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Jul 27 2011 (3:30AM)


Entry# 58     
What is the procedure here to become an Admins?

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Mar 12 2015 (7:04PM)
Blog Post# 1394619-0     
moderator**     Added by: Soumitra Chawathe**    May 24 (9:22AM)
Due to numerous other site activities and preoccupations, it has been a really long time - about 1.5 years - since we inducted our last batch of Admins. Here is a refresher about the Admin role:
Admin is just another role to participate in this site. There are some advantages as well as drawbacks. You will have access to the Admin forum, will be able to update much of the site information, get invited to our Admin Convention and other railfan meets, get the IRI Cap, T-shirt, etc.
However, on the flip side, you cannot indulge in controversial statements, EVEN though what you say is right and fair. So, yes, some members consider it a curtailment of their "freedom of speech", and
are frustrated as Admins. It is much LESS FUN being an Admin, in this respect. You will have to be extra-courteous and polite with other members. You will have to be MUCH, MUCH more TOLERANT of other people's views, and be silent and hold your peace. As Admin, you are like an ambassador of IRI, and accordingly, where site affairs are concerned, you have to watch what you say and write.
Most importantly, just like members, Admins are absolutely NOT obligated to participate in site activities or even visit the site. They are NOT obligated to answer questions from members, or know more than members about Rail affairs. Our members/Admins lead busy professional/domestic lives, and IRI is NOT supposed to be a priority. IRI remains a minor recreational hobby/pastime for BOTH members and Admins, and is supposed to be the absolute LAST on your list of life priorities. Many of our Admins are away from the site for months, and are welcomed back when they come back. In that respect, Admins, like members, are perfectly free to do whatever they want to do. They may come and go when they like. Admins may also voluntary take a "break from Adminship", if they find the Admin forum too distracting.
We are living in a virtual world here, and IRI is a very small site in the vast internet. In the scheme of things, "Admin" is just a minor designation, and is of little significance outside IRI. Some members are interested in joining the Admin group, while others are happier being long-time reputed members, who are equally valued by the site.
The primary means of appointment is
1. recommendation by 2 or more current Admins
2. no objection from any Admin
3. member is interested in becoming Admin, and chooses to abide by our restrictive Admin guidelines.
Due to the long time gap since our last induction, there is a huge backlog of recommendations. To keep things manageable, we shall be appointing about 10 Admins every month in random order, starting very soon. If you are interested, but not on the list, maybe you will be, next month or the month after. Pl. just be patient.

Mar 26 2012 (8:34PM)
Blog Post# 381510-32     
moderator**     Added by: Soumitra Chawathe**    Aug 10 2012 (3:30PM)
Admins are not appointed based on their contributions to the site. All members are expected to receive as much or more from IRI as much as they give. This equilibrium is very important for the sustenance of this site, as well as your interest in this site. If you find that there is an imbalance, and you are contributing/blogging more without receiving any reciprocal benefits from this site, at that point, this site ceases to be of benefit to you, and you should discontinue your participation.
Members are appointed Admins on recommendations by our current Admins, based on their courtesy, politeness, maturity and other social qualities. Rail knowledge or contributions to site are not yardsticks for Admins. Many of our Admins may not know much about the Railways, but they are Admins based on their general social qualities. It is very
likely that you have the above qualities, but our members are not familiar enough with you to recommend. In such a case, you may just continue participation with the site, and eventually someone will recommend you.

Dec 10 2011 (9:48AM)
Blog Post# 301316-8     
Nazeer*^     Added by: Nazeer*^    Dec 10 2011 (9:54AM)
Thanks for your interest. We do usually require you to be a member here for at least a few months, and get to know our other members and admins. Please keep visiting the site, and get to know the various kinds of edits and activities. If a couple of current admins recommends you, we may make you an Admin sooner.
This is a bureaucracy-free site, and we have very few rules or policies. However, since Admins have a lot of edit freedom, it takes longer. Also, there are few more senior members whom we wish to appoint first.
Some features are in development, whereby we can give members some edit capabilities, without the requirement to be an admin. This may make the transition smoother, while allowing reliable and controlled updates possible.
Thanks for understanding.
May 20 (11:03PM)


Entry# 1869     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway at a Glance

