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Will remain cancelled w.e.f. 25.11.19 in order to undertake the gauge conversion work in Itwari- nagbhir section
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Dec 02 2019 (15:18) Last narrow gauge train of Central India chugs out (
Commentary/Human Interest
SECR/South East Central

News Entry# 395929  Blog Entry# 4503335   
  Past Edits
Dec 02 2019 (15:18)
Station Tag: Nagpur Junction/NGP added by Next train from SWR~/48335

Dec 02 2019 (15:18)
Station Tag: Nagbhir Junction/NAB added by Next train from SWR~/48335

Dec 02 2019 (15:18)
Station Tag: Itwari Junction (Nagpur)/ITR added by Next train from SWR~/48335

Dec 02 2019 (15:18)
Train Tag: Itwari - Nagbhir NG Passenger/58843 added by Next train from SWR~/48335
The last of the narrow-gauge train of Central India has been phased out. The Itwari-Nagbhid train carried out the last run, around a week ago, marking the end of an era. 
The South East Central Railway (SECR) will now convert it to broad gauge. The Itwari-Nagbhid route of 111 km was operational for 111 years. Itwari is around five km away from Nagpur railway station and Nagbhid (or Nagbhir) is in Chandrapur district. The SECR has jurisdiction over parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. 
"The Itwari-Nagbhid narrow gauge line was decommissioned on November 24," an official
of SECR told DH. The last train was flagged off by a helper Virendra Kohle in the presence of SECR's Divisional Railway Manager Shobhana Bandhopadhya and top railway officials.
The narrow gauge (two feet and six-inch wide) came as a necessity in Central India after the Great Famine of 1876-78 following plans by the Bengal Nagpur Railway. Later, it came to be known as Satpura Railway. At one point in time, narrow-gauge tracks over 1,000 km crisscrossed Central India but it has come down to around 111 km (between Itwari and Nagbhid) with the distance being covered in four hours and 40 minutes.
Since 2015, the Indian Railways has taken up broad gauge conversion in a big way. The narrow gauge has been the lifeline in the erstwhile Central Province and Berar and passed through the tribal areas. Journey on this was a matter of excitement as it passed through mountainous ranges, plains and over rivers and streams.
The Nagpur-Chhindawara, Chhindawara-Nainpur, Nainpur-Mandla Fort and Balaghat-Nainpur-Jabalpur narrow-gauge section ceased with effect from October 1, 2015, while Chhindawara-Nainpur, Nagpur-Chhindawara, and Nainpur-Mandla Fort narrow gauge section from November 1, 2015. As a result, 54 trains that used to operate on narrow gauges were grounded. The gauge conversion in these sections is either complete or underway.
"The narrow gauge was started with multiple objectives in Central India. To tackle the famine, supply foodgrain, carry food produce, carry forest produce and provide employment," an official said. The lines came up in the early years of the 20th century.
The first portion of the Gondia–Nainpur line was opened on April 13, 1903. Nainpur and Chhindwara were connected in 1904 and Jabalpur in 1905. The Chhindwara–Pench Coalfield line came up in 1906–07 and the Nainpur-Mandla Fort line in 1909.
Nov 12 2019 (14:40) Nagpur-Nagbhid rail route to be closed from Nov 25 (
IR Affairs
SECR/South East Central

