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Old August 15th, 2017, 06:42 AM   #12601
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inaugural run of bandra patna humsafar express . it is the upgraded humsafar express . it's nice that they have added a urinal in the toilets ,with automatic flush . hope people use it and still don't pee on the seat
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Old August 15th, 2017, 11:23 AM   #12602
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1> Apart from japan i donot think privation of railways had help any country. Infact it has down reverse .(IF its actually helped then kindly let me know)
It's helped at very minor, suburban or regional levels, or for single routes. In Sweden, private operators run various suburban and regional train services as well as the lucrative Stockholm-Gothenburg route. The rest of the country, though, is run by the national operator SJ. In Italy, private trains are run by NTV, partly owned by Ferrari, whose trains even resemble cars by Ferrari, but they operate outside the main stations.

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2> I donot think gov would able to privitiaze it without parliamnet approval , because some of psu`s privatization has been landed in court and court asked gov to fist take approval of parliament.
It does not have to happen first. Rather, Railways needs to be split up into fixed infrastructure, rolling stock and service operations, all Government-owned but autonomous.

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Coming to important question there are some 150+ psu under gov controlled which are neither maharatna or navrantna and all this are loss making psus

Gov wont make any money when they sell such units.Just they might get some value on land etc.
They can cut back on losses and put in money where it's needed- welfare schemes that are actually needed. Whether Railways is one such isn't clear, although the narrative being made is that Air India is draining Government coffers.

Besides splitting up IR in multiple, specialised divisions, track access can be opened up for private players to operate. Suburban and Regional operations can be sold off to a private bidder. Higher-speed operations within 800 km can be run by a private operator. Railways can be allowed to call for global tenders for new rolling stock, but with sensible production numbers like those of the GE/Alstom locomotives (by far the biggest success or catch for Railways).

Some businesses, though, have little to no chance of profit- fixed infrastructure in particular. Britain is one example, if you read or watch some videos. Railtrack was the private franchise who looked after fixed infrastructure, and they went bankrupt- so the division was re-nationalised as Network Rail.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 04:26 AM   #12603
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People moving to aircraft cannot be stopped by railways. But now more and more airports are getting crowded. Some airports like Mumbai cannot handle any more increase in aircrafts. The airfare will also increase in most routes.

IR has legacy issue like shortage of rolling stock. there is max 5000 coaches made every year and there are 17000 trains with average 12 coaches. So let alone introducing new trains replacing coaches itself is an big task.

He is doing right stuff by introducing trains for each segments. In the past trains have to stop in all intermediate stops for political reasons. now it has stopped.

Even second class coaches are getting better coaches. More amenities and coaches are much cleaner. Earlier we will not be able to stand in station due to filthy smell of waste on tracks now it is slowly disappearing.

I was surprised at the cleanness in small station. I think this is a temporary phase as more and more tracks are built they will introduce more trains.

IR has best advantage in distance of less than 500 kms. They have to concentrate on more short distance trains and MEMU trains.
Why is the reformist government not increasing heavily subsidized non-AC fares? Increase it and still keep it lower than Bus transport. That itself will fetch huge revenue.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 06:11 AM   #12604
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GE Transportation unveils Indian Railways Evolution locomotive




The first of the 1 000 Evolution Series diesel locomotives which GE Transportation is to supply to Indian Railways has been unveiled at Erie in the USA (Photo: David Lustig).

The GE locomotives for Indian Railways will have a livery based on colours representing energy and freshness.
INDIA: The first of 1 000 Evolution Series diesel locomotives which GE Transportation is to supply to Indian Railways over 10 years was unveiled at the manufacturer’s plant at Erie in the USA on June 1.

GE Transportation is to supply 700 locos of 4 500 hp and 300 of 6 000 hp under a US$2·6bn joint venture agreement signed with the Ministry of Railways in November 2015, the largest contract ever won by GE in India. They will have Tier 1 GEVO engines.

The first 100 of the twin-cab 1 676 mm gauge locomotives are to be exported from the USA complete or in kit form. To meet the requirement for local production under the government’s Make in India programme, the other 900 are to produced with mainly Indian components at a factory which GE is building at Marhowra in Bihar. This is expected to be completed later this year, and will produce two locomotives per week for the current contract.

GE will also develop facilities at Roza in Uttar Pradesh and Gandhidham in Gujarat to support long-term maintenance of the fleet.

