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WGI/Waghai (1 PFs)
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Track: Narrow Gauge

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Station Road,Waghai
State: Gujarat

Elevation: 145 m above sea level
Zone: WR/Western   Division: Mumbai

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Sep 02 (19:30) Bilimora-Waghai Narrow Gauge Railway Services Resume 4th September, Will Sport New AC Tourist Coach (www.railpost.in)
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News Entry# 463732  Blog Entry# 5057228   
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Sep 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Bjp Majn Exp and Bidr Vsg Exp/48335

Sep 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Bjp Majn Exp and Bidr Vsg Exp/48335
Tourists can now experience the pleasures of Narrow Gauge railway travel in airconditioned comfort. Western Railway is set to resume Bilimora-Waghai Narrow Gauge train services from 4th September 2021, announced Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh.
The train will feature an air-conditioned tourist coach in addition to the standard unreserved second class coaches. The coach can carry 15 passengers. Seats will be open for reservation on IRCTC and nominated PRS counters from 3rd September 2021, according to Western Railway CPRO Sumit Thakur.
The 108-year-old Bilimora-Waghai Narrow Gauge route was declared shut for
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traffic last year. However, in a change of heart, Indian Railways has chosen to declare it as a heritage section and revive the line.
Part of the Gaekwad’s Baroda State Railway (GBSR). the line became part of Western Railway after GBSR and other railways were merged with WR. The line passes through forest areas and provides connectivity to Saputara Hill range, a popular tourist destination. It has cultural as well as economical significance for the tribal community residing nearby.
Special Features of the AC Tourist Coach on the Bilimora-Waghai Narrow Gauge AC Tourist Coach
Bilimora-Waghai Narrow Gauge Service Schedule
The train will halt at Gandevi, Chikhli Road, Rankuva, Dholikuva, Anaval, Unai and Vansada Road, Kevdi Road, Kala-Amba and Dungarda stations in both directions.
Train No. 09501 Bilimora – Waghai Special train will depart from Bilimora at 10.20 hrs daily and will reach Waghai at 13.20hrs, the same day. Similarly, Train No. 09502 Waghai– Bilimora Special train will depart from Waghai at 14.30 hrs on all days and will reach Bilimora at 17.35 hrs, on the same day. Both these trains will run regularly from Saturday, 4th September 2021, till further orders.
Jun 02 (19:30) નવું આકર્ષણ:બીલીમોરા-વધઈના નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર દોડતી 'બાપુ કી ટ્રેન' સાથે હવે એસી કોચ પણ દોડશે, રેલવે વિભાગનું સફળ ટ્રાયલ (www.divyabhaskar.co.in)
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News Entry# 454332  Blog Entry# 4975619   
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Jun 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by महाँकाल एक्सप्रेस/1084688