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May 20 (9:04PM)
Blog Post# 1477515-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    May 20 (11:03PM)
----------------- Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway at a Glance -----------------------------
Please click on the following Link to see the Photographs of Inspection of GM Mr Radhey Shyam of Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway on 13.03.2015
click here
Please click on the following Link to get the details about Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway
click here
Please refer the following Link to see the latest updated Map of South Eastern Railway with it's Four Divisions(KGP, ADRA, Chakradharpur & Ranchi)
click here
Please refer the following Link to get the latest
system map of Chakradharpur Division of SER(As on 31.03.2015)
click here
I also attach the 14 Page PDF Document containing the Photographs of GM Inspection of Chakradharpur Division of SER on 13.03.2015 with this blog for ready reference.
I also attach the PDF Document containing the latest system map of Chakradharpur Division of SER(As on 31.03.2015) with this blog for ready reference.
Views are welcome.
May 11 (4:17PM)


Entry# 1868     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
The History Behind the Names of all Stations of Bombays 1st Railway Line!

★★★  Rail Fanning
May 10 (9:44AM)
Blog Post# 1462415-0     
HamariAdhuriKahani     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    May 11 (4:17PM)
The History Behind the Names of all Stations of Bombay's 1st Railway Line!
PS: Some really good guy gathered this information last year and created these wonderful info-graphics! All Credits to Mr. Jigish Mehta!
click here
May 11 (11:06AM)


Entry# 1867     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
List of Electric Locomotives Withdrawn by Indian Railways

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May 10 (5:34PM)
Blog Post# 1463164-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    May 11 (11:06AM)
In this Blog I am Presenting the List of 48 Condemned Electric Locos which are erroneously seen in ICMS Coaching Outage List. All Railway Zones are requested to immediately approach to CRIS for the Removal of these 48 Condemned/Withdrawn Electric Loco Numbers from their Database
Please Click on the Following Link to see the List of 48 Condemned Electric Locomotive Numbers:
click here
Attached Articles:
1 Screenshot of the Link of the Condemned Electric Locomotives List
2 PDF Document showing List of 48 Condemned Electric Locomotive Numbers
Please note that all these Locomotive are now in "Withdrawn" Status, some are scrapped status at the LOCO ROASTER DATABASE of IRFCA and all Zones are requested to remove these Locos from their Database.
Please note that in the PDF Document the Loco Number in Serial No:37 has been erroneously given 30414 instead of 20414
Detailed Description of 48 Cancelled Electric Locomotives of IR:
1 AJJ WAM-4 21269
2 TATA WAM-4 20651
3 Itarsi WAM-4 20574
4 VSKP WAM-4 20680
5 BZA WAM-4 20584
6 BRC WAM-4 20585
7 BRC WAM-4 20589
8 BRC WAM-4 20594
9 BRC WAM-4 20608
10 TATA WAM-4 20631
11 VSKP WAM-4 20564
12 AJJ WAM-4 21352
13 BRC WAM-4 20566
14 AJJ WAM-4 20652
15 AJJ WAM-4 20656
16 WAG-5 23051
17 TATA WAM-4 20661
18 AJJ WAM-4 20663
19 BL WCAM-1 21818
20 VSKP WAM-4 20667
21 BIA WAM-4 20681
22 AJJ WAM-4 20671
23 BRC WAM-4 20677
24 MGS WAP-1 22017
25 TATA WAM-4 20563
26 VSKP WAM-4 20465
27 TATA WAM-4 20485
28 BRC WAM-4 20489
29 BRC WAM-4 20490
30 BRC WAM-4 20491
31 BRC WAM-4 20493
32 BRC WAM-4 20496
33 TATA WAM-4 20499
34 BRC WAM-4 20512
35 BRC WAM-4 20513
36 ASN WAM-4 20579
37 VSKP WAM-4 20414
38 MGS WAM-4 20419
39 VSKP WAM-4 20523
40 HWH WAM-4 20535
41 BIA WAM-4 20545
42 BRC WAM-4 20548
43 Itarsi WAM-4 20550
44 BRC WAM-4 20553
45 BRC WAM-4 20554
46 BRC WAM-4 20556
47 BIA WAM-4 20557
48 BRC WAM-4 20561
Attached Image:
MGS WAM-4 21346 at Allahabad electric trip shed
Pic Courtesy: Samar
Pic Link: click here
May 09 2013 (8:43AM)


Entry# 1566     
Italo Frecciarossa 1000**  
What are the Maintenance Schedules and Periodicity of Electric Locomotives?

