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Sep 24 (17:00)

Entry# 2283     
Which were the earliest diesel locomotives in the Indian subcontinent?

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Sep 24 (16:55)
Blog Post# 4724197-0     
Amogh^~   Added by: Amogh^~  Sep 24 (17:00)
Which were the earliest diesel locomotives in the Indian subcontinent?

In 1915, a 2'6" gauge diesel loco was supplied to the India Office by Avonside (Bristol). This is presumed to have worked on some tea plantation in Assam.

1921, a 2'0" gauge 0-4-0 diesel loco built by Baugleys of Burton-on-Trent was delivered to Bengal.

In 1923, two diesel locos built by Ruton Proctor of Lincoln were used on the Barsi Light Railway.

In 1929, a 2'0" gauge 0-4-0 diesel loco was supplied by Maffei (Germany) to C K Andrew, London, for delivery to India. Their ultimate use and disposition in India is not known.

Two 420hp (or 350hp?) dual-cab BG diesel shunters from William Beardmore (with electrical components from GEC) were used by the North-Western Railway (now in Pakistan) in 1930.

In 1934, an Armstrong-Whitworth diesel-electric railcar was delivered to NWR for use on the 2'6" Kalka-Simla.

In 1935, two 1200hp BG diesel-electric locos with 8-cylinder Armstrong-Sulzer engines, built by Armstrong-Whitworth, were obtained by NWR for trials on the Karachi-Lahore line in preparation for a proposed new Karachi-Bombay route. They had a 1A-C-2 wheel arrangement. None of these experiments proved successful and the locos were in all cases withdrawn very soon.

Ceylon Government Railways obtained one diesel-electric shunter and two diesel-electric mixed traffic locos in 1934 from Armstrong Whitworth. The two mixed traffic locos were actually made for the Indian State Railways (as they were then known) but turned out to be of too low a power for their requirements and were sold to CGR. These proved unsuitable and were sent to Argentina in 1937, and ultimately scrapped soon thereafter.

Between 1930 and 1940, various Indian industrial concerns obtained 14 diesel locos. Bagnall in conjunction with Duetz supplied a 4-speed 22-25hp diesel loco (Duetz PM 2117 design) in 1934 to Bundla Beta Tea Co., Assam for the Pengarie-Digboi trolley line. It had a top speed of about 15km/h. In 1936, BBCI obtained one diesel-electric shunter from Armstrong-Whitworth which survived into the 1950's. In 1940, the Jamnagar and Dwarka Railway obtained one MG diesel from Brookville (USA).

In the mid-1930s, the Nizam's State Railways obtained a few diesel railcars from Ganz. These were in use until the 1950s or so. Ganz supplied NWR in 1939-40 with some diesel railcars as well. Some of these were allocated to India when NWR assets were split following the partition of British India.

In 1944-45, the USATC supplied 15 GE-built BG Bo-Bo diesel locos with Caterpillar engines to WR. These were mid-cab machines with short and narrow hoods on either side. Several of these were working until about 1990, when they were withdrawn and scrapped. One is preserved at the Diesel Loco Works, Varanasi.

In 1949, a few MG diesel-mechanical locos built by Fowler were imported by IR for use in the arid regions of Saurashtra. One of these is preserved at the National Rail Museum, New Delhi. In 1955, 20 'DY' diesels by North British were imported for use, also in Saurashtra (MG). The locos of the second batch were reclassified as YDM-1's.

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Sep 24 (11:01)

Entry# 2282     
How to Create Imaginary trains Part - 2

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Sep 24 (10:58)
Blog Post# 4723937-0     
s.r.k_1007^~   Added by: s.r.k_1007^~  Sep 24 (11:01)
How to create Imaginary trains Part - 2
Before you read Part - 2 , if you have not read.Part 1 here so read part 1 here link given below 👇👇
Before I go to part 2
thing here You should make your TT in this way such that there would be no clashes with any other train here.

How to set the Rake zone , Rake Sharing , how to add Locomotive and coach composition .

1. After setting your TT and other things , when your train gets ready here . Then Below you will see that suppose you made a train from Place A to Place B here , below there is a Platform No. Option below it you can add your respective stn platform here as well as the dest. Stn platform as well.

2. Just below it there is a option of Rake zone and Type here , though type is already here i.e SF , M/E , Humsafar , Rajdhani etc. But you have to set your rake zone accordingly as you wish here. For eg. CR/Central , NR/Northern etc. As seen in pic 1 , 2 and 3 .

3. Just below it , below the flag icon option there is a option of Food / catering here . According to your train status here you can set the catering type here ie. The food in this train will be from Pantry car or onboard catering or e catering . You can do it by going in edit option here. Also you can add some food items what you wish here. As seen in Pic 4 and 5 , 6

4. Just below it there is an option of Coach composition here when you click on edit here then you will se above there that type of coach when you click it then you will get to see the type of coaches here . Select the desired coach you want here whether LHB , ICF , Hybrid LHB etc. Just below the type there is a noting space given below so you can add the Coach composition here . You should write the CC in this format here according to your train here. As seen in Pic 7 and 8 , 9

5. Then below it there is an option here for RSA here. If you think that your train want RSA with real train or your one of the IMG here . And if you want your train's RSA with Real trains RSA then just simply enter the train No. Here for eg. I have made a train from Manduadih to Pune so I have made RSA with Manduadih Rameshwaram Weekly express here by simply adding train no i.e 15119/20 here also you can allot no of rakes accordingly to the requirement here . Just click on edit here and then you get some writing space , write the RSA of train you want accordingly . If you want No RSA here then simply write in that NO RSA , PM @ ABC . Just see in Pic 10 , 11

