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by vsunder
20 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
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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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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: 3543
Views: 556838

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 ...
by vsunder
07 May 2018 22:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^ It would have been Madras Railway and SIR (SIR for the line to Conjeevaram and Chinglepat - old spellings :)). IIRC, MSMR came into being much later when SMR (which served interior KA mostly) was merged with the Madras railway to become the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway (MSMR). Yes indeed...
by vsunder
06 May 2018 22:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

yesterday one of our blr BRF members in chennai Shatabdi was held up @ sholingur just west of arakonnam by the fag end of a 20 day maintenance window that somehow went haywire and led to standstill from 10am to around 4pm when people lost patience, rented shared taxis and drove the remaining 100km ...
by vsunder
20 Apr 2018 19:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5240
Views: 459725

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Some years ago I recall a news article about a yogi buried in padmasana pose from Balathal 2700 BC a Harappan site. https://www.indiadivine.org/2700-year-old-yogi-samadhi-found-indus-valley-civilization-archaeological-site/ The custom of burying enlightened individuals in padmasana pose is very, ver...
by vsunder
18 Apr 2018 02:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
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Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

More number of sorties could be also a leaf out of the book on Russian air performance at Syrian theatre! A story comes to mind. In 1971, the US and Pakis were quite astounded with the precision of night bombings by IAF. They concluded that the IAF was in possession of MOSS https://en.wikipedia.org...
by vsunder
17 Apr 2018 08:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
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Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^
I located Philip Rajkumar's memories of Training at Nellis. Could not find Peter Brown's article. Jagan will have it.

https://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/hist ... mar01.html

Rajkumar says that crew trained at both San Antonio and Nellis/Las Vegas.
by vsunder
16 Apr 2018 19:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Here the batches who trained at Nellis Batch 1: Vinod Kumar "Jimmy" Bhatia, Darshan Singh Brar, Boman Irani, Dinky Jatar, AK Kaushal, A Kale, "Naughty" Nautiyal, SS "Dangerman" Dange, Peter M Brown(who wrote the now vanished BR article with pics), "Chimp" Potn...
by vsunder
16 Apr 2018 19:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Operation Shiksha was held in November 1963. It had two components that were disjoint. First was a joint exercise with USAF with Western Command based at Palam airport. A second exercise with the RAF to the East over the Bay of Bengal. The USAF brought in F100 Super Sabres and C130E's. RAF brought i...
by vsunder
16 Apr 2018 09:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

ACM Dhanoa has been clear. This is to proof the 2 front war. Yes 3 sorties per day per plane. 1100 aircraft of all types and all bases. Shiv Do you recall reading about the combine RAF, USAF, & IAF exercise in mid 1960s.? Yes Ramana I recall it very well. In fact there was a write up about it o...
by vsunder
16 Apr 2018 06:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Gagan Shakti should be compared with the first Gulf war air campaign. Coalition forces flew 100,000 sorties over 36 days mid Jan 1991 to late Feb 1991. That is about 2800 sorties every day. Though as Shiv points out the opening phases of any campaign are the most intense. The point is not just the n...
by vsunder
16 Apr 2018 02:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3754
Views: 824176

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Here is a comparison. In the 1971 war: IAF flew 7346 sorties over 14 days around 500 sorties a day. Day 1 Counter Air: 164(WAC) 112 (EAC) , Offensive support 23(WAC), 57 (EAC), Air Defence 36(WAC) , 111(EAC) Total 502 sorties Day 2: Counter Air 54(WAC), 52 (EAC), Offensive support 81 (WAC), 111(EAC)...
by vsunder
14 Apr 2018 21:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Three of these 09-3X Dynamic Express track tamping machines by Plasser and Theurer were inducted into IR today. Eventually 42 will be inducted under Make in India. These machines not only tamp ballast, but also corrects track geometry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiGW8yujsqU Each machine costs ...
by vsunder
13 Apr 2018 09:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Was looking at a pdf booklet got in email of south west railway progress in KA as on feb. For a state the size of KA, the only double line electrified lines I found were between blr to mysore and blr to bangarpet to the east. The mysore line was only recently completed thanks to present NDA. A sing...
by vsunder
08 Apr 2018 19:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5240
Views: 459725

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^The whole thing was in Kannada. Not much new for us.. That is easy like you can convert from Avestani to Sanskrit by removing "h" and replacing with "s", Kannada can be converted to English by removing the "u" in Kannada at the end beeru remove u becomes beer railu r...
by vsunder
07 Apr 2018 04:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Three of these 09-3X Dynamic Express track tamping machines by Plasser and Theurer were inducted into IR today. Eventually 42 will be inducted under Make in India. These machines not only tamp ballast, but also corrects track geometry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiGW8yujsqU Each machine costs 2...
by vsunder
05 Apr 2018 23:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5240
Views: 459725

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

There is a book that compares the Avestan language esp. its grammar with Sanskrit. It is by William Jackson, Columbia Univ. Press, 1891. There are just overwhelmingly many words that are the same as Sanskrit and modern Indian languages. Jackson has reproduced much of the text of the Zend Avesta, unf...
by vsunder
04 Apr 2018 01:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics related seminars
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Geopolitics related seminars

AJC Philadelphia/ Southern New Jersey (American Jewish Council) Ambassador Speaker Series Featuring Ambassador Neelam Deo, director GATEWAY HOUSE: Indian Council on Global Relations Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:00 p.m. The Pyramid Club 1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 Neelam Deo...
by vsunder
28 Mar 2018 06:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

GFEafJ6ILmo You can see the existing single line and electrified IR track(Rewari-Phulera is single line IR) on the left of the loco. That means the loco was traveling from Phulera back to Ateli/Rewari. This section is to be commissioned by June 2018. That means that the 5 DFC stations New XXX betwe...
by vsunder
19 Mar 2018 19:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

are the DFC going to be used 100% by freight trains or taking advantage of its higher std some long distance express trains will also be allowed? do they pass through the major stations on the mumbai-del-howrah route or they skirt past cities and keep moving? DFC's are for freight only. They have f...
by vsunder
18 Mar 2018 21:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3543
Views: 556838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Solapur edition of Divya Marathi reports that Vakav-Kurduwadi will undergo inspection by CRS tomorrow prior to commissioning of double line on this important route (Chennai-Mumbai). The doubling construction on this section Kurduwadi-Vakav as seen in August last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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