Jun 02 2021 (19:30)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by महाँकाल एक्सप्रेस/1084688
Stations:  Bilimora Junction/BIM   Waghai/WGI  
નવસારી અને ડાંગ જિલ્લા વચ્ચે 110 વર્ષથી દોડતી બીલીમોરા-વધઈ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેનને લઈ પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા મહત્વનો નિર્ણય કરવામા આવ્યો છે. કુદરતી સોંદર્યની વચ્ચેથી પસાર થતી આ ટ્રેનના માધ્યમથી પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવા રેલવે વિભાગે નિર્ણય કર્યો છે. ત્યારે આજે આ રૂટ પર દોડતી ટ્રેનમાં રેલવે વિભાગ દ્વારા એસી કોચનું ટ્રાયલ રન કરવામા આવ્યું હતું.જે સફળતાપૂર્વક પાર પડતા આગામી દિવસોમાં રેલવે વિભાગે કુલ 3 એસી કોચ દોડાવવાનું આયોજન હોવાનું જાણવા મળ્યું છે.
બીલીમોરા-વધઈ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન એક સમયે બંધ કરવાનો નિર્ણય કરાયો હતોકોરોના કાળ દરમિયાન નેરોગેજ આર્થિક રીતે નુકસાની કરતી હોવાના કારણ સાથે પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા રાજ્યમાં 11 સ્થળોએ દોડતી નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન બંધ કરવામાં આવી હતી. પરંતુ નવસારીના બીલીમોરાથી જતી બીલીમોરા - વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન 110 વર્ષ જૂની તેમજ ટ્રાયબલ વિસ્તાર સાથે જોડાયેલ ઐતિહાસિક ટ્રેન હોય
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જેને લઇ બંધ કરવાનો નિર્ણય મોફુક રખાયો હતો. પરંતુ હવે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેએ ઐતિહાસિક નિર્ણય કરી ખાસ પર્યટકો માટે એસી કોચ નું ટ્રાયલ રન આજે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેના અધિકારીઓ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું. જે સફળતા પૂર્વક પાર થતા જ વધુ 3 એસી કોચ સાથે પર્યટકો માટે દોડાવવામાં આવશે. જેની સત્તાવાર જાહેરાત ટૂંક સમયમાં પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા કરવામાં આવશે.
ગાયકવાડી શાસનથી દોડી રહી છે ટ્રેનગાયકવાડી રાજમાં ડાંગના જંગલોમાંથી સાગી લાકડા લાવવા, અંગ્રેજોએ શરૂ કરેલી બીલીમોરા-વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન આર્થિક નુકસાની કરતી હોવાના કારણે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેએ અગાઉ ગત 10 ડિસેમ્બરના રોજ બંધ કરી હતી પરંતુ. બીલીમોરા-વઘઇ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેન આદિવાસીઓ માટે જીવાદોરી સમાન હતી. આ સાથે આ ટ્રેન ઐતિહાસિક ધરોહર હોવાથી પ્રવાસીઓને પણ આકર્ષિત કરી રહી હતી. આદિવાસીઓ પોતાની ખેત પેદાશો શહેરો સુધી પહોંચાડવાથી લઇને ધંધા-રોજગાર અને નોકરીએ જવા માટે પણ નેરોગેજ ટ્રેનનો ઉપયોગ કરતા હતા જેથી પશ્ચિમ રેલવે દ્વારા ફરી આ ટ્રેન પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવા માટે આવી રહી છે.
આર્થિક ખોટનું કારણ આગળ ધરીને આ ટ્રેન ડિસેમ્બરમાં બંધ કરવામાં આવી હતી પણ સ્થાનિક આદિવાસી લોકોની માંગ સાથે ધારાસભ્ય અનંત પટેલએ ધરણાં પ્રદર્શન કરતા ટ્રેન ફરીવાર શરૂ કરવાનો નિર્ણય કરાયો હતો,ત્યારે રેલવે વિભાગ ન માત્ર ટ્રેન શરૂ કરી છે પણ તેને નવો લુક આપી એસી કોચ જોડીને આરામદાયક અને વાતાનુકુલીત વાતાવરણમાં જંગલ વિસ્તાર માંથી પસાર થતી ટ્રેન અલગ અનુભૂતિ આપશે,આ ટ્રેન ઉનાઈ માતા મંદિરમાં દર્શન કરતા દર્શનાર્થીઓ માટે પણ આશીર્વાદરૂપ સાબિત થશે.
પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવાનો પ્રયાસબીલીમોરા-વધઈ રૂટ પર બંને બાજુ રહેલા કુદરતી સોંદર્યને નિહાળવાનું અનેરું આકર્ષણ છે. ત્યારે પ્રવાસનની દ્રષ્ટિએ જ રેલવે વિભાગે નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર ખાસ એસી કોચ તૈયાર કરી પ્રવાસીઓને આકર્ષવાનો પ્રયાસ કર્યો છે. રેલવે વિભાગ દ્વારા નેરોગેજ રૂટ પર દોડી શકે તેવો ખાસ એસી કોચ તૈયાર કર્યો છે. જેમાં ટુ બાય વન સીટીંગની વ્યવસ્થા કરવામા આવી છે. કોચમાં મોટા ગ્લાસ ફીટ કરવામા આવ્યા છે. જેથી પ્રવાસીઓ અંદર બેસીને જ આસપાસનું કુદરતી સોંદર્ય માણી શકે.
Jan 30 (11:09) Gujarat: Vaghai-Billimora heritage train to chug on as Western Railway revokes decision to scrap its services (indianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 435817  Blog Entry# 4861207   
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Jan 30 2021 (11:10)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739

