Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Posted: 12 Jun 2016 06:24
why cant they make PNR+date combo as password for accessing wifi at train stations? and as many connections as no of passengers on the PNR....
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Kashi wrote:Bengaluru-Mumbai train route will soon get shorterThe train journey between Bengaluru and Mumbai is all set to come down by four-five hours in the near future with the state government deciding to expedite work on the new Tumakuru-Davanagere railway line.
The new rail route, which will be laid through Sira and Chitradurga towns, will put the brakes on the current circuitous route that the Bengaluru-Mumbai trains take. At present, trains from Bengaluru reach Tumakuru and meander through interior places such as Tiptur, Arsikere, Birur and Chikkajajur, and reach Davanagere before proceeding towards Hubli and Mumbai. The circuitous route is 326 km (from Bengaluru to Davanagere) and is time-consuming.
But the new rail-route would run on a straight line from Tumakuru to Davanagere via Sira, Hiriyur and Chitradurga. The distance on this route (from Bengaluru to Davanagere) will be only 265 km.
Though the project was mooted six years ago and politicians from the state, including the then minister of state for railways KH Muniyappa, had promised to finish work early, nothing concrete happened on the ground. However, the state cabinet gave the project another lease of life on Wednesday by fast-tracking it.
Speaking to reporters here, law minister TB Jayachandra (in pic) said 2,035 acres of land will be required for the Rs 1,801 crore project and a green signal has been given for the land acquisition process.Funding for the new rail-route will be sourced from the royalty collected from the mining sector of the Ballari region . Jayachandra said: "The Supreme Court has clearly stated that the money collected from iron-ore exports should be used for development activities in the region. We have around Rs 4,000 - 5,000 crore from the mining sector. We have decided to use these funds as the new rail-route will be passing through the three districts where mining activity happens." Moreover, the new route will also reduce the traffic on the current route, which also accommodate trains plying towards Shivamogga.
Jayachandra is keen on speeding up work as the new rail route passes through his home constituency of Sira.
Once this new line is completed and the Pune-Miraj-Londa line is doubled, Bangalore-Mumbai travel should become much quicker.
The first serial Russian locomotive that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG) - gas turbine main innovation GT1h-002 - made a trip to the experimental section of Surgut - Voinovka Sverdlovsk railway. Gas turbine locomotive covered the distance of 700 km with a load of 9000 Tons without refueling. This is reported in the service of Public Relations and Mass Media LLC "Gazprom Transgas Ekaterinburg" (CTUs). After completing the route in his tank left about 2.2 out of 20 tons of fuel. This confirmed the possibility of exploiting gas engine technology in the northern direction of the Sverdlovsk Railway electrified organization without intermediate gas stations ", - reported the press service of the company.
manjgu wrote:good point nawabs...if u put PNR+mobile u get access for 1 hour...if only PNR only 15 min... maybe they can put a time limit/ download limit or even a filter which allows access to only some selected sites..email sites, railways site, a few travel sites ( these sites can pay railways for allowing their site on rail wifi), facebook, news sites. think its eminently possible.
Re fuel consumption. I remember being told by a IR engineer years ago when the ALCOs were the fleet mainstay that the WDM3 fuel consumption was about 3.5-3.8 liters per kilometer when hauling express trains and about 4.6-4.8 liters per kilometer when hauling a goods train. He said that when the fuel consumption reached 5 liters per kilometer hauling goods trains, they used to send it for an overhaul. The WDM3 has a fuel tank of 5000 liters and can be refuelled comfortably after about 1000 kms depending on refuelling stations on the IR lines, when hauling express trains.
Gas turbine locomotive pulls heavyweight train with hydrocarbons on Surgut - Voinovka stretch
The gas turbine locomotive GT1h-002 is the first Russian serial locomotive to run on natural gas.
It is now undergoing a test programme at Sverdlovsk Railways in real operating conditions. On 23 May 2016, it successfully pulled a train weighing 9,000 tons along the Surgut - Voinovka stretch of almost 700 km. The experimental run took place under the leadership of Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice President at Russian Railways.
