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Bhakra Railway : The World's Only Free Railway...........:) The Bhakra Railway Train Enters Nehla Station en-route to Nangal Dam , Punjab.
It’s the lifeline of many and the Nangal to Bhakra train is more than a heritage ride.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board’s only train allows passengers to travel without any ticket, as a 1953 American engine chugs the train.
The coaches, made in Karachi, travel at a speed of 40 kilometres per hour from Nangal to Bhakra and back daily. ... Read more...
When the construction of Bhakra Dam was started, there was no means of transportation from Nangal to Bhakra and it was decided to set up a railway track for transportation of the staff and heavy machinery. The train was started in 1948 with steam engines. In 1953, steam engines were replaced with three new engines brought from America.
Out of these three, two are still in working order whereas one is under maintenance at the Nangal station.
Though the Indian Railways has introduced five models of train engines since 1953, the BBMB’s heritage train is still successfully travelling with those 60-year-old engines.
The train traverses the 13-kilometre distance through the Shiwalik Hills with the consumption of 18 to 20 litres of diesel per hour. Driver Atma Ram says there are three tunnels on the track and six stations and close to 800 passengers travel in the train daily.
The track travels along the Nangal Dam water. The daily passengers are BBMB employee, students of various schools, BBMB oustees and visitors. In 2011, the BBMB authorities had decided to stop this free service due to financial losses but it was later decided that this train was not meant to be a source of income, but had more to do with heritage and tradition.
The train also had a brush with Bollywood, featuring in Rajesh Khanna’s film “Chalta Purza”.
The train, however, today is also an indicator of the divide between the rich and the poor that existed in British era. Most of the passengers include only helpers, baildars, fitters, pump operators, painters, carpenters and other labour class working at the dam.
Buses and four-wheelers like jeeps are provided only to the supervisor class employees, including junior engineers and sub-divisional officers. Coaches built in 1923
Train run by 1953-built GE engine from US
5 Karachi-made coaches
Seats made of colonial-era wooden benches
Traverses 13km to-and-fro between Nangal and Bhakra
Feb 23 2014 (10:04PM) Train Tag: Una Himachal-Hazur Sahib Nanded (Weekly) SF Expres/22458 added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137 Station Tag: Una Himachal/UHL added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137
Feb 23 2014 (10:04PM) Train Tag: Hazur Sahib Nanded-Una Himachal (Weekly) SF Expres/22457 added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137 Station Tag: Hazur Sahib Nanded/NED added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137
Feb 23 2014 (10:03PM) Train Tag: Nangaldam - Lucknow Weekly SF Special/04502 added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137 Station Tag: Nangal Dam/NLDM added by 1012 Jagdeesh Express/558137
22457 Saturday departure NED -> UHL Sunday arrival at 20:50 then 04502 Monday departure NLDM -> LKO Tuesday arrival at 14:10 then 04501 Tuesday departure LKO -> NLDM Wednesday arrival at 09:00 then 22458 Thursday departure UHL -> NED Friday arrival at 23:45 then again 22457...
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