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Old October 13th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #41
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A suburban train is going upon Vivekananda Setu (formerly Bally Bridge). It is the only rail-cum-road bridge, and the largest rail bridge in entire Kolkata-Howrah City area. It is more than 70 years old. The design is almost opposite with Sydney Harbor Bridge, i.e. rail lines on middle, and roads on both side. Due to heavy loading of lorries, it was partly damaged in early 90s, but now repaired for not loading lorries. Lorries are now passing via a new bridge just constructed side left side of this bridge. All prestigious express trains from Sealdah and Kolkata use this bridge for running quickly. This photo taken from another train.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #42
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This is Esplanade tram terminus, the central tram hub of Kolkata, currently at a very dirty state. That tram has just departed for Kyderpur via route 36. At left, that place once had two tram track loops. These were created for shunting, and for reversing a tram service towards Howrah station etc. Those tracks were finally closed in 1997 permanently, but surprisingly, in 2007, one of them get new concrete bed (but no overhead wire). I don’t know has tram company any plan to re-open that loop.

Mud & dirty water is filled on the north south link line, shown in the photo. Since the halt of route 24, 29 & 30, it is unused, and really neglected. I think, when those three routes will restart service, tram company should fully reconstruct tracks & wires, because after this long stop, they are totally damaged.

However, there is a plan to beautify this terminus, just like ‘60 & ’70. At that time it was very beautiful and planned, but gradually it has declined, especially after introducing bus service. CTC have decided to transform it in such a way that visitors will go there to enjoy the tram’s glorious past. In the second phase, the CTC office in the depot, which functions as the control room for tram operations across the city, will be renovated keeping its façade intact. A part of the depot will be landscaped and kiosks set up to sell among other things, tram memorabilia.

The lamp posts in the depot will have a vintage look and a children’s corner will be carved out. A multi-level cafeteria will come up at one end of the landscaped garden. The area should be abuzz with people in the afternoons and evening.

The makeover plan includes a “passenger shelter” that will have boards displaying tram timings.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 03:13 PM   #43
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A metro is getting out from tunnel near Dumdum. This is the oldest elevated section of the metro system.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #44
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A train is running through so called ‘Circular Railway’. It is such named because it (almost) encircle Kolkata, and gives a 90% circular service, starting from Dumdum and ends also at Dumdum following a circular way, although endless looping is not possible. This line mostly runs parallel with river Hooghly, just next to riverbed.



Another train on the same line, stops at Bagbazar station. Hooghly River is on the left side (not shown in this photo). On the right side there are tram tracks (not shown in this photo). Previously there was a tram terminus here, but it was closed in 2011.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #45
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KOLKATA CITY | Public Transport

Kolkata, a city of 4.5 million people (as per 2011 Census), the capital of the State of West Bengal and the largest city in eastern India, contains 14.1 million people in its urban area (2011 Census), and over 15.7 million people in its metropolitan area, and is served by the following inter-connected modes of public transport:

(1) Metro Rail network: in operation since 1984 and several more lines are presently U/C; this is India's first underground Metro rail system and is now about 30 years old.

(2) Circular Rail: in operation since 1984, encircles the City and is inter-connected with the Metro rail.

(3) Tram network: in operation since 1880 and is India's only surviving tram system.

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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #46
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Kolkata Circular Rail

Map of the intertwined underground Kolkata Metro and the at-grade Circular Rail:


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Please note: The Prinsep Ghat - Kidderpore - Remount Road - Majerhat section has been operating although this map indicates it's still U/C that's not true. Thanks to forumer micro for pointing it out.

