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Postby Masaru » 31 Dec 2009 01:13

Japanese PM pitches for bullet trains
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Official sources said the proposal was under discussion and the Railway Ministry was exploring the possibilities of introducing superfast trains on certain routes like Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Delhi-Chandigarh sectors.

India and Japan also decided to work out all logistical and funding issues related to the western Dedicated Rail Freight Corridor with an aim of implementing its first phase next year.

The main loan amount for the 900-km-long first phase of the project from Rewari in Haryana and Vadodara in Gujarat is Rs 17,700 crore, mainly from Japan. “Both sides will strive for early finalisation of a funding and implementation schedule for the whole western corridor (that covers a distance of 1,483 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Terminal in Mumbai to Tughlakabad in Delhi via Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.)

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Postby Singha » 31 Dec 2009 09:19

yesterday the GOI cleared the 1st set of Japanese FDI proposals perhaps related to this western corridor...around 550cr investment by Mitsui in setting up warehousing and storage facilities.

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Postby A Nandy » 02 Jan 2010 19:30

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Thick-fog-causes-three-train-accidents-in-Uttar-Pradesh-10-killed-39-injured/articleshow/5404385.cms

There has been a collision of 3 trains in UP !!.....hasnt the ACD been installed on all locos yet. If the signals are not visible in thick fog isnt there a way to make the next signal visible right inside the loco.

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Postby Rahul M » 02 Jan 2010 19:45

how many will that be in mamata's tenure ? sad state of affairs.

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Postby RayC » 02 Jan 2010 20:53

Nothing sad really!

Be an engine drive and you will realise.

I was no engine driver, but I stood with them in special trains and it is no easy task!

I am not too happy, but then what is important is being FAIR and those have no clue of the working environment and acting a know all should not pass judgements

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Postby Ananya » 02 Jan 2010 21:41

The sad part is mamta is in calcutta visting hospitals and Kolkata. Do these people not get fired. there have been more train accidents in her tenure :cry:

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Postby Rahul M » 02 Jan 2010 23:39

Ananya wrote:The sad part is mamta is in calcutta visting hospitals and Kolkata. Do these people not get fired. there have been more train accidents in her tenure :cry:

these particular accidents probably are a quirk of statistics rather than something she has done or not done in this tenure.

what's more galling is that she allocated no funds under signaling in this rail budget. and why haven't been the ACDs been installed after all these years ? if these politicians were a little interested in the railways rather than use it solely as a free candy shop to get votes, these lives won't have been lost. :x

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Postby Sachin » 03 Jan 2010 13:51

A Nandy wrote:There has been a collision of 3 trains in UP !!.....hasnt the ACD been installed on all locos yet. If the signals are not visible in thick fog isnt there a way to make the next signal visible right inside the loco.

1. The railway Operating Procedure is that if a signal is at ON (Red), the driver should wait there for 1 minute and proceed slowly at 8km/hour. At night time the waiting period is 2 minutes. Here they have just followed those orders. That is why the impact of the collision was lesser. It was not like a train coming in at 80kmph ramming into another one.
2. The ACD has its own demerits. One thing is that, ACD fitted onto a loco can stop the loco at once, if the ACD detects some thing wrong. This would look all right. But this could lead to problems. When the ACD decides to stop the train, the driver does not have any choice to over-rule its decision. There are certain areas on the railway line, where a train should not stop.
3. I am surprised with the fact that the standard VHF radio communication did not work in this region.As per my understanding all across India, Railway Stations have VHF base sets, and drivers and guards carry Walkie-Talkies. They all operate on the same frequency. So when a train decides to cross a signal which is at ON, he would have told the Station about the same. The guards of the other train, would have heard it.

PS: In Thrissur area, Kerala around 3-4 years back there was a classic case of a part of a bridge (getting built) falling on top of a train. The driver immediately alerted the nearest railway station of the accident, as well as the blockage of the two lines. There was another train coming on the other track, whose driver also heard the message and proactively braked his train.