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Colour scheme isnt too great either


Question is when already DLW, Varanasi is producing dual cab engines of 4500hp why do we need again 700 locos of 4,500hp from GE, atleast we could have gone for 6000hp or the latest technology of 7500hp disel locos from GE. Plus colour scheme doesnt look good either.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 08:00 AM   #12605
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This news was already posted here in and I also post video of making trial in factory
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Old August 16th, 2017, 06:14 PM   #12606
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This news was already posted here in and I also post video of making trial in factory
I am only asking about the transfer of old technology, I am not dicussing about the news part, that is an old news for now.
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Old Yesterday, 04:23 AM   #12607
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Chennai-Madurai railway line doubling and electrification by December

Doubling between Ponmalai and Thanjavur (47 km), Changanasseri and Chingavanam (9.5 km) is also targeted for completion during this year.



Chennai: Doubling with electrification of Chennai-Madurai railway line running to about 497 km will be completed by this year since the balance 25 km is scheduled for completion by December 2017, southern railway general manager Vashishta Johri told railway staff after unfurling the tricolour at the Independence Day function held at Ayanavaram RPF grounds here on Tuesday. Doubling between Ponmalai and Thanjavur (47 km), Changanasseri and Chingavanam (9.5 km) is also targeted for completion during this year and this will benefit the public and the railway operations, the GM said. On the passenger front, Southern Railway has carried 1.9 per cent more passengers than last year with a consequent increase of 4.9 per cent in passenger earnings. On the freight side, the earnings are nearly at the same level as last year, although we loaded about 2.5 MT less than last year, due to changes in pattern in the movement of coal rakes and the surge in electricity generation through alternate means. With the increase in ordinary working expenses to Rs 3018 crore the railway operating ratio has become 165.8 percent till July 2017. Based on the instructions from railway minister Suresh Prabhu, the southern railways have embarked on a journey of transformation as announced in the Budget. Under the budget announcements substantial improvements are planned in passenger safety, cleanliness, developmental works and financial performance, the GM added.

Naveen Gulati, divisional railway manager, Chennai division, and L. Sudhakar Rao, chief administrative officer, (Construction) southern railway also hoisted the national flag.

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Indian Railways capex jumps 36 pct to Rs 32,000 cr, retains status as key driver of public capital expenditure


The Indian Railways has achieved a robust 36% year-on-year growth in capital expenditure to Rs 32,000 crore during April-July 2017, entrenching its status of the last couple of years as a key driver of public capex. The transporter’s Q1FY18 capex jump comes on top of a 19% annual growth in its capital investments in 2016-17 and 59% in 2015-16. The railways has planned a capital expenditure of Rs 1,31,000 crore for the financial year 2017-18, of which Rs 69,000 needs to be raised through budgetary resources and Rs 62,000 crore through extra budgetary means. While expenditure from the budgetary resources till July 2017 was Rs 17,000 crore, some Rs 15,000 crore was raised from extra budgetary resources.
The Centre’s overall budgetary capex for April-June increased 39% y-o-y to Rs 68,328 crore, of which nearly 50% was defence-related. Roads, agriculture, urban development, and housing, apart from railways, were the beneficiaries due to front-loading of expenditure.
During April-July, the railways spent Rs 3,154 crore through institutional financing and Rs 6,627 crore through partnerships, a focus area since the carrier is financially constrained. These are up around 230% and 118%, respectively, compared with the same period a year ago.
The capex include investments in building tracks which saw a total spending of around Rs 8,500 crore, including construction of new lines, gauge conversion, doubling and track renewals.

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20 stations on Northern Railway to get over 500 CCTVs by March


NEW DELHI: Northern Railway has announced plans to install 573 new CCTV cameras by March next year at 20 new railway stations under them.
This will be the first time Northern Railway will make use of the Nirbhaya Fund allocated to Railways to ensure round-the-clock security for passengers. Currently, only 9 out of the 213 stations under them have CCTV cameras.
According to railway officials, Rs 12 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund was allotted to them. "Over the last three months, we have carried out a study to use the funds and mapped out all stations where crimes are higher than normal," said R N Singh, DRM, Delhi division.

