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Aug 19 (2:51PM)


Entry# 1795     
Duru Trains are Lovely**  
What are the Contact Numbers for giving feedback to IR ?

Aug 19 (2:50PM)
Blog Post# 1157644-7     
Duru Trains are Lovely**     Added by: Duru Trains are Lovely**    Aug 19 (2:51PM)
Have a look at www.indianrailways.gov.in: click here
Complaints & Suggestions Number for telling IR about your experience on availed railway services at +91-9717630982. This will help IR to render better services.
24x7 Customer Service SMS Number: 54959, 57886 (Related to Passenger Information).
Aug 19 (7:12AM)

Coach Construction/Seating Arrangements

Entry# 1794     
amit singh ™ ♥♪ ♫♥**  
How many rakes does a train require?

Aug 18 (12:49PM)
Blog Post# 1190882-0     
█║▌AKASH █║▌     Added by: amit singh ™ ♥♪ ♫♥**    Aug 19 (7:12AM)
How many rakes does a train require?-
If there are no complications because of 3-way rake-sharing and so on, it is easy to figure out the number of rakes that are needed for any particular train service. Assuming 1-2 hours a day to allow for late running, and perhaps 4-6 hours a day for cleaning and maintenance, a rake is used perhaps 16 hours a day for short distance trips, and 18 hours a day for long trips. From this, one can estimate the number of rakes given the total journey duration.
Up to 8 hours : 1 rake (unless it is a night train)
8-17 hours : 2 rakes
17-26 hours : 3 rakes
26-36 hours : 4 rakes
36-46 hours : 5 rakes
46-56 hours : 6 rakes
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Aug 11 (10:40PM)

Train Connections/Directions

Entry# 1793     
Rajkot Rewa Express **  
Grade Indicator

Aug 11 (6:58PM)
Blog Post# 1184633-0     
█║▌AKASH █║▌     Added by: Rajkot Rewa Express **    Aug 11 (10:40PM)
#GradeIndicator---- Ground level signs on a concrete slab base, with a number and an upward or downward pointing arrow, indicating a grade. A number '500', for instance, indicates a grade of 1 in 500. Black on white.
grade indicators
The arrow is often simply a 'v'-shaped mark instead of a full arrow symbol. A similar sign without an arrow and an 'L' instead of a number indicates the end of the grade.
There are some newer gradient or incline warning signs that are not on the ground as the ones described above but fitted to poles or catenary masts. They are usually yellow with blue or black arrows (although some blue signs with white arrows have been seen) with reflective paint, indicating upward
or downward gradients; a double-headed (bidirectional) arrow is used to indicate a level section. The difference between these and the ones described above is that these are placed about 500m-700m in advance of the gradient they refer to, whereas the conventional grade indicators described above are placed at the point where the gradient or level section begins. The gradient indicators on catenary masts are also often accompanied by signs advising drivers to power up for the gradient.
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Aug 03 (3:52PM)

Train Connections/Directions

Entry# 1792     
Boxer Bhai**  
catch siding

Aug 03 (3:46PM)
Blog Post# 1177272-0       
Shivam     Added by: Boxer Bhai**    Aug 03 (3:52PM)
GHUDANKHAPA catch siding
#faq on #catchsiding
Catch Siding is an alternate track diverted away from mainline where a train is diverted in case of brake failure.
The Siding track is made in a parabolic fashion climbing upwards and is the length is generally equivalent to the longest train rake on the line. It includes a sand mound at the end for total stop
The points are set towards the siding when home signal is on . In case of brake failure the train will divert, climb up the catch siding and motion will stop.
In this way loss of lives are saved in event of
brake failure.
Catch sidings are found on
Thull ghats: TGR1, TGR2, TGR3
Bhor ghat: MHLC, TKW(Thakurvadi)
TEO-CCD section at Ghudankhapa
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Jul 31 (5:13PM)


Entry# 1791     
Rajkot Rewa Express **  
Wedges Used In Indian Railway

Jul 31 (5:12PM)
Blog Post# 1175059-0       
Rajkot Rewa Express **     Added by: Rajkot Rewa Express **    Jul 31 (5:13PM)
20140713130049620x348.jpgwedges used In Indian Railway:-
These are called as wedges. They are put on either side of a wheel (between wheel
and rail) of a parked vehicle, a locomotive in this case.
It’s purpose is to secure the vehicle and prevent its accidental movement.
Normally, they are made of wood as well as Mild steel also
Source: click here
useful numbers while travelling through railways

Jul 25 2014 (10:44AM)


Entry# 1789     
Duru Trains are Lovely**  
What is the Criteria for Provision of Halt/Stoppage Station of Trains ?

