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Yesterday (4:33PM)  Security tightened at NWR Railway Stations following threats of Terror Attack (www.railnews.co.in)

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Station Tag: Ajmer Junction/AII added by Nitesh/419944

Posted by: Nitesh  94 news posts  
अजमीर Ajmer (AII): Security has been beefed up at seven railway stations, including Jaipur and Ajmer, after a letter purportedly by a terror outfit threatened to carry out an explosion on April 21, three days before second phase of Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held in Rajasthan.
North West Railways (NWR) have alerted its security agencies including GRP, RPF and state police and extra precautions are being taken by them at Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Alwar, Hanumangarh, and Sriganganagar railway stations, official sources said on Saturday.
Entry and exit points of the stations are being strictly monitored by the security agencies, a senior NWR official said.
A letter from an unknown terror outfit was received by the Station Master of Ferozpur
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about a week ago. In the letter they had warned of blowing up any of the seven railway stations on April 21.
After the letter, NWR alerted the security agencies, the official said. However, Railways have not disclosed the sender’s identity to the media due to election code.
Yesterday (4:27PM)  Faizabad Exp derails, Rajdhani engine fails (www.railnews.co.in)

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Apr 19 2014 (4:27PM)
Station Tag: Asangaon/ASO added by Nitesh/419944

Apr 19 2014 (4:27PM)
Train Tag: Faizabad - Mumbai LTT SF Express/22104 added by Nitesh/419944

Posted by: Nitesh  94 news posts  
असंगाव Asangaon (ASO): The Faizabad-LTT Express derailed near Asangaon on Friday evening, holding up services on the Central Railway. On the Western line, suburban services were hit after a failure in the engine of the August Kranti Rajdhani Express. The engine and one coach of the Faizabad-LTT Express derailed around 8pm. Till the time of going to press, the train was not put back on tracks. The CR spokesperson said, “There were no injuries and cause of derailment was not known.” On WR, three trains were locked up in the path of the Rajdhani Express due to the locomotive failure in Dadar. The WR spokesperson said, “A snag developed in the engine of Rajdhani Express as soon as it reached Dadar. The train was held up for 20 minutes after which it was taken to Andheri from where it continued its journey with a new engine one-and-a-half-hour behind schedule.”...
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Yesterday (4:17PM)  Waltair Railway Division chugs in Highest Growth in 2013-14 fiscal (www.railnews.co.in)

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Apr 19 2014 (4:17PM)
Station Tag: Visakhapatnam Junction/VSKP added by Nitesh/419944

Posted by: Nitesh  94 news posts  
विसाखपटनम Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway achieved its highest growth ever with a total earning of INR 6265.28 crore in 2013 to 2014 fiscal, up 11% from the 2012 to 2013 fiscal.
Participating in the 59th Railway Week celebrations to commemorate the chugging out of the 1st train on April 16th 1853, between Bori Bunder and Thane, Mr Anil Kumar, divisional manager of Waltair, said that the division achieved the feat due to the hard work and dedication of thousands of railway staff across the division. Explaining the performance highlights for 2013 to 2014, he said that on the freight loading front, the division had achieved an originating loading of 52.56 million tonne, making it one of the few in the Indian Railways to have an originating loading in excess of 50 million. The earnings on account
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of loading were INR 5844.35 crore, 11% more than 2012 to 2013 earnings mainly due to increase in loading of iron ore, gypsum, alumina and steel, among others.
Meanwhile, the originating passenger traffic in 2013 to 2014 was 33.80 million, which was 3% higher than the pervious year’s traffic of 32.94 million. Correspondingly, the originating passenger earnings in 2013 to 2014 stood at INR 366.51 crore, 17% higher than the 2012 to 2013 earnings of INR 312.96 crore.
In order to clear the passenger rush, especially during holidays and weekends, a total of 87 special trains were run for 445 trips and 168 extra coaches attached to various express trains running through the division.
In order to meet the increased passenger traffic, direct train services to different destinations from Visakhapatnam, including five new trains, were also started in 2013 to 2014 apart from increasing the frequency of 4 pairs of trains.

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Begins Falls Rises ™**   18265 blog posts   1186 correct pred (63% accurate)  
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Yes, just keep on earning in freight n get nil for basic passenger needs.

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यन्त्रविन्यास प्रयोगशाला   5954 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)  
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Had KK line not been there......Had sea port not been there.......VSKP would have been NIL........Freight is the money minter.....