News Entry# 394769  Blog Entry# 4486216   
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Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Station Tag: Nagpur Junction/NGP added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Station Tag: Itwari Junction (Nagpur)/ITR added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Station Tag: Itwari NG/ITRN added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Station Tag: Nagbhir NG/NABN added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Station Tag: Nagbhir Junction/NAB added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Nagbhir - Itwari NG Passenger/58848 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Itwari - Nagbhir NG Passenger/58847 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Nagbhir - Itwari NG Passenger/58846 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Itwari - Nagbhir NG Passenger/58845 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Nagbhir - Itwari NG Passenger/58844 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Nov 12 2019 (14:40)
Train Tag: Itwari - Nagbhir NG Passenger/58843 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
Nagpur: With the South East Central Railway (SECR) closing the 116km Nagpur-Nagbhid narrow gauge route, decks have been cleared for its conversion into broad gauge. The project was announced in 2013-14.“The much-awaited work on gauge conversion will start in December,” said Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, managing director of Maharashtra Railway Infrastructure Development Corporation (MRIDC), the executing agency.Of the over 650km narrow gauge network under the Nagpur division of SECR, the 116km Nagpur-Nagbhid was the only last stretch remaining to be upgraded.SECR officials said with MRIDC launching work in December, the entire section will be closed for traffic from November 25. Currently, a pair of four narrow gauge trains operate in this sector with packed capacity. Jaiswal said the broad gauge work is targeted to be completed in 21 months when it will be thrown open for traffic with better facilities.The Rs 1,400 crore Nagpur-Nagbhid broad gauge project is a joint venture between...
Indian Railways and Maharashtra government in which the railways and state will share Rs 280 crore each while Rs 840 crore is a loan. When the project was announced, its cost was Rs 400 crore.Jaiswal said, “All the clearances have been taken and designs are ready. We also plan to connect the line to coal mines in Umred. The line will be an alternative to passenger trains as well as direct link to north and southbound freight trains.”The broad gauge project is basically to ease transportation of coal to power plants in the region. After completion, it is expected to save Rs 152 crore of Mahagenco annually due to reduction in transport distance of coal to the company’s power plants in Koradi and Khaparkheda from mines in Chandrapur district.“Now, we will have to pay through the nose to private bus operators. MSRTC fares too have increased,” said Haribhau Bagde, a resident of Bhiwapur.

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Nov 12 2019 (17:27)
SayNo2NRCinINDIA   712 blog posts
Re# 4486216-1            Tags   Past Edits
So NGP-NAB-G BG will come in to operational effect from 2021-22 I hope.
It will ease load on NGP-G Main line also
Aug 18 2019 (10:56) Last narrow gauge line in Central India to chug into history (
IR Affairs

News Entry# 388938  Blog Entry# 4404208   
  Past Edits
Aug 18 2019 (10:56)
Station Tag: Nagbhir NG/NABN added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Aug 18 2019 (10:56)
Station Tag: Itwari NG/ITRN added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948

