Sijua on the DHN-KTH-CRP sub-section on the CIC line is a great place for railfanning. Trains here travel at a very low MPS, due to underground fire. This section was founded during colonial times in 1880, and in that way it precedes the Grand Chord, which was built in 1903. At 1880 the Dhanbad-Jharia & the DHN-KTH-PLJE section was built and the tracks were laid down for the purpose of loading coal.Jharia and Katras in those days were tiny kingdoms, while Dhanbad was a small village. The coal in Jharia and Katras were the very best in the country, and as such the British made a deal with the local rulers to... more...
construct a railway line to Jharia & Katras. Sitting prettily in between Katras & Jharia, this small village Dhanbad was chosen as the terminus for this two lines. However there was a requirement for the construction of a Loco Tank for watering the engines, as well a loco shed for maintainance of the locos. The nearest loco shed, the then 'East Indian Railways' largest was at Sitarampur with which Dhanbad had no rail link. This was because the Damodar was then the 'Sorrow of Bengal'. Every year it flooded and caused the deaths of thousands. Even the british had tried for several years to built a bridge, but the monsoon flooding would undo every progess they made. And as such there were rail lines which terminated at Barakar. But with the discovery of rich coal areas,the british wanted them to be directly connected with the industrial heartlands of Calcutta. This is how a small unknown village, by virtue of it's sheer luck happened to become a not only a railway terminus, but also housed 'EIR's' largest loco tank as well as largest loco shed! After the completion of this route, the british suddenly realised that if they they laid a railway tracks from Howrah to Gaya to 'Moghulsarai' (The British name for now Mughalsarai), they happened to reduce the distance from Calcutta to Delhi even further. The Brits toiled for years and bridges were laid across the Damodar, the Phalgow and the '5km streching' Sone! Tunnels were laid across the Gurpa & Gajhandi forrests, and curves bulit to counter the steep gradient change as the Chotanagpur Plateau receded. Finally with much fanfare Lord Minto innargurated the Grand Chord in 1906,at Gajhandi. Meanwhile the British had extended the DHN-PLJE all the way to Madhya Pradesh, and named it as the CIC section. With the completion of the Grand Chord however, Dhanbad was connected to Calcutta as well and Delhi directly and as such, in a small space of time became a important junction on the Grand Chord. It became the center of Coal-Loading and passenger travel, as both Jharia and Katras lost their past influences, somewhat. Within a space of 100 years a small unknown village has become a thriving industrial city! And all this started because of this two railway lines! It is sad that both these railway lines hav had to become victims of Underground Fires, caused by pure negligence! While the Dhanbad-Jharia line is already history, the DHN-PLJE section is counting it's last breaths! Alternate routes are being planned, and soon this line will fade into Oblivion..................................... Coming back to the present. It was a hot sunny afternoon and myself and my friend found ourselves at Sijua station waiting to catch the Jhargram-Dhanbad MEMU to Dhanbad. While standing the overhead bridges, we spotted three trains in the space of 1 hours. We spotted two WAM-4s, 2 WAG-9s, a WAG-7, and the MEMU itself! However as a tribute to the WAM-4, the 'Rahul Dravid of Indian Railways', for it's selfless 40 years of service, we clicked the pictures of the two WAM-4s only! Picture 1-5 shows MGS WAM-4 bring in the DHN-CRP passenger. Picture 6 shows TATA WAM-4 speed by with the marathon runner ALLP-DHN Express. Hope you enjoyed this railfanning report, I added a touch of the history of the CIC section as well! #Arnab
Yaha baat kis route se diversion hoga ye nahi hai. Jo IR ko feasible lage, wo accha but CRP-DHN section close karna is important kyuki risk limit cross kar chuki hai and ye to pehle hi declare kar diya gaya hai k disaste rho sakta hai to wait kis baat ka kar rahe ye log.
भईया जी हमारे देश में इंसान की जान की कीमत बहुत ही कम है । जब तक कोई नहीं मरता या फिर मारा ज्याता तब तक प्रशासन नहीं जागती है । जब तक धनबाद चंद्रपुरा रेलखंड में एक भयावह कोई दुर्घंटाना नहीं घटटी है तब तक ये साहेब लोग investigative comittee ही बनायेगे ।
There is a need of temporary solution as of now and at the same time maintain a train's intermediate stations. After, a permanent solution is available, everything will be restored back to normal. The bypass has to be constructed to avoid GMO LR. But, I do not see returning of trains on ADRA-GMO section because there is no solution proposed and all trains will be diverted via BKSC or ASN which will be better.
Mar 10 2017 (17:23) Train Tag: Shaktipunj Express/11448 added by Few SF trains in NCR have silver spoon of PRIORITY*^/100643
Mar 10 2017 (17:23) Train Tag: Shaktipunj Express/11447 added by Few SF trains in NCR have silver spoon of PRIORITY*^/100643
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Katrasgarh/KTH added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Bokaro Steel City/BKSC added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Ranchi Junction/RNC added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Purulia Junction/PRR added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Asansol Junction/ASN added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Chandrapura Junction/CRP added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
Mar 10 2017 (13:40) Station Tag: Netaji SC Bose Junction Gomoh/GMO added by Ideologies Matters More/1044107
UPDATES: MOR /blog/post/2193429 Revised P.sheet is here. No more changes would be made as of now. All passenger train going through CRP-DHN section will be diverted via CRP-GMO DHN as per latest update. UPDATE-ECR P.sheet: /blog/post/2193157
Actually priority has nothing do in it.. Priority here depends on time given between BKSC-DHN. If train has more than enough time it would less priority train. If train has enough time it would be medium priority train. And... more...
Train having less time and is raj/shtb/sf will be high priority train..
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Random pics while i was going back home Pic 1-3 - allp dhn express leaving crp with tata wam-4 21328 Pic 4,5 - goods train waiting for starter with a gmo wag 9 in lead on gmo crp line Pic 6-8 - bndm wdg 3a twins with another wdg 3a from ptru shed entering crp with a goods rake from chandrapura power plant... more...
Pic 9 - a single wag 9 on the terminating loop line at crp