★★  Rail Fanning
Apr 27 (12:39PM)
Blog Post# 1444163-0     
Shivam Rai     Added by: Amtrak**    Apr 27 (5:20PM)
#locopedia #technical
POH, IOH MOH and AOH of various electrical locomotives in Indian Railways
WAP-1/WAM-4/WCAM-1, 2, 3/WCAG-1/WCG-2/WCM-6
Trip Inspection: 3000kms or 1trip (whichever later)
AOH: 12 months + 15 days ( duration is
6 working days)
IOH: 36 months + 1 month or 4 lakh kms (6 lakh for WAP-1 loco) whichever is earlier.(duration is 9 working days)
POH:6 years + 3 months or 8 lakh kms (12 lakh for WAP-1 loco) whichever earlier (duration is
24 days)
Trip inspection :After 3000 kms or one trip whichever later.
AOH: 18 months + 15 days (duration is 6 days)
IOH: 36 months + 1 month or 6 lakh kms whichever earlier.(duration is 9 days)
POH: 6 years + 3 months or 12 lakh kms whichever is earlier. (24 working days)
WAG5 (fit with TAO traction motors)
Trip inspection: 15 days
AOH: 18 months + 10 days (Duration 6 days)
IOH: 54 months + 1 month or 6 lakh kms whichever earlier. (duration is 9 days)
POH: 9 years + 3 months or 12 lakh kms whichever is earlier. (duration is 28 days)
WAG-5 (TAOchi variant), WAG-5H & WAG-7 locos
Trip inspection: 20 days
AOH: 18 months + 10 days ( duration 6 days
IOH: 54 months + 1 month or 6 lakh kms whichever is earlier.(duration 9 days)
POH: 9 years + 3 months or 12 lakh kms whichever is earlier(duration is 28 days)
WAP5/WAP7 locos
Trip inspection: 3000 kms or one trip, whichever is later
MOH:18 months (Duration 6 days)
IOH: 4.5 years + 6 months or 12 lakh kms. whichever earlier.
WAP-7 - 11 days
WAP-5 - 20 days
POH: 9 years + 6 months or 24 lakh kms. whichever earlier.
Duration 28 days
WAG 9/9H (including i variants)
Trip inspection: 45 days
MOH: 18 months( Duration 6 working days / 8 working days for 2nd MOH)
IOH:6 years + 6 months or 12 lakh kms. whichever is earlier.(duration 11 days)
POH: 12 years + 6 months or 24 lakh kms. whichever is earlier. (Duration 28 days)
AOH:Annual Over Haul
IOH:Intermediate Over Haul
MOH:Maintenance Over Haul
POH:Periodic Over Haul
2nd MOH takes more time because additional tasks are performed in 2nd MOH
Suggest corrections if needed

Info Update
May 09 2013 (8:42AM)
Blog Post# 747036-0     
Italo Frecciarossa 1000**     Added by: Italo Frecciarossa 1000**    May 09 2013 (8:43AM)
#Maintenance Schedules and Periodicity of #Electric Locomotives:

Schedule attached in PDF :

For Conventional Locos
1. Coaching locos - WAP-1/WAM-4/WCAM-1, 2, 3/WCAG-1/WCG-2/WCM-6
2. Coaching locos - WAP-4
3. Freight locos - WAG-5 locos (Fitted with TAO TMs)
4. Freight locos - WAG-5 TAOchi, WAG-5H & WAG-7 locos

3-Phase (ABB) locomotives
1. Coaching Locos - WAP5/WAP7 locos
2. Freight Locos - WAG9/WAG9H locos

Source: Elocos
Apr 23 2015 (9:55AM)


Entry# 1866     
Trains running more tha 10Hrs having NO pantry Car over SWR.