Jul 25 2014 (10:43AM)
Blog Post# 1170504-0     
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi     Added by: Duru Trains are Lovely**    Jul 25 2014 (10:44AM)
Jul 24 2014 (8:59AM)


Entry# 1788     
Tony Stark**  
General Order of Precedence of Trains

Jul 24 2014 (8:55AM)
Blog Post# 1169628-0     
റോഷൻ ശശിധരൻ     Added by: Tony Stark**    Jul 24 2014 (8:59AM)
General Order of Precedence of Trains:
Unless specific orders to the contrary are issued by the COM or by those acting on his behalf, the following
general orders of precedence shall be observed by control and stations.
1. ARME, ART proceeding to the site of accident.
2. President’s and VVIP’s specials (Unless otherwise specified in the Time Table).
3. Suburban train in peak rush direction.
4. Super fast trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani etc.
5. Mail / Express trains.
6. Military personnel special, if instructed by emergency control/DOM.
7. Fast Passenger train
8. Special engaged by the public. (Precedence order may be revised)
9. Passenger trains.
10. Mixed trains.
11. Military stores special.
12. Express or special goods train.
13. Through goods train.
14. Accident relief train returning from the site of accident (unless otherwise ordered).
15. Shunting and van goods train.
16. Departmental trains.
Info from Operations Manual of railways
Please add this info to #FAQ #ADMINS

Jul 24 2014 (8:56AM)
Blog Post# 1169628-1     
റോഷൻ ശശിധരൻ     Added by: Tony Stark**    Jul 24 2014 (9:14AM)
(i) A Passenger train nearing the end of its run should not normally be detained in preference
to a train which has a longer run before it, as the latter train is more likely to make up time
and reach its destination punctually than the former.
(ii) A train running to time should not be detained more than 30 minutes to effect crossing on
single line. (This should be decided by the Division based on actual condition.)
(iii) A train running late due to defective engine, or defect in rolling stock or any other cause
which is likely to continue to operate against it and prevent it from making up time, should
generally give way to a train running properly.
Info from Operating Manual
May 29 2012 (3:01PM)

Ticket Booking/E-Ticketing

Entry# 1161     
Soumitra Chawathe**  
What is the difference between E-Ticket and I-Ticket?

Jul 23 2014 (8:57AM)
Blog Post# 1168922-1     
broad gauge**     Added by: broad gauge**    Jul 23 2014 (8:57AM)
you book a ticket at irctc but the ticket is delivered to your address.
facility only available at select cities
takes 2-3 days for delivery of ticket by post
no print out required
cancellation cant be done online
need to be cancelled at prs and money is electronically debited into your account
looks like prs ticket, just the booking is online like e ticket

May 29 2012 (2:43PM)
Blog Post# 438737-0     
Guest: 867b63c6   Added by: Soumitra Chawathe**    May 29 2012 (3:01PM)
I was booking an E-Ticket on IRCTC website
There was an option of E-ticket and I-ticket
What is the difference between E and I ticket...?
Can any one explain about this..?

May 29 2012 (2:58PM)
Blog Post# 438737-3     
ᶆӮ ᶘḽӺӗ Өӥ Ѧ ╦╔▲║Ṉ**     Added by: Soumitra Chawathe**    May 29 2012 (3:02PM)
See the link
Primarily E-ticket can be printed as soon as it is booked. I-ticket is similar to PRS ticket which is posted to your address

May 29 2012 (2:59PM)
Blog Post# 438737-4     
Anand Nambyar**     Added by: Soumitra Chawathe**    May 29 2012 (3:02PM)
e-ticket is where u take a printout of the itinerary whereas in i ticket a crs ticket is couriered to your address... plz check irctc website for the locations covered for such shipment
Jul 30 2011 (3:13PM)


Entry# 375     
What are the types of locomotives and their details ?