New Delhi railway station currently has the most cameras under Delhi division with 152 CCTV cameras, followed by Old Delhi railway station which has 136.
The process is expected to start in the next few months and will be completed by March 2018, officials said. "The sensitive trains and stations have been outlined where crime was high in last one year," said a railways official.
Railway officials say currently 300 trains are being escorted by both the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) combined on routes where incidents are likely to occur. According to the data, 81 trains are being escorted by RPF personnel, while 219 trains have GRP presence.
Officials say efforts are also being made to remove unauthorized personnel from railway stations, like unauthorised vendors and trespassers. Till July 2017, Northern Railway has already prosecuted 9682 people under the Railway Act, with a total of 16504 cases recorded last year. Fines worth Rs 36.18 lakhs have also been collected.
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Why is the Indian Railways so retarded in design and aesthetics. Now they have contracted GE to build a really butt-ugly engine with the most uncouth design, things hanging out willy nilly, tubes exposed, engines wheels and suspension all exposed, tis like a creature with no elegant skin all the innards exposed. Stupid design. The new diesels for Amtrak are way better. Are there no great industrial designers left in India, why the hell do they need a GE to come with a trashy design. This is a huge failure on the part of the Babus and Mantrijis of IR. More rubbish foisted on the unwitting Indian folks. Don't these Babus and Mantrijis see other nations railway designs, are they so careless and chalta hai for their own nation's pride. I don't know what these chaps eat and drink daily. Must be rubbish that fills their putrid brains.

Here is one example of Amtrak diesel
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Why is the Indian Railways so retarded in design and aesthetics. Now they have contracted GE to build a really butt-ugly engine with the most uncouth design, things hanging out willy nilly, tubes exposed, engines wheels and suspension all exposed, tis like a creature with no elegant skin all the innards exposed. Stupid design. The new diesels for Amtrak are way better. Are there no great industrial designers left in India, why the hell do they need a GE to come with a trashy design. This is a huge failure on the part of the Babus and Mantrijis of IR. More rubbish foisted on the unwitting Indian folks. Don't these Babus and Mantrijis see other nations railway designs, are they so careless and chalta hai for their own nation's pride. I don't know what these chaps eat and drink daily. Must be rubbish that fills their putrid brains.

Here is one example of Amtrak diesel
That's a passenger locomotive. Passenger locomotives are built for higher speed, so they need to be streamlined. At the speeds at which freight trains will run, there's no need for streamlining, which may cost more per unit. These are what GE's freight locomotives look like. They're not aesthetically very modern, like those of Bombardier or Alstom, but get the job done for less.
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Host of rail projects to be launched tomorrow

Infrastructure projects expected to boost economy and enhance connectivity of north Karnataka

Railway infrastructure in north Karnataka will take a boost with Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu launching several initiatives, including commencement of new line work between Gadag and Wadi (257 km) and doubling of Gadag-Kudgi-Hotgi line (284 km).

The initiatives, falling under Hubballi-headquartered South Western Railway (SWR), is not only expected to enhance rail connectivity in north Karnataka, but also likely to boost the economy of the region. Gadag-Wadi new line, which has been pending for several years, is also expected to reduce rail-road distance between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The launch will be through videoconferencing from Goa on August 18.

Gadag-Wadi line


The 257 km-long Gadag-Wadi line passing through Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir and Kalaburagi districts and covering Yelburga, Kushtagi, Mudgal, Lingasugur, Shorapur and Shahpur is a prestigious project for the Railways.

The SWR said the line will help boost economy in the region and also play a key role in transportation of raw material and finished goods, besides serving travel needs of the public. Sanctioned in 2013-14, it is being undertaken at a cost of ₹2,841 crore under 50:50 cost sharing basis with Government of Karnataka. The government is also providing 3,472 acres of land required free of cost while 550 acres has already been handed over. The SWR has awarded contract for earthwork and minor bridges for 57 km between Talkal-Kushtagi at a cost of ₹85 crore. Acquisition of 640 acres of land between Shahapur-Wadi for 47 km line is in the advance stages.

Gadag-Hotgi doubling


Sanctioned in 2014-15, the 285 km Gadag-Kudgi-Hotgi line doubling will enhance the line capacity improving average speed. The National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., which is executing the 4,000 MW thermal power plant at Kudgi, is funding part of the (134 km) project under “Customer Funding Model” by investing ₹946 crore. The Railways will reimburse the investment through freight rebate once the project gets completed in 2019-20. The entire project is targeted for completion by 2020-21.

