Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Jharia/JRI added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Dhanbad Junction/DHN added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Bhaga Junction/VAA added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Mahuda Junction/MHQ added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Bhojudih Junction/BJE added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Station Tag: Tata Sijua Halt/TSAH added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:24PM) Train Tag: Gomoh - Kharagpur Passenger/58604 added by Turned 24 but still enjoy Cartoon Network/884604
Feb 04 2016 (11:23PM) Station Tag: Tata Sijua Halt/TSAH added by धनबाद से सिंगरौली सीआइसी सेक्शन Im WANDERLUST **/100643
Feb 04 2016 (11:23PM) A RAILFANNING TRIP TO AN EMPTY HALT STATION:-
A RAILFANNING TRIP TO AN EMPTY STATION:- ***************** ********************** ************************** ************************ ************* DATE OF ACTION :- 26/12/2015 TIME :- 5:30-45 PM PLACE:- TATA SIJUA HALT (TSAH) DISTRICT... more...
:- DHANBAD RAILWAY DIVISION :- ADRA ZONE :- SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY. ****************** *********************** ***** ********************* ************************* ********** Sijua, a census town is Dhanbad district is a lucky place where three almost parallel running railway tracks are within 5kms of each other. And as such this small industrial hamlet is lucky to have 3 railway stations..... 1. (TSAH)...the smallest station of the lot serves the Tata Sijua colliery and falls under SER's ADRA railway division! 2. (SJA)......this lies on the DHN-CRP section of the DHN-RNC & DHN-SGRL railway line and falls under ECR's Dhanbad Division 3. (TET)......The largest station of the lot, it serves Tetulmari and lies on the DHN-GMO section of the Grand Chord line and also falls under ECR's Dhanbad Railway Division..... TSAH falls in the BJE-VAA-MHQ-GMO section of the ADRA-GMO line and has no direct railway links to DHN...actually this route is kinda a Dhanbad bypass.....and as such the railway line has the number of trains running on the tracks well in single digits...... I had met Ex-IRI member Suriender Singh at SJA station. I had arrived at SJA at 12:00 PM using the DHN-CRP passenger. We stayed from 2-2.5 hrs and had a lively discussion about ourselves, SJA, the future of the DHN-CRP line etc..... In the meantime I also took a few snaps which I would be sharing in an another blog......
About Singh : He seemed to be a very amicable fellow and his Hindi speaking skills were superb.....'Woh jisse kehte hai na "Sudh Hindi"'!!! A guy with a terrific sense of humour , it doesn't strike you when you engage in a conversation that you are talking to Psychology student... Guess psychology students have that ability to make you feel at home!!! At around 4 PM we started on his bike, him driving and me riding pillion....It took a mere 15-20 minutes and we were on the road. TSAH is a tiny halt station located a few metres away We parked our bikes and trudged towards the station...On our away we found a few girls giggling at us uncontrollably! Unable to fanthom the reason behind their continous laughter, I stopped to have a look! Singh who in the meantime had surged ahead, quickly hustled me towards the station platform......Whereby on enquiry I came to know that those girls had mostly likely come there to relive themselves and where they had to endure our unwanted intrusion! Open Defecation is a serious problem here and inspite of the many steps that the authorities have tried to curtail it, it doesn't seem to interest the common folks! There are some people who never learn!!! Hmmm....now the entire BJE-VAA-MHQ section is a single electrified broad guage. There are actually two lines separating at Bowrah Jn probably...... The Bhojudih-Bhaga-Mahuda is the longer line and this station falls on this route....It mainly serves the collieries of Jamadoba, Bhaga, Karkend, Loyabad, Bhelatand etc.... Previously this line was connected with Dhanbad via Jharia, Patherdih directly.....Courtesy of underground fire that line is already in the pages of history!!! This line bypasses Dhanbad and there is an amazing scarcity of trains on this line..... In the 30 odd minutes we spent there, there wasn't a sign of life on the station....had it been not for the signal posts I would have surely believed the station to be abandoned. The station premises were locked and the ASM had probably gone to have a chat with the cabin man in the nearby Tisco Bhelatand Siding Cabin situated nearby! A station master abandoning his station to have a chat with the cabinman, I think it gives a rather fair idea about how train 'scarce' this area is........ There are only three trains plying daily:- 1. The GMO-KGP passenger 2. The ADRA-KNF passenger 3. The GMO-CKP passenger and finally a tetra-weekly SF 'Nandan Kanan Express' which doesn't have a halt here..... The adjoining Bhojudih-Talgoria-Mahuda line is luckier as more number of trains traverse there.... Even the tri-weekly BBS Rajdhani gives it's blessing there..... For more details about the technical aspect of the line, and to know more of it's history please refer the wikipedia link here:- click here We spent around 15-20 minutes strolling on the platform there.....I taking some snaps along the way while 'Singh' was lecturing about the station..... The only sign of life excepting the two of us.....were a few cows busy munching on the not so 'lush green' grasses.....It is best explained by photograph 10, where a cow calf is curiously staring at the 'flash' of the camera of my cellphone..... There was an ox too who wasn't probably too happy to see us there.....:D After spending about 10 more minutes we went back to roadside.....where we encountered those girls again......they started laughing again....we flashed a 'not so innocent smile'....started our bike...and bid them adieu! Singh dropped me at SJA again where I took the HTE-DHN passenger home.....pictures and the incidents at SJA would be covered up in another post.... Presenting some of the pictures that I managed that day..... 1. PHOTO 1 :- STATION BOARD #admin can update it if they find it suitable. 