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Apr 23 2015 (9:53AM)
Blog Post# 1438955-0     
Amtrak**     Added by: Amtrak**    Apr 23 2015 (9:55AM)
South Western Railway:
Valuable info for updating the Pantry info on Train page
Src: SWR Website
Apr 21 2015 (5:42PM)


Entry# 1865     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  

★★★  Info Update
Apr 19 2015 (10:51PM)
Blog Post# 1435032-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    Apr 21 2015 (5:42PM)
In this blog I am Sharing Indian Railways Vision 2020 Implementation Plan on Electric Locomotives of Indian Railways. Please click on the following Link to see this Vision 2020 Plan in detail
click here
I am providing the screenshots of the following Parts of Vision 2020 Plan
1 Electric Locomotives to be acquired
Please note that the number of WAP 4 reduces with year and in 2020 we don't have any WAP-4 as per plan of Railways.
Attached Image:
BHEL WAG-7 of Erode
Image Link: click here
Apr 19 2015 (1:50PM)


Entry# 1864     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
Rail Fastening System

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Mar 23 2015 (6:21PM)
Blog Post# 1405244-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    Apr 19 2015 (1:50PM)
******** A Dedicated Blog On Rail Fastening System ******************
1 Fish Plate: In rail terminology, a fishplate, splice bar or joint bar is a metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track. The name is derived from fish, a wooden bar with a curved profile used to strengthen a ship's mast.The top and bottom edges are tapered inwards so the device wedges itself between the top and bottom of the rail when it is bolted into place.In rail transport modelling, a fishplate is often a small copper or nickel silver plate that slips onto both rails to provide the functions of maintaining alignment and electrical continuity.
History of Fish Plate:
The first railway
fishplate, patented by William Adams and Robert Richardson in 1847.The device was invented by William Bridges Adams in May 1842, because of his dissatisfaction with the scarf joints and other systems of joining rails then in use. He noted that to form the scarf joint the rail was halved in thickness at its ends, where the stress was greatest.It was first deployed on the Eastern Counties Railway in 1844, but only as a wedge between the adjoining rails. Adams and Robert Richardson patented the invention in 1847,but in 1849 James Samuel, the engineer of the ECR developed fishplates that could be bolted to the rails.
For more details about Fishplate please refer: click here
Why are fish plates on a railway track called so?
Ans: A fish plate is a metal or wooden plate that is bolted to the sides at the ends of two rails or beams, to join them. A fish plate does not have anything in common with the aquatic fish. The fish in this term is derived from the French word 'fiche', meaning a peg. 'Fiche', in turn, is derived from the old French word 'fichier', which means to fasten. Thus a fish plate means a plate that fastens. This explanation has been given by
— V. Venkata Rao, Ahmedabad
Source of this info: click here
What is Rail Fastening System?
Ans: A rail fastening system is a means of fixing rails to railroad ties (United States) or sleepers (international). The terms rail anchors, tie plates, chairs and track fasteners are used to refer to parts or all of a rail fastening system. Various types of fastening have been used over the years.
Important Rail Fasteners are:
1 Rail spikes 2 Screw spikes 3 Fang bolts 4 Spring spikes 5 Fixing equipment
Important Rail supports are:
1 Chairs 2 Tie plates 3 Clips
There are Seven types of Rail Fastening namely:
1 Rail spike with baseplate above the tie
2 Track joint and chairs
3 Pandrol 'e-Clip' fastening
4 Pandrol 'fastclip' fastening
5 Tension clamp fastening
6 Bolt clamped fastening
7 Steel spring keyed rail in chair
For details of Rail Fastening System please refer: click here
Attached Images:
1Pandrol 'e-Clip' fastening
Image Link: click here
2 Steel spring keyed rail in chair
Image Link: click here
3 Fish Plate in Rail Track
Image Link: click here
Apr 19 2015 (1:47PM)


Entry# 1863     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
Types Of Wheel Arrangements and Axle Arrangements in Locomotives of Indian Railways

