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★★★  General Travel
Mar 26 2017 (11:09)   56723/Madurai Rameswaram Passenger (UnReserved) | PBM/Pamban (1 PFs)

Er AC*^~   6232 blog posts   53867 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2211181            Tags   Past Edits
On Pamban bridge.

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Today (16:06)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2211181-5            Tags   Past Edits
No, the Dhanushkodi point is about 25 km from the Pamban bridge on the opposite side of the Island.
Yesterday (17:12)   Amaravati Express (PT)/17225   Train - Train Name/Number

The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   56 Conf TLs   0 Void TLs
Number: 17225
Train Name: Amaravati Express
Regional Name: అమరావతి ఎక్ష్ప్రెస్ / ಅಮರಾವತಿ ಎಕ್ಸ್‌ಪ್ರೆಸ್
Hindi Name: अमरावति एक्सप्रेस
Inaugural Run: 1997-07-05

Nov 20 2016 (22:16)   (previous value)
Timeline Entry# 1058688
by: Pran Pratim Ghosh
Number: 17225
Train Name: Amaravati Express
Regional Name: అమరావతి ఎక్ష్ప్రెస్ / ಅಮರಾವತಿ ಎಕ್ಸ್‌ಪ್ರೆಸ್
Hindi Name: अमरावति एक्सप्रेस

Yesterday (17:20)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2213883-1            Tags   Past Edits
Source : Indian Railways, Volume 43 - click here
This train was inaugurated by Shri Ram Vilas Paswan along with the inauguration of the Guntur division of SCR. On August 20, 2000, this service was split into 2 separate services sharing schedules, with one running till Vasco da gama, which later became the present day 18047/48. In 2014, it was again made a daily train by running in a new time slot.
96 votes
Mar 21 2017 (21:02)   12627/Karnataka Express (PT)

अथर्व^~   32919 blog posts   2488 correct pred (68% accurate)
Entry# 2205741            Tags   Past Edits
Which train is best.
Karnataka Express48%46
Tamil Nadu Express52%50

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Yesterday (03:34)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2205741-48            Tags   Past Edits
A very difficult vote. :P
Voted for TN just because it was trailing and I can't see either train being declared as 'better' than the other. :) Would have voted for KK if had been the other way round).
Have been a frequent traveler in KK for many years, and it was always special because of it's twin-Alco links and the longer route it takes (an absolute delight for any rail-fan!!). It a great train for the general public in terms of utility, and
an even better train for a rail fan just concerned with enjoying a long train journey on a less-frequented route. Despite receiving some backlash on being rerouted through a longer route, the train has been a blessing for the interior regions on the very neglected Mumbai-Chennai route. While the TN retained it's tag of less halts-more speed, the KK adapted better to the demands of the region and has been a vital link here.
However, I am a bit biased towards TN simply because of history, and the aura created around it by the general public, and veteran rail fans on IRFCA. Though all the 4 south giants (AP,TN,KK) had identical schedules and facilities, for a long time after their inception, TN was still considered to be on a higher level than the others ( probably due to it being the first of the 4 and may be due to Madras still being the more prominent city in the South at that time). One could tell it was the TN coming to BZA, when all the staff and even passengers waiting on the platform would go into an awestruck, almost reverential silence on the sight of a Maroon BZA WAM4 hauling Rajdhani liveried coaches pulling into BZA in the wee hours of the morning. Such a sight would leave a lasting impression on anyone.
All the lore and history set aside, there's no definitive winner in my opinion. Both trains have good schedules, and are important trains among their routes and each has something iconic associated with it for rail fans and passengers alike.

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General Travel
Mar 24 2017 (16:03)  

Srikanth~   1569 blog posts   586 correct pred (73% accurate)
Entry# 2209231            Tags   Past Edits
For example, Tamilnadu is starting at 10pm in MAS today with RPM WAP7. I believe specific crew will be handling WAP 7's.
How does the other division or other zone know which crew to be allocated if suddently TN or any train got some offlink ? i mean, is there a chance that they will allocate a crew who didn't get trained for WAP 7's ?

