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PKA/Pradhankhunta Junction (5 PFs)
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Track: Double Electric-Line

State: Jharkhand

Elevation: 203 m above sea level
Zone: ECR/East Central   Division: Dhanbad

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Aug 04 2015 (13:36)   12988/Ajmer - Sealdah SF Express (PT) | DHN/Dhanbad Junction (8 PFs) | HWH/WAP-7/30311

Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Entry# 1557417            Tags   Past Edits
It was saturday the 25th of July, when I set off for Kolkata. I reached Dhanbad Junction at 10:00 AM so to click some photographs of Dhanbad Junction. I was aiming for the 12988 Ajmer-Sealdah Superfast and planned to avoid the 13152 JammuTawai-Kolkata Express.
The PRS came to life and announced that both of the train were delayed by over an hour. Still wanting to avoid the 13152 I took a stroll along Platform number 1, and clicked a few snaps.
it can be seen, it was a beautiful overcast morning, with occassional torrential downpour. The station drenched in the rains looked very fresh and was an eye-soother.
At 11:00AM sharp 53061 BWN-HTE passenger chugged in with a TATA WAM4, I couldnot take a picture as a freight train blocked the view as the passenger entered, simulataneously VSKP WDM3A 13282 chugged with the 12832 BBS-DHN Garib Rath. I was cursing the freight for a wasted oppurtunity,when all of sudden a twin-honk alerted me .I turned to see HWH WAP7 30311 pulling in 22387 HWH-DHN Black Diamond Express.
At 11:45AM the 68087 Bankura-Dhanbad came in,simultaneouslly 63522 GAYA-DHN-ASN memu chugged in.
At 12:00 sharp JAMMU-KOAA express came in. Majority of my fellow passengers got in, myself and the daily passengers waited on for the 12988 which the PRS announced would be arriving shortly. The daily passengers theorized that that 12988 would overtake 13152 sometime ahead, so it would be wise to wait for 12988. Why settle for Silver when you can get Gold,right!
An hour later we would be deeply regretting our decisions.
12988 came in with HWH WAP4 22286 at 12:15PM, I quickly scurried around looking for a seat. None, there was none, and none of the passengers around were inclined to share their precious seats. I stood at the door, amongst the commotion, hoping that I would get a seat at ASN. 1 hour of standing isn't such a bad deal ,right! Besides I was getting a beautiful view of the natural scenery and would be getting a good look at DHN trip Loco shed as the train would passby. I was happy.
The train waited and waited, would'nt start. Some of my fellow passengers started speculating that probably the incoming 12382 NDLS-HWH Poorva Express would be given track priority over the 12988 as Poorva was the senior train. An intimadating honk followed. I put my head out and saw MGS WAP4 22509 draw 12382 to a rest at platform no 2 beside my train. My heart sank! The daily passengers were right, Poorva would get track priority. I watched with a sad face, as almost all the daily passengers jumped ship to the Poorva. Only an old grumpy uncle remained. Like me he had purchased a ticket for SDAH. I stood there looking at probably two hour delay in my plans.
Half an hour went by, none of the two trains budged an inch. It was then a commotion was heard outside of the platform. I stepped out of the train,and went up to the Loco-Pilot to ask him about the cause of delay. What he said sank my heart!
What happened was that 13152 whilst passing through had tore open a piece of overhead wire with it's loco's Pantograph at Pradhankanta. Repairs were underway,it would take atleast two hours to get the wire functional again! I was devastated! In my imagination I could see the HWH WAP4 of the 13152 laughing out loud as it had prevented not one, but two of it's illustrious cousins to overtake it. The Jammutawai would reach KOAA on time, while the usually punctual 12988 and 12382 would reach their destinations atleast 3 hours late.
Meanwhile the 68088 Dhanbad-Bankura MEMU was ready to depart on it's homerun to Bankura, but was stuck at Platform 1A for the same reason. All these while Black and Garib Rath got shunted and 13352 ALLP-DHN express had arrived on Platform 7/8. Meanwhile the VSKP WDM3A was all over the place chugging around happily, honking heavily as if to remind us that it did'nt require the wires to move around.
It was 14:30PM.I was still conteplating the 13152's devillish act of jealously when suddenly there was a honk from one of the two WAP4s. I put my head out, and saw that it was ours.
Ours signal showed a faint yellow glow in place of the bloodish red, that was their until a few seconds ago. I turned to my right on hearing a noise and saw a mass immigration of passengers from the Poorva into our train. With a faint start, the train slowly started out of the platform. With multiple triumphant honks the WAP4 started accelerating out of DHN JN. We passed by Loco Shed but I wasn't interested anymore, I was simply too tired. The solitary WAP7 30311 was resting peacefully, two dirty MGS WAP4 lay as if dead, a very dirty rajdhani livered ancient MGS WAM4 was the only thing with it's panto on.
The end of the Dhanbad Loco Tank and the flash of green of the signal post were the sign that we were finally leaving DHANBAD behind.......and gradually speeding towards SDAH!
These are the clips that I clicked on that day:-
1,2 & 3 show WAP7 30311 getting ready to shunt the Black-Diamond Express
4 shows the BBS-DHN Garib rath in the background of the WAP7
4&7 are panoramas of DHN JN taken during a light shower.
5 shows 68088 ready for Bankura
6 Self Explanatory
8 & 9 show the unusually deserted trip Loco Shed from the platfrom
10&11 show the station during a light shower
12 shows HWH WAP4 22286 arriving with 12988 at platform 1
13,14,15 & 16 show the arrival of 12382 with MGS WAP4 22509
PS:- I reached SDAH at 19:00 hours that day. The train was stuck outside Dum-Dum Jn for a futher 1 hour.
The Poorva reached much before 12988
Call it Deja-vu but I spotted MGS WAP4 22509 next day at HWH station, shunting a LHB rake of the Poorva EXP.
Very soon, my return journey to DHN from HWH by 12340 HWH-DHN COALFIELD EXPRESS!