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APDJ LS const registers record breaking polling   15089 blog posts   17321 correct pred (68% accurate)  
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freight is the basic need of the country as well as the rlys & VSKP should be proud to contribute heavily towards the growth of the mineral & manufacturing industries in India.
लखनऊ । अब रेलवे बोर्ड की नई तबादला नीति के तहत रेलवे अफसर एक ही शहर में खासतौर से आठ प्रमुख स्टेशनों पर पूरी नौकरी नहीं काट सकेंगे। ऐसे अफसरों को जल्द ही अपनी नई पोस्टिंग के लिए तैयार रहना पड़ सकता है। रेलवे बोर्ड के संयुक्त सचिव ने ग्रुप ए अफसरों की नई तबादला नीति पर देश भर के रेलवे अफसरों से राय मांगी है।
नई तबादला नीति अगर लागू होती है तो उन अफसरों पर गाज गिरनी तय है जो लखनऊ मंडल, फिर इरिटम, आरडीएसओ, कारखाने, आइआरसीटीसी व अन्य रेलवे से जुड़ी विंग में अपनी नौकरी लंबे समय से काट रहे हैं।
लखनऊ में कई अफसर ऐसे हैं जो एक-एक सीट पर अपने कार्यकाल से ज्यादा का समय काट चुके हैं। कुछ अफसर ऐसे हैं जो लखनऊ का मोह नहीं
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छोड़ पा रहे हैं। चार साल लखनऊ मंडल, फिर आरडीएसओ, फिर प्रमोशन हुआ तो फिर मंडल कार्यालय और फिर इरिटम व अन्य उत्पादन इकाइयों में काम करके आधी से ज्यादा नौकरी काट रहे हैं। वहीं गु्रप बी अफसरों को ज्यादा नहीं छेड़ा गया है।
बोर्ड के मुताबिक प्रमुख स्टेशनों में जिनमें दिल्ली, मुंबई, कोलकाता, चेन्नई, सिकंदराबाद, बंगलोर, जयपुर व लखनऊ हैं। इन स्टेशनों पर तैनात सीनियर स्केल, जेए ग्रेड, एसए ग्रेड पर यह नियम प्रमुखता से लागू होगा। अगर रायशुमारी सहमति में तब्दील होती है तो कुछ इस तरह होगा कार्यकाल।
बोर्ड के मुताबिक ट्रेनिंग इंस्टीट्यूट में कम से कम दो साल व अधिकतम पांच साल, आरडीएसओ [डीडी, जेडी, निदेशक, ईडी] अधिकतम पांच साल, संवेदनशील पद [टेंडर प्रक्रिया, वित्त, वाणिज्य से जुड़े व अन्य] पर चार साल, प्रमुख स्टेशन पर कार्यरत लेकिन जोन एलाट नहीं है तो दस साल और अगर एलाट है तो अधिकतम पंद्रह साल रह सकेंगे। इसी तरह आरडीएसओ में तैनात अधिकारी जो रिसर्च में है उनके लिए दस साल का कार्यकाल होगा न कि वेंडर व अन्य कार्य में लगे अधिकारियों के लिए है।
Yesterday (3:06PM)  IRCTC विंडोज एप टिकट बुक करें चुटकी में (inextlive.jagran.com)
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अगर आप विंडोज फोन यूज कर रहें हैं और रेलेवे टि‍कट बुक करना चाहते हैं तो आपको वेबसाइट की सेशन आउट प्रॉब्‍लम से डील नही करना हो्गा. आईआरसीटीसी ने एक विंडोज फोन यूजर्स के लिए एक स्‍मार्टफोन प्रोवाइड कराई है. इस एप से विंडोज फोन यूजर्स आसानी से रेगुलर और तत्‍काल टिकट बुक कर सकते हैं. आइए जानें कैसे काम करती है यह एप...
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इस एप को विंडोज फोन यूजर्स आईआरसीटीसी की वेबसाइट से डाउनलोड कर सकते हैं. इस रेलवे रिजर्वेशन साइट ने इस एप के लिए एक सेपरेट पेज बनाया है. इस पेज को एक्‍सेज करके यूजर्स इस एप को डाउनलोड कर सकते हैं.
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माइक्रोसॉफ्ट की साइट पर भी अवेलेबल
विंडोज फोन यूजर्स इस एप को विडोंज फोन एप्‍स की साइट से भी डाउनलोड कर सकते हैं.यह एप विंडोज फोन के 7.5, 8 और 8.1 वर्जन के साथ अवेलेबल है. एप का साइज 2 एमबी है.
रिजर्वेशन है ईजी
इस एप में टिकट रिजर्व करना ईजी है. एप को डाउनलोड करने के बाद यूजर्स अपनी ऑफिशियल आईआरसीटीसी लॉगिन आईडी से एप में लॉगिन कर सकते हैं. ऑफिशियल वेबसाइट की तरह इस एप में आपको ट्रेवल प्‍लान करने और रिजर्वड टिकट का स्‍टेटस जानने के लिए फीचर्स अवेलेबल हैं. इस एप से आप रिजर्वड टिकट को केंसल भी करा सकते हैं.
Yesterday (3:04PM)  A minor fire broke out on the roof of the Rajiv Chowk Metro station (daily.bhaskar.com)

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Posted by: Jayashree▪◙▪Amita**  19728 news posts  
New Delhi: A minor fire broke out on the roof of the Rajiv Chowk Metro station on Saturday.

The fire alarm immediately began to make sound and four tenders rushed to the spot.

The services of the metro trains were halted temporarily as they again resumed at 1.28 pm.

