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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:11 AM   #21
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Is Kolkata tramway street running tramway, or there are dedicated lanes?
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Old September 5th, 2011, 12:42 AM   #22
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Yeah, that's about time to construct second metro line in such huge city like Kolkata. Dehli metro is growing like crazy and Kolkata is in stagnation.
Thankfully, current line is extending towards North.

More 5 lines is under construction, although line 4 & 5 will start construction later.

All metro lines are scheduled to open in 2016.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #23
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Is Kolkata tramway street running tramway, or there are dedicated lanes?
Almost 50% of tram routes were on reserved track until 2007, but foolishly previous government de-reserved all, and know only part of route 36 (the first electric tram route) is on reserved track (in maidan area).
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Old September 8th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #24
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Just before 4 years, tram tracks on Acharya Praphulla Chandra Road, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Road, Satin Sen Sarani, Acharya Satyendra Nath Sarani, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Lila Roy Sarani, Ras Bihari Avenue, Shyama Prasad Mukhopadhyay Road, Deshapran Shasmal Road, Diamond Harbour Road & Karl Marx Sarani had reserved track with grass based.
The demolition almost started from 1990, when reserved track of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Road (from Entally to Nonapukur, used by route 20 & 26) de-reserved.
A very small part near Moula Ali was also de-reserved around 1996.
But the mass de-reservation started from 2004 (according to a foolish decision of former government).
a) The first route de-reserved on Acharya Praphulla Chandra Road (from Shyambazar to Rajabazar, used by route 12, 13, 16, 17 & 18), Syed Amir Ali Avenue (from Birla Museum to Baliganj OP, used by route 25 & 26) & Lila Roy Sarani (from Baliganj OP to Garhiahat, used by route 25 & 26), On this phase, tram service from Shyambazar Jn. to Mahatma Shishir Kumar Sarani closed permanently, so route 12 shortened from Rajabazar & route 13 closed. Tram service also permanently closed from Garhiahat depot to Garhiahat Jn. by this phase, although closed earlier due to Garhiahat flyover, so route 25 & 26 shortened from Garhiahat.
b) At second phase, track de-reserved on Satin Sen Sarani & Acharya Satyendra Nath Sarani (from Ultodingi to Baghmari, used by route 16, 17 & 18).
c) At third phase, track de-reserved on Ras Bihari Avenue (from Baliganj to Lake Market, used by route 24 & 27), Shyama Prasad Mukhopadhyay Road & Deshapran Shasmal Road (from Jatin Das Park to Tollyganj, used by route 24, 27, 29 & 30).
d) At fourth & last phase, track de-reserved on Diamond Harbour Road (from Wattganj to Joka, the longest reserved track, used by route 24, 27, 29, 30, 35 & 37), & Karl Marx Sarani (from Wattganj to Kyderpur, used by route 36). Tram service permanently closed from Mominpur to Behala by this phase, although closed earlier due to Taratala flyover, so route 35 & 37 closed. An isolated section served until this year from Behala to Joka, which now closed and will be replaced by metro.

At present reserved track is present only from Hastings to Dharmatala, and at present used only by route route 36. This section was not concretized due to army area, also a visual heritage are with lump green fields, racecourse etc. In fact this area is the lungs of Kolkata.

After de-reservation, tracks became noisy due to concrete bed. Formerly we travelled a very smooth ride on grass bed. Where all new tramways around the world are opening their tram-tracks on much reserved track, Kolkata is walking backwards again & again.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #25
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Please add this thread in kolkata Metro/Airport/Transportation Thread.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 08:13 AM   #26
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I am right now in Japan. And hats-off to this country for rail-communication. Below are few points, we could actually implement as they have implemented here:

1. Implement Mono rail in Kolkata [It is a very usefull light rail system]
2. All the stations are a shopping mall also. all the stations are multi storied. and usually ground floor is the staion and all other stores are the departmental stores like Big-bazar or Spencers. It is very helpfull. saves the space also.
3. Implement all-purpose travel smart card [like our kolkata metro smart card] [as Japan uses SUICA] can be used in trains, bus, taxi, in all mode of trasports. This card can be used in all departmental stores also.
4. All the stations including local EMU service should implement the ticket-gate as now it is in Metro. In this way, we can use the smart card in local trains also.
5. Implement new lines new routes. Not in papers only,but in real.
6. Speed up all the projects.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM   #27
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Is the Kolkoata metro using RFID tokens or no? If it yes, pliase take photo this token - front and back.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 09:43 PM   #28
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Yes, they are now using RFID tokens. Former magnetic paper ticket has know abandoned. But the problem is many passengers take away those tokens for their collection, where they should drop those on time of exit in the gates.
As a result, tokens are now shortage, and if it would not stopped, metro will increase huge loss in near future. I SHOULD SOON UPDATE PHOTOS OF THOSE TOKENS HERE.