The main objective of the experimental run was to test the technical, economic, technological and environmental characteristics of the gas turbine locomotive on the northern section of the Sverdlovsk main line, which is not electrified, and where the GT1h-002 is planned to enter service in the future.
Under development at the moment is the transportation process which will see wagons weighing 9,000 tons pulled by the GT1h-002 locomotive move hydrocarbons from the north of the Tyumen region to Voinovka station, and from there without transshipment onto the Trans-Siberian Main Line, where the powerful Granite three-section electric train engine will take over.
The GT1h-002's main advantage compared to other types of gas-turbine locomotives is its ability to produce significant power despite its relatively small size and weight. Even when hauling its full design load, the GT1h can reach speeds of up to 100 kph.
The gas turbine locomotive runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a fuel that meets the highest environmental standards. The GT1h-002's exhaust emissions conform to the European environmental standard Euro-5, while its level of external noise complies with the existing sanitary norms of the Russian Federation.
Summing up the results of the test run, Valentin Gapanovich noted that the trial confirmed the possibility of using gas engine locomotives with trains weighing 9,000 tons and over on the Surgut - Voinovka stretch without the need for refuelling at intermediate stations.
To establish regular traffic, however, it will be necessary to estabilsh the appropriate infrastructure, including facilities for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and special refuelling areas for the rolling stock. So far, the only such complex is near Yekaterinburg.
The use of LNG as a cheap and environmentally friendly fuel for locomotives is one of the promising areas for implementing the Energy Strategy of Russian Railways. LNG and its associated technology can reduce the cost of purchasing expensive diesel fuel and therefore cut freight transportation costs.
Valentin Gapanovich stressed that gas turbine locomotives are the most effective type of traction rolling stock. Its cost is comparable to traditional engines, but its total estimated cost over its complete life cycle is 20% lower.
The GT1h has been designed and developed entirely in Russia and is planned to go into production at the Ludinsk Diesel Locomotive Plant, which is part of the holding Sinara Transport Machines. All the GT1h's major components and assemblies, including the hybrid power train, are also manufactured in Russia.
Gagan wrote:If IR builds HSR railway stations which look like airports, they had better give them to private companies to run. Otherwise these places will get effed up very soon like sarkari orgs have messed up Kolkata and Chennai airports!
What a seriously messed up airport Kolkata is !!! All that beautiful infrastructure is getting systemically destroyed with neglect
Suraj wrote:The BIAL basic design was a really bad screwup by the Zurich Airport consortium who won the bid. It reflects their mindset back then that BIAL would remain some small regional airport and therefore didn't need anything more than what was effectively a rectangular box. HYD, built at the same time by GMR, did things much better. There was a lot of recriminations on SSC India forums back then when it was clear that an entity like GMR had done a much better job that imported phoren design consortium in the case of BIAL.
Yagnasri wrote:BIAL - Bombay International Airport? - It is worst as far as comfort is concerned. I had to travel from it few times and quite confusing to go where you have to go and lot of walking and no sign boards, no public announcements ( so-called silent airport with soft music rubbish).
New Delhi: Indian Railways has launched the semi-luxury train called the Tiger Express to bring excitement to the wildlife enthusiasts. The train will traverse through Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, which are known Tiger habitats.
Tiger Express is the first semi luxury train across the tourist circuit with a dining car while it also has a separate shower cubicle. IRCTC has announced that price per ticket includes the train journey besides hotel stay, transport and all meals.
Read on to find out 5 important facts and details about the newly launched Tiger Express from Indian Railways.
Package includes 5-days and 6-nights trip
Package will include tiger safaris
Train will have comfortable and air-conditioned coaches
3 Star Hotel accommodation with buffet for three days
Package rates will range from Rs.33,500 to Rs.49,500
The Tiger Express was launched on ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5, 2016, Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu flagged off the train. The reason behind the launch of the express on an important date is to bring the attention and awareness of the endangered species. The train will start from Delhi and will start regular journeys from October onwards, wildlife parks are closed from June 15, 2016, onwards and hence the break till October mainly due to monsoon season.
This Roaring Journey had 24 passengers on board who took in some of the best wildlife across Madhya Pradesh. Tiger Express is set to take off on regular trips from October this year.
