto 10% on the base price with every 10% of tickets sold.
That could mean rising train fares during peak holiday and festive seasons although surge pricing will as of now be limited only
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to these three trains mostly preferred by middle-class passengers.
Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, Superfast charge, Catering charges, Service tax etc will be levied separately says a Railways release.
Vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking. Tickets under current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.
The information should also be displayed to the passenger during the booking in case the fare of lower class becomes higher than the higher class to exercise option to travel by the higher class.
EXHIBIT ON HOW FLEXI-FARE WILL WORK FOR DELHI MUMBAI AUGUST KRANTI RAJDHANI FOR AC-II BASE FARE: Rs. 2369 OTHER CHARGES: 501 (Reservation, Service & Catering charges
- First 10% tickets: 2369 + 501= 2870 (Same as now)
- Next 10%: 2369 + 237 (10%) + 501 = 3107
- Next 10%: 2606 + 261 (10%) + 501 = 3368
- Next 10%: 2867 + 287 (10%) + 501 = 3655
- Next 10%: 3154 + 315 (10%) + 501 = 3970
The last price for every class of tickets for the particular train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket etc.
Railways officials maintain that the present limit of berths set aside for Tatkal quota in these trains shall be operated as per the existing guidelines.
However, no additional charges as "Tatkal charges" will be levied. The berths assigned under the Tatkal quota shall be booked at the rate of 1.5 times of the base fare for all classes (2S, SL, 2A, 3A and CC) except 1AC and EC.
Other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.

  
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mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Another revenue mopping exercise
  
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Aug 22 2016 (16:45)   Life's values lost and gained on a train trip
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 1969802   News Entry# 277851         Tags   Past Edits
Values that we hold dear to us and practice religiously can come down crumbling like a pack of cards in a moment of indiscretion. Though I am a highly safety-conscious person and rarely can one provoke me to blow my fuse, on that day, in the dead of the night, as I waited on a railway platform, things went awry.
After completing official work at Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu, I had to travel to Thoothukudi by the Pearl City Express that runs from Chennai to the coastal town via Tiruchy, which is at the centre of the train’s route.
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I couldn’t make an advance booking, I purchased an unreserved ticket at the Tiruchy railway station and decided to try my luck with the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) for a berth in a reserved coach. The train then had a stopover of 10 minutes at Tiruchy. The train arrived and the TTE of an AC coach alighted with a conceited look. I approached him timidly for any vacancy and he said in a coarse voice, “I’ve one in three-tier AC. You’ve to pay the fare difference.”
“Thank you, sir,” I said, and handed him my unreserved ticket. He pulled out his receipt book and as he was about to put his pen to paper, looked at me weirdly and said, “You’ve a wrong ticket, didn’t even bother to check it and were about to land me in serious trouble. Look, you’ve Tiruchy to Chennai ticket for journey in the opposite direction.”
That was a bombshell, but I realised he was right. I pleaded with him, “No sir. I asked for a Tiruchy to Thoothukudi ticket only. The staff at the counter must’ve erred. Can you please bail me out?” He shouted, “How can I? If you want to travel, just go to the counter, get the right ticket and come back.”
I almost passed out as I considered the option of going all the way from a remote platform to the ticketing counter through the subway and back, with my luggage in tow, and it seemed to be mission impossible. I should’ve altered my travel plan but instead, in a rush of blood, darted to the ticketing counter, argued vociferously with the staff there and bought a new Tiruchy to Thoothukudi ticket. As I scampered to my platform panting heavily, the train had just started. The fuming TTE saw me and said, in a twist to the tale, “Try to get in. I’ll help you. Give me your suitcase and hold my hand firmly.”
I sprinted like Usain Bolt, somehow jumped into the train, supported by the extended hands of the TTE. I plonked myself down on the seat, thanked the TTE and at once pledged not to violate my principles of ‘compliance to safety’ and ‘level-headedness’, come what may.

