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Today (8:27AM)  Would this stop you walking on Mumbai's train tracks? (www.creativereview.co.uk)
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In order to try to cut the number of deaths caused by trains hitting people walking on its tracks, Mumbai's suburban railway is employing shock tactics in the form of an extraordinary poster On average nine people die every day on Mumbai's rail system, some due to falling from the incredibly crowded trains but many others are hit by trains as they walk on or cross the tracks. The BBC's recent World's Busiest Railway documentary series revealed that Mumbai's Central Railway has been trialling a new poster which it hopes will persuade people to use footbridges and stay off the tracks.  
  The poster, which is running across the network, uses a series of three black and white images of a man being hit by a train.
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just this extraordinary sequence which perhaps borrows some of the language of Indian cinema, with its crash zooms and heightened emotions. It's certainly difficult to think of a UK network using anything similar but, according to the programme, it's proving effective.
  
Today (8:22AM)  Railways to add extra coaches and run new trains for festive season (www.avenuemail.in)
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Jamshedpur: Keeping in view the increased rush during the festive season, the South Eastern Railways ( SER) has decided to add new coaches to the trains. Additional number of coaches will be added to the trains ferrying from Chakardharpur, Tatanagar, Ranchi, Kolkata, Kharagpur to places like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Bihar.
Officials of SER said that the decision has been taken to ensure hassle free journey to the passengers during the festive season. The decision would be active from October 1 to October 31.
“Durga puja is the biggest occasion not only for the eastern part of the country but for the Railways too. Large numbers of people travel to their native places. In order to accommodate the increased rush we have decided to add new coaches with the trains. This will
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help to reduce the rush on the stations,” said an official of SER.
Sources informed that plans are to add additional coaches to other express trains too. A circular would be issued soon.
“During the pujas, people ferrying between Bihar and Kolkata increases in manifold so it is essential to ensure proper journey of the passengers. We are also planning to start new facilities for bookings and other for the passengers,” noted a senior officer of SER.
Meanwhile the decision of SER to add coaches has given people a reason to smile. “ The decision is a welcome move from the Railways. This would ensure peaceful journey. One can look forward to meet relatives and friends during the festive season,” Vishesh Chatterjee, an employee of LIC.
The computerised reservation centre at Tatanagar has already recorded a climb in booking. Names on the waiting list have crossed the 100 mark for most long-distance mail and express trains headed towards New Delhi, Mumbai and Patna.
Meanwhile the decision of SER to introduce new has given people a reason to smile. “The decision is a welcome move from the Railways. This would ensure peaceful journey. One can look forward to meet relatives and friends during the festive season,” said U K Srivastava, a senior functionary of Chottanagpur Passengers’ Association.
Meanwhile the computerised reservation centre at Tatanagar has already recorded a climb in booking. The waiting list have crossed the 100 mark for most long-distance mail and express trains headed towards New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
  
Today (7:43AM)  Train operations schedule change at Coimbatore Junction between September 3 to 6 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MANGALURU: Due to major track renovation works to be carried out near Coimbatore junction from September 3 to 6, there will be major change in the operation of trains that originate/terminate/pass through Coimbatore junction.
According to Salem Division officials, the works to be carried out is called "elimination of Scissors Crossing/Cross Over". Two such crossings exist near the Road Over Bridge adjacent to Coimbatore junction at present. These are obsolete, outdated (as the components used in such crossings are dated, such as wooden sleepers, etc.) and are posing serious threat to safe operation of trains apart from delay in running of trains passing through the crossing, as it doesn't allow operating of two trains parallel as is done in normal crossings. Railway Board had already taken a policy decision to completely remove all scissors crossings, all over the country.
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The current work was originally sanctioned in the year 2010, and is now being taken up for completion at an estimated costs of Rs 1.5 crore, spread over four days, taking 4 to 8 hours a day, without causing major disruption in the operation of trains services, and without cancelling any train, keeping in mind the needs of the train passengers.
The remodelling of the scissors crossings at Coimbatore, is a major work equalling to laying of new track, which is normally being handled by the Construction Organisation of Southern Railway. However, in this case, all the major departments connected with the operation of trains such as Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, Operations, Signal and Telecommunications, and Commercial Departments of Salem Division, are working in this major project, together, to ensure minimum disturbance in the operation of trains and smooth completion of the works.
  