Before 2016, all metrocars & tramcars of Kolkata is planned to convert to air conditioned rakes, mostly by new stocks, and partly by convertin current ordinary stocks.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #29
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Our Transport System should be renovated totally.
1. Use of "Metro Smart Card" should be widen. Like, the same smart card can be used for travelling in AC volvo buses, AC taxis.
2. Instead of starting the complete line after completion of entire line, they should start the partial service [For Ex: Bengal Chem to Sector V]
3. Instead of extending the lines outside Kolkata Metropoliton [like Diamond Harbour], they should concentrate on making more lines inside kolkata [there are several ways to do it like a) Light Monorails which is already started in Mumbai, b) Underground Subway Metro Lines]
4. Constructing new roads through underground tunnels.
5. Increase the fare of all public trasport for better service [Bus, trains, metro all]
6. They sould make a "communication point" for every location. all the bus, auto will start from this "communication points" and end in another "communication point". So that roads would not become narrow due to bus stand and Auto stands.
7. Fine for the Pedestrians who shall cross the roads even if signal is not green for walking. This makes lot of problem in all the crossings like Gariahat/Ruby etc etc.
8. To prevent Suicides in metro rails, japan has implemented a great rule like, who ever tries to suicide by jumping over the track, his/her family has to pay a huge fine to metro railway company. We can follow this kind of implementations.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #30
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Is the Kolkoata metro using RFID tokens or no? If it yes, pliase take photo this token - front and back.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #31
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More threads related to Rail Transport of Kolkata -

Kolkata suburban rail - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1106207

Kolkata metro - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=612876

Kolkata tram - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1529315

Kolkata light rail (still in brain) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=811506

Contact via this threads also for latest updates, posted by local peoples for more accurate information.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #32
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KOLKATA TRAIN

PHOTOS OF KOLKATA SUBURBAN TRAIN, HERE PHOTOS WILL BE POSTED ONLY IN KOLKATA & HAORHA CITY DISTRICT AREA, I.E. 25 KM FROM CITY CENTRE.



Two EMU trains are sandwiching an express train. Both EMU trains departing from Howrah Stn., & the express train is arriving at Howrah Stn. These are under Easter Railway area, tracks on away are in South Eastern Railway area.



An EMU is arriving at Howrah Stn., just passing the rail coach siding on left.



Kolkata Stn., the 3rd terminal of Kolkata, and the only homonymous station.



In left, the express train is waiting for departing, in right, the EMU train is arriving, photo taken at Kolkata Stn.



An express train has arrived at Sealdah Stn.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #33
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PHOTOS OF KOLKATA TRAM



A tram is running through College Street. This street is served by route 1, 2, 5 & 6. The university & medical college situate beside of this street. This street is one way for motor vehicles from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M., but tram is opened here to both ways round the clock. Photo taken near the crossing of College Street & Mahatma Gandhi Road, the later road also carries tram line.



This tram is running through Mahatma Gandhi Road. This street is served by route 11, 18, 20 & 26 (formerly also route 15). This road is the main link road between Howrah & Sealdah rail stations. This photo shows the newest model of tram, which is uni-class, fibre glass bodied & with CFL, which looks like an international look, (although poorly maintained).



The recently closed Joka line, photo taken at Diamond Harbour Road. This stretch was served by route 37, which was the newest line (opened in 1986). This line is now replacing by metro line 3.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #34
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PHOTO OF KOLKATA METRO



Metro is passing through Central station. In future, it will be crossed by line 2 also, which will connect two big rail stations – Sealdah & Howrah, and will also connect the satellite township Bidhannagar.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 03:48 PM   #35
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PHOTOS OF KOLKATA SUBURBAN TRAIN, HERE PHOTOS WILL BE POSTED ONLY IN KOLKATA & HAORHA CITY DISTRICT AREA, I.E. 25 KM FROM CITY CENTRE.