Jul 21 2014 (4:24PM)
Blog Post# 1167821-0       
PKV**     Added by: Jagadeesh**    Jul 21 2014 (6:07PM)
LOCO NOMENCLATURE has say 5 parts to it, e.g., WDM3A
1) W = Broad Gauge, Y = Metre Gauge, Z = Narrow Gauge , N = Narrower Gauge (as in some hill railways, Z = 2' 6" and N = 2')
2) D = Diesel, A = AC Electric, C = DC Electric , CA = AC+DC (Dual), B = Battery,
3) P = Passenger, G = Goods, M = Mixed, S = Shunter, M = DEMU/MEMU
4) Power Rating for Diesels = Number X 1000 HP, For Elec. = Version Number
5) Incremental Power Rating for diesels, for others Variants, Model Variations
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Aug 30 2013 (10:34PM)
Blog Post# 839704-0       
▅ ▆ ▇ █★KR ♥ Lover ♥ Forever★█ ▇ ▆ ▅     Added by: rfZ**    Aug 30 2013 (11:16PM)
Wheel Arrangement-Co-Co
Track Gauge-1676 mm
Weight-117 t
Max. Axle Load-19.5 t
Length over Buffer-18650 mm
Wheel Diameter-1092 mm
Gear Ratio-18 : 65
Maximum Speed-120 Kmph
Diesel Engine-Type : 251 B-16 Cyl. �V� type (uprated)
HP-3300 HP (standard UIC condition)
Transmission-Electric AC / DC
Brake-IRAB-1 system
Loco-Air, Dynamic, Hand
Fuel Tank Capacity-5000 litres f8wxzqmulmtl7wx598fiyo9c9id9m43cefsh33sf{{{Aug 30 2013 (10:34PM)}}}~@~ ~#~-~#~ ~#~BROAD~#~ ~#~GAUGE~#~ ~#~MAIN~#~ ~#~LINE~#~ ~#~MIXED~#~ ~#~SERVICE~#~ ~#~LOCOMOTIVE~#~ ~@~ ~#~WDM~#~ ~#~3D~#~ ~@~

Aug 30 2013 (10:38PM)
Blog Post# 839704-1     
▅ ▆ ▇ █★KR ♥ Lover ♥ Forever★█ ▇ ▆ ▅     Added by: rfZ**    Aug 30 2013 (11:17PM)
Wheel Arrangement-Co-Co
Track Gauge-1676 mm
Weight-113 t
Length over Buffer-17370 mm
Wheel Diameter-1092 mm
Gear Ratio-74 : 18
Maximum Speed-50 Kmph
Diesel Engine-Type : 251 D-6 Cyl. in-line
HP-1350 / 1120 HP (std.)
Transmission-Electric AC / DC
Fuel Tank Capacity-5000 litres f8wxzqmulmtl7wx598fiyo9c9id9m43cefsh33sf{{{Aug 30 2013 (10:40PM)}}}~@~ ~#~-~#~ BROAD GAUGE SHUNTING LOCOMOTIVE ~@~

Aug 30 2013 (10:42PM)
Blog Post# 839704-2     
▅ ▆ ▇ █★KR ♥ Lover ♥ Forever★█ ▇ ▆ ▅     Added by: rfZ**    Aug 30 2013 (11:17PM)
Wheel Arrangement-Co-Co
Track Gauge-1676 mm
Weight-123 t
Length over Buffers-19132 mm
Wheel Diameter-1092 mm
Gear Ratio-18 : 74
radius of Curvature-117 m
Maximum Speed-105 Kmph
Diesel Engine-Type : 251 B,16 Cyl.- V
Loco-Air, Dynamic
Fuel Tank Capacity-6000 litres

Aug 30 2013 (10:46PM)
Blog Post# 839704-3     
▅ ▆ ▇ █★KR ♥ Lover ♥ Forever★█ ▇ ▆ ▅     Added by: rfZ**    Aug 30 2013 (11:17PM)
Wheel Arrangement-Co - Co
Track Gauge-1000 mm
Weight-72 t
Overall Length-15600 mm
Wheel Diameter-965 mm
Gear Ratio-18: 93
Speed-96 Kmph
Diesel Engine-ALCO 251 D 6 Cyl. in line.
Transmission-Electrical AC/DC
Brake-IRAB � 1 system / 28LAV-1
Loco-Air, dynamic, parking
Train-Air / Dual (Air and Vacuum)
Fuel Tank Capacity-3000 Litres

Sep 29 2012 (8:23PM)
Blog Post# 538463-8     
Panchapi Narayanarao**     Added by: Journey from 9W to EK**    Sep 29 2012 (8:26PM)
Both are having same pulling power. WAMs have been converted into WAPs now a days where Goods trains have been now a days pulled using WAG's (Wide A/C for Goods)...
Admins- could anyone please update this in FAQ. (If already exists pls ignore)..