Rajeev Chowk is one of the busiest metro stations in Delhi and is crowded almost all the time.
Yesterday (2:54PM)  Temporary Stops for Trains (www.newindianexpress.com)

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Ten trains will be allowed temporary stoppage of one minute each at the Angamaly Station, in connection with the Kurisumudy festival at the Saint Thomas International Shrine, Malayattoor.
The following trains will halt at Angamaly up to Saturday, from April 25 to 27, and from May 2 to May 4.
The Dhanbad/TATA-Alappuzha Express, Alappuzha-Dhanbad/TATA Express, Bangalore-Ernakulam Express, Ernakulam-Bangalore Express, Lokmanya Tilak-Thiruvananthapuram Netravati Express, Thiruvananthapuram-Lokmaya Tilak Netravati Express, Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram Jansatabdi Express, Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jansatabdi Express, Mangalore-Nagercoil Ernad Express, and the Nagercoil-Mangalore Ernad Express will halt at Angamaly.
Yesterday (2:52PM)  Many Trains to be Rescheduled due to Signal Work (www.newindianexpress.com)

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In connection with the complete renovation procedures going on at Ernakulam Town Railway Station, some trains have been partially or fully cancelled from April 17.
As the work will continue till April 29, the regulations will be effective till then. As per the release issued by the Southern Railways, they were forced to impose traffic regulations as the track and signal system have to be subjected to complete renovation at Ernakulam Town station and on tracks leading to Kottayam direction.
The full cancellation is imposed on following trains:
■ Train No 56387 Ernakulam - Kayankulam Passenger via Kottayam leaving Ernakulam at 11.45 am and its return trip from Kayankulam at 4.40 pm will remain cancelled
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from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 66307, Ernakulam - Kollam MEMU service via Kottayam leaving Ernakulam at 5.15 am and its return trip from Kollam at 11.15 am will remain cancelled from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 56379, Ernakulam Junction - Alappuzha Passenger leaving Ernakulam Junction at 7.30 am will remain cancelled on April 20
■ Train No 56381 Ernakulam - Kayankulam Passenger via Alappuzha leaving Ernakulam at 10 am and its return trip from Kayankulam at 1 pm will also remain cancelled on April 20
■ Train No 56384, Ernakulam -Kottayam Passenger from Ernakulam at 7.25 pm will remain cancelled on April 20.
■ Train No 56385, Ernakulam -Alappuzha passenger leaving Ernakulam at 7.30 am will remain cancelled on April 24.
■ Train No 56390 Kottayam Ernakulam Passenger leaving Kottayam at 5.15 pm will be cancelled on April 24
■ Train No 56386, Kottayam - Ernakulam Passenger leaving Kottayam at 5.15 am will remain cancelled on April 24
■ The partial cancellation is applicable to following trains. This include Train No 56365/56366, fast passenger service between Guruvayur and Punalur, which will be partially cancelled between Edappally and Punalur on April 20 and 24.(Sunday and Thursday). Some trains will also operate from Edappally station.
Trains Operating from Edappally
■ Train No 66611 /66612 MEMU service between Ernakulam - Palakkad section will be starting and terminating at Edappally station on April 24 (Thursday)
■ Train No 56607 Shoranur - Ernakulam Passenger leaving for Shoranur at 4.50am on April 20 (Sunday)
■ Train No 56371 Guruvayur - Ernakulam Jn passenger leaving for Guruvayur at 6.45 v hrs from April 24
■ Train No 12618 Nizamuddin - Ernakulam Mangla Express reaching Ernakulam on April 20 will be terminated at Edappally station
Trains Operating from Tripunithura
■ Train No 66300 MEMU service from Kollam to Ernakulam Jn via Kottayam leaving Kollam at 10.05 am hours and its return from Ernakulam at 2.50 pm will be operated from Tripunithura from April 24 to 29.
■ Train No 56392 Kollam - Ernakulam Passenger Via Kottayam leaving Kollam at 4.20 am will be terminated at Tripunithura from April 24 to 29.
■ Train No 16303/16304 Vanchinad Express between Thiruvananthapuram - Ernakulam will also be operated from Tripunithura from April 24 to 29 (Thursday to Tuesday).
Trains Operating from Ernakulam Town
■ Train No 56363 Nilambur -Ernakulam Passenger will be terminated at Ernakulam Town
■ Train No 56386 Kottayam - Ernakulam Passenger leaving Kottayam at 5.15 am will be operated from Ernakulam Town from April 24 to 29 (Thursday to Tuesday)
■ Train No 56362, Ernakulam Junction- Nilambur road passenger will be operated from Town Station on April 20 will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station
■ Train No 56391, Ernakulam - Kollam Passenger via Kottayam leaving Ernakulam at 6 pm will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 56385 Ernakulam Junction - Kottayam Passenger leaving Ernakulam Jn at 7.30 am will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 56389, Ernakulam -Kottayam Passenger leaving Ernakulam at 8.05 pm will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 16305/16306 Intercity Express between Ernakulam - Kannur will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station from April 24 to 29
■ Train No 16187/16188 Express train between Ernakulam - Karikkal will also be operated from Ernakulam North Station from April 24 to 29 .
Yesterday (2:48PM)  RAILWAYS OF THE RAJ: MASTERCLASS IN RAILWAY HISTORY (railwaysofraj.blogspot.in)