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Mar 27 2017 (14:32)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2209231-2            Tags   Past Edits
As Aditya Sir mentioned, most of the crews are now trained to handle all classes of locos. In addition, Crew and loco links are usually drawn up well in advance, with some provision for backups as well. When the crew link for a month is drawn up by the division, care is taken so that a minimum number of free LP/ALP/Guards are always available at a given moment. This allows them to handle any unexpected changes in loco links and operation times. And always, only loco pilots trained in handling the locos are allotted.
Changes in loco links for trains are also communicated between zones. If no Mail/express category loco pilots are available due to the
train running with an offlink, even a passenger grade LP or a Freight LP may be allowed to run the train until the next crew change point.

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Mar 27 2017 (17:42)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9093 blog posts   10929 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 2209231-5            Tags   Past Edits
I believe some of the crew members are trained to handle dlocos and elocos in case of emergency. Is it true?

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Mar 27 2017 (18:09)
Srikanth~   1569 blog posts   586 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 2209231-7            Tags   Past Edits
oh, drawing a month plan is not an easy task.
General Travel
Mar 27 2017 (14:38)  

knkprasad956*^~   2166 blog posts
Entry# 2212507            Tags   Past Edits
What ails sub-urban rail in SBC. A report in Deccan Chronicle of Bengaluru today

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Mar 27 2017 (16:28)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2212507-3            Tags   Past Edits
The biggest spoilsport would be the traffic. :(
The state and the Central government have to really stop this childish blame game and do something about the scary traffic situation in the city. BMTC is already very highly priced ( At least compared to Chennai and Hyderabad where I was a regular user) and the Metro project in the city, for long seen as a beacon of hope, was severely delayed and even now, doesn't help the notorious Tin factory-Marathalli-Whitefield-Silk Board side of the city. Given how there are practically no alternative routes capable of handling heavy traffic on the Tin factory - Silk board route, Metro construction on the route will also lead to several months
of traffic nightmares on the road (though the results may be worth the pain).
It would be too much to expect local trains running into SBC or YPR right now, but suburban can be operated at least in the periphery of the city in the Hosur route, and BYPL-MLO, WFD-YNK and YNK-BYPL to act as a feeder to the Metro at BYPL. Thanks to the restrictions on the Hosur route, freight traffic is less and there are enough slots for running local trains. If only the railway authorities and the city officials could work together and leverage these relatively easy-to-implement routes. :(
We spent years making up imaginary routes and local train routes trying to imagine a better state of traffic in the city but sadly the officials and leaders are not showing the same level of initiative or concern that the people are showing. :(

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Mar 27 2017 (16:58)
Foamer~   1468 blog posts
Re# 2212507-6            Tags   Past Edits
The state is not childish here but realistic. Why bear 80% when so many cities' suburban systems are being built and operated by center and it never recovers the cost of operations with its heavily subsidised tickets and passes.
If this city is taking the load of migrant population, then its more the reason for the center to support this milch cow.
networks are built and subsidised tickets doled out to other cities, from the tax collected from here. This is where China is good at policy making. It's Shanghai which supports a lot of migrants and generates a lot of revenue for China, hence a proportionate amount of tax is re-invested back into Shangai's infra by the federal govt. there.
I wish people go around Bengaluru and see that it is much more than Tin Factory-Whitefield!!! If it is caught in jam, so be it...... its their own doing. All IT guys with their cars, never wanting to go by bus (not even AC bus) or MEMUs but only in father-in-law's dowry cars.
BMTC is heavily priced because it has to sustain itself, else it will croak up one day like IR. It's the largest Urban Bus transport system. Unlike the cities you mentioned, Bengaluru has no local train system built-subsidised by center. All have to depend on BMTC alone. Also here the population is more.
Metro is doing a fine job right now. The real effect will be when Swastik-KBS stretch is commissioned in the next few months. Then Tumakuru road users will breathe a sigh of relief. And when entire Green line is started then Old Bengaluru will get a lot of respite from traffic and well-deserved too.
Most of Bengaluru is doing fine, some struggle but manageable, goes with urbanisation..... Its just the IT stretch people making a lot of noise wanting this and that. They got a lot, but still expect someone to push them from home to their glass building offices in a pram. They first need to stop complaining and ask their colleagues to start using buses that will bring relief....

