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৩১.১২.২০২১ - বছরের শেষদিনে খুব ইচ্ছা হলো ঘুরতে যাওয়ার, নাহ! ইকোপার্ক কিংবা ভিক্টোরিয়া না, ভিড় এড়িয়ে চলতেই বেশি পছন্দ করি, আর এই করোনার সময়তো আরোই। মনে পড়লো গুসকরার কথা, এখানথেকে ভালকিমাচান, আউশগ্রামের কাজুগাছের জঙ্গল, দ্বারিয়াপুর এবং ওরগ্রাম যাওয়া যায়। ঠিক করলাম শেষের দুটো জায়গায় আপাতত যাবো। জানতাম না কিভাবে যাবো, সে পরেই দেখা যাবে, google mapsতো আছে। ঘুমাতে রাত ১২টা পার হয়ে গেলো, চারিদিকে বাজি ফাটছে।
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০১.০১.২০২২
ভোর ৫টায় বেরিয়ে পড়লাম ফাস্ট ট্রেন ধরে বর্ধমান। তারপর গণদেবতা এক্সপ্রেস ধরে গুসকরা নামলাম ৮:৩০এ। গুসকরা নেমে মানকর/দুর্গাপুর গামি বাসে চেপে পড়লাম... ১০ মিনিটের মধ্যে পৌঁছে গেলাম দ্বারিয়াপুর... ডোকরা শিল্পকেন্দ্রিক গ্রাম। গ্রামটা অল্প ঘুরেই একটা গরুরগাড়ির পিছুপিছু চললাম গ্রামের পাশেই একটা জঙ্গলে। Syllabus এ Joint Forest Management পড়েছিলাম, নিজের চোখে দেখে নিলাম। খুব পরিষ্কার একটা জঙ্গল, গাছের ঘনত্ব খুবই কম, গ্রামের মেয়ে-বউরা জঙ্গল ঝাঁট দিয়ে পরিষ্কার করছে, শুকনো ডাল-পাতা পরিষ্কার করে বাড়ি নিয়ে যাচ্ছে উনুনে জাল দেবে বলে আর মাঝেসাঝে একটা গরুরগাড়ি। একটা জলের কলে মুখ-হাত ধুয়ে টিফিন সেরে নিলাম, তারপর জঙ্গলে ঘন্টাখানেক ঘুরেতে থলমাম... হেডফোন চলছে "গ্রাম ছাড়া ওই রাঙা মাটির পথ"... কিন্তু সীমিত সময়, আর এই জঙ্গলটা unplanned হওয়ায় বেশিক্ষণ থাকা হলো না। যথারীতি বাস স্ট্যান্ডে ফিরে গুসকরা স্ট্যান্ডে ফিরে পড়লাম।

১১টা নাগাদ গুসকরা বাসস্ট্যান্ড এসে সেখান থেকে বর্ধমান গামী
বাসে উঠে দাউড়াদাঙ্গা নামলাম। রাস্তা থেকে নামতেই দেখতে পেলাম গুসকরা বিমানবন্দরের পরিত্যক্ত রানওয়ে। রোদে সেইদিকে এগোলাম না, বরং একটা ছায়াযুক্ত রাস্তা ধরলাম রাখালের পিছুপিছু। অচেনা পড়ার মধ্যে দিয়ে আসতে আসতে একজায়গায় জলের কল পেলাম। সেখানেই দুপুরের লুচি-তরকারি খেয়ে নিয়ে আবার হাঁটা লাগলাম...চলে এলাম ওরগ্রাম জঙ্গল। এটা আসলেই একটা জঙ্গল...গাছের ঘনত্বটাও বেশি... নেটওয়ার্ক চলে যাচ্ছিল, google mapsও কাজ করছিলো না। স্থানীয়দের থেকে রাস্তা জানলাম... মূলত লালমাটির রাস্তা দিয়েই হেঁটে চলতে হবে... আমার প্যান্টের নিচের দিক ততক্ষনে লাল হয়ে গেছে ধুলোয়। এই জঙ্গলে এক ঘুরতে বেশ গা-ছমছম করছিল। লোকজন একেবারেই কম এবং রাস্তায় খুব ধুলো... হাঁটতে হাঁটতে জঙ্গল ঘুরে ফরেস্ট অফিসের সামনে পৌঁছলাম। ঘড়িতে ২টো বাজে। ফাঁকা মাঠ দিয়ে হাঁটতে থাকলাম নোয়াদারঢাল স্টেশনের দিকে। এই স্টেশনটা কিন্তু খুবই পরিচিত আমার। খুব প্রিয়ও বটে... ঠিক ২ বছর আগে, ০১.০১.২০২০ ...সাইথিয়া-র টিকিট কেটে ট্রেনে চেপেছিলাম, ঠিক করিনি কোথায় নামবো ...এই স্টেশনে ট্রেন ঢুকতেই খুব পছন্দ হয়ে যায়... তারাহুরো করে নেমে পড়েছিলাম এখানে, একবেলা কাটিয়েছিলাম...অনেক স্মৃতি আছে। ২ বছর পর আজও সেই স্টেশন প্রায় একই রকম, তবে এবারের ভ্রমণে কিছুটা পরিবর্তন ছিল। ৩টে বাজে... রামপুরহাট-শিয়ালদহ লোকাল ঢুকলো, আমি উঠলাম না... পরের বর্ধমান গামী ট্রেনে উঠব। ট্রেন এলো ১ঘণ্টা লেট, পৌঁছলাম বর্ধমান। বিস্কুট কিনে খেয়ে, কিছুক্ষণ কাটিয়ে উঠলাম শহীদ এক্সপ্রেসে... ট্রেন অল্প লেট চলছে, রাতের অন্ধকারে ছুটে চলেছে ... আমার মনের মধ্যেও তোলপাড় করছে বেশকিছু স্মৃতি ও অনুভূতি...