Other initiatives include dedication of new platform shelters at Gadag Railway Station; inauguration of new building for Chikkodi Road Station in Belagavi district; inauguration of newly constructed platforms 2/3 at Koppal Railway Station; and inauguration of platform shelters at Raibag Railway Station

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Manamadurai-Tiruchi railway section to be a green corridor

All trains in this section will have only bio-toilets very soon

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Very soon, Tiruchi-Manamadurai railway section will be declared a green corridor, free of human waste dropping on the tracks from conventional toilets of trains. Southern Railway is all set to replace conventional toilets with bio-toilets in all coaches of trains passing through this section (excluding Tiruchi railway junction).

Already, Madurai Division of Southern Railway chugged on with the honour of creating the first-ever green corridor of the country’s railway network between Manamadurai and Rameswaram in 2016.

Along with the 114-km-long track of first green corridor, the new section will make Tiruchi-Manamadurai-Rameswaram line the longest green corridor of Indian Railways, running to a distance of 265 km.

“At present, all the trains, except Pallavan Express, that pass through this section have been provided with bio-toilets. The retrofitment of bio-toilets in this train is under way at Madurai Railway Depot,” said Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Jay Prakash.

All the four toilets of each of the 24 coaches would be fitted with the undergear tank for bio-toilets along with strengthening of undergear and modification of pipelines. “It takes at least two days for the retrofitment work in each of the coaches. We are expected to complete the work in two months,” he added.

With introduction of bio-toilets that decompose human waste with bacteria, all the toilets in the trains and platforms in railway stations would not be reeking of foul smell. “The work of cleaning platforms of night soil will be done away with, giving a better and hygienic atmosphere,” he added.

The night soil that splashes on the tracks and undergear of trains also slowly corrodes them. “Now corrosion will be prevented and the tracks and undergear of trains will require less maintenance and will have longer life,” he added.

Madurai Division is also planning to make Manamadurai-Madurai and Manamadurai-Virudhunagar sections green corridors in phases.

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Railways upgrades amenities for passengers in Bihar

The Railways has brought some good cheer for Bihar, amid the gloom of floods and destruction, with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announcing a slew of amenities for passengers in the state. Among the most passenger-friendly moves, Prabhu announced the availability of Wi-Fi facility for passengers waiting at railway platforms for browsing the Internet at high speed. The service is being provided by RailTel in partnership with Google.
“Floods in Bihar have caused distress, I have directed concerned officers to extend all possible assistance to the people. We wanted to do this programme to ensure that people get the benefit of these amenities as soon as possible,” said Prabhu.
“In Chapra, we are also providing Wi-Fi. First we had a target of providing Wi-Fi at 140 stations, now we are targeting 200 stations to provide Wi-Fi this year and in two years time, we will provide it in 400 stations,” said Prabhu, going on to list the amenities provided at other railway stations across the state.
Prabhu also announced the foundation stone laying for Gaya Byepass, electrification of Bakhtiarpur-Rajgir section, and new amenities for Bihta station, which is 28 kms west of Patna and Chapra station. The Bihta Station is an important station connected with the state capital where dozens of long distance trains halt.
The amenities here include extension of platforms for accommodation of 24 coaches, extension of four platform sheds, provision of 12 benches for the passengers and a water booth. Chapra, not only gets the Wi-Fi connection, but also two escalators at a cost of Rs 145.54 lakh, 36 CCTV cameras, four water vending machine, each costing Rs 4.5 lakhs and a second entry gate is also being constructed at a cost of Rs 24.62 crore to meet the demand of passengers.
The minister also announced a green corridor in the Bhagalpur-Banka section of Malda Division wherein all the coaches will have bio-toilets by 2019-2020. Prabhu highlighted the importance of the electrification of Bakhtiyarpur-Rajgir section which was the missing link between two electrified corridors of Mughalsarai-Patna-Bakhtiyarpur-Sitarampur-Howrah (Delhi-Howrah main line) and Mughalsarai-Gaya-Dhanbad-Sitarampur-Howrah.
The proposed route via Tilaiya is a shorter route for transportation of coal to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Apart from coal, this line also carries fertilisers, food grains, cement and salt. “In the next few years, amenities for passengers will only get better. After becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had said that we will make the Railways such that people get the best amenities and they feel that everything has improved for the better,” said Prabhu.
The minister also announced the electrification of Meralgram-Renukut section which is a part of the Garwa road-Chopan-Singrauli line covering 257 kms passing through the states of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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