6.Just below there is a Loco option here . Click on edit here and then there will be option here that from station to station here . You can add Electric or Diesel Loco accorsing to your train passing through that region here. Suppose If my train is from Amritsar to Kolhapur here then I know that From Amritsar to Pune the section is electrified here and from Pune to Kolhapur section is not electrified here then I will add Electric Loco from Amritsar to Pune and D. Loco from Pune to Kolhapur . But make one thing bear in mind that the loco must be of that shed in which your train is passing here or not by that stn then nearby Loco shed is also can be OK here. And if suppose you want your train to Have in Push pull mode or Twin loco then at Right in number option write here twins or Pull push here . Then after adding Loco and Loco Shed and from place to place then below there is a button of add and then click OK here. Then click on update and there you will get that your train will get this loco shed's loco here. As seen in pic. 12

7. Just above as seen in pic 13 click on the post blog option here here you can write the features of that particular train here also . In that writing space here also just below there is an option of Tagging here in form of @ here so you can tag your friends here and get as much ratings as you can . then after writing and tagging here click on post button here and after that your train forum will be displayed here . And you will get ratings here as per the views you get.

I hope , I tried here to deliver you all the processes and tricks here to create Imaginary trains here . Now you can enjoy here by creating IMG trains here.
Thanks , Regards.
Sep 23 (19:17)
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Entry# 2281     
What is Defence Quota (DF) ?

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Sep 23 (19:16)
Blog Post# 4723502-0     
PRAYAGRAJ1234^~   Added by: PRAYAGRAJ1234^~  Sep 23 (19:17)
What is Defence Quota?
Defence Quota in Railways is intended for personels of Indian Armed Forces(Army, Navy, Airforce). Under this quota 2 seats are reserved in most of the trains in most of the classes across the country. Tickets can be booked under defence quota for official purposes such as relocation or movement of forces from one part of India to another. It can also be used by individual defence personnel while they are taking a trip back home or rejoining duty after their leave.

To book tickets under this quota, defence personnel has to approach the MCO (Movement Control Office) at station with a duly filled booking form and show their original Indian Armed Forces identity card. In case of bulk booking, a defence staff can approach the MCO with an attested letter by supervising officer, booking forms and photocopies of identity cards for all travelers. The booking or concession forms should be duly filled and signed by Supervising Officers as well as Railway issuing office.

Railway Board has authorized Zonal Railways to decide on earmarking the defence quota based on utilization. In case berth or seat reserved for defense personnel is not booked for journey, all these seats should be informed and surrendered before 24 hours of scheduled departure of train. All the unreserved berths under this quota will then be allowed to be used by civilians. Railways also reserve four seats in every coach for ex-army men.
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Sep 23 (19:13)
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Entry# 2280     
What is Parliament House Quota (PH) ?

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Sep 23 (19:12)
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PRAYAGRAJ1234^~   Added by: PRAYAGRAJ1234^~  Sep 23 (19:13)
What is Parliament House Quota?
Parliament House Quota is similar to that of HO Quota. This quota is meant for ministers and high bureaucrats as well as members of parliament and their staff. It’s for them so that they can meet urgent travel requirements.

quota is also released by Railway Authorities on different trains as per the rules. A list of all VIPs booked in the train (irrespective of journey commencing station) including HOR holders/Members of Parliament and other VIPs, is taken out at chart preparation centers of train originating stations to find out details of the VIPs including MPs booked and action will be taken by the in-charge to seek reservation for them from the emergency quota controlling authorities. The allotment of Emergency Quota to HOR Holders and VIPs should be strictly as per their inter-se seniority in Warrant of Precedence.

Whenever the Parliament House Booking Office/any other Booking Office sends a message for MP/VIP’s onward and return journey, a copy should invariably be endorsed to CCM and ACM(Reservation)of the concerned Railway. This shall be in addition to the communication sent to the Chief Reservation Supervisor/SM concerned. The officer concerned in the Headquarters office will take necessary action to get the accommodation released in favour of the MPs/VIPs. However, the provision of taking out the list of VIPs booked in a train is strictly followed as per priorities
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Sep 23 (18:41)

Entry# 2279     
How do trains change tracks while running?

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Sep 23 (18:12)
Blog Post# 4723427-0     
tanu1995^~   Added by: tanu1995^~  Sep 23 (18:41)
How do trains change tracks while running?

To make a train change its track, a special mechanical arrangement is made. This arrangement is known as a railroad switch and it consist of pair of rails, known as switching rails or points, that are linked to one another. As the name suggests, the switching rails can direct or guide the train, either on
straight path or on the diverging path which is established by a curved rail line.

The railroad switch can only be in one of the two positions at a time. If it is locked the train will change the track. If it is open, it will go straight-through.

It is very important that the switch is set up carefully. Most train derailments take place at the point when it goes from one track to another track. A loose set up is a guarantee of making train jump off the track, a disaster. However, railway authorities, not only in India, but around the world has expertise the art of train track changing. Most times the process is so smooth, that one even doesn't notice it. However an experienced traveler can make out with the sound of the train, that indeed the track is changed.

Sometimes tracks are changed at the last moment to change the platform at which the train arrives. Indian railways is overly notorious in this regard. So many times people are caught napping when they would be waiting for train at one station only to here a last time announcement that the train is arriving at the other platform. This is especially problematic if the halt of train is of couple of minutes only, on a specific station.

In India there a re mostly two railway tracks that you'll see running parallel to each other. One is known as the 'up' track, and other is 'down' track. But as soon as any railway station comes, there are plenty of tracks that one can see. This is where the train will starts climbing from one track to another to get to the platform from where it is scheduled to leave.
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