Name – Tiger Express
Destination Covered – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
Travelling Mode – Semi-Luxury & AC Train
Class – 1AC & 2AC
Tariff: AC First Class:
Though prices seen a bit high, it includes a 5 day, 6 night tour on this semi luxury train. It also includes accommodation in AC rooms at 3 star hotels for 3 nights of which one will be at Bhandavgarh and two at Kahna along with sightseeing, travel by AC vehicles and buffet meals along with insurance cover.
A regular train service from Agartala to Kolkata via Guwahati on the newly-laid broad gauge line as well as work on a new India-Bangladesh railway project would start third week of June, a top railway official said on Wednesday.
The 1,650-km mountainous route distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Guwahati would be reduced to only 550 km once the new rail track is linked through Bangladesh.
Kochi: Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways, will dedicate the newly-electrified Shoranur-Charuvathur section through video conferencing from Ernakulam Junction railway station on Thursday.
“The minister will dedicate the section between 11.15 am and 11.45 am.
Indian Railways’ workers unions have expanded the scope of their protest by including a key reform initiative of the rail ministry in their agenda for agitation – the award of Rs 40,000 crore contracts for new locomotive factories to foreign firms GE and Alstom.
The unions are demanding improving the minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month for workers as computed by the seventh pay commission to around Rs 26,000 and rejecting all the ‘retrograde’ recommendations of the panel.
Another major demand is to scrap the New Pension Scheme (NPS) and restoring the Old Pension Scheme for railway workers in view of the harsh working conditions.
The other demands include scrapping the report of the Bibek Debroy committee on mobilisation of resources for railways submitted last year and withdrawing the notification that allowed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to flow into the rail sector.
NEW DELHI: Travelling time between DELHI and Kolkata will be cut down to as less as five hours by operating a bullet train on the route, a firm commissioned by the Railways has suggested.
The feasibility study is being undertaken for the 1,513 km long Delhi-Kolkata high speed corridor along with two other routes of the Diamond Quadrilateral project, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The corridor is estimated to cost about Rs 84,000 crore.
The State government is likely to approve the Railway Board’s plan to build the bullet train terminus on the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) land alongside the proposed International Financial Service Center (IFSC) being built by the State.
A senior government official said the design submitted by the Railway recently, was in accordance with the government’s demands. He added that the design made both projects seem complementary. “The terminus no longer hampers the IFSC’s prospects. We will, however, demand that the Centre construct the IFSC building as compensation. We have written to them to extend the route of the train to Nashik,” he added.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and officials from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which owns the plot, had earlier refused to give it away, saying the built up area of the plot could fetch crores. Fadnavis stated that the State had offered the Railway alternative plots nearby. MMRDA and Urban Development Department officials convened this to the Railways during their May 23 meeting.
The insistence of the Central government and the prime minister’s office has led to the compromise.
Google and RailTel have established Wi-Fi connectivity for 19 Railway stations across India, touching more than 1.5 million Indians
“Last week we rolled out the network at four of India’s largest stations – Sealdah, Lucknow Jn, Lucknow and Gorakhpur Jn and we are delighted to share that 1.5 million Indians are now enjoying the high-speed broadband experience across 19 stations,” the statement added.
While we’re only at approximately 20% of the roll out schedule for this year, the response has been phenomenal,” the statement added.
“We saw 100,000 users connect to the network within a week of launch at Mumbai Central and as we started rolling out the network at more stations, we saw exponential jump in the consumption of the network. Users in tier 2 cities latched onto the network with more enthusiasm and we saw much higher consumption of data in tier 2 cities, where access to high speed broadband is more challenging. Our data reveals that usage in Bhubaneshwar overtook Mumbai central within a day of the launch, and we’re seeing similar usage patterns emerge in tier 2 cities like Patna, Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam. Per capita consumption of data in tier 2 cities far exceeds the consumption we are seeing in tier 1 cities.
It’s heartening to note that even though users are in transit catching their trains and moving to their destinations, the average consumption per user on the network is 15 times the data they would consume on a 3G pack in a day, which today is the most dominant means of access to the Internet in the country. While the primary usage is focussed around infotainment, we are seeing a lot of users in tier 2 cities use the network to look up and apply for jobs online. Bhubaneswar and Pune see lots of students come to the stations to look for up information related to educational courses, exam results , downloading softwares and upgrading their phone apps,” Google added this in the statement.
