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
Jan 31 2017 (22:47) 23 - Maithoon river bridge (tributary of river Damodar)
Jan 30 2017 (23:46) Station Tag: Parasnath/PNME added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Dankuni Junction/DKAE added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Barddhaman Junction/BWN added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Durgapur/DGR added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Asansol Junction/ASN added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Barakar/BRR added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Dhanbad Junction/DHN added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Netaji SC Bose Gomoh Junction/GMO added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Koderma Junction/KQR added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Gujhandi/GJD added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Gurpa/GAP added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:28) Station Tag: Gaya Junction/GAYA added by Bengal Nagpur Railway™~/85017
Jan 30 2017 (23:11)
3 compliments Awesome Great trip dairy Nice writeup.
TRIP REPORT - 22324/ER GCT KOAA (GAYA - BWN) Trip report for my journey done along with our IRI member & friend Mr.Amit Kumar Singh (Bhilai) on 17th December 2016 (Saturday) from Gaya.Jn to Barddhaman.Jn Reached Gaya.Jn station at 05:40 Hrs, spotted Mumbai Mail arriving at pf#01 along with a WAP-7 HWH, while we moved along with our luggage on pf#02-03, it was 05:45 Hrs but still no announcement or name over display board then heard a shrill sound of horn along with bright headlight, yes that was our train to board -... more...
much hyped 22324 Shabd Bhedi Express over pf#02 but along a red WAP-4 HWH. Still there was no announcement nor coach position displayed over pf, we hurried on to our coach that was S6 33LB, 34MB, 36LB. As soon as we got seated over berths finally the announcer woke up to announce this trains arrival, that too with very unpleasant hoarse sound but by that time train was already rolling! I would say I was very much disappointed by this poor behaviour at such important station! Well after departure train started gaining speed it was very cold outside & a bit foggy too! After passing Paharpur we started slowing down for upcoming Gurpa - Gujhandi Ghat section ahead, which was a new experience for me as in past journeys this section was passed during night time. I took out the cellphone & starting recording the section admist chilly cold winds, which literally froze my hand of it's warm blood, but still kept on with railfanning! At this section we crossed many trains which were re-scheduled from Kolkata side, at Gomoh.Jn we overtook a train. Arrival at Dhanbad.Jn was very early at around 30 mins from it's scheduled arrival over pf#01. We hopped outside over platform to get some tea & snacks, we over train too vendors were selling tea, but we preffered station tea & samosas (singara). We cheched the loco link again to take some front snaps but due to presence of large numbers of RPF guys & instead returned towards backside & Ranchi Shatabdi Express arrived at pf#05 with a WAP-7 HWH. While departing saw a WAM-4 MGS over pf#02 with some Passenger service awaiting to depart. Till Asansol run was good just at one place we slowed down to cross Maithoon river, thereafter straight halt at Asansol.Jn. At Asansol ELS saw couple of WAP-4's, WAG-7 & twin WAP-7 (probably new). halt at Durgapur.Jn was short & sweet over pf#04. After that we started sorting out over belonging to alight at next halt that was at Barddhaman.Jn while Amit was to alight at Kolkata Terminus (Chitpur). Prior to entry at BWN we were kept waiting at outer while a WAG-7 JHS hauled CONCOR rake was slowly in parallel direction overtooking us, but withinn some moments we were given to proceed to finally overtake that freighter & I was just waiting to board BWN CHORD EMU. Arrival at Barddhaman.Jn was over pf#05, we bid farewell to Amit & ran to buy tickets, finally when arrived saw HWH CHORD EMU had already arrived over pf#04. We boarded EMU & I finally dozzed off over window seat & proceeded to have cubersome journey till Dankuni.Jn. Thank you for reading the trip report & positive feed backs expected! ================== Cleanliness -> 09/10 Punctuality -> 10/10 Food -> 04/10 Railfanning -> 08/10 Safety -> 08/10 ================== Pictures summary : 01 - Gurpa Gujhandi Ghats 02 - Parasnath 03 - Express train at Gomoh washing pit line 04 - Gomoh Cabin 05 - Gomoh 06 - Gomoh 07 - Gomoh 08 - Gomoh 09 - Gomoh Cabin 10 - Routes towards Chandrapura.Jn 11 - Dhanbad.Jn arrival 12 - Unknown (Intercity/Passenger train) 13 - WAP-4 HWH with Shabd Bhedi Exp at DHN 14 - Member Amit Kumar Singh 15 - Me 16 - Me 17 - WAP-7 HWH with Ranchi Shatabdi Exp at DHN 18 - Unknown Passenger train 19 - WAM-4 MGS with Passenger train at DHN 20 - Dhanbad.Jn station name board 21 - Somewhere between DHN-ASN 22 - Somewhere between DHN-ASN 23 - Barakar river bridge (tributary of river Damodar) 24 - Barakar 25 - Asansol ELS 25 - Asansol ELS 26 - Durgapur.Jn 27 - Dankuni.Jn arrival by BWN HWH CHORD EMU.
Ok... so you got the privilege to take snaps of this newbie train at Gaya, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur and Bardhamman... all biggie stations covered between Mughalsarai and Kolkata for this train. Nice snaps... did your train slow down at GMO or skipped at a decent speed since track renewal work was going on over there some months ago ? :)
Pic 23 is Barakar river bridge is sort of border that marks end of Jharkhand and beginning of West Bengal. With KMME (my home station) in Jharkhand and Barakar station in WB. Besides as this train goes to KOAA its route must separate from Dankuni JN so it would halt for signal or something. I have once seen SDAH Rajdhani halting there. So u could have debaorded there. In case it didnt halt there was no way but to come back from KOAA by bus or train.
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Video Link :- click here Devastationg HOWRAH Rajdhani destroys Durgapur @130 km/h They say Old is Gold . The BAAP of all Rajdhanis i.e. 12301 Howrah - New Delhi Rajdhani Express with it`s old loco link GZB WAP - 7 #30294 skips Durgapur , a major station in West Bengal like nothing . Spotting this train with... more...
gzb WAP 7 after a long time . Location :- Durgapur on Burdwan - Asansol High Speed Quadruple stretch of E.R. Date :- 28th Jan , 2017 ++Watch Sealdah Duronto stormy Durgapur skip at 130 kmph click here ++Watch WAP 7 Sealdah Rajdhani & WAP 7 Coalfield depart paralley from Durgapur click here