  
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TRULY SAID
  
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Aug 20 2016 (09:58)   12678/Ernakulam - KSR Bengaluru City SF InterCity Express
 

mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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some pics from a recent SA-SBC journey by 12678
  
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Jul 29 2016 (08:43)   Two Day GM (Zonal Railways) Conference Commences Need To Increase Investment and To Improve Transparency In Railways: Suresh Prabhu
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 1944790   News Entry# 275251         Tags   Past Edits
A two-day Conference of General Managers of Zonal Railways and Railway Production Units commenced here today i.e. 28th July 2016. The Conference was addressed by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications & Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain. Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K. Mital outlined the agenda and objectives of the Conference. The respective Board Members also presented their views at the Conference.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Railways is currently seeing transformation in a big way. He said that public representatives have a lot of expectations from the Railways and we have to work
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hard to come upto these expectations. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Railways were expected to bring in socio economic change. In this context, we have been facing a number of challenges. If we have to run it as a commercial enterprise, we cannot fulfill social obligations and if we have to fulfill the social obligations, we cannot run it as a commercial enterprise. But we have to fulfill our social obligations while running this as a commercial enterprise. We need to strike a balance between Japanese and Chinese railway financial models. We have to increase our share of Non fare revenue.
Shri Suresh Prabhu said that we have to constantly find ways to boost both our passenger as well as freight traffic. He pointed out that for the first time the freight rates have been reduced by the Railways to attract traffic. He said that If we do not think about competition, we cannot improve. We should be remarkably sensible in our approach. Speed of operation is important. Something has to be done at the macro level. At the micro level, we should see how the competition is faring, etc. We therefore, have to properly make our pricing policy for both passenger and freight traffic. And at the same time we have to keep long term interest of the railways in mind.
Referring to the need for expansion of the Railway infrastructure, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that “If you want to grow, you need to invest. If you want to invest, you need to find the way.” Money has to come from current income. But nowhere in the world it happens. China invests heavily for the development of their railways. Extra Budgetary resources are necessary for the development of railways. We must also invest in our Railways. We have already begun investment into railways system. If we do not, we cannot grow. This year’s targets not only have to be met but to be exceeded.
He called upon General Managers to be in regular touch with the respective Chief Ministers of the State with a view to facilitate execution of projects in that State. He pointed out that station redevelopment is an important component of non-fare revenue which is not possible without State Govt. support.
Referring to the financial burden because of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission Shri Suresh Prabhu said that we have to work on cutting expenditure and Analyze operational and development issues and make out a strategy to deal with them. Shri Suresh Prabhu emphasized that we should ensure a time bound execution of projects. Station redevelopment is a priority for us. Joint Ventures with states are very much necessary. Railways cannot work only with our own resources. Hence, PPP route should be explored wherever possible. In zonal level, a small team of 2 to 3 people may be formed to deal with station redevelopment, joint ventures, etc. To benefit the states, we have already spoken to World Bank, IDFC, ICICI, etc. to fund the joint venture projects. A Holding company will take over many of the railways’ subsidiaries. We are also working on many ideas to improve the functioning of the railways.
The Ministers also emphasized on the need to adopt hundred percent transparency in the functioning of all aspect of the railways activity. He suggested that all GMs and DRMs should create a Special Cell and create competition among them to foster competition in transparency. He said that with the improved transparency, there would be savings and which can be ploughed back into the system for expansion. In railway workshops also, we must try to bring in a new work culture and make them profitable.
He said that Railways has been taking lot of initiatives for the last two years and we need to put a system in place where every month, all the new initiatives taken by each zone should be put up. The Railway Minister also suggested that we should find a mechanism to make use of the experience of the retired railway officers with a view to get ideas for the improvements in railways functioning.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Shri Manoj Sinha said that Indian Railways has a glorious history and peoples’ expectations are very high from it. He said that while railways has taken lot of initiatives for improving transparency but there are still some areas where better transparency needs to be ensured. He said that execution of projects which have already been sanctioned and which have assured funding should be executed expeditiously. Expressing concern over inadequate freight loading, the Minister said that we have to work hard to meet our targets. He said that we have already developed Deen Dayalu Coaches for the commonman and we now need to expedite introduction of Antyodya Express Trains for the common men. He also called upon all GMs to pay attention on increasing cases of red signal jumping and derailments which lead to serious safety issues. He said that it is the collective responsibility of the Railway Board and Zonal Railways to undertake project implementation in a time bound manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain said that the modernization of the Railways is a joint responsibility of all officers/officials who all need to work as a team. He said that railways officers will have to focus on all those measures which can term it as the best department of the country. He also said that the coaches of the daily passenger trains need to be improved.