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When S. N. Sharma set about writing a book on the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, he could not but voice a lamentation on the absence of an authoritative source of reference he could draw upon. “While preparing the history of the G. I. P. Railway, I was amazed to find that there were hardly any books on this subject,” wrote Sharma in his preface. “The only book I could get was that of Frank J. Clark’s ‘The Great Indian Peninsula Railway, Under the Original Company’s Administration,” a 46 page book written in 1900. Thus, I had almost no secondary source of information …”
As late as 1984 when Sharma began work on his book, a person wishing to research the railways of India had but two works to serve as a guideline. On its first hundredth anniversary in
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1953, the Railway Ministry came out with a book, the first ever history of the railways of India, titled ‘Indian Railways—One Hundred Years: 1853 – 1953’. This general work, authored by J. N. Sahni is profusely illustrated with photographs and provides a fascinating overview of the growth of the railways beginning with the first proposals to set up the system, and moving on to various other themes such as locomotives and early rolling stock, signaling, electrification and goods transportation. Sahni’s work, although general in nature, has served as a haven of delight for well over half a century for enthusiasts who have been lucky enough to lay their hands on a copy, and contained enough detail to serve as a reference  for many later works on the subject.
About two decades later in 1975, a second history made an appearance. Titled “Indian Railways”, and authored by M. A. Rao, this new work was put out by the National Book Trust, India. Rao’s work won immediate approval. The author has written his book in a reader friendly manner using a fresh slant of his own, and has succeeded in creating an account that holds special appeal for the person who wishes to explore history in some detail with no previous knowledge of the railway and its working.
There exists yet another approach that can be used for reconstructing the history of an organization, and this is a method which manifests itself in the writing of an author who works on the premise that the basic chronological developments, already set forth in the works of others, would only serve to tire the reader if recounted a second time, and therefore sets out to delve deeper beneath the surface of events. When an approach of this kind forms the basis of research, it becomes a work eminently suited to the needs of the serious scholar.
The late Shri Ratan Bhandari’s work titled “150 Glorious Years of Indian Railways” is a work of this kind. Occupying a space of 252 pages and illustrated with both colour and monochrome photographs, Bhandari has succeeded in endowing his work with a quality that sets it apart as a history that takes a profound look at the past.
That the author has chosen as the basis of his work a desire to explore what lies behind the camouflage of unfolding events is at once observable in the opening few pages of the book where the reader is treated to a little known controversy over who, in fact, was the real originator of the scheme of a railway network in India.
The first proposal to have a system of railway lines in the country is generally attributed to Sir Rowland Macdonald Stephenson, who in 1844 proposed six rail routes strategically located so as to promote military and commercial interests of the British. However, Captain Edward Davidson, Deputy Consulting Engineer for Railways to the Government of Bengal, writing in 1868, challenged this position when he asserted that the first proposals were in fact made nearly a month in advance by Messrs. White and Borrett on behalf of the Great India Railway Company.
The truth of the matter is that proposals for laying a railway had been made from several quarters; a report by the Court of Directors of the East India Company in 1846 listed no less than fifteen such projects. It was Lord Dalhousie who suggested that it would be advantageous to entrust the construction of railways to independent companies instead of the government’s own officers, using land provided by the East India Company, and by 1862, a total of seven companies had come into operation, namely, Great Indian Peninsula Railway, East Indian Railway, Madras Railway, Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway, The Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway, Great Southern of India Railway, and Eastern Bengal Railway, with a total track mileage that seemed to grow phenomenally with each passing year.
Having read through premiers of these seven pioneering railways, the student of rail history is bound to pause, wishing to be told about the character of the railway equipment and hardware that was being imported from Britain at this time, and equally important, what rail travel was like in the late nineteenth century on British run railways.
The subject of railway locomotives is covered in adequate detail in a later chapter where we are told that the trendsetters in railway construction were the East Indian Railway and the G. I. P. Railway companies. Vulcan Foundry, and Kitson, Thompson & Hewitson of Leeds took the lead in supplying the earliest engines to India. From here begins a remarkable tour acquainting the reader with various non-standard designs, the setting up of the British Engineering Standards Committee which went on to recommend in 1905 a total of seven classes to replace the impossibly large number of locomotive designs that had come into use till then, and various Indian Railway Standards designs as well as other war-time and post-war locomotive designs.
On the subject of rail travel, Bhandari’s work is understandably silent, for this is a subject that is covered in adequate detail in various other works. In fact, the reader who wishes to gain a fuller appreciation of the colonial nature of the railways of India would do well to take a break after the first two chapters and turn his attention to matters of a less involved nature telling about the rail traveller’s experience in pre-partition India.
A great deal has been written on the punctuality, speed, and impeccable service offered on board the Frontier Mail and Deccan Queen, trains that went on to become legends of their time. The English gentry traversing the hot Indian plains in a luxurious first class carriage carrying along a pile of luggage and telegraphing meal orders in advance at stations enroute is an all too familiar picture. Fascinating as these accounts are, they present nonetheless a one-sided view of the picture and tend to obscure the true nature of colonial railways in India. The fact is that the great majority of rail travellers were the natives of the country for whom third class was the only available mode of travel, carrying none of the conveniences and refinements available to the travelling English elite. Conditions for natives travelling by rail were gruesome and appalling. The absence of toilets in trains meant that Indians relieving themselves over the edge of the platform during a halt at a station had come to be accepted as a part of railway culture. Added to this were overcrowding, dirt and filth, lack of proper hygiene amongst the passengers themselves, corruption and lack of courtesy among railway staff, and poor facilities in waiting rooms. Mahatma Gandhi who had made third class his chosen mode of transport has left in his autobiography a gruesome picture based on his travels across the country; he would even go so far as to campaign against inhuman conditions on the railway, but sadly with little success.
There was thus a vast divide between conditions for the European rail traveller and the native of India. While Bhandari’s work bypasses this issue altogether, it does provide the reader a tantalizing glimpse into the reasons for this great divide. The railway project in India was entirely a British enterprise, constructed and run by the British to serve British interests. The prime motive in bringing the railway to India was to facilitate the movements of troops, and the transport of agricultural produce such as cotton, jute, wheat, sugarcane and oilseeds from the interior of the country to the ports where they would be shipped to England. The earliest railway companies were ‘guaranteed’ companies. Under the old guarantee system, the British Indian Government entrusted the construction and operation of railways to companies. Together with land for construction offered free of cost, the government also offered the company the guarantee of an interest, usually 5 percent of the capital raised. As the interest was guaranteed, it measnt that irrespective of whether the company made a profit or not, its investors residing in Britain were assured of a 5 percent return on their investment. If the company performed poorly, the shareholder had nothing to fear; his interest would come from the Indian taxpayer’s pocket.
The old guarantee system was introduced with the object of inducing British capitalists to invest in the railway project in India. Every mill owner, every cotton baron, every charlatan who could put together a few pounds now offered to become a shareholder knowing that his profits were assured. With such an inflow of capital, the companies were left with no incentive to observe economy in construction and went ahead full steam pushing the railway deeper and deeper into the heart of the country, spending outrageously large sums on their works, while sadly paying no attention to the needs of the lower class traveller. This is no mere conjecture. Mr. C. H. G. Jenkinson, Assistant Engineer of Western Rajputana State Railway remarked in 1873 that, “. . the Indian Railways have on an average cost enormous sums, out of all proportions to the wealth of the country.... No one could have travelled far in this country by rail without remarking the profuse liberality with which money has been spent, without the minutest regard to the wants of the country, or indeed to the habits of the natives....”
Such then were the conditions in which the early railway companies thrived. It was an age of massive construction, the laying of hundreds of miles of track across the Indian plains, bridging mighty rivers, a time of continual planning and execution of design, a time of constant debate within committees on various matters. The author brings to life these formative years with astonishing clarity and detail. He goes on to tell us about railway administration, reorganization, and finance, supplementing his material with a large amount of colonial correspondence carefully selected from heaps of old, crumbling files in archives. From here onwards, the book makes easy reading, for we are treated to the wonder of railway bridges, various forms of motive power, signaling, hill railways, and production units.
The author was an acclaimed expert in railway heritage; indeed, no worthwhile work on history can ever be said to originate from the desk of a person who is not a heritage enthusiast in the first place. Ratan Bhandari developed a taste for the heritage trail under the tutelage of Mike Satow, the father of the railway preservation movement in India. Mike had been touring India, often by private plane, hunting up condemned old locomotives that would go on to grace the museum in Delhi he had in mind, engines that would remind the world of the timeless appeal of India’s steam age. His decisions were respected; his orders carried out to the letter; for Satow, although an Englishman by birth, had been appointed Honorary Heritage Advisor to the railways of India after a long and successful career as the Managing Director of the Imperial Chemical Industries in India.
It was under the influence of Satow, then, that Bhandari grew to be a heritage buff. “Mike Satow was my guru,” recalls Bhandari. And what a marvelous influence it was! By the end of his career with the railways when he held the office of Member of the Railway Board, Shri Bhandari had authored well over a dozen books, tracing the growth of the railways since earliest times in nearly every nook and corner of the country. His works stand as models of clarity and precision.
Railway history is inextricably linked with rail heritage ; the one tells about the past, the other is a remnant of the past. Bhandari’s preoccupation with rail history was fired by an all-consuming desire to preserve India’s railway heritage. His vision, as set out in one of the concluding chapters is all-encompassing. In his view, rolling stock, locomotives and station buildings form only an infinitesimal part of heritage. Of equal importance are bridges and viaducts, railway towns, and locomotive sheds. Railway records and archival material preserved in files are in a class by themselves, while smaller items on the lines of train tickets and passes, builders’ plates and models should on no account be thought of as insignificant. One can almost work backwards and form a picture of the author’s conception of what constitutes railway heritage. And if we are to accept his definition, heritage becomes the sum total of what remains of a railway after its character has been altered under the effect of the various changes brought about by time and changing technology ; heritage is the sum total of the remnants of a railway, both large and small—remnants that arouse nostalgia and serve as a pointer to the past.
The heritage enthusiast may be found forever turning to the past. He soon finds that relics from the past by themselves do not make much sense, and he soon tires of them unless they are supplemented with information about the past. Again, mere historical fact telling us about the past does not arouse our interest unless we have concrete material telling us about what the men who lived in those days were like. Bhandari was always the digger, and he dug deeply. While at the Railway Staff College, Baroda, he dug deeply enough and came up with a set of short biographies of the principal builders of the railways in India. These were men with a background in engineering science who put their skills to use in a distant land of natives. Several names stand out... Walter Home, Calthrop, Colonel J. P. Kennedy.... Bhandari wrote a total of eight such biographies. But for him, no one would probably have even known of these grand old men, pioneers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century who chose to sail to a far off inhospitable land for the purpose of laying the railway across the country.
Bhandari possessed the gift of an eagerness to share with others what he had discovered after long years of painstaking work. This book places in the hand of the reader a vast amount of historical material. The writer’s thoroughness in research makes itself evident in a level of rigor he has achieved that will satisfy the deepest longings of the scholar who is straining to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the great institution known as Indian Railways.
Yesterday (2:48PM)  CB begins probe into fake railway jobs case (www.risingkashmir.com)