Jul 30 2011 (1:52PM)
Blog Post# 212563-1       
SMJ**     Added by:     Jul 30 2011 (3:13PM)

Mixed type locomotives:
WDM 1 (First mainline diesel electric locomotives used in India. Introduced in 1957. Imported from ALCO. Out of service now. 1950 hp)
WDM 2 (Most widely used and first homemade mainline diesel-electric locomotives in India. Original prototypes were made by ALCO. Introduced in 1962. More than 2700 have been made. Rated at 2600 hp)
WDM 2A, WDM 2B (Technical variants of WDM 2)
WDM 3 (Only 8 were imported. They used hydraulic transmission and are currently non-functional)
WDM 3A (Formerly WDM 2C. Another WDM 2 variant. It is not related to WDM
3. 3100 hp)
WDM 3C, WDM 3D (higher powered versions of WDM 3A)
WDM 4 (Entered service along with WDM 2. Prototypes designed by General Motors. Though considered superior to WDM 2 in many ways, these locomotives weren't chosen as General Motors did not agree to a technology transfer agreement. 2600 hp)
WDM 6 (Very rare class; only two were made; one is being used by Puttalam Cement Factory in Sri Lanka. Rated at 1200 HP)
WDM 7 (Fifteen of these locos were built from June 1987 through 1989, they were designed for branch-line duties, but they are now used mostly for shunting. Rated at 2000hp)
Note: No locomotive class was designated as WDM 5 in India.
Passenger locomotives:
WDP 2 (New class name WDP 3A. Dedicated passenger diesel locomotive. Entered service in 1998. Powerful locomotive. 3100 hp)
WDP 3 (This locomotives are actually prototypes of the class WDP 1 and never entered serial production.)
WDP 4 (EMD (former GM-EMD) GT46PAC, fundamentally a passenger version of the WDG 4 (GT46MAC). 4000 hp)
WDP 4B (EMD (former GM-EMD) GT46PAC, An improved version of the WDP 4, this is a more powerful version and has 6 traction motors, just like the WDG 4. Also comes with wider cabin to aid visibility and minor exterior design changes. 4500 hp)
WDP 4D (EMD (former GM-EMD) GT46PAC, This is basically a WDP 4B with twin cabs. Minor changes were made to the locomotive to facilitate the addition of a second cabin. This locomotive comes with LCD instrument display and toilet for the drivers. As of now, two units have been made and are expected to enter full-time service soon. 4500 hp)
Goods locomotives:
WDG 2 (New class name WDG 3A. These class is actually a technically upgraded form of WDM 2)
WDG 3B, WDG 3C, WDG 3D (Technical upgraded forms of WDG 2 or WDG 3A)
WDG 4 (New dedicated goods locomotives. These are General motors' GT46MAC models. First units were imported in 1999. They are numbered from #12000 upward. Local production started on 2002. 4000 hp)
Shunting locomotives (Also known as switching engines):
WDS 1 (First widely deployed and successful diesel locomotives used in India. Imported in 1944-45. currently out of service. 386 hp)
WDS 2 (currently out of service.)
WDS 3 (All locomotives of this class were rebuilt and reclassified as WDS 4C in 1976-78. 618 hp)
WDS 4, WDS 4A, WDS 4B, WDS 4D (Designed by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works. 600-700 hp)
WDS 4C (Rebuilt WDS 3 locos as mentioned above)
WDS 5 (Some of these locomotives are used for industrial shunting. A few are used on Indian Railways. Rated at 1065hp)
WDS 6 (Heavy-haul shunters made in large numbers for industrial concerns as well as for Indian Railways Rated at 1200/1350hp)
WDS 8 (Only five of these were made, and all were transferred to steel works 800hp)
Note: There is no electric shunting engine in India. Classes from WDS 1 to WDS 4D have hydraulic transmission. The WDS 4, 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D are the only still existing broad gauge locomotives with diesel-hydraulic transmission.
Diesel multiple units:
A few routes in India currently have Diesel multiple unit service. Depending on the transmission system they are classified as DEMU (diesel-electric transmission) or DHMU (diesel-hydraulic transmission). There are diesel railcar service in a few places known as 'railbus'.
DC electric traction