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Postby putnanja » 04 Jan 2010 08:05

12 years later, rail project yet to get on track

Indian Railways moves at snail’s pace when it comes to security. A project to modernise train signalling between Ghaziabad-Kanpur — the treacherous stretch that claimed 10 lives in twin collisions on Saturday — is yet to be completed even after 12 years of its approval. Despite intervention by the PMO and Finance Ministry, Railways achieved a meagre 30 per cent of the project even though the feasibility report and funding were approved in August 1997. And now, the modernisation project is headed for a burial. “Project is lagging far behind the schedule and just 30 percent of the physical work has been completed so far,” said a Finance Ministry letter to the Railway Board Chairman last week. It said the project could be called off mid-way unless “corrective steps” were taken “on priority” as lender, Germany, has threatened to withdraw from the project. Till October, the project authority had managed to utilise Euro 25.88m out of total Euro 94.59m provided by Germany, through Kreditanstalt Fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) bank, in 1997.
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Postby Sachin » 04 Jan 2010 08:46

Had an "escort duty" early in the morning to pick up a few relatives from a suburban railway station in Bengaluru. The fog conditions were too bad. At around 6:30AM, the fog was so dense that the starter signals placed at the end of the platforms were not visible, when standing right in the middle part of the platform ! :shock: . The train came in at a very slow pace, whistling every few seconds. And at around 100 metres the only visible part of the loco was its headlights. How ever I did notice that VHF wireless communication was happening all the time.

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Postby merlin » 04 Jan 2010 17:54

Today was a very foggy day - at 5.30 in the morning visibility was down to about 50 feet or so near my place. From 100 metres out one could dimly make out an SUV with all headlights (normal and high beam) and fog lights blazing. And it was foggy till 8.30 at least.

In other news, recently a Duronto was started between Bangalore and Howrah. Any bets on how long this non-stop train will take to start adding stops? :mrgreen:

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Postby Tanmay » 04 Jan 2010 18:38

ACD was patented by Konkan Railways.
http://www.konkanrailway.com/website/ehtm/krcl_patent.htm


AFAIK, incoporation of ACDs in all trains are held up as Indian Railway failed to pay up the dues for already supplied ACDs to Konkan railway.

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Postby Sachin » 04 Jan 2010 20:37

Tanmay wrote:AFAIK, incoporation of ACDs in all trains are held up as Indian Railway failed to pay up the dues for already supplied ACDs to Konkan railway.

Are you sure about this? This may be old news. Around 3-4 years back a relative of mine, who is an Engine Driver in the socialist republic said that ACD had lots of problems, and his seniors had instructed him to switch off the ACD when driving. There were locos in the ERN shed which had the ACD fitted (and a label on the cabin side which says "ACD Fitted").

The main reason he said was that ACD would just stop the train at once if it senses some danger. Now this could be just after a distant signal (which will only have a orange and green aspect). If the train stops at this place, the train coming behind it would get no indication that there is a train stopped ahead of it. The distant signal would show the 'caution' aspect, and the the train coming behind may reduce the speed. But it would rudely surprised when it finds a train parked ahead of it.

Take this FWIW. Better versions of ACD may have been developed and deployed else where.

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Postby Sachin » 04 Jan 2010 20:46

merlin wrote:In other news, recently a Duronto was started between Bangalore and Howrah. Any bets on how long this non-stop train will take to start adding stops? :mrgreen:

You have a point here. Many express trains after entering into the "socialist republic" are nothing but glorified passenger trains. They have to stop at all most each and every station en-route. The reason is that first the people start hollering that the train should stop at the station closest to them, and then the politicians would have to oblige. The problem is that many of the "season ticket" holders then start entering the reserved coaches and start using the entire train as a commuter/suburban train. These chaps being localites, and also since they travel as a group they can harass passengers with reservations and take over their seats (or the usual standard of swalpa adjust maadi).

Socialist Republic's layout is just like Mumbai. The ideal option would be to treat the entire state a big city and then start running MEMUs, and keep the trains with reserved coaches "out of bounds" for the season ticket holders. This idea was mooted long back, but it is only around 1 month back I saw news reports stating that more MEMU trains will be introduced in all electrified routes.

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Postby Tanmay » 05 Jan 2010 13:18

Sachin wrote:Are you sure about this? This may be old news.


Indian Express came out with a report on ACD after the recent accidents

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Despite-Mamata-promise--Rlys-yet-to-put-anti-collision-system-on-track/562689

Indigenously developed by the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL), the ACD has been specifically designed to prevent high-speed collision in mid-section, station areas and at level crossing gates (see box).


Sources told The Sunday Express that Konkan Railway has not been paid any money for the maintenance of the system installed in NFR since April 2007. “In fact, in April 2009, the Konkan Railway was told not to provide any maintenance to the system in NFR,” a source said.

