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by vsunder
20 Jan 2019 20:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
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Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I share the concerns of Rahul M, pvt players will go for the juicy Golden Quadrilateral routes, leaving IR holding the chaff. On a different note, will the trains on DFCC be privately run? I believe you know Hindi. Please look at the youtube video above I have linked on inauguration of the 306km ne...
by vsunder
17 Jan 2019 02:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Stone throwing at trains also happens in the US. The Train 188 Amtrak derailment at the Frankford curve outside Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 is in part due to stone throwing. There were 8 fatalities, 200 injuries, 11 critically. In 1943 a train derailment occurred at almost the same spot with many d...
by vsunder
10 Jan 2019 20:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1825
Views: 223127

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

William S. Raikes Hodson was killed while storming the Shahnajaf in Lucknow during the 1857 mutiny. He is buried on the grounds of the La Martiniere school in Lucknow. His epitaph reads, "Here lies all that can be buried of W. S. R. Hodson". La Martiniere has 4 school houses for intra-scho...
by vsunder
04 Jan 2019 19:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The third railway bridge across River Narmada at Hoshangabad is complete, all spans have been constructed and tracks and OHE equipment laid to the edges of the bridge. Tracks and OHE have to be laid across the bridge. Once commissioned in March 2019, this will allow a third line on the congested tru...
by vsunder
31 Dec 2018 11:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Rapid progress on doubling and simultaneous electrification between Delhi and Ahmedabad as captured in videos between Unjha(near Ahmedabad)-Palanpur-Abu Rd.-Marwar Jn-Beawar(Rajasthan). Note the double stacked container traffic from Mundhra and Kandla ports to North India and the extra high electric...
by vsunder
31 Dec 2018 10:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Important Bridges progress on WDFC, from the detailed alignment maps I have: River Sabarmati, south of Ahmedabad:(zoom out to see some of the nascent earthwork) https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ahmedabad,+Gujarat,+India/@22.865303,72.496648,101m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x395e848aba5bd449:0x4fcedd11...
by vsunder
31 Dec 2018 09:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

306 km WDFC between Rewari (Haryana) and Ajmer/Madar, Rajasthan inaugurated today with a heavy haul (25tonne axle load) freight. Currently IR freights are 22 tonne axle loads. DFC bridges etc are built to 32 tonne axle loads to international standards but in the first phase all freight will run at m...
by vsunder
27 Dec 2018 11:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^ These routes can be brought up to the mark, if Rail Bhavan were willing. But, children of a lesser god, I suppose. I am not sure that train 18 can run at maximum speed on the Varanasi section. The announced route is Varanasi-Prayagraj via Janghai a distance of 120km on mostly single line Class B...
by vsunder
24 Dec 2018 01:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

One can be rest assured that RDSO is well aware of these issues, but political expedience and buffoons like Railway mantris are very much part of the problem. Take a very basic piece of equipment, axle counters. Analog ones were installed on IR in the 1970's and digital ones appeared in the 2000's. ...
by vsunder
23 Dec 2018 20:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Regarding in cab signalling etc. a lot of people on this forum have misconceptions. In cab signalling in rudimentary forms was tried in the 1970's on the Delhi-Mughalsarai route. However there was trackside vandalism of the equipment and in particular the "chumbaks" (magnets for those of y...
by vsunder
18 Dec 2018 03:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

took a train after a while and I must say the condition of the tracks seem to be worsening. this was a del-kol duronto and every 15-20 minutes or so there was a loud clang and a violent jerk that can easily make an adult tumble if he/she is not holding on to something. food variety and quantity see...
by vsunder
01 Jul 2018 07:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

As always, a pleasure to read your posts vsunderji. With the capacity augmentation and removal of bottlenecks we should expect significant savings in terms of travel time. In the video that your posted above it appears that large stretches of Pune-Jodhpur route are yet to be electrified. Are there ...
by vsunder
01 Jul 2018 06:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

OT- but since I mentioned Tenali-Guntur doubling. Guntur has a place in the discovery of the Noble gases, 8th column of your periodic table. In the total solar eclipse of Aug 18, 1868, the French astronomer Pierre Jansen in his observations of the sun's corona/ chromosphere from Guntur, observed a n...
by vsunder
01 Jul 2018 03:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