Note: These locomotives are, or were used only in sections around Mumbai which is the only location in India still using DC traction.The power operated is 1500V DC.
Mixed type locomotives:
WCM 1 ( First electric locomotives with the now familiar Co-Co wheel arrangement to be used in India. 3700 hp)
WCM 2 (520hp)
WCM 3 (600hp - Used in Kolkata , then transferred to Mumbai, Built by Hitachi)
WCM 4 (675hp - Also built by Hitachi)
WCM 5 (Built by Chittaranjan locomotive works to RDSO's design specifications. Auxiliaries by Westinghouse and North Boyce. Built in 1962, these are India's first indigenously designed DC electric locomotives. The first was named 'Lokamanya' after the Congress leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak. 3700 hp)
WCM 6 (A rare and highly powerful class. 5000 hp, only two were built. Now converted to run on AC power, class name changed to WAM 4)
Passenger locomotives:
WCP 1, WCP 2 (GIPR EA/1 and EA/2. Historically very important locomotives as these are the very first electric loco to be used in India. The first locomotive was named as Sir Roger Lumney and is currently preserved in the National Rail Museum, New Delhi. 2160 hp)
WCP 3, WCP 4 (GIPR EB/1 and EC/1, these are also among the earliest electric locos used in India)
Goods locomotives:
WCG 1 (GIPR EF/1. These are Swiss crocodile locomotives imported in 1928 from Swiss locomotive works. These are among the earliest electric locos used in India.The first locomotive was named as Sir Leslie Wilson and is currently preserved in the National Rail Museum, New Delhi. 2600-2950 hp))
WCG 2 (Designed by Chittaranjan locomotive works in 1970.)
AC electric traction
The 25 kV AC system with overhead lines is used throughout the rest of the country.
Mixed type locomotives
WAM 1 (Among the first AC electric locomotives used in India. Introduced in 1959. Now out of service. 3010 hp)
WAM 4 (Indigenously designed by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in 1970. Highly powerful class. One of the most successful locomotives in India. 3850 hp)
Passenger locomotives
WAP 1 (Designed by Chittaranjan locomotive works in 1980 for the Kolkata-Delhi Rajdhani Express. A very successful class. 3900 hp)
WAP 2 (Not in use)
WAP 3 (Not in use)
WAP 4 (Upgraded from WAP 1 for higher loads by Chittaranjan locomotive works in 1994. One of the most successful locomotives in India. Very powerful class. 5350 hp)
WAP 5 (Imported in 1995 from Switzerland and used on premier express trains. 5450 hp)
WAP 6 Only found near Asansol
WAP 7 (Same design as WAG 9 with modified gear ratio. Highly powerful class. 6250 hp)
Goods locomotives
WAG 5 (The most successful electric locomotives in India. Designed by chittaranjan locomotive works in 1984. More than 1100 were made. 3850 hp)
WAG 5A, WAG 5B (Technical variants of WAG 5)
WAG 6A (Imported from ASEA and Hitachi. 6110 hp)
WAG 6B, WAG 6c (Variants of WAG 3A. All rated at 6110 hp)
WAG 7 (Very successful class. Designed by chittaranjan locomotive works. 5000 hp)
WAG 9 (Currently the most powerful class in India, rated at 6350 hp. Same design as WAP 7 with modified gear ratio. Designed by Adtranz, Switzerland.)
Dual (both AC and DC) traction
Note: These locomotives are, or were used only in sections around Mumbai which is the only location in India still using DC traction. They can run under AC traction too. The main purpose behind the manufacture of these type of locomotives was to provide transportation in and out Mumbai area without changing the engine.
Mixed type locomotives:
WCAM 3[1][dead link](Designed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. 4600 hp under DC traction and 5000 hp under AC traction)
Goods locomotives:
WCAG 1 (Designed by Bharat heavy electricals limited. 2930 hp under DC traction and 4720 hp under AC traction)
Note:There is no dedicated dual current passenger locomotive in India, but in Mumbai area, there are some EMUs which can run under dual traction.
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