17 posts - Mon Aug 10, 2015

Aug 10 2015 (21:55)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1557417-18            Tags   Past Edits
Thank You very Much

Aug 10 2015 (22:37)
Pained to know Boeing 777 landcrashed~   23281 blog posts   21101 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1557417-19            Tags   Past Edits
Nice story but the notorious act of SDAH never always makes Exp trains wait for 1 hr @ DDJ outer even though it knows very well that there are no contenders for PF#9A

Aug 11 2015 (15:53)
Abhishek Kumar^~   11182 blog posts   22278 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Aug 11 2015 (17:39)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1557417-21            Tags   Past Edits
Well it is not exactly Sealdah's fault. The confluence of so many railway lines at Dum Dum Jn doesn't make things easy for the Sealdah Control room. Priority is obviously given to the local trains, over the long running trains. However there is always room for improvement.
If HWH can manage surely SDAH can as well!

Oct 15 2015 (19:53)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1557417-22            Tags   Past Edits
Spotted MGS WAP-4 22509 at DHN today, with Muri-Dhn pax!
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Oct 08 2015 (15:39)   12019/Howrah - Ranchi Shatabdi Express | PKA/Pradhankhunta Junction (5 PFs) | HWH/WAP-7/30330

Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Entry# 1611344            Tags   Past Edits
#Aajkuchtoofanikartehai :-
Location:-PradhanKunta Jn, Dhanbad
Time:-9-9:15AM approximately
Zone:-ECR-ER border (ECR Territory)
had returned to Howrah from Hyderabad a day earlier by the HYB-HWH East Coast Express. However I was soon summoned to Asansol by a close friend of mine. Staying at his place overnight I took 53521 ASN-BSB passenger for DHN at 6:30AM in the morning.
The 53521 is a mighty piece of IR history. Started during colonial days this mighty passenger train used to go from ASN to BE, during the post-independence day. Infact this is the first train in IR to fully run from Source to Destination by means of an AC locomotive. Along with the now extinct TATA-NGP passenger this train was IR's marathon running passenger train. In the seventies, this train would be serviced by a mighty WAM-1 from the country's first ELS ASANSOL......
Now an ASN WAM-4/WAG-5/WAG-7 gets to do the honours. If you ignore the untidiness of this train, (the train and it's passengers suffer a lot at the hands of the illegal coal miners in the DHN-ASN belt) this train is one of the best trains to take, if you are travelling to DHN from ASN. Why I say that, is because you reach ASN station at about 6:00AM, fetch yourself a seat and drift off to a nice slumber.
The train travels gently up the Chotanagpur Plateau and takes a good 1.5 hours to reach Dhanbad. In between you can enjoy the beautiful early morning sceneries of the Chotanagpur Plateau, or can enjoy a nice sleep. My friend had also accompanied me on this short trip.
No sooner had the train departed ASN had we both drifted to sleep. Had I been awake, I would have certainly spotted the 12340 Down usually bang-on-time running DHN-HWH Coalfield SF.......
We woke up at 7:45AM when the train had departed Thaparnagar and was headed for Kalubathan. At Kalubathan, my friend and myself bought two Jhalmuris from a hawker and munched on as we headed on towards the end of ER territory.
In our negligience we both had forgotten to bring any water, and neither had bought a mineral water as well.