@Vasu Raya: The Godavari bridge at Mancherial in fact has 22 spans and so 22 piers for the spans to rest on. Each pier consists of two pillars with a pier cap on top of the two pillars. So the count of 44 pillars. You can count the spans on Google Earth. So when the person says there are 44 pillars ...
by vsunder
30 Jun 2018 05:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ Many thanks. DRM Secunderabad tweeted on March 20 with pics of CRS inspection of that bridge. By now it must be commissioned. You can check his TL. Balharshah-Kazipet is very important to third line. There is Singareni colliery traffic and numerous other collieries. One of the oldest super therm...
by vsunder
30 Jun 2018 02:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

New EMU's flagged off today at ICF, Perambur. LP and ALP get to sit on comfortable seats finally and not on bar stools and possibly an air-conditioned cab: https://scontent.fmaa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36337555_10155701504407149_3394593458990612480_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=9ccac5ddbb3a5f1909a223e0bd...
by vsunder
27 Jun 2018 04:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

@Kashi: Your question regarding Line 2, Allahabad-Varanasi and Modi's campaign promise to double it and electrify it. Indeed I find that he has made good on it. Varanasi-Manduadih-Kachwwa Rd. doubling is scheduled to be commissioned by Dec 2018, 27km.(see item 17 below) http://www.indianrailways.go...
by vsunder
22 Jun 2018 23:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Pune-Miraj-Londa doubling Here are some videos that shows progress on Pune-Miraj-Londa doubling. Bridge across River Krishna complete at Ugar Kudachi(commissioned May 8th, 2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyZ8qCca7fs An earlier view of the bridge prior to commissioning: https://www.youtube.com...
by vsunder
20 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Delhi to Mathura 4 lines carries both freight and EMU services between Palwal and Delhi and long distance trains. Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Mughalsarai and the banks of the Ganga is some of the densely populated areas on the planet. It has been hell on wheels acquiring land to build the DFC and the pro...
by vsunder
20 Jun 2018 07:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

There are two major rail over rail flyovers on EDFC between Khurja and Kanpur. First one, at Mendu, Hathras bypass. EDFC passes over three NER tracks: Narrative about this open girder bridge of EDFC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGFp__tDknY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q0-9e_0O9o Second rail f...
by vsunder
20 Jun 2018 07:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Why 4th line ? Ginti theek say kariye There is already a double line Allahabad-Mughalsarai, EDFC additional two more lines. Tentative third line , number of lines between Allahabad and Mughalsarai adds up to 5 . 4 of them are a reality. I have already posted pictures of the bridge on EDFC over Yamun...
by vsunder
17 Jun 2018 09:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Do the trains on Mumbai - Delhi route still get delayed a lot once they get close to Mathura? I remember that it used to be a nightmare. It was quite common to lose 1 to 2 hrs. It is still very congested, but not as much as the last leg from Tilak bridge to NDLS, where trains are routinely held up ...
by vsunder
17 Jun 2018 08:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

wasn't the shorter coastal line via Alappuzha going to be doubled first, since land acquisition was supposedly less of an issue? Do you know what is happening there? Wiki says only a 13km stretch between Kayamkulam and Haripad was doubled (out of a total of 100km). This article says that the Kottay...
by vsunder
16 Jun 2018 23:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

@Kashi: Your question regarding Line 2, Allahabad-Varanasi and Modi's campaign promise to double it and electrify it. Indeed I find that he has made good on it. Varanasi-Manduadih-Kachwwa Rd. doubling is scheduled to be commissioned by Dec 2018, 27km.(see item 17 below) http://www.indianrailways.gov...
by vsunder
12 Jun 2018 22:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Since I mentioned Balharshah-Kazipet ^^^. On a historical note, the line Nagpur--> Balharshah---> Kazipet connected with the Nizam's Guaranteed State railway(NGSR) at Kazipet which then had its lines from Kazipet to Vijayawada, which then connected to the Southern Indian Railway. The NGSR had laid i...
by vsunder
12 Jun 2018 19:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