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Mar 27 2017 (17:49)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2212507-8            Tags   Past Edits
Definitely agree with you about too many cars. There is way too much 4 wheeler traffic in the IT area and people are buying cars barely 2 years into their career. Nothing's more infuriating than getting stuck in traffic, crossing the car in front of you after 20 minutes and then seeing that there's just one person sitting comfortably in the entire car, while our bus has more than 50 people squeezed in.
Pardon me if I keep on harping about one region in the city, I used to stay in the Whitefield area, so that's one area I am decently well informed about. And that's why I keep alluding to the traffic in that region
( And it definitely is bad!!) as I do not wish to put up half-baked complaints/statements about the rest of the city.

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★  Rail Fanning
Mar 23 2017 (20:39)   12595/Gorakhpur - Anand Vihar Terminal Humsafar Express (Via Basti) | GKP/Gorakhpur Junction (10 PFs) | BSL/WAM-4

Avinash Pandey™~   1003 blog posts   685 correct pred (78% accurate)
Entry# 2208360            Tags   Past Edits
Today's Gorakhpur-AnandVihar Humsafar Running With Bhusawal ( BSL ) WAM-4..
Due to some Coupling problems train departed 22 min late...
Railfans Get ready to capture it

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Mar 25 2017 (12:59)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2208360-38            Tags   Past Edits
Most of them are now officially restricted to 100kmph.

Mar 25 2017 (13:54)
Avinash Pandey™~   1003 blog posts   685 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2208360-39            Tags   Past Edits
Ha bhai but kuch log nhi mante hai
★  Rail News
New Facilities/TechnologySWR/South Western  -  
Mar 19 2017 (19:12)   Bengaluru–Hassan line likely to open on March 26

rdb*^   127239 news posts
Entry# 2203499   News Entry# 296848         Tags   Past Edits
The Bengaluru–Hassan new railway line, construction of which was completed in January, would be opened for passenger traffic likely on March 26.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda are expected to inaugurate the new line by flagging off Yeshwantpur–Hassan Inter-City Express from Yeshwantpur station.
South Western Railway’s chief public relations officer E. Vijaya said the inauguration date has been tentatively fixed.
166-km new line was sanctioned by Mr. Gowda when he was the Prime Minister in 1996–97. The project took over two decades for completion.
Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Circle) A.K. Manoharan, who inspected the new line between Nelamangala and Shravanabelagola (110 km) between February 6 and 10 issued authorisation to SWR on February 20 to run passenger trains on the sector.

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Mar 23 2017 (11:14)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2203499-53            Tags   Past Edits
Forget passenger trains, even freights are not being routed much through the Shiradi route! SWR had rationalized the HAS-MAQ route for freight operations from the iron ore mines around Bellary ( Ranajitpura and Yeshwantnagar) to Panambur port and KIOCL to attract more traffic as the shortest route from BAY to MAQ is via ASK. However, citing ghat constraints, they are running the freights via the Braganza and Konkan route. Effectively they are charging the mining companies for the short route, but running the trains via the longer route for almost 200km more losing a lot of revenue. It's surprising that they are not developing the route even for increasing their freight revenues, let alone improving passenger transport!

Mar 23 2017 (11:23)
Foamer~   1468 blog posts
Re# 2203499-54            Tags   Past Edits
Freight traffic has decreased now after the SC ban on illegal mining.

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33 votes
Mar 11 2017 (13:48)  

©The Dark Lord™~   5814 blog posts
Entry# 2193998            Tags   Past Edits
As Five states elections are over, I think this is the right time to take some pro-reformist bold steps and to increase the fare of heavily subsidized Unreserved, Sleeper and Sub-urban tickets for the betterment of Indian Railways in coming future. For your judgement some stats are also attached, so what do you think about this?
Yes. Now fare of loss making classes should be increased.79%26
No. fare should never be increased and things should go on as it is.21%7

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Mar 23 2017 (00:14)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2193998-25            Tags   Past Edits
True, they are not made for profits. But at the same time, the transport system should also ensure it's survival. Ticket pricing and other sources of revenue should be regulated such that the organization maintains a healthy financial state and has the funds to support expansion, better passenger facilities and should be able to sustain itself. After all, the railways is also an organization with limited funds. It can operate in losses to serve the passengers, but the losses should not be so high that a large part of the organization's revenues are just used up in covering the losses. They should not push the railways to the edge of bankruptcy.
Railways doesn't need to make a
profit from SL or UR class. But at least the ticket pricing needs to reflect the increasing operating costs so that the profit making portions like AC class travel and freight transport can still cover up the deficit.