Chotambona passed by and we were in ECR territory then, the train halted at Pradhankunta JN. Now I had managed to bite on a particularly hot chilli & was pretty much desperate for water. So as soon as the train halted in PKA, I dashed off to the nearest water tap to cool myself off.
Normally the train halts at PKA for about 3-4mins, but on that day it started after 1 minute only....
An injured leg meant that I could not climb on the moving train, and was forced to watch as the train pulled out the station. While hurling some friendly abuses at me for my idiocy, my friend said that he would take all of my luggage and would be waiting at my home.
I sat on an empty concrete slab, the next train the BWN-HTE passenger would be n 2 hours!
Cursing my stupidity, I took a stroll around the PKA station....Pradhankunta is a relatively isolated place. Pradhankunta is way outside the outskirts of Dhanbad city. Actually the rain line has to take a huge picturisque right curve to go towards Dhanbad. The station building had been build during Colonial times, and PKA though a Grade D station has the amenities available normally in a Grade B station. It is an important junction and, from here the lines diverge to Sindri, Patherdih & Adra. It also has a number of loop lines for accomodating freight train. However in no mood for railfanning, I didn't take any pictures of the beautiful station, now to my regret.
I also apologise for missing out capturing the beautiful Asansol station building...............
It was probably 9:15AM when a triple phaser honk reached my ears. Normally in PKA and other stations of GMO-DHN-ASN section, you get so accustomed to hearing and seeing those 3 phaser WAG-9s in action, that you ignore them after sometime. However this horning was different, it was very quickly turning apparently shriller, due to the Doppler Effect.
Turning to my right I spotted HWH WAP-7 dragging the 12019 HWH-RNC Shatabdi rake behind it. Now DHN was a good 10 Kms away, so the train was easily doing 100++ speeds, maybe 130 when it approached the station platform.
Now maybe because of all the frustration that I had endured so far, or I don't know what, I had turned very brave (read stupid) and went almost to the platform edge with my cellphone in hand......
The WAP-7 warned me with several shrill honks and then blitketerzed beside me.....The entire train passed by me in mere 5-7 seconds, and I was almost blown off by the strong winds accompanying the train. The experience was extremely overwhelming and this photo is the result that I obtained. What however this photo fails to show you fellow IRI members, was me struggling to stay on my feet as a storm blew past me.....
Already overwhelmed by the experience, then I proceeded to get a sound reprimand from the PKA station master and two on-duty RPFs. The station master then took me to his office and gave a massive scolding, the RPFs guys threatened arrest!
Somehow after a long duration of pleading,they let me off, with a warning............
By then the BWN-HTE had also arrived, I boarded the train, and safely reached DHN at 11:00 hours. No railfanning at DHN, I got straight out of DHN JN, took an auto, reached home, where I got another mouthful from my parents. My friend had told them everything....
I thanked my friend, had a meal, and went to sleep soundly.
Fellow IRI members, I apologise for the lack of any further photographs, and I can only share my experience.
Rest assured, I am not going to do something as stupid as this again.........................