The map above is an older version and has some errors; thanks to Ashis Mitra for pointing it out:-

a) Tollygunge – New Garia section of metro line 1 opened in 2010.

b) Ultadanga Road station on the Circular Railway closed after a larger station (the Kolkata Station) opened near that station about 10 years ago.

c) Metro line 2 has changed as follows-
i) G.T.Road station will be named as Howrah Maidan.
ii) Presently, this line will start from this station, and the remaining section upto New Dasnagar will be constructed later and isn't scheduled yet. In the future it may be extended upto Dhulagarh.
iii) There will be no crossing with line 1 at Chandni Chowk; line 1 will intersect at Central.
iv) There will be no such station named Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg. Originally Bowbazar station was planned there, but now it has been cancelled due to land acquisition issues.
v) This line will not go via Kankurgachhi, but will go via Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Football Stadium).
vi) After Bengal Chemical, the stations will be at City Centre, Central Park & Karunamayi.
vii) The original plan of extension upto Rajarhat has now been cancelled; instead, a separate line (line 6) is under construction on Rajarhat (New Town).

The present Circular Railway map:-


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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #47
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Circular Rail

The Circular Rail encircling the City:

>>please scroll for the entire image>>

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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:55 PM   #48
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Circular Rail Stations

There are 20 Circular Rail Stations in Kolkata City.

They are:
• Dum Dum (start)
• Patipukur
• Chitpur
• Tala
• Bagbazar
• Shovabazar
• Burrabazar
• B.B.D. Bagh
• Eden Gardens
• Prinsep Ghat
• Kidderpore
• Remount Road
• Majherhat
• New Alipore
• Tollygunge
• Lake Gardens
• Ballygunge
• Park Circus
• Sir Gurudas Banerjee Halt
• Bidhannagar Road
• Dum Dum (return)

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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #49
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Beyond Dum Dum Station, the Circular Rail connects to the Kolkata International Airport.

Kolkata's Circular Railway has been extended from Dum Dum Cantonment to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.
A 3.8 km extension from DumDum Cantonment station and includes two elevated stations.

It runs at grade to UK Dutta Road and then on an elevated structure to the airport passing through Jessop, Jessore Road, VIP Road, and the domestic terminal road.
This project was an undertaking by the Kolkata Metro.

An aerial of the Metro Line# 2 at Karunamoyi:


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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #50
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A nice year-old video of Kolkata Docks from the Circular Rail:

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Kolkata Docks from Circular Rail


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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #51
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Circular Rail passes the Hooghly River (River Ganga in Kolkata) riverfront; you can see the bridge on the river in the background:

Photo courtesy Suncity; taken in April 2012-

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The local trains definitely need a blue and white colour combination. The green yellow doesn't look good.

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Old March 18th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #52
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An aerial of a Kolkata Circular train running through the lush green Lake Gardens areas:


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Old March 18th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #53
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Chitpur Station (Circular Railway):

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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:11 AM   #54
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Kolkata Metro: Line 1 completed and Line 2 U/C

India's first Metro Rail system:

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Kolkata's metro started commercial operations in 1984 and is currently being expanded in all directions.

Map (view on google maps)


Operational:
Line 1: Dum Dum to New Garia - 25 kms with 23 stations

Under Construction:
Line 2: Howrah Maidan to Salt Lake Sector V - 14.67 kms with 12 stations
Line 3: BBD Bagh to Joka - 16.72 kms with 13 stations
Line 4: Noapara - Barasat - 18 kms
Line 6: New Garia - NSCB Airport - 32 kms with 24 stations

Approved (construction to commence soon):
Line 1: Dum Dum - Dakshineswar (extension)
Line 5: Baranagar - Barrackpore - 14.5 kms

Line 2 Rolling Stock - to be supplied by CAF (16 rakes consisting of 6 coaches each)
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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:16 AM   #55
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Inside the Maidan Metro Station:


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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #56
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Signage in Maidan Station:

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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:22 AM   #57
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A nice video of an airconditioned Kolkata Metro train at one of the few elevated stations-

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Kolkata Metro

Line 2 tunnels; line 2 is being constructed under the Hooghly River from Kolkata to its twin-city Haora:

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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:28 AM   #59
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Kolkata Tram Network

The 130-year-old tram network has been re-developed over the years, and is quite swanky and holds the distinction of being the only surviving tram network in India today.

A picture of the Kolkata tram-


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(2) Circular Rail: in operation since 1984, encircles the City and is inter-connected with the Metro rail.
At which frequency do the circular trains run?
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