Passengers would soon be able to purchase tickets from railway reservation centres through the passenger reservation system (PRS) using electronic payments – credit cards, debit cards and pre-paid cards approved by the Reserve Bank of India as well as via point-of-sale machines by banks.
The implementation of the new plan, that will also bring the unreserved ticketing system (UTS) under the electronic net, is expected to reduce transaction time, increase ease of payment, and do away with the long queues at ticket counters.
“The plan will also cover freight transactions carried out by the Indian Railways. We are also looking at the possibility of engaging with digital wallets companies such as Paytm and others. We have three months to submit our recommendations,” said a senior official from the rail ministry.
Railway Passengers can also cancel PRS Ticket on IRCTC portal now!
APM Terminals Pipavav welcomed the first double-stack train from the newly-inaugurated Multi Modal Logistics Park at Kathuwas, Rajasthan.
The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) had recently inaugurated the 288-acre, state-of-the-art multimodal logistics park at Kathuwas which is located 1,139 kilometer (km) (700 miles) from APM Terminals Pipavav, and 116 km (72 miles) from Delhi.
[The] double laning work on the Haridwar-Laksar rail link is going on on a war footing and is expected to complete by the year end.
The project involves doubling of Haridwar-Laksar railway line in length of 27.03 km in Uttarakhand coming under the Moradabad Division of Northern Railway.
Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu was in Kochi on Thursday to dedicate the 224-km long electrified section between Shoranur and Charvattur to the nation and inaugurate a host of passenger amenities at Ernakulam South Junction.
The minister formally dedicated the electrification of Cheruvathoor-Shornnur route besides inaugurating the new railway station at Nilambur Road station. The minister also inaugurated the emergency medical services centre, AC waiting room and new vegetarian café at Ernakulam south station.
Suresh Prabhu has said that Kerala is an important state for his ministry and that the government has doubled the budget allocation for the development of railways in the state every year till now.
“In the last budget, we have allocated Rs.1,040 crores which is an increase of 212 per cent from the previous year,” he said.
He also inaugurated the free Emergency Medical Care Centre, Wi-Fi services, Vegetarian Refreshment Room and AC Paid Waiting Room at the station.
Mr. Prabhu said 400 railway stations in the country had been identified to be developed as signature entities of the cities in which these stations were located. The project would be implemented in public- private-partnership model with the support of public sector undertakings.
Bidar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to inaugurate the Bidar-Kalaburgi railway line in April 2017, Member of Parliament from Bidar Mr.Bhagwant Khuba, said on Thursday.
The line that has been pending from 1999, will be completed by April.
Laying of 104 km of the 110.4 km was over. The 1.67 kilometre long tunnel work in Maragutti in Kalaburgi district is in progress with tunneling of 1.47 km completed. Work on around 200 m will be completed soon, he said.
The line has 14 major bridges, 183 minor bridges, 13 over-bridges and 53 underbridges along the way. There are 13 stations along the route.
Kashi wrote:U-Turn: State govt agrees to bullet train terminus at BKCWe have written to them to extend the route of the train to Nashik,” he added.
arvin wrote:Is he joking or something? Nashik is at 700 meter above sea level. Hauling a train all the way up and again coming down is no joke. Any connectivity to Nashik would be through kasara ghat, that also happens to be one of the terminus for local trains on Central line. Beyond this point I think trains require double engine or push-pull configuration I think.
Kashi wrote:]Bhubaneswar and Pune see lots of students come to the stations to look for up information related to educational courses, exam results , downloading softwares and upgrading their phone apps[/b],” Google added this in the statement.
Suraj wrote:Is it necessary to tunnel ? A quick search says Kasara Ghat line has 1/37 gradient . The max gradient on TGV lines is 35/1000, which is 30% higher, unless my math is awry. Of course, this ignores all kind of other things like turn radii etc, but purely in terms of gradient, it does not appear unsurmountable without tunneling.