2. PHOTO 2 :- MAIN STATION BUILDING-CUM-TICKET HALL-CUM WAITING ROOM 3. PHOTO 3 :- A GLimpse towards the roadside 4. PHOTO 4 :- ANOTHER STATION SHOT 5. PHOTO 5 :- DRINKING WATER TANK in the station premises 6. PHOTO 6 :- A NEARBY TEMPLE DEDICATED TO LORD SHIVA 7. PHOTO 7 :- ZOOM IN OF THE TEMPLE 8. PHOTO 8 :- A SHOT ATOP THE MAIN BUILDING 9. PHOTO 9 :- BENCHES AND SEATING ARRANGEMENTS' 10. PHOTO 10 :- THE COW CALF GAZING CURIOUSLY AT THE FLASH. ( Please zoom in, you can see the flash-light in her eyes) 11. PHOTO 11 :- ANOTHER SHOT OF THE HERD OF COWS. 12. PHOTO 12 :- THE SOLE BENCH WHICH WAS SHEDED 13. PHOTO 13 :- A SHOT OF THE OX (As it can be seen I was quite concerned about my safety here and as such took this one from behind the railings :P 14. PHOTO 14 :- A SIGN BOARD AT THE STATION FRONTIER 15. PHOTO 15 :- THE 'W/L' or 'SI/FA' BOARD 16. PHOTO 16 :- ANOTHER SHOT OF THE COWS (They lost interest by now, as you can see here :P) 17. PHOTO 17/18 :- SHOWS THE INSIDE STATION PREMISES (Zoom in on the train timtable , the 3 trains that halt here can be seen.) 18. PHOTO 19 :- THE WARNING BOARD AT THE RAILWAY CROSSING... P.S :- COMING SOON.....the SJA trip report and a visit to MHQ (Mahuda junction)!!! Arnab
Suriender was a rather new member. He joined in 2015 only. He left because his posts were archived courtesy a guy whom he got into a fight with. That guy had multiple fake ids which he used to get every one of Singh's post archived..... Frustated, he left..... Hope he rejoins soon!
Mar 27 2016 (11:40PM) Station Tag: Bastakulha/BYK added by ★★★★Niket Karan★★★★/855001
Mar 27 2016 (11:40PM) Station Tag: Jharia/JRI added by ★★★★Niket Karan★★★★/855001
Mar 27 2016 (11:40PM) Station Tag: Dhansar/DQS added by ★★★★Niket Karan★★★★/855001
The remains of the legendary Dhanbad - Jharia - Patherdih railway line in Dhanbad . . . Really sad to see a tragic end of once a lifeline connectivity between Dhanbad & Jharia which was closed around 11 yrs ago . 13301/02 Swarna Rekha Exp once used to run via this route Pic is taken between Dhanbad & abandoned Dhansar station... more...
The fire brewed up as a result of decades of negligence! The Swarna Rekha was introduced in 2002 and I was on board the first run. Unlike the Swarna Rekha of today which is a pale shadow of itself, The Swarna Rekha was a speedster when it were introduced. It used to get a diesel alco (KHIT KHIT Engine) from DHN to ADRA and... more...
then it used to be be hauled by a E-loco from Adra to TATA. It used to run swiftly departing from DHN skips Dhansar and halt at Jharia then Pathardih, Bhojudih etc would follow! I remember that journey very clearly even though it was 14 years ago when I was a chirpy ten year old kid! I would write a trip report on that soon!
Mar 04 2016 (2:31AM) Station Tag: Netaji SC Bose Gomoh Junction/GMO added by South East Railway KGP Division/765849
Mar 04 2016 (2:31AM) Station Tag: Dhanbad Junction/DHN added by South East Railway KGP Division/765849
Mar 04 2016 (2:31AM) Station Tag: Adra Junction/ADRA added by South East Railway KGP Division/765849
One of India's largest and most productive coal fields is also home to some of the longest-burning fires in the world. About 70 fires have sprouted up at eastern India's Jharia coal fields, which cover more than 100 square miles and have been mined since the late 1800s. The first recorded coal fired broke out in 1916, and fires have burned there ever since. It is just one of the thousands of coal fires that are burning around the world — a costly and dangerous phenomenon. The... more...
Dec COP 21 Summit made Many people to be cautious about this "Century" Old Continuous Fire but still no visible developments have been done. Trains (Even premier trains like Rajdhani and Duronto) are running via these routes and nearly 50000 families are daily living above a "Suicidal" Land which can any time Erupt as a huge fire. The Govt made a Committee called Jharia Development and Rehabilitation Authority (JDRA) in past which is still to give its report on "How this fire could be stopped and How the affecting People could be rehabilitated from here. But still no significant development. JDRA has demanded ECR & SER to dismantle the 1. Dhanbad-Chandrapura, 2. Pathardih-Gonudih (Dhanbad), 3. Patardih-Adra and 4. Gomoh-Bhaga sections of the railway tracks immediately and that these tracks be shifted to non-coal bearing zones. (The routes demanded to be shut ar in map attached and marked as black). But seems like Indian railways is waiting patiently for first some Fire Mishap to happen with any train, People be burnt down and , then they will wake up from sleep and act.
Yes, There is a Asansol By pass line from Burnpur to Barachak , but in IRI atlas its not visible. See the image attached below. The map is showing a Black color track going towards Barachak but its not connected to Burnpur side. Either its not connected or else on IRI its shown wrong.
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