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Jammu : The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case following a complaint that a few youths had been duped of lakhs of rupees after promise of jobs in railways.
Acting on a complaint of Sunil Chib of Satwari in Jammu, the crime branch has registered a case against Rajbir Singh, Ramu and Akhilesh Sharma and some unnamed employees of South Eastern Railway, an official spokesman said today.The complainant, who runs a registered placement agency, alleged that in September, 2012 he had received a phone call from Rajbir, who introduced himself as an official of the Recruitment Section of South Eastern Railway based in West Bengal’s Kharagpur.Rajbir had told him that they required persons for some posts in Group C and Group D in Kharagpur. Accordingly, the complainant sent his brother Happy Singh and maternal uncle
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Kuldeep Singh Manhas, who were selected and issued appointment letters and ID cards after various tests.For this, an amount of Rs 4 lakh each was paid in cash to Rajbir. Similarly, six more persons were “recruited” in the railway after payment of Rs 4 lakh each.
Later on it was found that all these persons have been duped by Rajbir.
On receipt of the complaint, an enquiry was initiated by the crime branch and during the course of enquiry prima facie offences were made out against the above named accused, the spokesman said, adding that accordingly the case was registered and investigation started.
Yesterday (2:46PM)  Prepaid auto counter at Bengaluru collects extra two rupees (www.deccanchronicle.com)

