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Today (07:30)  2 coaches of Agra-Gwalior passenger train derail (www.thehindu.com)
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Two coaches of
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Two coaches of the Agra-Gwalior passenger train derailed at the Agra Cantonment Railway Station on Saturday morning. No injury was reported. Officials said the empty train was being taken for cleaning.
  
Today (07:28)  Tunnel Number 33 (www.thehindu.com)
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An engineer, a gunshot, and a tunnel that he could not complete add up to a great piece of railway history
It is imperturbably quiet. The few locomotives in the yard are motionless. Gangmen go about their work. From the platform’s far edge, one can see the low hills of the Shivalik range, silhouetted against a cloudless sky. There is a hint of moving mist over their wooded tops.
The breaks release and the wheels clang as Train No. 52453 gets in motion. The first, tentative movement is through sal and silk-cotton clusters.
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Blades of wild grass on both sides of the tracks are speckled with dew that catch the first shafts of light. We are mostly in a silent glide before the engine imparts more combustion to climb higher.
There is the sudden scent of chir pines in the early autumnal air. The bird calls, still audible, are intermittently muffled by the mournful, contrapuntal horn of the old engine. As the foothills turn steeper, the rickety, rackety train puffs and huffs up the sharper gradients over masonry bridges and through endless tunnels amidst dense pines. The grandness of the engineering conception is unmissable.
Trundling through valleys
It’s a two-hour, 40 km journey to the quaint Barog station in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. The Kalka-Simla Railway is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trains operate over 880 bridges, over 919 turns and through 102 tunnels. That is the techno-engineering aspect. The slow trundle through the hills and valleys covered with pines, deodars, oaks, willows and blooming rhododendrons is the aesthete’s reward.
When a passing cloud lifts on the back of a strong wind, faraway mountains with snow peaks appear momentarily.
Barog comes after 32 tunnels. The over-hanging pine canopy parts ever so slightly to the sides to reveal the entrance to Tunnel No. 33. This is the longest straight tunnel in the railways and is 1.14 km long. Inside it, the engine’s amiable horn becomes a darkening roar before the train gently rolls into the station yard with two apologetic, staccato horns and pulls along the platform.
Barog station is what an Indian railway station is not. It is unreal, clean, uncrowded, totally jostle-free. The woodwork is brilliant blue with a forest backdrop.
Small tracks intertwine in smooth curvature before disappearing in straight lines beyond the signalman’s cabin in a single track.
Barog town derives its name from the railway station. It is a small hill station. At about 4,500 ft in the Himalayan foothills, it is mildly cold. In the British era, hill trains would stop here for an hour, and sahibs and memsahibs would have a leisurely and elaborate meal. The dining hall with the viewing gallery is still intact. The dusty plains of the Punjab would become peremptorily forgotten strands of memory and the ascent of the hills, with their coniferous crowns, truly began here.
Colonel Barog, a railway engineer, was assigned the work of Tunnel No. 33. The Barog tunnel is precisely 1,143.61 mt long. He made his calculations and as per the usual practice ordered the crew to drill from both sides of the mountain. He had planned that after a while both sets of drillers would meet at the centre and complete the tunnel.
The crew kept drilling but could not come to the meeting point. In fact, their trajectories seemed to have diverged. Morale dipped and everyone grew frustrated.
Col. Barog was a worried man. He soon realised that his calculations had gone awry. The tunnel would not be completed and the project was a failure.
The British government fixed responsibility on Col. Barog and he was fined Rs. 1 for causing a loss to the exchequer and wasting government resources.
Col. Barog felt humiliated by the censure and became depressed. His professional reputation had been dented.
Dead end
One day he went for a walk near the unfinished tunnel, accompanied only by his dog. Weighed down by despair, he decided to end his life. In that twilight moment, he removed his revolver from the holster and shot himself. Local people say that his terrified dog, who found the master lying in blood, ran to the village. But when people reached the tunnel mouth, Col. Barog was already dead.
The work of the tunnel was reassigned to Chief Engineer H.S. Harrington, who completed the tunnel in 1903. But it is said that he too could not properly align the two segments. He is said to have sought the advice of a spiritual person from Chail, a diviner who indicated the correct course to drill. His name was Baba Bhalku.
The Shimla Railway Museum records, in fact, mention Baba Bhalku’s contribution.
Despite his calculation error, the government and the railways honoured Col. Barog and named the tiny hill village after him.
And where the old village was, is the present Barog railway station. The hillsides covered with pines and deodars lend it a lyrical quality.
Tunnel No. 33, the longest straight tunnel in the railways, is known as the Barog tunnel. It requires constant maintenance like any installation. To aid the maintenance staff, there are 55 lights inside. But often even this is insufficient. So for more light, the staff uses a reflecting mirror to direct sunlight into the tunnel, an old practice that is still continued.
Since light travels straight and the Barog tunnel is straight, the beam reaches up to 800 metres. According to the Station Master, D.D. Upadhyaya, reflectors can be used at both ends if needed.
Villagers believe the good colonel still haunts the tunnel, and that one can hear an Englishman whispering inside its dark confines.
The train from Solan has arrived. It halts for eight minutes. Evening has a transformative effect on Barog. A crisp breeze blows through the trees. The light is decidedly softer. The sky changes colour. You need a cardigan to ward off the chill. I hop aboard as the train moves. Inside Tunnel No. 33, there are no human or other voices. Only a mechanical reverberation.
The writer spends time pretending to read and write. His other interests are photography and Western classical music.
Villagers believe the good colonel still haunts the tunnel, and that one can hear an Englishman whispering inside its dark confines
  