A Tale of two bridges. Two bridges are being constructed across the Yamuna, 200km apart. Both are railway bridges. The bridges are both synonymous of what ails projects in India and what can be done if projects are implemented with due dilligence and oversight. The first case is the bridge across th...
by vsunder
12 Jun 2018 19:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Third Railway bridge across River Godavari at Mancherial commissioned as part of Balharshah-Kazipet third line (Delhi-Chennai line tripling). The first bridge is a masonry bridge built in 1929. Here is the 1929 bridge when the line was built connecting Delhi to Chennai for the first time. https://ww...
by vsunder
06 Jun 2018 20:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

A nice video by Union Pacific of how they do track renewal. At the end it is said they close a line for 24 hrs over a 9 day period to complete track renewal. The TRT(track renewal train) machine is a Harsco TRT-909 and it is substantially automated with attendant advantages of precise track geometry...
by vsunder
04 Jun 2018 09:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

As usual thanks for the updates vsunder. I wonder if they are doing anything about the Kanpur-Mughalsarai section. It it were an IPO it would be classified as heavily subscribed. As per some (informal and hearsay) estimates it is presently operating at 300%!!!, yes a mind-boggling 300% of its actua...
by vsunder
04 Jun 2018 08:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Thanks for the explanation vsunder. I think I should have made it clearer that I meant quadrupling vs Third line. As you said, the trunk lines are doubled for while, but they are running overcapacity so a third line is being added. My question was why not add a fourth line as well, so that there wi...
by vsunder
04 Jun 2018 06:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

As usual thank you very much vsunder for your summary and updates. I have a naive question here. What are the main reasons for opting for a third line instead of doubling on the key trunk routes? While I understand there are likely to be land acquisition issues, will the trunk lines be enough to mi...
by vsunder
03 Jun 2018 21:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

When the Modi administration came to power, it instituted a number of projects, third line, doubling etc to decongest a system that was badly overloaded and in danger of imminent collapse. The fruits of this are slowly bearing fruit. The important trunk line connecting Delhi with Mumbai(via Bhopal) ...
by vsunder
02 Jun 2018 04:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Norfolk and Southern freight in Chesapeake, Virginia carrying 10 GE diesels on their way to India a few days ago. This is part of the 100 that will be either in kit form or assembled. Must be on their way to Baltimore port for shipment to India. https://youtu.be/BrLhuW8k5TE Archival footage of the a...
by vsunder
29 May 2018 07:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Sharing from IRFCA: Canted turnouts with speed potential of 55 kmph being used for the first time on railways in India on Bhaupur - khurja section of DFC projects. The thick Web switches are used against the conventional thinner switch rails to prolong life. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbhqrqsVMAA9...
by vsunder
29 May 2018 06:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Since I made a comment that tons of projects have been completed that have languished for 10 years, let me at least give one example and you can see the happiness of people in the video. This is the gauge conversion of Sengottai(Tamil Nadu) to Punalur(Kerala) over the western ghats. The line was bui...
by vsunder
29 May 2018 06:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

EDFC progress in Punjab, between Ambala and Rajpura. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOk0r-HgQPA April 2018(Lot of progress as compared to earlier video) Western DFC Ateli-Phulera to be commissioned Aug 15, 2018. 190 rkm(route kilometers) Video of WDFC Bhestan(Surat)-Navsari(Gujarat): March 25, 2018...
by vsunder
29 May 2018 06:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Huge amounts of new track, doubling, third and fourth line to take place by next year. Northern Railway New-Delhi-Tilak Bridge 5th and 6th line Aug 2018, mosque had delayed progress. Tuglakabad-Palwal 4th line, also Palwal-Mathura 4th line. SWR: Tumkur-Gubbi(Bangalore-Hubli) doubling, Arsikere-Karad...
by vsunder
29 May 2018 05:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

OHE equipment installation on EDFC, near Tundla-Shikohabad (Delhi-Kanpur) using cherry pickers etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQSgW7uB9G4&feature=youtu.be Notice the freight that passes the crew with ballast rakes. This is to also tamp down the newly laid DFC line. OHE maintenance as tradi...
by vsunder
07 May 2018 23:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3027
Views: 381561

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The EMUs use multiple pantographs, don’t they? But speeds are also slower, stop and go, stop and go all the way to Trivellore(that is the old name of Tiruvallur). The issue is here running trains at 160kmph with a loco at the front and back. Maybe having two pantographs at high speeds with current ...

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