★  Info Update
Mar 25 2015 (6:06PM)
Blog Post# 1407251-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    Apr 19 2015 (1:47PM)
********************** Types Of Wheel Arrangements and Axle Arrangements in Locomotives of Indian Railways ***********
All are requested please share views after viewing this particular blog.
Whenever you see the Technical Specification of any Locomotive, you find a term known as "UIC Classification". Take for example
The UIC Classification/Wheel Arrangement of WAP 4 is Co'-Co'
The UIC Classification/Wheel Arrangement of WAP 5 is Bo'Bo'
The UIC Classification/Wheel Arrangement of WAP 7 is Co'-Co'
The UIC Classification/Wheel Arrangement of WAG 9 is Co'-Co'
The UIC Classification/Wheel
Arrangement of WAG 7 is Co'-Co'
The UIC Classification/Wheel Arrangement of WDM 3A/3D is Co'-Co'
In case of WDP 4 it is AAR wheel arr instead of UIC Classification which is B1-1B for WDP 4 and C-C for WDP 4B and 4D.
Now what does the term UIC Classification mean?
Ans: The UIC classification of locomotive axle arrangements describes the wheel arrangement of locomotives, multiple units and trams. It is set out in the International Union of Railways (UIC) "Leaflet 650 – Standard designation of axle arrangement on locomotives and multiple-unit sets".It is used in much of the world.
In other words UIC Classification is the Wheel Arrangement of Locomotives. If it is Bo'Bo it means the loco has two axles comprising of Four wheels in each axle in the front and in the rear side.(Total 8 wheels in the Loco) If it is Co'-Co' it means the Loco has two axle comprising of Six wheels in each axle in front and rear side.(Total 12 Wheels in the Loco).
For more details regarding UIC Classification its types please refer: click here
The term UIC stands for International Union of Railways to know more about International Union of Railways please refer:
click here
UIC classification is used widely in the world for all class of Locomotives.Only the United States uses the simplified AAR wheel arrangement for modern locomotives.United States don't use UIC Classification for the "Wheel Arrangement" of their modern Locomotives. In our Country also only WDP and WDG Class Diesel Loco use AAR wheel arrangement(As narrated above)
What is AAR wheel arrangement?
Ans: The AAR wheel arrangement system is a method of classifying locomotive (or unit) wheel arrangements that was developed by the Association of American Railroads. It is essentially a simplification of the European UIC classification, and it is widely used in North America to describe diesel and electric locomotives. In India this wheel arrangement is used for WDP and WDG Class of Diesel Locomotives. It is not used for steam locomotives which use the Whyte notation instead.
For more details about AAR Wheel Arrangement please refer: click here
For Steam Locomotives they use Whyte notation for their Wheel Arrangements.
What is Whyte notation?
Ans: The Whyte notation for classifying steam locomotives by wheel arrangement was devised by Frederick Methvan Whyte and came into use in the early twentieth century, encouraged by an editorial in American Engineer and Railroad Journal (December 1900). The notation counts the number of leading wheels, then the number of driving wheels, and finally the number of trailing wheels, groups of numbers being separated by dashes.Other classification schemes, like UIC classification and the French, Turkish and Swiss systems for steam locomotives, count axles rather than wheels.In the notation a locomotive with two leading axles (four wheels) in front, then three driving axles (six wheels) and then one trailing axle (two wheels) is classified as 4-6-2.
For more details about Whyte Notation of Wheel Arrangement in Steam Locomotives please refer:
click here
Views are welcome.
Attached Image:
BRAND NEW RPM WAP4 22959(The Wheel Arrangement of this Loco is Co Co Six wheel axle total 12 wheels in this Loco)
Image Link: click here
Bo Bo or two wheel axle of Locomotive(total four wheel in each axle of the Loco) and it's parts(In Indian Railway only WAP 5 Locomotive has such axle as it is a Lightweight(78 Ton) High speed Locomotive)
Image Link: click here
Main Page Link: click here
Apr 19 2015 (1:43PM)


Entry# 1862     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**  
High Speed Overhead of Indian Railways Issues, Challenges and Options

★★  Info Update
Apr 17 2015 (9:55PM)
Blog Post# 1432713-0     
BLOG ENTRY 1483512**     Added by: BLOG ENTRY 1483512**    Apr 19 2015 (1:43PM)
In this blog I am Sharing the 10 Page PDF Document relating to the Following Subject:
Written By:
Jayendra Nath Lal
Senior Executive Director
Traction Installations Directorate
Research Designs and Standards Organisation(RDSO)
Ministry of Railways
Please refer the following Link to access and download this 10 Page PDF Document:
click here
also attach this PDF Document here for your ready reference.
This Document also present the Development of Indian Railway Network graphically regarding the following Points:
1 Loco HP Over Years
2 Speed (Kmph) Over Years
3 Payload Over years
4 Increase of Power Density Over Years
Attached Articles:
Image of OHE Inspection Car stands on Mathura Junction
Image Link: click here (1st Image of this page)
Screenshot of Google Link of this Document
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