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Postby Sachin » 05 Jan 2010 13:30

Tanmay wrote:Indian Express came out with a report on ACD after the recent accidents

Sorry for the confusion. When I said "this may be old news", I was talking about what my relative, the engine driver told 3-4 years back.

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Postby SSridhar » 10 Jan 2010 07:31

Southern Railway's first EMU woman driver
For the first time in the history of Southern Railway a woman has been posted as motorcar driver of an EMU.

C.V.Thilagavathi operates EMU services in the Chennai suburban network, except on the Chennai Beach – Tambaram section.

Thilagavathi, a diploma holder in electronics and electrical engineering, joined as Assistant Driver in the Indian Railways in 1995.

After working as assistant driver for four years in long distance mail and express trains in Bhopal, Central Railway, she was transferred to Southern Railway in 1999. Thilagavathi who was posted in Chennai Division was soon promoted as the main driver of goods trains.

Subsequently, she was given two months training in the working of EMU services and one month course in the general rules of suburban operation. December 16, 2009, was a memorable day for Thilagavathi as on that day she was asked to operate the Moore Market Complex – Tiruvallur EMU service.

Some women commuters shook hands with her after she got down from the car.

A senior citizen commented that he was happy to see a woman driving an EMU and congratulated her.

If all goes well, Ms. Thilagavathi will get promotion as mail and express loco driver.


Best wishes Ms. Thilagavathy, way to go.

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Postby SSridhar » 11 Jan 2010 08:23

Railway Track Accidents
. . . over 3,000 people were run over by trains in the State in 2009 alone, with the Chennai division accounting for about 2200 lives.

. . . many passengers complain that FOBs are highly unsafe to use especially at night and are often far-off from the railway station. . . . a change in commuter mindset has to go along with engineering interventions which focus on designing better facilities,

. . .the Railways constructed sidewalls in the stretch from Beach to Tambaram but local people demolish the wall to get easy access across the track.

Cell phones act as a contributory factor in a number of accidents. People believe that walking in between two lines is safe. But a moving train can virtually ‘suck’ a man walking very close to the track.”

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Postby Sachin » 11 Jan 2010 21:05

SSridhar wrote:Best wishes Ms. Thilagavathy, way to go.

There are a couple of lady engine drivers in Socialist republic of Kerala as well. I appreciate their enthusiasm in doing this job, which is noted for its odd hours of working time. And I sincerely hope that woman rights organisations etc. do not start creating trouble for the Railways demanding n number of special demands :).

Hindu report on lady engine drivers in the Socialist Republic

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Postby SSridhar » 13 Jan 2010 15:50

From Sachin's link above,
Maria is not alone in her offbeat job. There are three women engine drivers in Kerala. Jwala and Saumini in Palakad division and Maria in Kochi.


Well done. Best wishes to Maria, Jwala & Saumini. May their tribe increase.

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Postby Sachin » 13 Jan 2010 16:06

Cell phones act as a contributory factor in a number of accidents. People believe that walking in between two lines is safe. But a moving train can virtually ‘suck’ a man walking very close to the track.”

Yesterday, Bangalore saw the death of two women (daughter-in-law, mother-in-law) in the railway tracks. Reason they tried to move to the next platform, by cutting across the railway lines. Intercity express on its way to ERN ran them over :(. Last year, a man was killed in front of his family (who was waiting for him to join them at the platforms). He was speaking on his cell phone, and crossed the track without making due checks. Electric locos can really come up the tracks making the least amount of noise.

PS: I had knocked of a lady, who just held a mobile phone to her ear, looked the wrong way and crossed the road. Any number of shouts, horn blasts did not even reach her ears. Luckily I was not driving a huge WAP5 loco, but a meek two wheeler.

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Postby Vipul » 13 Jan 2010 23:08

Sachin,Bangalore like incident is quite common for the Mumbai Suburban sector and everyday atleast one incident happens in each of its three corridors (Central,Western and Harbour).

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Postby Sachin » 14 Jan 2010 13:33

Vipul wrote:Sachin,Bangalore like incident is quite common for the Mumbai Suburban

This prompts me to ask another question. Are engine drivers/motor men given any counselling, after they witness a suicide, accidental hit? As far as I know, there is no such mechanism in Indian Railways for that. Perhaps losing a night's sleep, a few drinks more and then it is back to work. I have heard that similar cases (known as 'one under') are quite frequent in London Under ground network. There it seems, if a driver witnesses such an incident he is immediately relieved of his duty, and sent for counselling.