Jan 30 2021 (11:10)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739
Stations:  Bilimora Junction/BIM   Waghai/WGI  
Going back on its decision, the Western Railway has decided to not stop the services of three trains, including the 107-year-old narrow gauge heritage train between Vaghai and Billimora, in Gujarat permanently.
Other two narrow gauge trains run between Miyagam, Choranda and Malsar, and Choranda junction and Moti Karal.
On December 10, 2020, Mudit Chandra, Executive Director (Freight Marketting) of the Ministry of Railways, issued a letter to the Western Railway General Manager, ordering permanent closure of 11 “uneconomic branch lines” and narrow gauge sections of the Western Railway, including three from Gujarat.
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On Friday, Chandra issued another letter to the same official, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, stating, “Notification for permanent closure of uneconomic branch lines and narrow gauge sections had been issued from Board, vide letter under reference (i). However, in view letter under reference (iii) of Heritage Directorate of Railway Board, and subsequent correspondence from Western Railway, the matter has been reviewed in consultations of Finance Directorate of Railway board. Consequently it has been decided to keep three heritage lines viz., Miyagam-Choranda-Malsar, Choranda Junction-Moti Karal and Billimora Junction-Vaghai… the notification issued vide letter, will not be applicable on the above mentioned three heritage lines. This issue is in consultation with the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.”
Anu Tyagi, Railway Area Manager of Valsad railway station, said, “We have received the letter from our head office… Now the narrow gauge heritage train connecting Billimora to Vaghai will not be stopped. Once the Covid situation turns normal and after we get instructions from our head office, we will resume the heritage train service.”
The Vaghai-Billimora train, which started in 1913, was a vestige of Gaekwad dynasty who ruled the princely state of Baroda. Tribal people from interior Dangs commute by this train regularly. The train covers a distance of 63 kilometres.
Local people as well as both Congress and BJP leaders had made representations to the Western Railway authorities urging them not to permanently close the heritage train service.
Social worker Bipin Rajput said, “We are happy about the decision. The victory is of the people of Dangs. We are thankful to the Ministry of Railways, who took the train’s heritage value into consideration.”

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Very good decision
Dec 16 2020 (22:48) Explained: Why Gujarat is seeing protests to save a 107-year-old railway line (indianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 428792  Blog Entry# 4814741   
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Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404

Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404

Dec 16 2020 (22:48)
Station Tag: Navsari/NVS added by Kumaon Tiger/1427404
The narrow gauge train connecting Billimora in Navsari district with Waghai in Dang district was started by rulers of the Gaekwad dynasty of the princely state of Baroda in 1913.
The Western Railways has decided to scrap 11 narrow gauge routes and branch lines in Gujarat, calling them unviable. One of these is the 107-year-old Billimora-Waghai line, once run by the Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR), against the closure of which political leaders have started a campaign pitching.
History of the Billimora-Waghai train
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narrow gauge train connecting Billimora in Navsari district with Waghai in Dang district was started by rulers of the Gaekwad dynasty of the princely state of Baroda in 1913. This was much before the Western Railway came into existence in 1951 with the merger of the Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway, the Saurashtra, Rajputana and Jaipur state Railways. At the instance of Gaekwad rulers, the British laid railway tracks and it was operated by Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR) owned by Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The Gaekwad jurisdiction was spread across parts of Saurashtra, Mehsana in north Gujarat, and Billimora in South Gujarat.
The 63-km Billimora-Waghai and the 19-km Choranda-Moti Karal routes are among those five routes the Indian Railways had proposed to be preserved as “industrial heritage” in 2018. Sources said the Billimora-Waghai train that runs among Gujarat’s most forested routes, was used for the purpose of transportation of sag timber from deep forest areas. For about 24 years the train was run by a steam engine, which was replaced by diesel engine in 1937. After Independence the Western Railway took charge of the train from GBSR. In 1994, the original steam engine was put on the display at Churchgate Heritage Gallery in Mumbai.
Before the pandemic lockdown, the five-coach train made two trips from Billimora to Waghai, covering nine railway stations — Gandevi, Chikhli, Rankuwa, Dholikuwa, Anaval, Unai, Kevdi road, Kala Amba, and Dungarda. The railway tickets were available at Unai, Billimora and Waghai Railway stations and the entire journey costs Rs 15 one way .
What was the railway order
On December 10, Mudit Chandra, executive director (Freight marketing) of the Ministry of Railwaysissued a letter to the General Manager of Western Railways, ordering permanent closure of 11 “uneconomic branch lines and narrow gauge sections” of the Western Railways which had given the proposal of its closure. The lines to be closed are Nadiad-Bhadran, Ankleshwar-Rajpipla, Boriyavi-Vadtal-Swaminarayan, Kosamba-Umarpada, Samlaya Junction-Timba road, Jhagadiya Junction-Netrang, Chhuchhapura-Tankhala, Chhota Udepur-Jambusar, Billimora-Waghai, Choranda-Moti Karal and Chandod-Malsar.
How does it affect the tribals
The train was majorly used by the tribals staying in the interior villages in Dangs district in South Gujarat, which has no road connectivity to reach towns like Gandevi and Billimora for work to sell their agriculture produce. The craftsmen of Dangs district also used this train to sell their products to the shop keepers in these town. So do the students from interior villages to go to colleges in the towns.
Who want to save the train and why
Soon after the announcement to scrap the services, newly BJP elected MLA from Dangs, Vijay Patel, Congress MLA of Vansda in Navsari district Anant Patel and Bipin Rawat, a social worker of Waghai, started a movement to restart the services for tribals. Patel made a written representation to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal where he has said that it was the lifeline for the tribals and should ideally be upgraded and used for tourism. MLA Anant Patel started a relay of protest at each of the railway stations on the route.
Rawat claims there is no health services in the interior villages in Dangs and during medical emergency the patients use this train to reach the towns for medical treatment in government and private hospitals. Even the tribal people, who wanted to go to Surat and Mumbai, use this train to reach Billimora station for further rail connectivity via broad gauge.
Dec 16 2020 (10:31) बिलीमोरा-वघई नैरोगेज को लेकर कांग्रेस और भाजपा आमने-सामने (www.patrika.com)
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News Entry# 428698  Blog Entry# 4814098   
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Dec 16 2020 (10:31)
Station Tag: Waghai/WGI added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739