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Bengaluru: The prepaid autorickshaw counter at the city central railway station, which was free when launched some years ago, has become a paid service unofficially. To get into a prepaid auto at the railway station, you have to pay Rs 2 at the counter, for which no receipt is issued. It is estimated that nearly Rs 50,000 is collected at this counter every day. Not even a signboard has been put up at the counter, informing passengers about the charges.

Mr Shrikanth Adiga, a regular passenger, said, “First, I was told that the counter staff are allowed to collect Re 1 from every passenger. But the prepaid auto receipt itself has a column showing Re 1 as the service fee that is part of the auto fare and has to be
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paid to the auto driver. In addition, the counter staff are collecting Rs 2 extra. A man, who looks like a bouncer, collects this amount,” he said.

“Prepaid auto counters in other parts of the city, launched by the traffic police, do not collect any fee. Even at the Delhi airport, prepaid services are free,” he said.
Ms Shrimathi Rao, a passenger from Mysore, complained that the counter at the railway station does not have a signboard or receipt for the Rs 2 paid. “Amount may be small, but thousands of passengers use the service every day, earning tens of thousands of rupees to the counter staff. The Railways can at least issue a token for the money collected,” he said.

“Also, just outside the railway station, tens of auto and taxi drivers offer to drop passengers, but the police or railways staff don’t seem to do anything. When there is a prepaid service available, how can the authorities allow some drivers to skip the arrangement,” she asked.

The prepaid autorickshaw counter at the city central railway station, which was free when launched some years ago, has become a paid service unofficially
To get into a prepaid auto at the railway station, you have to pay Rs 2 at the counter, for which no receipt is issued. It is estimated that nearly Rs 50,000 is collected at this counter every day
Not even a signboard has been put up at the counter, informing passengers about the charges.

Railway Superintendent of Police S.N. Siddaramappa said that he would look into the issue and act immediately.
Yesterday (2:43PM)  Closed railway ticket counters irk passengers (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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NAGPUR: Looking at the rush of passengers in peak summer season, the ladies wing of the Bharatiya Yatri Kendra (BYK) has demanded opening of more reservation counters at the main railway station and Ajni.
Joint secretary of BYK Ratna Awasthi said there are 15 reservation counters at the main station including four at the east (Santra Market) side. However, only eight counters are open at any given time and seven are always closed. Of the eight counters that remain open, three are for handicapped persons, senior citizens, party bookings and VIPs.
Awasthi said of the four counters at Santra Market side, one remains closed at any given time. At Ajni too, of the eight counters, four are always closed. "This is peak travelling season owing to vacation. Closure of counters is causing
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grave inconvenience to passengers. Less counters also mean promoting touts," said Awasthi.
The BYK said owing to meagre counters, passengers don't get confirmed tickets and are compelled to buy Tatkal tickets at higher price.
Shrikant Deshpande, a farmer and regular traveller to Pulgaon, said if reservation counters are less, situation of unreserved counters too is not better. "Many passengers boarded train to Amravati without buying tickets recently. The number of counters was less and there were long queues. They had no other option but to travel without ticket as the train was about to leave. Many had to cancel their journey," said Deshpande.
Yesterday (2:41PM)  North Central Railway felicitates employees (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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ALLAHABAD: Allahabad division of North Central Railway organised Railway Week function at North Central Zone Cultural Centre to felicitate employees.
DRM of Allahabad division VK Tripathi gave a cash award of Rs 500 and certificatesto about 171 employees for exceptional work in the financial year 2013-14.
In addition, two group awards and 28 running shields were given. On the occasion, Tripathi presented achievements of the last year and targets of the present year.
A cultural programme was also organised. The programme was conducted by assistant personnel officer Rajesh Kumar Gupta.
Yesterday (2:40PM)  Minor fire at Delhi metro's Rajiv Chowk station (www.dnaindia.com)