Today (7:30AM)  Curious' kids remove clips from rly tracks, alert staff save the day (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Dhanbad: Railways officials are probing the removal of 17 pandrol clips from the railways track near Madhupur railway station, under Asansole division of Eastern Central Railway (ECR) on Saturday.
Four minors from a nearby village in the age group of 11 and 13 years were responsible for removing the iron clips under Madhupur subdivision of Deoghar district and located around 140kms Dhanbad, said railway authorities.
The incident came to light after security personnel found the children near Madhupur railway station and quizzed them.
A major accident was averted as the incident took place around 10 minutes before the New Delhi-Howrah Abha Tufan Express, apart from other passenger trains, would have passed.
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the children for interrogation and were shocked to find out the motive behind the removal of the clips.
"The children said that they were curious to know how a train derails. They all belong to a government school. They used stones to chip away at 17 iron clips near pole number 296/7, situated between Madhupur-Nawadih patro, close to Madhupur railway station on the main line," a security officer told TOI.
Railway officials also called a joint meeting of the villagers and the children's parents to discuss the issue and also make them aware of the possible repercussions of their actions.
When contacted, the senior divisional security officer and commandant of Asonsole division Pradeep Kumar Gupta, confirmed the incident and said that he was looking into the matter.
"Although the children were detained, they were released after proper investigation by late Saturday evening. Apart from being minors, they had no ulterior motives. We warned them and their parents. We hope that they do not do something like this again," said Gupta.
The in-charge of Madhupur railway police force, Prem Pancham, said this was not the first time an incident like this has taken place.
"A fortnight ago, the same group of children started pelting stones at the Kolkata Rajdhani and Purva express near Fatehpur. We have decided to inform all villagers and notify the guardians of all schoolchildren living in nearby localities to ensure their wards stay away from the railway tracks," said Pancham.

  
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Madhupur railway station, under Asansole division of Eastern Central Railway (ECR)
ToI,,thanks for silly reporting just like these cops..
Get ur facts right.
Madhupur is ER not ECR..
  
Today (7:27AM)  Railway official promises to solve rake issue (www.thehindu.com)
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The problem with regard to ensuring faster evacuation of cargo at Visakhapatnam Port due to short-supply of rakes causing congestion may come to an end with a top official of East Coast Railway promising to take prompt action.
During his discussions with Visakhapatnam Port Chairman, Deputy Chairman and others during his one-day visit on Saturday, ECoR General Manager Rajiv Vishnoi promised to solve the problem raising hopes among the stakeholders on the rake problem they have been facing for a long time.
As against the requirement of 20 rakes, the railway is able to supply just half, leading to detention of various cargoes handled at the port. This was causing disappointment among the port users and stevedores as delay in evacuation of the cargo adds to the cost.
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The issue was earlier taken up by local MP K. Haribabu following which Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had promised to solve the problem. During the presentation, the port officials also briefed Mr. Vishnoi on the ongoing expansion activity of the port and their rake requirement to cater to the demand to ensure quicker evacuation of cargo. During her first visit after taking charge, DRM Chaqndralekha Mukherjee also met the stakeholders to study the issue.
  
Today (7:26AM)  Workshop sensitises railway women employees to rights (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway's Women Empowerment Resource Centre in Salem Division, constituted for preventing sexual harassment of women at workplace and sensitise them to their rights, health, and other issues concerning women employees, conducted a workshop on ‘Gender Sensitisation’ in Erode recently.
About 125 women employees from various work places in Salem Division took part in the workshop that dwelt on health, legal and rule provisions for protection of women employees.
The workshop envisaged assisting the women employees in their day-to-day life, both official and personal.
Chief Personnel Officer of Southern Railway Aruna Nair presided over, and called upon women employees to exercise their rights utilising provisions made by the railway administration.
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Officer, presented a power point presentation on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013, and also the relevant provisions in Railway Employees Conduct Rules.
A.R.Dhana, Information Officer of Erode District Family Welfare Bureau, and Madhubala, lawyer, also took part, along with the Committee Chairperson Indradevi, Senior Divisional Medical Officer, Salem Division, and members constitute G. Janarthanan, Divisional Personnel Officer; Bharathi Gandhi, Private Secretary to Divisional Railway Manager; and Ruby Thiagarajan, Social Worker and General Secretary, YWCA, Salem.
Divisional Railway Manager, Salem, Shubhranshu, and president of Southern Railway Women’s Welfare Association, Salem Division, Jyotsna Prasad, the chief guests, also took part and declared open a computer lab at the Railway Mixed High School at Erode, newly named after Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
  
Today (7:24AM)  Railway Panel to Visit City Tomorrow (www.newindianexpress.com)
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BENGALURU:A Railway Parliamentary convention committee will be visiting the city on Tuesday to hold discussions with top railway officials of the South Western Railway (SWR) Division.Speaking to Express from Hubballi, SWR General Manager P K Saxena said the team will reach the city in the evening. “The deliberations will be held on September 2 and 3 (Wednesday and Thursday),” he said. “The committee comprises 16 MPs, but we are not sure about the exact number (who would come),” he added.The team from Delhi will visit Hyderabad before arriving in Bengaluru. It will lay down a plan to dispose of steel and non-ferrous (copper and zinc) scrap and the revenue generated from the same for the Railways will be discussed.
The team will also look into the deployment of special purpose vehicles for executions of projects and discus green energy initiatives and
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progress in creation of infrastructure like building two-way tracks and installation of new tracks.
This is the first convention committee to visit the city this year.
“The inputs they receive will be used by the MPs when formulating legislation,” the GM added.
  