Belur Math rail station, station building looks like a miniature of famous Belur Math. This is the shortest line of Kolkata-Howrah Suburban Rail Network. This line is between Liluah & Belur Math, which is only 3 Kms apart, and there is no station between them. A recent plan has taken to make a branch towards Belur to allow direct train service to the rest of India,



The adjacent railway museum near Howrah Station. This building is a miniature of Howrah station building. A toy train stands in front of it.



A view of early morning. In left, an express train is going outside from Howrah. In middle & right, two suburban trains are coming towards Howrah, the front is of South Eastern Railway and the rear is of Eastern Railway. Between them, a diesel locomotive is also seen. Look the clear difference of overhead catenaries style to related railways. Electrification of Eastern Rail made earlier, which originally was DC, later changed to AC, whereas electrification of South Eastern Rail was AC since its opening.



An overcrowded ladies compartment of a suburban train at Dumdum station, the building on right is the adjacent metro station.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #36
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Thanks for your contributions, Ashis Mitra.

Please create a separate thread for Kolkata Metro System, including its new lines under construction and under proposal.
Kolkata Metro system is India's first Metro system and has its own identity, distinct (but integrated) with Kolkata's other modes of public transport.
This thread can be used for all other (overcrowded) modes of public transport in Kolkata.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:13 PM   #37
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I found this article:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiati...overhead-wires

so how is Calcutta's trolley-bus coming along right now?
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 04:01 PM   #38
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Inside of a non-AC metro car.
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One of the newest models of Kolkata tram, photographed on Esplanade (Dharmatala) terminus. This tram is running on route 36, which is the first electric tram route in Kolkata. This is the most modern design, really international look, but the worst case is despite it has LED route display board; it uses poor iron route board. That’s the poor mentality of the tramway employees, which turns me quite upset. Mind that it is not brand new stock, the trucks and controller are old, only the skin is new, just like old wine in new bottle. Also note the left part of the photo, there is an empty place. Formerly there was a second tram line, mainly for siding purpose, which was connected to the current track (look carefully just bottom of the tram, an unused track is merging to the used track. I never saw that track activated. I took birth in 1977. After 1996, overhead wires of those unused tracks were removed.
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This was the so called ‘heritage tram’ of Kolkata, which was a joke. It was a sophisticated tram with AC coaches, curtains on windows etc. applied. This modification made in Nonapukur workshop. But it was not a heritage tram, because it is a modern version. Heritage trams are those which are on same model as they run almost 70 to 100 years ago. Many cities like Buenos Aires, Lima, and Istanbul (partly) runs it after reopening tram service since their closure in sixties. It is not that, so it is not a heritage tram. Thankfully it is now abandoned.





These trams are running through Kyderpur Road. This road is currently served by route 36. Route 24, 29 & 30 is temporarily stopped on this route, will be opened after road reconstruction. It is the best tram route of Kolkata, because it is passing through a large green field like environment, which is called Maidan. Due to reserved track (the only remaining reserved track in Kolkata) trams run here on high speed.



On the day, when route 24 was running on this route. I hope road reconstruction will be completed as soon as possible. Before opening the subway system, this route was via current metro route between Esplanade & Jatin Das Park.



This tram is running through Mahatma Gandhi Road. This street is served by route 11, 18, 20, 21 & 26 (formerly also route 15 & 30). This road is the main link road between Howrah & Sealdah rail stations. This photo shows the newest model of tram, which is uni-class, fiber glass bodied & with CFL, which looks like an international look, (although poorly maintained).



Another photo of a new tram, running through Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Road, near Sealdah station. This road is served by route 12, 17, 20 & 26 (formerly also route 15). Before 1994, this portion was reserved track, and before 1982, there was a market on the place of road divider, shown left.



A new tram is waiting before entering in Esplanade terminus, photo taken on Lenin Sarani. This road is served by route 1, 5, 12, 17, 21, 22 & 25 (formerly also route 15). Before 1982, tram tracks were on middle of the road, and this road was both way (now one way).
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