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A minor fire broke out on the roof of the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station, fire officials said Saturday.A fire alarm was sounded and the station, which is a main interchange, was closed.Four tenders were rushed to the site.According to Delhi Metro, the services were resumed by 1.28 pm.
Yesterday (2:39PM)  Letter from 'terror outfit' prompts North West Railways to tighten security (www.dnaindia.com)

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Security has been beefed up at seven railway stations, including Jaipur and Ajmer, after a letter purportedly by a terror outfit threatened to carry out an explosion on Arpil 21, three days before second phase of Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held in Rajasthan.
North West Railways (NWR) have alerted its security agencies including GRP, RPF and state police and extra precautions are being taken by them at Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Alwar, Hanumangarh, and Sriganganagar railway stations, official sources said today. Entry and exit points of the stations are being strictly monitored by the security agencies, a senior NWR official told PTI over phone here.
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warned of blowing up any of the seven railway stations on April 21. After the letter, NWR alerted the security agencies, the official said. However, Railways have not disclosed the sender's identity to the media.
Yesterday (2:38PM)  CRS to start probe into Jagi Road train mishap (www.railnews.co.in)

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CRS to start probe into Jagi Road train mishap जागी रोड Jagi Road (JID): The Commissioner of Railway Safety has started inquiry to find the cause of the accident of Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express which derailed near Jagiroad on April 16 and caused injuries to more than 50 passengers.
Official sources said that the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Circle, Kolkata, held two rounds of hearings at Jagiroad and Guwahati yesterday and today, respectively.
“All evidence is being gathered. The CRS interviewed staff of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express and other concerned railway personnel and others,” said an official at the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) headquarters here.
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the official said, “We expect everything to be done within 10 days or so.”
Meanwhile, normal service has resumed since yesterday at the stretch between Ajuri and Jagiroad where the mishap took place.
The derailment of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express had resulted in damage to around 200 metre of railway track and severely disrupted services to upper Assam and Barak Valley.
Yesterday (2:38PM)  Conman dupes rail passengers – sell Soap Bars packaged to look like Phones (www.railnews.co.in)

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चेन्‍नई Chennai (MAS): Would you purchase a washing soap for Rs.8,000?  Some passengers on a train leaving Chennai Central railway station were conned into purchasing the commodity, packaged to look like a high-end phone.
The conman mainly targets migrant labourers leaving for Bihar and other north-eastern States. This is the first time such a con is being pulled off in Chennai, say police sources.
Police sources said the culprit kept a track of passengers and approached them 15 minutes before the train’s scheduled departure.
“The culprit first purchases a high-end phone at a cheap price from contacts in the black market. He packs it in a purse and tries to sell it to a group of migrant workers. He bargains till there are
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only few minutes for the train to depart and then sells the phone for a huge profit,” said a source.
When the train is just about to depart, he shows another passenger a soap bar in a purse, packaged to look like a phone, and quotes a much lower price.
“Some passengers, who had been witness to the initial sales, made the purchase, believing it to be real. But by the time they opened the purse, the train would have started moving and the conman would have fled with the money,” said the source.
The conman either shapes a soap bar to resemble a phone or keeps it inside a dummy phone so that it feels heavy.
“We are searching for the culprit. But we want to warn passengers not to fall prey to such cons,” said the source.
Yesterday (2:38PM)  Railway Ticket Booking to be briefly Frozen during Easter Day rush hour on Southern Railway (www.railnews.co.in)

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चेन्‍नई Chennai (MAS):  If you are planning to travel by train in the coming days, avoid railway counters or IRCTC website to book tickets from 11.30 am  to 1.pm this Sunday.
The Southern Railways will be suspending reservation facility for a brief period on that day for routine maintenance work.
However, the reservation system will function between 8:00 am and 11:30 am in the morning and again from 1.pm to 2.pm in the afternoon,  as it is done normally on Sundays, an official statement said.
Rail passengers, meanwhile, expressed apprehension that shutting down the reservation system during the peak of the summer holiday season may affect their travel plans.
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in the morning hours will be the most affected, they feel.
“I was planning to book a Tatkal ticket on Sunday to travel from Chennai to Kochi after Easter. But now, I have to change my plans if I don’t get a ticket before 11.30 am,” said Mathew, a regular commuter to Kerala.
However, denying any chance of disturbance to travelling public, a railway official assured that it will not affect commuters as the maintenance will be done for a very short duration.
“This maintenance is planned in such a way that it doesn’t affect the public. Also, it is very much needed for the smooth functioning of the system,” said a railway reservation in-charge.
The maintenance will take place throughout Southern Railway’s six divisions — Chennai, Palakkad, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruchy and Puducherry.
Yesterday (2:38PM)  Mumbai RPF (WR) to seek commuter rating for its personnel (www.railnews.co.in)