  
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PrabhuJi Public have much more expectations than the public representatives from Indian Railways.
We have to bring in efficiency in Rly operation & optimize our working procedures and investments especially in new projects.
In addition to transparency, we need to involve public in decision making by getting vital inputs from them through suggestions and complaints.
Heavy investment in IRlys is necessary, but only in
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the projects which are supposed to give high rate of returns and not the loss making ones.
Huge number of retired rly personnel (physically fit ones) may be involved in railway working through voluntary part time “shram seva” to help their beloved organization out of crisis.
Efforts are needed to develop more and more departments/ sections/ trains etc into individual profit centers for I Rlys.
  
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Jul 04 2016 (12:30)   I’ve been working on the railroad
 

mmsravan   36 news posts
Entry# 1917423   News Entry# 272746         Tags   Past Edits
There are a couple of things to keep in mind should you wish to photograph a train. First, that it’s illegal. At any station, shunting yard or loco shed, attempt to take a photo and you’re likely to face a lecture or possible jail time. So, if you’re in any of these locations, be ready for a swift escape. Wear sturdy shoes. If you’re intelligent, you will use a phone camera. It’s easier to pocket quickly, and anyway, an upheld phone can be justified by a range of explanations.
But the key to success, according to S Shanker, a photographer based out of Dubai, is to avoid the Railway Police Force (RPF) constables like the plague. “RPF constables are the photographer’s worst
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enemy,” Shanker writes on his website, dedicated to train photography. “They are tired, overworked souls, and therefore, very bitter… and difficult to deal with… Remember that no railfan has ever won an argument with an RPF cop,” he warns. Shanker has been questioned countless times by the guards and has even been thrown off railway premises. But nothing compares to the time — this happened twice — he was accused of attempting suicide while taking especially daring photographs.
Shanker belongs to a network of railfans, passionate about photographing the Indian Railways. Shashanka Nanda, 37, who works in a PR firm in Delhi, is one of them. Over the last few years, Nanda has been chasing the last of the metre and narrow gauge trains in Rajasthan, hoping to photograph them before they are lost to history.
The Satara-Pune passenger train at Shindawane Ghat.(Photo: Apurva Bahadur) The Satara-Pune passenger train at Shindawane Ghat.(Photo: Apurva Bahadur)
Nanda hopes that the photographs draw the interest of people who wouldn’t normally care about trains, even though they are a part of our landscape and culture. “In a country like India, trains seamlessly blend into the fabric of our lives,” he says. He especially enjoys portraying the interaction between railways and people’s lives in rural and semi-rural areas. “In the countryside, trains are a lifeline. Ultimately trains are for people — if you remove the people, trains lose their purpose or reason for being.”
One of his photographs was taken in the misty Kachhwa Road station, a tiny outpost in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. The station consists of just two platforms, both of which are uncovered. One train is already stationed, but another is fast approaching. Stragglers run across the tracks to the platform, and the waiting crowd, bathed in the light of an overcast sky, have turned as one towards the incoming train. Like most railway photography, it captures both stillness and motion, the march of people and trains and goods that defines railways.
For Aakash Karnani, 21, an engineering student in Mumbai, photography is about capturing memorable moments. “While photographing trains, you often won’t be able to visit the same scene again. For instance, I have a series of photographs from when a train broke down in Lonavala. I managed to capture people’s distress and later, relief, when the replacement train came. Ten years later, I will remember that moment, and even better, I can share it.”
A passing freight train at Indon Ki Dhani, Rajasthan lends a dash of colour to the desert landscape. (Photo: Shashanka Nanda) A passing freight train at Indon Ki Dhani, Rajasthan lends a dash of colour to the desert landscape. (Photo: Shashanka Nanda)
Unlike Nanda, who enjoys the up and close type of photography, veteran railfan Apurva Bahadur prefers the larger picture, literally. Landscape shots that encompass the entire train, and include large swathes of the open sky and surrounding hills of the Western Ghats, are his forte. Bahadur, who is based in Pune, is often cited as the best example of perseverance and dedication required to take great photos.
“Apurva takes photographs from some unbelievable terrains,” says railfan Vijay Aravamudhan. Bahadur’s photos of trains snaking through Maharashtra’s Shindavane Ghats are very popular. For one of his shots, Bahadur climbed high over the line’s viaduct and eased himself inside one of the two tunnels on either end. The photo that emerged is adrenaline inducing — a looming train framed by the high, rocky walls of the tunnel. “He’s an icon, a sort of god among us photographers,” says Aravamudhan, 32, an auditor at Axis Bank in Mumbai and a train photographer.