2 posts - Thu Oct 08, 2015

1 posts - Fri Oct 09, 2015

Oct 09 2015 (10:14)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1611344-4            Tags   Past Edits
Sir, that is what I commented on your post.
This train always juggles a P4 & P7, for as it's regular link...

Oct 09 2015 (10:15)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1611344-5            Tags   Past Edits
So it would be difficult to classify the P7 as an offlink...
Thanks anyway.

Oct 09 2015 (17:26)
Guest: 7fcd9ed6   show all posts
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Nice write-up, great trip report.

Oct 09 2015 (17:31)
Guest: 7fcd9ed6   show all posts
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Thanks a lot for trip report.

Oct 09 2015 (17:35)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1611344-8            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks mate...
Info Update
Sep 15 2015 (09:19)   53523/Asansol - Barkakana Passenger (UnReserved) | PKA/Pradhankhunta Junction (5 PFs)

Guest: 7a4f258d   show all posts
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Traffic block in Pradhankhunta-Sitarampur section for track maintenance work from 15.09.15 to 16.10.15 (Tue,Fri,Sat).
General Travel
Dec 25 2014 (16:34)   PKA/Pradhankhunta Junction (5 PFs)

Anuj   19 blog posts
Entry# 1319952            Tags   Past Edits
This is a junction to go to Sindri and also to go Asansol/Howrah?
Do the trains coming from Asansol and going to Sindri, take a reversal here or go to Dhanbad and from there they change their route?

Dec 25 2014 (16:46)
यन्त्रविन्यासYantravinyas   19824 blog posts   427 correct pred (89% accurate)
Re# 1319952-1            Tags   Past Edits
There is no train going to Sindri from Asansol....all trains depart from DHanbad.....You can get down at pradhankunata and catch sindri train which comes from loopline via dhokra halt

Dec 25 2014 (17:20)
Anuj   19 blog posts
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oh ok, so u mean the train from Dhanbad goes towards Pradhankhunta and then takes the route towards Sindri.

Dec 28 2014 (04:37)
Aditya*^~   4897 blog posts   2418 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 1319952-3            Tags   Past Edits
yes. even if a train is coming from Asansol, it doesnt needs rake reversal, as there is loop line for diversion towards sindri.
Pradhankhunta has two sets of platform, one lies in grand chord section and other on Dhanbad-Sindri section

Dec 28 2014 (08:53)
★★★★ Niket Karan ★★★★^~   6338 blog posts   12 correct pred (100% accurate)
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There is a loop line for trains coming from asansol side but that is only used by goods trains. If you want to go sindri then better catch sindri passenger from Dhanbad
Aug 06 2014 (05:48)   PKA/Pradhankhunta Junction (5 PFs)

Aditya*^~   4897 blog posts   2418 correct pred (70% accurate)
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click here
semi high speed survey-work started between Pradhankhunta and Manpur Junction of Dhanbad Division.

3 posts - Mon Aug 18, 2014

Aug 18 2014 (17:11)
Aditya*^~   4897 blog posts   2418 correct pred (70% accurate)
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regarding barakar bridge, one new bridge is innaugrated in july. this bridge is capable for 160kmph. the two old bridges has an MPS 80 above.

Aug 18 2014 (17:55)
I am a Visitor Admin Member on IRI*^~   9035 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
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So do you feel that trains from Calcutta to North India can catch up at 160 Kmph MPS after Sitarampur Jn towards DHN-GAYA ? :-)

Aug 18 2014 (19:12)
Aditya*^~   4897 blog posts   2418 correct pred (70% accurate)
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why not, even the korean team which visited Dhanbad Division for semi High speed trains has given encouraging reports

Aug 18 2014 (22:53)
I am a Visitor Admin Member on IRI*^~   9035 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
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Wow... it seems that Howrah WAP-7s or Ghaziabad WAP-5s can do the honors for the 160 Kmph High Speed Runs between Asansol/Dhanbad and Mughalsarai/Kanpur/New Delhi :-D

Aug 21 2014 (11:09)
I am a Visitor Admin Member on IRI*^~   9035 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
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