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Today (8:09AM)  Vaigai Express to get high-end loco from July 6 - The Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MADURAI: The Madurai railway division has announced that one of its premium trains, the Madurai - Chennai Egmore Vaigai Express would be hauled by Indian Railways' most powerful passenger locomotive, WAP-7, on a permanent basis. While the train would get the 6120 horsepower loco from Chennai Egmore on July 6, the first service from Madurai will begin from July 7, officials from the Southern Railway electrical department said.
They said the locomotive benefits loco pilots and railways in general. Not only does it enable smooth acceleration and deceleration, but is also equipped with more power and regeneration capacity, which can help the railways operate more trains on the section without incurring additional cost on power. More automation features help loco pilots to operate the train without complexity, they said. "Overall, the locomotive benefits all stake holders," said an official.
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Divisional railway manager, Sunil Kumar Garg said a request has been placed for more advanced locomotives for operation of trains. "We are getting WAP-7 for Vaigai first and a request has been placed with the headquarters to allot more such locomotives for the division," he said. A total of 22 loco pilots are required to operate express and mails when these locos are assigned and the personnel are given training to operate them, officials said.
The locomotive's goods variant, WAG-9 has been hauling freight trains in the division from May. The steep gradient between Kalpattichathiram and Ayyampalayam for a stretch of 32 km has come as a boon for the division as these locomotives regenerate good amount of electricity.
  
Today (8:07AM)  Chennai Metro not inclusive enough, says access audit (www.thehindu.com)
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It gauges how accessible the stations, platforms, and trains are for people with disabilities
For Smitha Sadasivan, getting into the Chennai Metro Rail train at Alandur station was next to impossible.
Her wheelchair got stuck in the gap between the platform and the rake and because the two were not even, she needed help to board. The doors stay open for just 30 seconds and it is simply not enough for people with disabilities to embark,” she said.
Ms. Sadasivan, along with other members of the Disability Rights Alliance (DRA), conducted an access audit of the newly opened Metro Rail services on Friday, to gauge how accessible the stations, platforms, and trains were for people with disabilities.
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From the time they entered, the team encountered issues. “There is no separate parking for motorcycles of people with disabilities,” said Deepak Nathan, another activist. The ticket counters were too high for some in wheelchairs to reach them, as was the machines to scan the tokens. The floor was slippery too, making it difficult for those with crutches.
“At the customer-care kiosk, they do not know which end of the train the coaches for people with disabilities are located. This makes it difficult for us,” B. Meenakshi said.
The toilet for people with disabilities at the Alandur station had several problems. One of the entrances was too narrow for a wheelchair to get through; the doors were heavy; there were only two grab bars inside; and the toilet seat and the flush were too high for wheelchair users to reach. Also, the tactile path on the floors did not lead to the toilet.
Inside the lift, the call button was very high, Ms. Sadasivan said. On the platform, the activists found that there was no kiosk to assist them in locating the coaches or to help them board the train. The tactile path again, did not lead to the coach. Signage was unclear, and the announcer’s voice could barely be heard.
Another issue was sign language. “When I tried to communicate with officials near the platform in sign language, none of them understood. I believe they have had some training in this, but the signs they used were unclear,” Ms. Sadasivan said.
Gautam Bharadwaj, assistant manager and architect, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd., said the system would take some time to stabilise. “All the stations have been designed keeping in mind the needs of people with disabilities. However, certain operational facilities have to be considered. For instance, we will look at placing a small ramp on the platform for them to be able to board the trains. Also, there will be more emphasis on signage,” he said.
The gap between the platform and train was minimal, but the surfaces being level also depended on the weight of the coach, N.K. Kumar, chief general manager (transport planning), said. Mr. Kumar said: “This is a learning process for us. Any finishing issues will be taken up.”
  
Today (8:06AM)  Change in train patterns - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Some changes have been made in train services on Tiruchchirappalli – Villupuram section (chord line) due to the engineering work for launching pre-cast boxes and slabs for the construction of a Limited Use Subway between Srirangam and Tiruchchirappalli Town stations on July 6.
According to the press release issued here, four trains have been diverted to run via the main line viz. Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Mayiladuturai and Villupuram on July 6.
Train Number 12636 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Vaigai Express will reach Villupuram 60 minutes late. Train Number 12635 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai Express will reach Tiruchchirappalli 60 minutes late.
Train Number 16127/16129 Chennai Egmore – Guruvayur/Tuticorin Link Express will reach Tiruchchirappalli 60 minutes late and Train Number 16128/16130 Guruvayur/Tuticorin – Chennai Egmore
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Link Express will reach Villupuram 60 minutes late.
The trains partially cancelled on July 6 include Train Number 56706 Madurai – Villupuram Passenger, which is partially cancelled between Tiruchchirappalli and Villupuram and Train Number 56705 Villupuram – Madurai Passenger which is partially cancelled between Villupuram and Tiruchchirappalli.
Train Number 12605 Chennai Egmore – Karaikkudi Pallavan Express, which was scheduled to leave Chennai Egmore at 3.45 p.m. on July 6, is rescheduled to leave Chennai Egmore at 4.30 p.m., the release added.
  
Today (8:04AM)  Metro service to be restored today (www.thehindu.com)
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Normal operations of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) train services between Baiyappanahalli and M.G. Road Station will be restored from Sunday between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The cable-laying work between M.G. Road Station and Cubbon Park underground station has been completed. From Sunday, the frequency between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. will be 15 minutes.
Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., the frequency will be 10 minutes.
In view of the cable-laying work, the commercial operation was temporarily operating from June 24 at a frequency of 20 minutes, a BMRCL release said.
  