Mar 23 2017 (00:53)
CA~   852 blog posts   12 correct pred (48% accurate)
Re# 2193998-26            Tags   Past Edits
Bhai IR is in loss because of it's own policies. It has acres of unutilized land. They can give these lands for rent.
The root cause for IR's loss is it's government owned, make it private and see it'll recover costs on the same fare. See in the case of Air India. The contemporaries of Air India like Go&Indigo have much cheaper Fares still running in profits and Government owned Air India is running in loss despite having a high fare.
Reason for loss is IR's mismanagement.
are being late for hours which increases the cost.
2)IR don't introduce trains and classes which earn money.
Just tell me one thing Despite having huge WLs why IR isn't increasing 3AC/2AC coaches in prestigious trains??or introducing ACSFs in crowded routes?

Mar 23 2017 (01:01)
CA~   852 blog posts   12 correct pred (48% accurate)
Re# 2193998-27            Tags   Past Edits
I've mentioned only 2 but there are many case of lack of management by IR
53 votes
Mar 11 2017 (09:50)   MAQ/Mangalore Central (4 PFs)

DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9093 blog posts   10929 correct pred (86% accurate)
Entry# 2193733            Tags   Past Edits
With the CVR-MAQ electrification to be inspected today, which of these trains would you like to see being hauled by elocos to/from MAQ/MAJN in the near future? You can add any train if I have missed out through comments. You may also add the type of loco you want to see with the train you have voted for through comments.
Parasuram Exp0%0
Ernad Express2%1
MAS-MAQ Mail49%26
MAQ-TVC Exp(16347/8)0%0
MAQ-MS Exp0%0
Navyug Exp0%0
Maveli Exp0%0
Malabar Exp0%0
West Coast SF Exp8%4
MAQ-SRC Vivek Exp2%1
Mangala Lakshadweep SF Exp0%0
Kerala SK0%0
ERS-LTT Duronto0%0
Netravati Exp2%1
Marusagar Exp2%1
TVC Rajdhani26%14
ERS-NZM Duronto0%0
Poorna Exp0%0
Add yours2%1

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Mar 15 2017 (00:39)
Swarna Express~   101 blog posts
Re# 2193733-60            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks sir. Then you can update 1862 on 12601 train page. now nothing is shown.
i am also searching for some info on when westcoast started.

Mar 15 2017 (00:43)
Swarna Express~   101 blog posts
Re# 2193733-61            Tags   Past Edits
beypore is now called kozhikode? or is that station demolished?

Mar 15 2017 (01:00)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2193733-62            Tags   Past Edits
The Beypore station was actually at Chaliyam, just south of the Feroke river. This station was demolished a long time ago. The line now diverts from Kadalundi and goes towards Feroke station. The road from Kadalundi to Chaliyam follows the original alignment of the railway route. The route to Kozhikode was opened by 1888.

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Mar 15 2017 (01:16)
Swarna Express~   101 blog posts
Re# 2193733-64            Tags   Past Edits
got sir. westcoast 1965 in wiki. but no date on IRI.
so bangalore and mangalore got trains to madras around 1964-65 - westcoast and brindavan.

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Mar 21 2017 (16:37)
Hary Patel   1 blog posts
Re# 2193733-66            Tags   Past Edits
Now that's something to worry about. You must surely go ahead to click here website and look into the issue further.

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Mar 14 2017 (01:19)   SCC/Sitapur Cantt. (2 PFs)

ak714525   4 blog posts
Entry# 2196664            Tags   Past Edits
Diamond crossing BG&MG
Pic clicked by Ayush Kumar Prajapati

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Mar 21 2017 (12:01)
The elusive and rare WDP3 and WDM3~   2456 blog posts
Re# 2196664-5            Tags   Past Edits
Though it comes quite close to being square, the Nagpur crossing too is technically a diamond crossing ( the rails are not exactly at 90 degrees to each other). In addition, it is what is known as a one-way diamond crossing. The main line towards Gondia, does not have any gap in the rails, as is normally expected at diamond crossings. The freight yard line, run slightly elevated over the main line with a gap in it's rails. This allows the main line traffic to move at faster speeds over the crossing.
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