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24.10.2021 ... The Farewell of Non-AC rake of Kolkata Metro Railway

There are several articles & videos available on this event in social media. Gone through most of them, I shall describe what is not present there, just for interest of patient readers & for my memories.

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one month back, I was informed of the above event was supposed to be organized. After Durga Puja, received a call to attend the works in Noapara Carshed. Two teams namely 'Metrorail Blog' & 'TrainTrackers' were to work along with supporting staff from Metro Railways.

🚝A freshly painted Rake No. 8N 12/14 was alloted for decoration with only 3 doors opened. As the exhibition is regarding "Down The Memory Lane" several old pictures, events & articles of the past, present & future of Metro's evolution were sorted & printed on large sheets. The sheets had to be cut to seperate individual pictures & pasted on walls & doors of the rake.

🚝The work started in full swing from last 3 days, participants from both team forgot there were two teams...such was the cooperation among them (rare to find among Kolkata teams :P), people were working day and night in shifts, some even skipped sleeping to work all night, shed staff ensuring everything is perfect... How often do you find love and emotions for such little things that might not even matter in the busy schedule of life?

🚝Sticking posters, in and out of the rake continued, all departments had tested everything, Front & back nose-cones of rake, entry & exit doors were decorated with flowers, interior was decorated with strips & balloons. Someone commented during this work, 'The decoration seems as if someone is having a Birthday party' ... Well yes! Along with the farewell, Kolkata Metro was having its 37th birthday on the event date! Everyone was having fun... gossiping & working, sometimes roaming around the huge carshed, attracted by several rakes and ofcourse the heartthrob CRRC Dalian 💜

🚝The rake was finally ready on 23rd evening and it was informed it shall be taken to Tollygunge PF3 through Up line operation at midnight. We returned home to get enough sleep for the next day.

🚝On 24th October,
Left home at 10am, went till Howrah by train & got S7 till Tollygunge. We didn't require to swipe cards for entry. Rake was on platform waiting to be inaugurated by General Manager. A model coach of NGEF series was also on display. An event was being organised where the officials were giving their speech, Station master, Motorman & Guard, some passengers of the first ever service of 1984 narrating their experience, video of Metro's evolution was shown. GM inaugurated the exhibition and commuters allowed inside. (most of these can by found in any YouTube video, so I'm skipping this part).

🚝At lunch, we were given rice & chicken box along with my favourite.. a box of sweets 😋, there was no spoon given, had a hard time eating with hands sitting in the rake itself, we managed anyhow. The press was covering the event, youtubers & bloggers were trying to get the best coverage. Some got their cards locked for not swiping within 60 mins at the gate. Yet, everyone was enjoying their time clicking selfies, hanging out with their friend railfans. Beloved Saurav Das was kind enough to click a candid of me (which he sent me next day). Several railfans were coming & returning from platform soon (due to the smart card time limit), met a few of my known peoples and had a great time!

🚝As it was 17:00, the stage was getting prepared for the final journey. Mementos were given to members along with a vote of thanks. After 17:30, we boarded the train and all other visitors were deboarded. Just after departure of a Dakshineswar bound train, we were given platform starter, GM along with other officers flagged off the train. The train started and within seconds came to a halt to let the GM & others also board the train from a middle door.


🚝Finally the Joyride train started off... Expected it to be a galloping service as none would be allowed to board, but soon realised that it shall be stopping at all stations for a few seconds. Non-AC rakes were disliked by commuters as they chose to board the AC rakes. As stations were coming, I could see people getting ready to board the train, but the doors of the non-ACs are shut forever, never to open again for commuters. The train stopped at Park Street for a bit long as GM & his pals were getting off.

🚝I started to take some video clips through the open window, then decided to take a cab-ride & went to the cab. Spent sometime there & gave my phone to a friend as he's running out of memory and he needed to record the cab-rides😕 .. I opted to come out and stay at my open window looking at the tunnels & stations, literally sticking my face at the window grills to feel the outside air, felt the oscillation, the fans and everything of the rake... for the very last time 🙃 .. now let's not get emotional, as nothing except memories are permanent in life! And I was creating memories! And even writing my memories here 🙂

🚝Soon we reached Dumdum, most officials & staff except crew deboarded there. The crowd, the joy, the excitement was coming to an end. The signal was given, for the last time for this train...we were routed towards Noapara Carshed and reached there in no time. All doors on catwalk side opened, we deboarded, the bell rang & doors closed... forever. The non-AC era came to an end & the rake finally went asleep, all alone. Bid a final goodbye, wondering the destination of the rakes... Museums or scrap yard? 🙃 In my memories...I said to myself, and felt a peace of mind. #MetroRailwayKolkata #mymemories

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Mar 28 2021 (00:36)   30333/Majerhat - Habra Local (via Princep Ghat) | PPGT/Princep Ghat (2 PFs)
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Superb Pics.👍

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Mar 13 2021 (12:43)   SRP/Shrirampur (Serampore) (4 PFs)
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Edmondson tickets:
These tickets have become quite rare here, and are currently issued from a few Halt stations of Kolkata suburban, but were available on 8th March 2021 from some major stations, when the PRS system suddenly shut down due to massive fire at New Koilaghat building and computer printed tickets couldn't be provided.

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Nov 11 2020 (19:51)   HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)
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6 Car EMU trains (Railway Staff Special),
Eastern Railway-Howrah division.

Previously such 4 or 6 Car services were operated on the Bimanbandar-Circular Railway & Tarakeswar-Arambagh sections respectively about 10 years ago. Such mini-rakes were again operated during the 1st-2nd phase of Lockdown and one can expect not to see them again!
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