Aravamudhan admits that he has had to run from the police a few times, sometimes leaping into departing trains. He usually takes pictures of the front of trains as they approach before hastily getting out of the way. “We railfans can’t restrain ourselves. We have to capture the moment.”
Some railway lines in India still use the Neill’s Ball Token System which allows safe train operations on a single line section. Drivers collect the token from the man on the ground, while on the go at speeds approaching 100 kmph. (Photo: Shashanka Nanda) Some railway lines in India still use the Neill’s Ball Token System which allows safe train operations on a single line section. Drivers collect the token from the man on the ground, while on the go at speeds approaching 100 kmph. (Photo: Shashanka Nanda)
Most of these railfans are part of the Indian Railways Fan Club Association, IRFCA, which was the brainchild of Mani Vijay, who, along with Sankaran Kumar and Dheeraj Sanghi, aspired to set up a forum through which Indian Railway fans could exchange ideas and information. What started with just nine members exchanging emails in 1989 has now grown to include 9,000 enthusiasts.
Aravamudhan’s passion has left even rail officials impressed. In his spare time, he compiled a database of electrical multiple units (trains that have self-propelled carriages and use electricity as the motive power) . The database is now being used by railway authorities for administrative purposes. “I have a great relationship with the Central Railway. They have started to appreciate the passion and efforts of railfans, and we often exchange information and ideas. They are good friends,” he says.
He was just three years old when he saw his first train. “It had a green and blue engine. At that moment, I fell in love with the Indian Railways,” he says. When Aravamudhan was older, he begged his father to let him borrow his camera. He took his first photo at the Coimbatore Railway Station, and ended up using half the roll shooting broad and metre gauge trains.
From L to R: Aakash Karnani; Shashanka Nanda; Vijay Aravamudhan. From L to R: Aakash Karnani; Shashanka Nanda; Vijay Aravamudhan.
Aravamudhan wisely chooses to use a mobile phone now, because of the risks involved in shooting with bigger cameras. But while some railfans photograph despite the risks, others photograph because of it. “People enjoy the danger,” says Aravamudhan. “We go to unknown locations, where no one else would, sometimes walking dozens of kilometres to get the perfect photo.” He often makes excursions from Mumbai’s Kopar station to nearby spots, such as the Ulhal River Bridge, to find the perfect curve in the track.
If by now, train photography sounds like a dangerous hobby, that’s because it is. Last year, enthusiast Swapnil David from Jabalpur died while shooting a video from the train door. “He fell off and an approaching train ran him over,” says Shardul Sabde, a railfan from Hyderabad.
If you’re still inclined to learn a bit more about the Indian Railways or train photography, and are in Mumbai, visit the balcony at Kopar station, a connecting point between the Central and Western Railways. You’ll be sure to find a few members trainspotting or having a spirited discussion about engines. Or come to Pune on June 1 every year, where fans from across India travel to celebrate the Deccan Queen’s birthday. “There’s a big song and dance,” says Karnani.
“And we always cut a cake”.

  
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I think there are many others also in the same interests
  
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Jun 14 2016 (19:17)   Eight express trains to be augmented
 

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KOCHI: Southern Railway has decided to augment eight a trains permanently, considering the repeated demand from commuters.
The trains to be augmented with two additional general coaches are Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam Vanchinad Express (train no. 16304/16303), Kannur-Ernakulam Express (train no. 16313/16314), Alappuzha-Kannur Express (train no. 16307/16308) and Ernakulam-Kannur Express (train no. 16305/16306).
The augmented Vanchinad Express will start service on May 20. By May 24, all these trains will be conducting service with 20 coaches, stated sources with the Railways.

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mmsravan   116 blog posts   97 correct pred (65% accurate)
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I humbly disagree..... Though its general quota may have vacancies it is a huge boon for people in central and southern tamil nadu to reach various locations enroute

  
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No more DLS or ELS Hereafter only a Locoshed*^~   9567 blog posts   497 correct pred (73% accurate)
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It helps people to reach but what is the use in coach augmentation when general quota has vacancies is my point. If it has WL of 150+ regularly then adding 2 SL will make justice.

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