Today (8:03AM)  Tripura seeks fund for Indo-Bangla rail project | The Shillong Times (www.theshillongtimes.com)
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Agartala: The Tripura government has sought fund for land acquisition for tracks laying work between Agartala and Akhaura connecting Bangladesh through rail, Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik said on Saturday.
He said land acquisition cost for the project of erecting railway line over five kilometre stretch on the Indian side had been reduced from Rs 302 crore to only Rs 98 crore after the NITI Aayog’s decision to have elevated corridor across 3.7 km.
About 67 acres land is required after the new decision–construction of elevated corridor, he said adding, “We have already sought fund for at least 60 per cent for undertaking land acquisition process for the ambitious project from the Centre”.Mr Bhowmik said the 3.7 km elevated corridor would be from Agartala railway station to Charipara and thereafter a 1.3 km
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rail yard which will connect Gangasagar rail station in Bangladesh.
India will fund for 15 km rail line, including 10 km on the Bangladesh side, to access to Ashuganj sea port of Bangladesh. “It was proposed to bear the land acquisition cost by the state government but we did not agree considering the financial burden on the state,” he pointed out adding that once the Indo-Bangla railway extension plan is implemented the entire northeast would be able to get access to sea. (UNI)
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Today (8:01AM)  Train services disrupted (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of the following trains consequent to the fire accident in a route relay interlocking cabin at Itarsi in West Central Railway:
Madurai–Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express (via Tiruchi) (12651) scheduled to leave Madurai at 12.15 a.m. on July 7 and Kanniyakumari–Nizamuddin Tirukural Express (via Tiruchi) (12641) scheduled to leave Kanniyakumari at 7.15 p.m. on July 10 have been cancelled, according to a press release.
Another Railway press release said that the Vriddhachalam–Cuddalore Port Junction Passenger (56834), the Vriddhchalam–Tiruchi Passenger (56807), and the Cuddalore Port Junction–Tiruchi Passenger (56805) will be operated on July 7.
The railways had previously announced that the three trains would be cancelled as part of certain changes made in connection with the erection of pre-cast
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boxes and slabs for for a Limited Use Subway between Srirangam and Tiruchchirappalli Town stations.
  
Today (7:59AM)  More SCR specials for Pushkaram (www.thehindu.com)
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The South Central Railway will run special trains to various locations for the Godavari Pushkaram 2015, the bookings for which will commence from July 5.
The Bhadrachalam Road-Secunderabad special train will depart at 9.15 p.m. on July 19 and 26, and arrive at Secunderabad at 3.30 a.m. the next day. The train in the opposite direction will depart Secunderabad at 11.10 p.m. on July 19 and 26, and arrive at Bhadrachalam Road at 4.30 a.m. the next day.
The Tirupathi-Vizianagaram-Tirupathi special train will be run from Tirupathi on July 14, 16, 18, 20 and 23 at 11 p.m., and reach Vizianagaram at 3.35 p.m. the next day.
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and 21 and arrive at Tirupathi at 11.45 a.m. the next day.
Another train on the same route will depart Tirupathi at 10.30 a.m. on July 25, and arrive at Vizianagaram at 3.35 p.m. the next day.
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In the return direction, the train will depart Vizianagaram at 4.45 p.m. on July 26 and arrive at Tirupathi at 11.45 a.m. the next day.
The Vizianagaram-Tirupathi special train will leave at 4.45 p.m. on July 24 and arrive at Tirupathi at 11.45 a.m. the next day.
  
Today (7:59AM)  AILRSA seeks electronic earmuffs for loco pilots (www.thehindu.com)
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The All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) has urged the Indian Railways to provide electronic earmuffs for loco pilots in all railway divisions. The Delhi Division of the Northern Railway had commenced trials from July 1 for loco pilots on the Jammu Rajdhani Express.AILRSA assistant general secretary C. Sunish said that loco pilots have been demanding safe working conditions for a long time.The move by the Delhi Division is a ray of hope for loco pilots who are overstressed by adverse working conditions that include high temperature loco cabins, and high-levels of noise reaching up to 140 db (engine horn).
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He said the association had been demanding soundproof and air-conditioned cabins for locomotives. At least, the Railways has started addressing the dangerous noise levels. Being exposed to dangerous noise levels
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would also would impair the mental ability of the individual, he said, quoting several studies.
The Delhi Division plans to extend the facility to all loco pilots on its trains after the successful trial on Jammu Rajdhani Express.
Meanwhile, South Western Railway General Manager P.K. Saxena told The Hindu that the zone is awaiting clearance from the Research Design and Standardisation Organisation of the Railways to procure electronic earmuffs.
The RDSO has to specify the requirements of the equipment as well as the procuring agency, he said.
  
Today (7:57AM)  One dead after truck rams goods train in Purulia (www.thehindu.com)
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A truck collided with a goods train in West Bengal’s Purulia district on Saturday, killing the truck driver.
The driver’s helper was severely injured and has been admitted to a local hospital.
The incident took place between the Kantadih and Tamna stations in South Eastern Railway’s Adra division. The engine and 11 wagons of the train were derailed in the collision.
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Due to the accident, train services were disrupted as the up and down lines of the section got blocked.
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rammed into the goods train,” the Chief Public Relations Officer of South Eastern Railway told The Hindu .
Even though no long-distance trains were cancelled, the ones to that were to pass through Purulia-Chandil route were diverted via Purulia-KotsilaMuri-Chandil.
  
Today (7:56AM)  Shatabdi Express augmented (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway has augmented the Chennai-Mysuru-Chennai Shatabdi Express with an additional AC Chair Car coach permanently.
A release said this has come into effect from June 29 from both the ends as a result of which Train Number 12007/12008 are running with 13 coaches (instead of 12 coaches) consisting of one 1st class AC Chair Car, 10 2nd class AC Chair Car, and two luggage and brake with generator cars. — Special Correspondent
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