Forum Super Search
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Full Site Search
Fri Sep 22, 2017 20:56:37 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback
Fri Sep 22, 2017 20:56:37 IST

Blog Entry# 2381809  
Posted: Aug 16 2017 (14:43)

2 Responses
Last Response: Aug 16 2017 (17:48)
Rail News
Other NewsSR/Southern  -  
Aug 16 2017 (13:41)   Train travel to Madurai to get quicker |

Jayashree ❖ Amita*^   37753 news posts
Entry# 2381809   News Entry# 311862         Tags   Past Edits
CHENNAI: Travelling by train from Chennai to Madurai is set to become shorter by at least 90 minutes. From December, Southern Railway will be able to speed up existing trains and run more services on the section as doubling on the 497-km stretch would be completed, general manager Vashishta Johri announced on Tuesday, in his Independence Day speech.
As part of the project being handled by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the national transporter's engineering arm, the Chennai-Trichy stretch had been doubled and electrified by May. About 20km of doubling and some patchwork remained on the Trichy-Dindigul section and could be completed before December, sources said.
Dindigul-Madurai line is already doubled and the Union cabinet recently cleared the proposal to double the Madurai-Kanyakumari stretch.
The new lines to Madurai will be able to take train speeds up to 100kmph a month after commissioning and can help shorten running time by as much as 20%, sources in the department said. The travel time of Pandian Express, which now takes around 9 hours to cover the distance between the two cities, could come down by at least an hour and a half.
The section, known as South BG chord line, is heavily saturated due to the huge demand for trains. Regular trains are always full and those unable to get tickets are left at the mercy of fleecing private buses to travel to places like Madurai, Trichy and Kanyakumari. There are only 11-14 trains, including specials and weekly services, between Chennai and Madurai daily.
While a decision on speeding up trains could be delayed, running more trains could be easily implemented. "Air-conditioned superfast specials can be run to regain passengers we have lost to the road sector," a senior operations department official said.
Johri also said doubling of the 47-km Ponmalai-Thanjavur stretch is set for completion this year. "Work is also on at good pace on Karaikkudi-Pattukkottai (73km) stretch, Chennai Beach-Korukkupet 3 and 4 lines (8km) and Korukkupet-Thiruvottiyur fourth line (5km)," he said.
About Rs 34.25 crore of the Rs 74 crore allocated for passenger amenities has already been spent, Johri said. 25 Unmanned Level Crossings were eliminated and 33 Limited Height subways and 7 ROBs/RUBs commissioned till July. About 25 Level Crossing Gates have been interlocked, he added.
On Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) were introduced in 74 of the targeted 110 trains and 40% of coaches fitted with bio-toilets, Johri said.

Aug 16 2017 (14:43)
a2z~   2033 blog posts
Re# 2381809-1            Tags   Past Edits
Efforts of RM have started yielding fruits, more and faster trains shall come as a boon to people.
1.5 hrs reduction between MS-MDU shall be awesome, as all the express trns on the route are likely to become SFs.
MAS-MDU duronto should now be be routed via the chord line to save a couple of hrs.

Aug 16 2017 (17:48)
shan71190   34 blog posts
Re# 2381809-2            Tags   Past Edits
Welcome move!!
LHB coaches for MDU duronto with change in the days of run is desired in addition with the route diversion.
A new Shatabdi / JS type train can easily be introduced with morning departures from Chennai Egmore.

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Mon Oct 2
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Sat Oct 7
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Sun Oct 22
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Sat Jan 20


Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 2409730
    Sep 15 (11:46PM)

    In recent times, the number of FM Complaints regarding "targeting me", "offensive content", "sarcastic comment" have been increasing. This has led to increased censorship and throttling of open discussions. . This is a clarification that this site is meant for a FREE EXCHANGE of ideas. Some arguments/debates/disagreements/jokes/sarcasm are ALLOWED and are an integral...
  • Entry# 2390218
    Aug 25 (12:59PM)

    There has been a partial rollout of a modification to Timeline entries. The implementation will be complete within a week. 1. Void & RAC buttons have been removed. . 2. TL Entries can now be Edited and Fixed by the original updater, if there are errors. So there is no need to Void TLs...
  • Entry# 2175399
    Feb 23 2017 (01:22PM)

    There has recently been a lot of frustration among RFs when their Station Pics, Loco Pics, Train Pics get rejected because the "number is not showing", "shed is not visible", the loco/train is at a distance, Train Board is too small, "better pic available", etc. . To address this issue, effective tomorrow, ALL...
  • Entry# 2165159
    Feb 15 2017 (09:53AM)

    A minor update, but may impact many members: Hereafter, FMs will be able to delete invalid Red Flags on Imaginary trains. Red Flags can be removed by FMs, only against specific complaints filed against the blog. This does not give all members the right to complain against EVERY single red flag they...
  • Entry# 2155798
    Feb 08 2017 (11:40AM)

    -@all members: As of recently, there has been a trend whereby minor name updates of Trains/Stations - whether such and such regional name should be there or not, whether the train should be called "Abc Express" or "Abc Superfast Express", etc. are threatening to take over the majority of Timeline entries. Also,...
  • Entry# 2147631
    Feb 01 2017 (11:05AM)

    A new experimental feature is being introduced called BotD - "Blog of the Day". The rules are: . 1. Replies are not eligible - only the Top Blog. 2. ONLY Blogs posted today (the day of the vote) are eligible. 3. Every member has ONE vote. In the course of the day, you may keep...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom

Go to Mobile site
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.