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RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs)
রানীগঞ্জ     रानीगंज

Track: Quadruple Electric-Line

0341-2445240, Station Rd, Raniganj - 713347 Dist - West Burdwan
State: West Bengal

Elevation: 100 m above sea level
Zone: ER/Eastern   Division: Asansol
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Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 4
Number of Halting Trains: 77
Number of Originating Trains: 0
Number of Terminating Trains: 0
Rating: 4.5/5 (16 votes)
cleanliness - excellent (2)
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★★★  Rail Fanning
Sep 11 2015 (14:29)   53339/Dhanbad - Chandrapura Passenger (UnReserved) | SJA/Sijua (2 PFs)

Guest: 7ff8950b   show all posts
Entry# 1587845            Tags   Past Edits
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
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!

3 posts - Fri Sep 11, 2015

7 posts - Sat Sep 12, 2015

Sep 12 2015 (12:21)
Guest: 7fcd9a1f   show all posts
Re# 1587845-11            Tags   Past Edits
Yes the Dhanbad Jharia rail line had to be scarpped in 2002

Sep 12 2015 (12:22)
Guest: 7fcd9a1f   show all posts
Re# 1587845-12            Tags   Past Edits
How can tiny tit bits of rain extinguish a massive underground inferno, my friend?

Sep 12 2015 (12:25)
brandonbuffard^~   11184 blog posts   6076 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1587845-13            Tags   Past Edits
I mean during monsoon times

Sep 12 2015 (13:07)
Guest: 7fcd992c   show all posts
Re# 1587845-14            Tags   Past Edits
No even monsoon rains are not enough!

Sep 12 2015 (13:13)
sys tem~   8221 blog posts   75727 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1587845-15            Tags   Past Edits
Fire has been burning time immorial... I have seen it myself.... Have lived Chas, bokaro dhanbad jharia area... Train speed between bksc and gomoh is very slow
General Travel
Dec 31 2016 (15:01)   12019/Howrah - Ranchi Shatabdi Express | HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)

Vikramjeet Maitra~   616 blog posts   269 correct pred (60% accurate)
Entry# 2111440            Tags   Past Edits
video link : click here
shatabdi express locomotive ride overtaking trains at 130 kmph
★  Info Update
Jan 03 2015 (12:58)   63518/Asansol - Barddhaman MEMU | KPK/Kalipahari (4 PFs)

Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Entry# 1329091            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic Block between Kalipahari and Raniganj for track maintenance work on 4/1/15

4 posts - Jan 2015

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5 posts - Jan 2016

Feb 03 2016 (23:29)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Re# 1329091-33            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic Block in Khana - Asansol Section for track maintenance work on 4 Feb

Feb 20 2016 (13:17)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Re# 1329091-34            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic Block between Kalipahari -Asansol on 21/2/16

Mar 06 2016 (01:43)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Re# 1329091-35            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic Block between Paraj - Mankar for erection of portal boom on 6/3/16

Jul 13 2016 (00:31)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Re# 1329091-36            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic Block between Kalipahari and Raniganj for track maintenance work on 12/7/16 and 15/7/16

Jul 31 2016 (12:35)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Re# 1329091-37            Tags   Past Edits
Power and Traffic block between Raniganj - Andal for track maintenance work on 31/7/16
★  Rail Fanning
Mar 09 2016 (18:21)   02264/Ajmer - Sealdah SpecialFare AC SF Urs Special | RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs) | HWH/WAP-4/22810

ArkChat921*^~   5966 blog posts   3431 correct pred (60% accurate)
Entry# 1761961            Tags   Past Edits
Skipping RaniGanj, circling major curve, and crossing freights for Mejia Power Plant: Ajmer Special on-board
Video No.- 1484
Powered by 22810 HWH WAP- 4, our 02264 Ajmer (AII)- Sealdah (SDAH) A.C. TATKAL FARE Special takes a massive round curve prior to RaniGanj station at good speed, and meets twin WAG- 5 hauled an overloaded BOXN Coal freight. Later, we cross an ASN WAM-
4 at the outers of the above mentioned station, and then races past the same through the down fast line. At the freight siding, you can find two freights waiting, hauled by twin WAG- 7 and twin WAG- 5 respectively. At the fag end of the video, you can find a line that crosses the Damodar river, and heads towards the MEJIA THERMAL POWER STATION.
Raniganj is a railway station on the Bardhaman-Asansol section. It is located in Asansol, Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It lies in the heart of Raniganj Coalfield and serves the neighbourhood of Raniganj in Asansol, and the surrounding mining-industrial area of Asansol.
"The entire belt between Durgapur (158 km from Howrah), and all the way up to Dhanbad and beyond is industrialized. Apart from factories, there are many coalmines, some closed now, and some with fires burning deep in the mineshafts. The mining area extends for a large area, mostly to the south of the tracks. Quite a portion of the track passes through cuttings, where the surrounding area is higher than the track level, resulting in the profusion of characteristic small masonry bridges crossing the tracks." This description is from "Gomoh loco shed and CLW trip record" by Samit Roychoudhury.
Mejia Thermal Power Station is located at Durlovpur, Bankura, 35 km from Durgapur city in West Bengal. The power plant is one of the coal based power plants of DVC. Commissioned on 1996, MTPS is the largest thermal power plant, in terms of generating capacity in the state of West Bengal as well as among other DVC power plants.

1 posts - Wed Mar 09, 2016

Mar 09 2016 (21:06)
ArkChat921*^~   5966 blog posts   3431 correct pred (60% accurate)
Re# 1761961-5            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks a lot.

Mar 09 2016 (21:07)
mushfiquekhalid^~   4024 blog posts   2293 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 1761961-6            Tags   Past Edits
nice shot ....