Dec 16 2020 (10:31)
Station Tag: Bilimora Junction/BIM added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739
Stations:  Bilimora Junction/BIM   Waghai/WGI  
वांसदा/खेरगाम. रेलवे बोर्ड द्वारा अंग्रेजी शासनकाल के समय में बड़ौदा के महाराज सयाजीराव गायकवाड़ द्वारा शुरू की गई बिलीमोरा-वघई नैरोगेज ट्रेन को बंद करने के खिलाफ लोगों ने आक्रोश व्यक्त किया है। मंगलवार को वांसदा चिखली से कांग्रेस विधायक अनंत पटेल की अगुवाई में रेलवे संघर्ष समिति के बैनर तले उनाई रेलवे स्टेशन पर सांकेतिक धरना प्रदर्शन भी किया गया। इसमें स्थानीय लोगों के साथ व्यापारी और आदिवासी समाज के लोग तथा कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता शामिल हुए।ट्रेन को इस क्षेत्र के लोगों के लिए बहुत उपयोगी बताते हुए चालू न करने पर आगामी दिनों में उग्र आंदोलन की चेतावनी दी। इस धरने में आसपास के गांव के लोग भी पहुंचे थे। कोविड की गाइड लाइन का पालन करते हुए लोगों ने ट्रेन को बंद करने का विरोध किया। इस दौरान पुलिस का बंदोबस्त था। लोगों ने ट्रेन चालू करो, जब तक ट्रेन नहीं तब तक चैन नहीं, ट्रेन डांग में व्यापार की...
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पूंजी है, जैसे नारे लिखी तख्तीयां थाम रखी थी। इस दौरान लोगों ने आदिवासी समाज के साथ अन्याय बंद करने का नारा भी लगाया। वांसदा विधायक अनंत पटेल ने कहा कि पूरे गुजरात में 11 नैरोगेज ट्रेन आदिवासियों के उत्थान के लिए शुरू की गई थी, लेकिन आदिवासी विरोधी सरकार ने उनके साथ अन्याय किया है और बिलीमोरा से वघई तक जाने वाली एक मात्र ट्रेन को भी बंद करने की घोषणा कर दी। ट्रेन को चालू न करने पर आगामी दिनों में अलग-अलग जगहों पर आंदोलन की घोषणा की गई।दूसरी तरफ इस मामले को लेकर भाजपा और कांग्रेस आमने-सामने आ गए हैं। भाजपा सांसद केसी पटेल ने कांग्रेस पर आदिवासी समाज को गुमराह करने का आरोप लगाया है। वलसाड डांग सांसद डॉ. केसी पटेल ने कहा कि कोरोना को लेकर ट्रेन बंद है। उन्होंने कहा है कि रेलवे बोर्ड व मंत्रालय से बात करने पर बताया गया कि यह ट्रेन जल्दी शुरू होगी। इस ट्रेन को हेरीटेज ट्रैक में शामिल किया गया है इसलिए इसे बंद नहीं किया जाएगा। कांग्रेस पर आरोप लगाते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि कांग्रेस मुद्दाविहीन है और सिर्फ राजनीति के लिए लोगों को गुमराह कर रही है। उन्होंने कहा कि 18 दिसंबर को रेलवे की टीम आकर सर्वे भी करेगी।
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