Perhaps this is also not required in India. The lady engine driver in Kerala, who had given an interview with a local Malayalam daily had narrated her first such incident. It seems her fellow workers counselled her, and cajoled her. After all, it was part of their job (just like the policeman who had to do the 'dead body bandobust', if required even at night).

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Postby Gagan » 14 Jan 2010 20:55

How prompt is the railways response to major accidents?

Do the railways rehearse or conduct drills to ensure that their response is fine tuned? If they don't they need to do this double quick. Every sector needs to do this.

After every accident one sees some manner of ham handed efforts.

The biggest need are as follows.

1. Urgent medical attention to those injured - all railway bogies need to have well equipped and frequently inspected first aid boxes.
All railway staff need to be taught - on pain of death :P , the techniques of first aid. Simple things like stabilizing a limb fracture with bandages using sticks etc, pain relief, first aid and bandaging of injuries etc.

2. Railways need to ensure there are accessible roads along railway tracks and casualty evacuation needs to be prompt. I will say, get the airforce involved with heli borne evacuation if need be.

3. Security.
There have been and continue to be incidents where the RPF themselves are the looters. I remember reading in horror when there was a Rajdhani collision (I think) the RPF constables were busy ripping off ornaments off the dead and dying. There needs to an be immediate cordon here. Ensure rewards for explerary action always, as also punishment for dereliction of duty. The regional railway heads need to ensure they go after these things promptly and relentlessly.

4. Railway hospital and other hospitals. Have any of you ever visited a railway hospital or a government hospital recently? If you had money you wouldn't want to get treated there. Medical care is expensive, hospitals are ill equipped across the board. They can't find doctors and staff to man these hospitals. Government needs to ensure that the process of the railways minister announcing 'rewards' as a vote pulling gesture is done away with and a system is in place to ensure that each accident victim's health care needs are paid for. I think accident insurance is included in every railway ticket that we buy.

5. The issue of counselling is very important. It does not need to be hi-fi, simple things as prayer meetings and group discussions etc need to be done.

6. The bane of all sarkari organizations is that the system is all about all work and no play. No extracurricular activities at all, no sports, no get togethers. This needs to change, a better environment where people interact with each socially (not during office hours as they are wont to do in the absence of such formal social interaction) makes for a sad work place. Small things to make people love their jobs - prizes for good preformances, for being well dressed, most importantly a workplace that one feels proud to be in. All railways work places seem to be in suspended animation like they were still in the British Raj with barely liveable areas for the injuns while the gora sahibs had airconditioned offices. Across the board improvement of sarkari offices needs to be carried out.

I am sure there is no dearth of rules, but regional managers need to ensure that they persue these things constantly.

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Postby SSridhar » 27 Jan 2010 10:52

IR to convert metre gauge locos to broad gauge shunting locos
Golden Rock Railway Workshop here has bagged orders to convert five metre gauge (MG) locomotives to broad gauge (BG) shunting locos. The workshop had been given further orders after it achieved success in converting a surplus MG loco to BG shunting engine

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Postby SSridhar » 29 Jan 2010 04:57

Railways mulling over safety surcharge
The Railways is aiming to raise funds to meet the expenses of new safety equipment such as Train Protection and Warning System(TPWS) and other steps to be taken to ensure and enhance safety of train operations, in the wake of recent collisions. Earlier, Rs. 17, 000 crore was pooled through the Special Railway Safety Fund (SRSF). to foot the Corporate Safety Plan (2003-2013).

Of 17,000 crore Corporate Safety Plan, Rs. 15,000 crore has already been spent during the tenure of previous Railway Ministers with only Rs. 2,000 crore left in the CSP. The Railway Board is keen on acquiring the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) which will enable the train to stop at the danger aspect signal, irrespective of the speed and action of the driver. Railway authorities feel that the purchase is not possible without special budgetary support. Financial investments are also necessary to upgrading signalling systems and maintenance of bridges and tracks and replacement of old tracks and bridges.

The proposal this time is to raise about Rs. 20,000 crore.