Mar 09 2016 (21:28)
GKP LKO Section 120kmph Sucessful Trail Done~   3287 blog posts   5 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 1761961-7            Tags   Past Edits
9Cee click

Mar 09 2016 (21:50)
ArkChat921*^~   5966 blog posts   3431 correct pred (60% accurate)
Re# 1761961-8            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks a lot..

Mar 10 2016 (08:58)
ArkChat921*^~   5966 blog posts   3431 correct pred (60% accurate)
Re# 1761961-9            Tags   Past Edits
Good morning friends. Please watch the video and comment.
Info Update
Feb 19 2016 (00:24)   53049/Howrah - Mokama Fast Passenger | RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs)

Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6115 blog posts   2568 correct pred (95% accurate)
Entry# 1742841            Tags   Past Edits
Temporary Augmentation by 1 GS Coach during Peer Mela at Raniganj from 20/2/16 - 29/2/16
General Travel
Dec 22 2015 (20:14)   RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs)

subham sen~   259 blog posts   147 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1687528            Tags   Past Edits
some rail fanning at raniganj rail station
★  Info Update
Mar 10 2015 (21:43)   RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs)

karthik iyer^~   2298 blog posts   10252 correct pred (60% accurate)
Entry# 1392797            Tags   Past Edits
Station Building / Board Update
Rail Fanning
Aug 13 2015 (19:27)   12020/Ranchi - Howrah Shatabdi Express | SJA/Sijua (2 PFs)

Guest: 7fcd96d6   show all posts
Entry# 1564515            Tags   Past Edits
One of my first video captures way back in 2013!
★★  Rail Anecdote/Joke
Jul 08 2015 (17:33)   RNG/RaniGanj (4 PFs)

Guest: 6fd9ef41   show all posts
Entry# 1535364            Tags   Past Edits
P.C-Raj Singh The Station is Raniganj! This station doesn't follow the GMT? He he lol just see the clock

Jul 11 2015 (11:12)
Vijesh Kannan*^~   28202 blog posts   153 correct pred (69% accurate)
Re# 1535364-1            Tags   Past Edits
Haha... lol... pehli baar aisa kuch dekh raha hun... :P

Jul 11 2015 (12:12)
Guest: 6fd4434d   show all posts
Re# 1535364-2            Tags   Past Edits
Apki train kitne baje hai 19:99?? He he! Station ajeeb hai

Jul 11 2015 (12:16)
DJ™^~   15470 blog posts   185410 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 1535364-3            Tags   Past Edits
Station ka birth year hoga .. :p

Jul 11 2015 (13:26)
Guest: 6fd44666   show all posts
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He he! yeh kya Birth certificate hai?
★  General Travel
Jun 19 2015 (08:36)   13131/Kolkata - Patna Express | HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)

भूत हूँ मैं~   3445 blog posts   3082 correct pred (82% accurate)
Entry# 1517070            Tags   Past Edits
Solid Beizzati!
Passengers 17th Oct, Saturday ko, Rajdhani, Superfasts me 250+ Waiting lelenge 3AC me lekin Toofan aur Anand Vihar Express me confirm seat bhi nahi lenge!
13007's case is OK, but 13131 on 17th is worst!!! :P :P

3 posts - Fri Jun 19, 2015

Jun 19 2015 (09:33)
Maniaco*^~   2410 blog posts   226855 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 1517070-4            Tags   Past Edits
IR is not running this train for end to end passengers.. It's mostly used by intermediate passengers.

Jun 19 2015 (09:45)
Guest: 6fdb6b3d   show all posts
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Yeh toh Janata Express hai! 13111+13039=13131 tab isse kya umeed karenge

Jul 21 2015 (22:42)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8949 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
Re# 1517070-6            Tags   Past Edits
This insult can be avoided if this train is only made to halt at the following stoppages with a slight route change + Dedicated LHB Rake under ER:
Dankuni, Burdwan, Durgapur, Andal Jn, Raniganj, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Jamtara, Madhupur, Jasidih, Simultala, Jha Jha, Jamui, Mananpur, Kiul Jn, Luckeesarai Jn, Dumri Halt, Hatidah Jn, Mokama Jn, Memrakhabad, Barh, Bakhtiyarpur Jn, Fatuha Jn, Patna Sahib, Rajendranagar Terminal, Patna Jn, Danapur, Bihta, Ara Jn, Raghunathpur, Dumraon, Buxar, Gahmar, Dildarnagar Jn, Zamania, Mughalsarai Jn, Chunar Jn, Mirzapur Jn, Manda Road, Cheoki Jn, Allahabad Jn, Rasulabad, Fatehpur, Bindki
Road (to be Jn), Kanpur Central, Bhaupur, Phaphund, Etawah Jn, Shikohabad Jn, Ferozabad Jn, Tundla Jn, Barhan Jn, Hathras Jn, Aligarh Jn, Somna, Khurja Jn, Dankaur, Boraki (Greater NOIDA), Dadri, and Ghaziabad Jn !!!
#StoppageRemoval and #StoppageAddition done over here [Total 60 Stoppages] :-)

Jul 22 2015 (00:23)
छोटा आदमी~   7334 blog posts   103112 correct pred (90% accurate)
Re# 1517070-7            Tags   Past Edits
with limited LHB manufacturing facility and even lesser funds at hand, it is only a mathematical possibility that 13131 will get LHB

Jul 25 2015 (11:16)
Few SF trains in NCR have silver spoon of PRIORITY*^~   5326 blog posts   9530 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 1517070-8            Tags   Past Edits
Sir mirzapur is not jn point
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