Aug 18 2019 (10:56)
Train Tag: Itwari - Nagbhir NG Passenger/58843 added by 12649⭐️ KSK ⭐️12650^~/1203948
The old world magic and excitement of travelling leisurely by trains on narrow gauge railway lines, is fast becoming a thing of the past world over, including India. Now, the last surviving narrow gauge line, running 106 km between Itwari-Nagbhid near Nagpur on the South East Central Railway (SECR), will also become a part of world rail history, within a year or so. Probably, Bollywood contributed a lot to popularise the romance of the narrow gauge trains, featuring them in several memorable film songs. Some of the classic numbers people still remember are: "Jiya O, Jiya Kucch Bol Do" ("Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai", 1961, Shimla-Kalka Railway), "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani" ("Aradhana", 1969, Darjeeling Mountain Railway), "Gadi Bula Rahi Hai" ("Dost", 1974), "Chhaiyya, Chhaiyya" ("Dil Se", 1998, Nilgiri Mountain Railways), among many others. Nagpur to Nagbhid, which was the original route of the narrow gauge railway line, essentially served as...
the lifeline of the people in the erstwhile Central Province of British India. The line itself was born out of an emergency during the Great Indian Famine of 1876-1878, when the Bengal-Nagpur Railway announced its construction, later known as Satpura Railway network, to save the lives of people dying of hunger in the remote and inaccessible parts of central India. The 4 hour 45 minute long Itwari-Nagbhid train journey remains thrilling as the trains chug through dense forests, tribal hamlets, mountains with an occasional tunnel, plains and river bridges; in the olden days hauled by steam engines, and later by diesel engines, connecting Nagpur and Chandrapur districts in eastern Maharashtra. Now, this last remaining section (Itwari-Nagbhid narrow line gauge of 2.5 feet or 76.2 cms) is currently being converted to broad gauge jointly by the Indian Railways and the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MRIDC), Mumbai. "This project will cost around Rs 1,400 crore with the Indian Railways and MRIDC - the executing authority - sharing the amount equally (50 per cent each)," a SECR spokesperson told . Presently, there are 15 major stations en route including Itwari, Bhandwadi, Umred, Bhiwapur, Kanatempa, Bamhani, Mangli, and Kuhi. Local villagers and farmers commuting for employment or trade to Nagpur had to take the road route which was more expensive and time-consuming in the absence of poor rail connectivity. The conversion proposal was first announced in 2014 at a cost of Rs 350 crore, which has now increased to Rs 1,400 crore owing to various delays and the Centre''s decision to combine it with the electrification project of this route. Other erstwhile narrow gauge lines in the region included Nagpur-Chhindwara, Chhindwara-Nainpur, Nainpur-Mandla Fort and Balaghat-Nainpur-Jabalpur sections which ended between October-November 2015. A total of 53 trains were operated on the narrow gauge lines which have now been either converted or nearing completion of conversion into broad gauge with high-speed express trains ferrying thousands of passengers daily. A majority of the narrow gauge lines in Central India are very old and were constructed in the 19th-20th century, mainly to tackle the famine by supplying foodgrains, carry farm and forest produce and provide employment to locals, said a MRIDC official. At that time, over 1,000 kms of the narrow gauge lines criss-crossed the country''s landscape, but that has now come down to just the final 106 km, the official said. Later, they contributed to the national economy by way of carrying products from the different mines located in the region to far away manufacturing or marketing centres. According to the Indian Railways, in 2017, a little over 2,000 km of narrow gauge railway lines were still operational in the country, providing rail connectivity to some of the remotest regions, but accounting for barely 2 percent of the railway network. These include four world famous heritage operational lines which are also known as hill/mountain railways, located in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Haryana-Himachal Pradesh. The Matheran Hill Railway runs between Neral-Matheran (in Raigad, adjacent to Mumbai, Asia''s only "automobile-free" hill station), the Nilgiri Mountain Railway links Coonnoor and Ooty, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, and the Kalka-Shimla Railway joins the two towns in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. While Matheran Hill Railway figures on the UNESCO''s tentative world heritage list, the other three have been designated as "UNESCO World Heritage Sites" over the past few years.
Feb 21 2016 (23:09) Narrow gauge trains to run from Itwari now (
New Facilities/Technology
SECR/South East Central

News Entry# 258177   
  Past Edits
Feb 21 2016 (11:09PM)
Station Tag: Nagpur Junction/NGP added by BSP RAJ finally wid LHB/1327025

Feb 21 2016 (11:09PM)
Train Tag: Nagpur Nagbhir NG Passenger/58843 added by BSP RAJ finally wid LHB/1327025
Ngpur: With operations of narrow gauge trains reduced to just a single route to Nagbhid, the South East Central Railway (SECR) has decided to operate trains from Itwari railway station from March 1.
Much of the narrow gauge network of the region has been shut for converting to broad gauge from December. The lone service between Nagpur and Nagbhid was now in operation. Rakes withdrawn between Chhindwara, Nainpur, Howbagh and Mandla Fort will now be used for Nagbhid service. SECR's senior divisional commercial manager (SrDCM) Tanmay Mukhopadhyay said, "Till now three pairs of trains used to run on Nagpur-Naghbhid route. Now one more pair has been added looking into at the rush of passengers."
trains to Nagbhid from Itwari will depart at 6.10 am, 10.40 am, 2 pm, and 6.10 pm and from Nagbhid at 10.30 am, 1.15 pm, 5 pm and 9 pm.
Mukhopadhyay added that after the closure of Chhindwara and Nainpur route, sale of tickets had come down to just 66 per day. Hence, it was decided to operate the trains from Itwari.
Central Railway sources said the move follows a request from DRM OP Singh to SECR to vacate the NG platform so that remodelling of Platform 1 could be taken up. It involves straightening the platform and upgrade to VIP siding. Plans are also afoot to have an IRCTC run executive lounge in the space vacated. SECR decision has paved way for development of Nagpur railway station.
Meanwhile, in a major boost, SECR has decided to set up 12 lifts and 10 escalators at various stations in its zone. Of the 10 new escalators, two each will be installed at Gondia, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur and Raipur. These will also have lifts.
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