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Postby SSridhar » 01 Feb 2010 12:49

Konkan Railway to connect Dighi port
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) and Balaji Infra Projects Ltd.(BIPL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing a 45 km rail-link connecting Dighi port near Chiplun in Maharashtra to the main Konkan rail route.

KRCL sources told Business Line that the total project would entail an investment of about Rs 500 crore and the development shall span approximately over two years.

More importantly, when rail siding is commissioned, it would give Dighi Port the access to the central hinterland of Maharashtra as also the northern and southern hinterland of the State.

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Postby Theo_Fidel » 01 Feb 2010 13:09

Kashmir Railway Further delays

Sigh.

2012 to Katra. 2017 to Valley. Original date was August 15th 2007.

Weird thing is the 11 km Banihal tunnel, which was thought to be toughest, is likely to complete this year.

The town will be connected by train by 2012 as most of the work on Udhampur-Katra track has been completed, Railway Board Chairman S S Khurana said on Sunday.

How is this even possible. Mostly complet but 2 years to run train? I suspect they still havn't found a solution to the Tunnel 1 cave in.
Khurana said Kashmir will be connected with rest of the country by train by 2017 as the work is going on in full swing on Qaqzigund-Banihal-Katra line.

I seriously doubt this. Not a single major bridge or tunnel is even 50% complete. I suspect 90% are not even started.

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Postby SSridhar » 05 Feb 2010 08:29

Railways may revise catering policy
A major issue under consideration before the Railway Board is whether to retain the pre-eminent position of its subsidiary, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), or to shear it of the catering job in the wake of criticism that the standard of food served on trains and in stations under its supervision had gone down considerably. In case the Ministry intends to take over the supervision of the catering job, IRCTC’s wings will stand clipped to just selling tickets, providing bedrolls in trains and managing tourism packages. It is also thinking of replacing the cotton bedrolls with polyester ones.{IIRC, this was announced in Lalu's regime and the Railways are still thinking ! There was even a pilot project almost two years ago. Nothing happens quickly in India}

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Postby Sachin » 05 Feb 2010 09:25

SSridhar wrote:IRCTC’s wings will stand clipped to just selling tickets, providing bedrolls in trains and managing tourism packages.

If I remember correctly, Railways wanted to have its own portal for on-line ticket booking and take it out of IRCTC's responsibilities. Any updates on this?

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Postby SSridhar » 07 Feb 2010 07:43

Core Railway Operations themselves open to Private Sector: Mamta
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During pre-Budget interaction with captains of industry and representatives of industrial and commercial organisations, Ms. Banerjee categorically stated that everything in the Railways would be opened to private players, adding that without their cooperation and vision the forward journey of the Railways was not feasible.

The next Railway budget will outline the baby steps the Railways intend to take towards achieving Vision-2020 goals through public-private partnership. Faced with paucity of funds, Ms. Banerjee said the government alone could not be expected to fund the projects.

“Everything in the Railways from A to Z right from preparing programmes to manufacturing its components, to setting up industrial units, and laying tracks needs you cooperation,” she said.

The Railways are going to throw open at least 10 areas for private players including manufacturing of components of diesel and electric engines, wagons, construction of tracks, induction of technology, construction of stations and safetyaspects.

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Postby Sachin » 07 Feb 2010 11:48

^^^^^
Though I like the idea of allowing private parties to build coaches, locos and even building railway stations, I hope the core area of "Railway operation" i.e running the trains remain with Indian Railways only. UK, had this concept of Private enterprisers running trains, and now many people feel that old BR would have been better.

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Postby David Saenz » 09 Feb 2010 13:21

Railways register over 8 pc increase in earnings
With barely weeks to go before the presentation of the Railway Budget, the Ministry today said it has registered over eight per cent
increase in earnings at Rs 70,501 crore during the ongoing financial year ending January 31.

"The growth was 8.56 per cent between April 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010 as Railways earned Rs 70,501.65 crore in comparison to Rs 64,943.32 crore it earned during the same period last year," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The official said the total goods earnings went up from Rs 44,035.66 crore to Rs 47,763.29 crore during this period while the passenger earnings also went up from Rs 18,057.41 crore to Rs 19,393.26 crore.

Consequently, the growth in goods earnings was registered at 8.47 per cent while the growth registered in passenger earnings was at 7.40 per cent, he said.

Railways carried 6,188.78 million passengers during the 10 month period as against 5,917.13 million it carried during the same period last year, which was also an increase of 4.59 per cent, he said.