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मुंबई Mumbai: To find out how their personnel actually fare on long-distance trains, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on the Western line plans to ask passengers to rate the escorting staff on a scale of 1 to 10. The ratings are to be given on the basis of performance and alertness and will be checked by the top brass. The idea came up while conducting a survey on long-distance trains where passengers’ suggestions were sought on the security arrangements.
Senior RPF officials said the rating would take into account factors like whether the personnel slept on duty, if they paid heed to what commuters spoke, if they were pro-active, etc. This will ensure that the escorting team remains on its feet and performs better. On Western Railway, the RPF escorts 29 trains of which 18 are express trains, five are passenger
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trains and the rest are mail. The escort team comprises an officer and two to three constables.
The RPF began a survey earlier this month where feedback forms were given to 596 passengers. They were asked if they were aware that the train was being escorted. Ninety-four per cent of the commuters said they were. They were then quizzed about the behaviour of the escorting team, whether or not they patrolled frequently and if complaints could be lodged with the team in case of any problem. Passengers were also asked whether or not it would be beneficial to equip the team with a common mobile number and if personnel posted on stations conducted random luggage checks. “Seventy-four per cent of the commuters surveyed said they found the escorting team’s behaviour excellent while less than 1% found it unsatisfactory. Three per cent of commuters said they did not interact with the escorting team at all.
As far as patrolling is concerned, 99% of commuters said the teams were alert,” said Rajendra Rupnawar, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF (WR). Passengers suggested, as part of the survey, that a permanent guard should be posted in the ladies compartment, and should preferably be female. They also said that the number of personnel in the escorting team has to be increased, the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express should have night guards and infrastructure for disaster management should be made permanently available in long-distance trains.
Yesterday (2:37PM)  New Railway Timetable to list several trains originating from Gomati Nagar Railway Station (www.railnews.co.in)

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गोमतीनगर Gomati Nagar (GTNR): The railway timetable that comes out in July could list several trains as originating from Gomtinagar railway station. According to railway officials, the station has the required infrastructure to operate trains regularly.
“We plied five rally special trains in January from Gomtinagar station and we did that easily,” said the divisional railway manager of North Eastern Railway (NER), Anoop Kumar.
Gomtinagar railway station is an example of political apathy. After putting it on hold for more than a decade, the UPA government released funds for the station only in 2012 with eyes firmly set on the general elections. In July that year, the railway ministry decided to develop Gomtinagar as a three-line crossing station. The Railway Board released Rs 8.7 crore for its development.
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“Whatever we could add to the infrastructure at the station using that amount, we have done,” said railway sources.
To function as a terminal, Gomtinagar station would need an additional platform, four additional rail lines, a new station building, a coaching complex and terminal facilities with a washing pit.
Despite its limitations, the station – the vision of former Prime Minister and Lucknow MP Atal Bihari Vajpayee -came as a great relief handling passengers during a political rally in January, officials said.
The station helped check congestion at Charbagh caused by the thousands that turned up for the rally, said sources.
“To decongest Charbagh, the Railway Board is already thinking of moves like shifting some trains from there to here,” said sources.
In October 2013, NER demanded Rs 70 crore to further develop the station. Though the funds have not been released in this year’s Rail Budget, it has not dampened hopes. More so, because things look set to change for Vajpayee’s “abandoned” project.
Functioning as a stoppage till 2003, things changed overnight for Gomtinagar railway station after Vajpayee proposed that it would be developed as a terminal. According to the plan, the station’s vast catchment area was to be developed into seven platforms. A Rs 100-crore plus budget was released but before it could be developed as a terminal, the government at the Centre changed. The project failed to derive the same priority and preference from the successive regime at the Centre.
Railway Board froze funds to the project and Gomtinagar railway station was again relegated to the status of a halt. Despite being developed at the cost of Rs 45 crore it never qualified as a railway halt.. A halt, as per the rule book, should have a few benches, shady trees, one or two water points and a single agent to sell tickets. The cost did not add up to even a crore. The station had two fully constructed platforms, computerised reservation system, an under-construction additional track, railway quarters and a well-constructed approach road. However, not more than 200 passengers visited it in a day. In 2007, a token budget of Rs 1,000 was released for it.  Officials now hope for funds for the second phase of the station’s development.
In 2003, then PM Vajpayee said the station would be developed as a terminal. A Rs 100-crore plus budget was released but the government at the Centre changed. Railway Board froze funds to the station and the all work stopped In 2007, a token budget of Rs 1,000 was released for it. In July 2012, Railway Board approved its development Board releases Rs 8.67 crore for it to be a three-line crossing station In October 2013, railways demand Rs 70 crore to develop Gomtinagar station as a terminal Funds not released in this year’s Rail Budget, but NER expects after elections
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