Today (7:20AM)  Molestation on Train: Railway probe blames technical fault in WR line for absence of cop (indianexpress.com)
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The report said the head constable on duty was waiting for his train but it had been cancelled owing to the fault.
THE inquiry report sought by the commissioner of the state’s railway police regarding the absence of any police personnel in the train in which a 22-year-old MBA student was allegedly molested earlier this month has blamed the lapse on a technical fault on the Western Railway line that day. The report, submitted to the commissioner, has said services on the line had remained affected for more than an hour on August 6, the night the incident occurred between Grant Road and Charni Road stations. The police constable who should have been on that train had missed it owing to the fault, the report said.
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Government Railway Police (GRP) Commissioner Madhukar Pandey, was based on an inquiry ordered to find out why no police personnel was present inside the women’s compartment on that night.
“The victim boarded the slow local from Malad for Churchgate. The Western Railway has given a report to inquiry officer Dipak Devraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Western Zone), stating that there was a technical fault between Borivali and Kandivali,” said a senior officer from the GRP commissionerate.
“The GRP personnel are on duty from 8.30 pm to 6 am in the ladies’ coaches. On that day, the head constable on duty missed the local due to the technical fault,” he added.
The report said the head constable on duty was waiting for his train but it had been cancelled owing to the fault. A special train was later arranged for the commuters. “We are unable to punish any one as this was a technical fault,” said Pandey.
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Today (7:19AM)  Western Railway set to recycle water using reverse osmosis at new laundry (indianexpress.com)
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The WR also plans to install an RO plant or water cleaning system in its recently-introduced mega-laundry at Bandra terminus.
With environmental concerns becoming a major priority in the city, the Western Railways (WR) is set to recycle water using reverse osmosis at its new state-of-the-art laundry in the city. The aim of this project is to save 1.15 lakh litres of water a day and reduce the burden of purchasing potable water. The WR also plans to install an RO plant or water cleaning system in its recently-introduced mega-laundry at Bandra terminus, where 6 tonne of linen are being washed for over 16 hours a day.
Already there is an effluent treatment plant. After the process of washing, the dirty water goes to a big tank, which has different chambers. Here,
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certain chemicals are added to neutralise the water so that it does not affect the environment.
“It is a costly affair but will prove to be very hygienic in the long run. We have set up such linen care centres in Ahmedabad, Indore, Junagarh and Surat as well. This specific laundry has three washer extractors, two tumbler dryers, three flat irons, two boilers, two compressors, one RCD installations for high-speed diesel storage and an effluent treatment plant,” said Arun Kumar Singh, senior coaching depot officer.
“In one shift, 13 workers are deputed for different works for cleaning and ironing three thousand bed rolls. Right now, only three tonne linen are being cleaned but hopefully from October , 6 tonnes of linen will be cleaned. However, this laundry has a capacity of cleaning 10 tonnes, but we do not want over use machines,” he added.
  
Today (7:18AM)  What is the world's least-busy railway? (www.independent.co.uk)
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World's Busiest Railway 2015, part of the BBC's India season, has shone a welcome light on the mesmerising choreography of India's railways – with a close focus on the high gothic of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. The station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, manages to combine miraculously the twin roles of a Unesco World Heritage Site and handling millions of commuters and long-distance travellers.
Yet here at hidden europe it got us thinking: what is the world's least-busy railway? We can't be absolutely certain, but we think we've got a fair number of candidates from Europe alone.
We delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday, but on some international railways there is nothing daily about the service. The cross-border train service from Niedaltdorf, in Germany's Saarland, to Bouzonville in
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France, operates only on Good Friday each year. The French town has a celebrated Good Friday market, and the otherwise abandoned cross-border rail route is reopened for just one day at Easter to allow special trains to run to Bouzonville – usually five in each direction.
Further east, and considerably harder to reach, is the once-a-year journey from Hajnowka in Poland to the town of Bialowieza (and back). We made the trip in 2011. It's a marvellous journey: the forests, heaths and marshes that straddle the border between Poland and Belarus are one of the continent's last great areas of lowland wilderness. Bialowieska Forest is more than history and more than wildlife. Much more. It is for Poles one of the crucibles of their identity. These border landscapes are the gateway to an imagined Arcadia which helped shape the narratives and images of Polish Romanticism. Whether any train will run on this all-too-rare route in 2016 we do not know.
Meanwhile, a slightly less rare international train from Poland connects Lubawka in Lower Silesia with the Czech town of Trutnov. It is a key cross-border line, but trains run Saturdays and Sundays only in the months of May, June, July and August.
The Czech Republic has many more routes which are used on a limited number of days each year.The line to Vejprty is a wonderful route through the mountains between Bohemia and Saxony, but trains run only on about 15 days each year. In a similar vein, the line from Ivancice to Ostavany is normally open to passenger traffic only on 1 May.
As British travellers know, the UK has plenty of oddly infrequent trains, a result of outdated railway law which makes it less onerous to run a bare minimum of services than go through the rigmarole of officially closing a stretch of track or a station. These are known as "Parliamentary" trains. I once had a surreal phone conversation with National Rail Enquiries about how to get from Teesside Airport (two trains a week, both on Saturday) to Denton in Greater Manchester – served by just one Parliamentary service a week. The recommended itinerary between the two averaged just one kilometre an hour.
Nicky Gardner is co-editor, with Susanne Kries, of "hidden europe" (hiddeneurope.co.uk)
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