Today (07:28)  New freight terminal to come up at Chavadipalayam with private contribution (www.thehindu.com)
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The Salem Railway Division has proposed to establish a new freight terminal at Chavadipalayam, about 15 km from the Erode Junction.
Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway, flagged off the first freight rake between Erode and Chitradurga station in the presence of Hari Shankar Verma, Salem Railway Division Manager, recently.
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feeds for livestock and poultry has an inward freight of 40,000 tonnes of maize, de-oiled cake from various States through the railways.
The main plant is situated 15 km from the Erode Junction and two km from the Chavadipalayam railway station. With outward freight traffic expected to increase in the coming days, the division has proposed to establish the terminal at a cost of Rs. 2 crore, with the cost to be incurred by the company. The plant is proposed to offer 7,000 tonnes per month in the form of four to five rakes to Chitradurga from Erode. The de-oiled cake is the new outward freight for the division, which will fetch additional freight earnings of Rs. 65 lakh per month.
  
Today (07:14)  समय से दस मिनट पहले पहुंची नई महामना एक्सप्रेस (epaper.jagran.com)
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Station Tag: Varanasi Junction/BSB added by जय माता दी🙏😊^~/1421836

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Train Tag: Vadodara - Varanasi Mahamana Inaugural Special/09103 added by जय माता दी🙏😊^~/1421836
 