The Budget which will be presented on February 24 is likely to focus on increased public-private partnership to expend railway network and seek increased fund allocation for expediting ongoing railway infrastructure projects.

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Postby Gagan » 10 Feb 2010 15:25

The Jammu Srinagar Baramula Railway

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The railway line passes through some of the most inhospitable terrain across the Pir Panjal mountain range. This line includes the longest tunnels in the Indian Railways route, and the world's highest bridge. (Although some news reports suggest that after spending several hundred crore rupees on the world's highest bridge, the mega arch steel Chenab Bridge at 359m, the site is being abandoned because of frequent landslides and loss of life of construction workers :( ) The chenab bridge will instead be constructed 1.2 km upstream and the height of the bridge will be lower as proposed in the new alignment. The proposed cost of the project overall (even accounting for the several hundred crores spent on the abandoned chenab bridge) will be lesser because the track length, number of tunnels and bridges needed is drastically reduced.

The railways have announced an alternate track alignment which cuts down the distance from 125Km to 70Km eliminating many tunnels and bridges.

There were many firsts for Indian Railways in the Jammu-Udhampur-Katra section itself. The Highest bridge at 77 m; longest span of PSC Girder of 102 m; highest embankment of 42 m; maximum dia of well foundation of 15 m; maximum load on bearing of 4100 MT (Seismic) as well as long welded rail and ballastless track on 5 degree curve; high beam sleepers with zero restraint fastening system and flash butt welding by mobile plant.

In comparison with Konkan railways, the Jammu-Udhampur has tunneling of 190 m/km than 103; bridging of 97 m/km which is nearly thrice than that of 32.7 of Konkan and longest span of steel girder of 102 m in comparison with 122m of Konkan railways.

The earlier and new track alignment:
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Railway stations:
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A train pulls up into the Sopore Railway Station in the Kashmir Valley
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The World's highest bridge across the Chenab (at 359m) is now abandoned after several hundred crore rupees being spent on it.


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The Banihal Railway Tunnel - 11.2 Km long. (It actually passes beneath the Jawahar Tunnel)
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Bridge No. 20 (20Km from Katra on the Udhampur-Katra section) has the largest single simply supported span & tallest pier on Indian Railways
Br. No. 20 is situated across Jhajjar Khad
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Dudhar Bridge
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Udhampur Railway Station
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This is a hi-tech project with extensive use of satellite pictures and 3D modelling:
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3D model of the terrain and track alignment along the Udhampur-Katra section showing the alternative track alignments: Note Katra is where the climb to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine begins.
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The highest existing railway girder bridge in the Indian Railways is across the Gambhir Nalla in the Jammu Udhampur section:
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News report on IBN-Live on the project:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

An excellent resource into the project is here:
1. http://www.iricen.gov.in/projects/622/DESIGN.pdf
2. http://www.konkanrailway.com/website/tender/annexure1.pdf
3. http://www.mapsets.in/j&krail.html

Gagan

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Re: Indian Railways Thread

Postby Klaus » 18 Feb 2010 14:27

All railway infrastructure passing through forest and parks must pass over concrete bridges and be fenced off, I think this is done in some parks but not implemented in others.

The railways could also improve their current infrastructure by fencing off the railway in crowded metro areas (esp near slums like Dharavi where the stone pelting at passing trains continues to this day) and creating dedicated automatic pedestrian crossings. Also public misusing railway infrastructure to dry their clothes and build hutments by stealing rail ballast and cattle grazing should be fined appropriately! This can be implemented by a dedicated network of surveillance cameras, sensors, two way mounted mirrors and satellites. The railways could also lay a few hundred kilometres for dedicated army use (esp in HP, UP, Bihar, Assam and sister states).

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Re: Indian Railways Thread

Postby Theo_Fidel » 23 Feb 2010 06:37

Some excellent pictures of Srinagar Railway Station at the blog below.

http://autarmota.blogspot.com/2009/07/srinagr-railway-station.html#uds-search-results

Especially like this one.

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Re: Indian Railways Thread

Postby Varoon Shekhar » 23 Feb 2010 21:30

Beautiful Theo_Fidel. Could easily be a railway station in Canada in winter!

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Re: Indian Railways Thread

Postby krishnan » 24 Feb 2010 12:25

Didi ji wants to introduce double decker trains


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