 
जागरण संवाददाता, वाराणसी : रेलवे चाह ले तो देश की कोई भी टेन लेट नहीं हो सकती। उदाहरण वड़ोदरा से काशी के लिए शुरू की हुई नई महामना एक्सप्रेस ट्रेन है। शुक्रवार को प्रधानमंत्री ने इसे काशी से हरी झंडी दिखाई थी। इसके बाद ट्रेन वड़ोदरा से एक घंटे पांच मिनट की देरी से रवाना हुई। फिर भी शुक्रवार को निर्धारित समय से दस मिनट पहले ही बनारस पहुंच गई। यह ट्रेन इटारसी स्टेशन पर अपने नियत समय से 29 मिनट पहले पहुंची थी। जिस समय तीसरी महामना एक्सप्रेस कैंट स्टेशन पर पहुंची उसी समय नईदिल्ली जाने वाली महामना एक्सप्रेस रवाना होने के लिए प्लेटफार्म नंबर चार पर खड़ी थी। यह संयोग तीसरी महामना एक्सप्रेस के समय पूर्व स्टेशन पहुंचने से निर्मित हुआ। रेलकर्मियों व यात्रियों में इस बात की चर्चा रही। लोग कहते सुने गए कि इन दिनों पटना-कोटा एक्सप्रेस व मरुधर एक्सप्रेस 20 से 12 घंटे लेट आ-जा रही...
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हैं। वहीं पीएम द्वारा हरी झंडी दिखाई गई टेन रेलवे की इच्छाशक्ति पर सवार होकर समय से पहले ही आ गई।1यात्रियों में तकनीकी कर्मी ज्यादा1शनिवार शाम 6:30 बजे कैंट स्टेशन के प्लेटफार्म 6 पर आई आधुनिक सुविधाओं से लैस नई महामना एक्सप्रेस में यात्रियों से अधिक तकनीकी कर्मी थे। रीना सिंह, एस कुमार, अभिषेक राव, रामानंद आदि यात्री भुसावल, जबलपुर, सतना व छिवकी से सवार हुए थे। आरक्षण चार्ट के अनुसार वड़ोदरा से पांच यात्री एसी द्वितीय व 30 शयनयान में सवार हुए थे। जनरल डिब्बों में यात्रियों की संख्या सामान्य थी। 1पायलट व गार्ड छिवकी में बदले 1वड़ोदरा से चले टेन के गार्ड, पायलट व सभी चल टिकट परीक्षक बदल गए, मगर एसी प्रथम, एसी द्वितीय व भोजनयान के सभी स्टाफ वड़ोदरा से बनारस पहुंचे थे। सभी रेल स्टाफ उसी टेन से वापस गए। 1बुधवार से नियमित संचालन 1नई साप्ताहिक ट्रेन बुधवार से नियमित चलेगी। टेन नंबर-20903 हर बुधवार की शाम 7:40 बजे वड़ोदरा से चलेगी। अगले दिन गुरुवार को रात 10:20 बजे वाराणसी पहुंचेगी। वाराणसी से हर शुक्रवार सुबह 6:10 बजे चलेगी व शनिवार सुबह 9:40 बजे वड़ोदरा पहुंचेगी। शुभारंभ के मौके पर अप व डाउन दोनों ओर से यह विशेष टेन के रूप में चलाई गई। मालूम हो कि पहली महामना वाराणसी से नईदिल्ली व दूसरी भोपाल-खजुराहो के बीच चल रही।जागरण संवाददाता, वाराणसी : रेलवे चाह ले तो देश की कोई भी टेन लेट नहीं हो सकती। उदाहरण वड़ोदरा से काशी के लिए शुरू की हुई नई महामना एक्सप्रेस ट्रेन है। शुक्रवार को प्रधानमंत्री ने इसे काशी से हरी झंडी दिखाई थी। इसके बाद ट्रेन वड़ोदरा से एक घंटे पांच मिनट की देरी से रवाना हुई। फिर भी शुक्रवार को निर्धारित समय से दस मिनट पहले ही बनारस पहुंच गई। यह ट्रेन इटारसी स्टेशन पर अपने नियत समय से 29 मिनट पहले पहुंची थी। जिस समय तीसरी महामना एक्सप्रेस कैंट स्टेशन पर पहुंची उसी समय नईदिल्ली जाने वाली महामना एक्सप्रेस रवाना होने के लिए प्लेटफार्म नंबर चार पर खड़ी थी। यह संयोग तीसरी महामना एक्सप्रेस के समय पूर्व स्टेशन पहुंचने से निर्मित हुआ। रेलकर्मियों व यात्रियों में इस बात की चर्चा रही। लोग कहते सुने गए कि इन दिनों पटना-कोटा एक्सप्रेस व मरुधर एक्सप्रेस 20 से 12 घंटे लेट आ-जा रही हैं। वहीं पीएम द्वारा हरी झंडी दिखाई गई टेन रेलवे की इच्छाशक्ति पर सवार होकर समय से पहले ही आ गई।1यात्रियों में तकनीकी कर्मी ज्यादा1शनिवार शाम 6:30 बजे कैंट स्टेशन के प्लेटफार्म 6 पर आई आधुनिक सुविधाओं से लैस नई महामना एक्सप्रेस में यात्रियों से अधिक तकनीकी कर्मी थे। रीना सिंह, एस कुमार, अभिषेक राव, रामानंद आदि यात्री भुसावल, जबलपुर, सतना व छिवकी से सवार हुए थे। आरक्षण चार्ट के अनुसार वड़ोदरा से पांच यात्री एसी द्वितीय व 30 शयनयान में सवार हुए थे। जनरल डिब्बों में यात्रियों की संख्या सामान्य थी। 1पायलट व गार्ड छिवकी में बदले 1वड़ोदरा से चले टेन के गार्ड, पायलट व सभी चल टिकट परीक्षक बदल गए, मगर एसी प्रथम, एसी द्वितीय व भोजनयान के सभी स्टाफ वड़ोदरा से बनारस पहुंचे थे। सभी रेल स्टाफ उसी टेन से वापस गए। 1बुधवार से नियमित संचालन 1नई साप्ताहिक ट्रेन बुधवार से नियमित चलेगी। टेन नंबर-20903 हर बुधवार की शाम 7:40 बजे वड़ोदरा से चलेगी। अगले दिन गुरुवार को रात 10:20 बजे वाराणसी पहुंचेगी। वाराणसी से हर शुक्रवार सुबह 6:10 बजे चलेगी व शनिवार सुबह 9:40 बजे वड़ोदरा पहुंचेगी। शुभारंभ के मौके पर अप व डाउन दोनों ओर से यह विशेष टेन के रूप में चलाई गई। मालूम हो कि पहली महामना वाराणसी से नईदिल्ली व दूसरी भोपाल-खजुराहो के बीच चल रही।वाराणसी बड़ोदरा महामना एक्स. पहुची बनारस ’ जागरण

  
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14715 Sri Ganganagar Tiruchchirappalli HumSafar^~   11301 blog posts   459 correct pred (60% accurate)
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Bhar bhar ke slack diya hai to #BT Hogi he.

  
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★★★BRC WAP 7😎 trip with Aravali Exp to BEAWAR~   1906 blog posts   2092 correct pred (89% accurate)
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sahi bataya ha.
Tt bikul bhi aggressive nhi ha

  
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All thanks to slack between ST BSL and COI BSB and number of passengers info also wrong as I personally seen Charts at COI and it have many passenger from various station like vadodara bharuch Surat bhusawal

  
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14715 Sri Ganganagar Tiruchchirappalli HumSafar^~   11301 blog posts   459 correct pred (60% accurate)
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Slack ki wajah se Avg. Speed bhi down hoti hai..
  
Today (07:14)  Rlys to post young station directors (www.thehindu.com)
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At Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram
To bring in more transparency and efficiency, the Ministry of Railways has decided to appoint young station directors at Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram railway stations in the State.
This follows a directive of Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to post “young, brilliant, and dynamic officers” to the posts of station directors at major railway stations. Previously, the Ministry had created the post of station directors at 75 A1 category stations in the country.
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the four stations in Kerala under the jurisdiction of the Southern Railway are A1 category stations. “The officers will be chosen from across different operational services of railways after due screening and scrutiny. They will be imparted special orientation training, focusing on coordination and dealing with the public,” said officials.
The station directors would ensure that the stations function as excellence centres for customers with the additional objective of ensuring vigilant and sensitive customer service and superior commercial sense, they said.
Development of station
The move comes at a time when the Kozhikode station is set to be developed under the Swiss Challenge Method. Vadakara-based Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS) was the lone bidder for the redevelopment of Kozhikode railway station when the deadline ended in July.
Earlier, a special purpose vehicle was created under the Union Ministries of Railways and Urban Development to redevelop Ernakulam Junction into a smart railway station.
An official statement of the Ministry said the station directors would be supported by cross-functional teams. They would be associated in the decision-making process related to proposals and execution of traffic facility and passenger amenities works at the respective stations.
Raising revenue
The station directors would be actively involved in the process of raising revenue from ‘non-fare box’ such as commercial advertisements at the stations.
“For this, the station directors will seek the assistance of officers and superiors of the respective departments,” it said.
The functions of the station directors and their teams will be to provide prompt, courteous and hassle-free service to customers and ensure cleanliness and hygiene at the station and stationary trains. They will monitor the working of booking and reservation office, punctuality of trains at the station, and timely placement and withdrawal of rakes at platforms. They will also be responsible for maintaining passenger amenities, upkeep of passenger enquiry system, monitoring catering and vending stalls, strengthening grievance redressal system and the security of passengers.
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