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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #541
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Kalighat Falta Railway

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The Kalighat Falta Railway (KFR) was one of four lines built in the early part of the 20th Century by McLeod & Company, a subsidiary of a London company of managing agents, McLeod Russell & Co. Ltd, to open up undeveloped parts of India, all of them in and around Kolkata. The running of the trains were managed by a company called the McLeod's Light Railways. This company also owned and managed the Ahmedpur-Katwa, Burdwan-Katwa and the Bankura Damodar Railway lines.

KFR was 26.95 miles (43.37 km) long, opened on 28 May 1917 from Gholeshapur in Behala to Falta and was extended a further 0.92 miles (1.48 km) to Majherhat on 7 May 1920. The lines used were a 2' 6" gauge railway track.

The KFR line was the first in India to use three brand new 2-6-2 side tank AK16 locomotives, built in November 1916 by WG Bagnall Ltd. of the Castle Engine Works at Stafford in England. They entered service with KFR in February, 1917. The 'AK' in the name stood for 'Ahmedpur-Katwa'. They were also known as the 'Delta Class' engines (since they were originally ordered by the Egyptian Delta Light Railways but were more successful in India) and they were very successful and a lot many were used in the following years till 1953 when the last order was placed. One of the 1916 built Bagnall locomotives has been preserved by the Phyllis Rampton Trust in the UK [1].

The Kalighat Falta line closed in 1957, some years after the independence of India, when the British owners, McLeod, folded up their operations in India, and the new Indian and West Bengal government thought it best to close down this stretch of railway tracks. The reclaimed land, from where the tracks used to be, has been used to construct a road - the James Long Sarani in Behala.
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Barasat Basirhat Railway

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Barasat Basirhat Railway (BBR) was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge railway line started by Martin & Co. in 1914 as part of their wide network of narrow gauge operations under the aegis of Martin's Light Railways. The line connected the two towns of Barasat and Basirhat near Calcutta (now Kolkata), in West Bengal, India.

The line was closed in 1955, after Indian independence (in 1947), when all such privately run lines were taken over by the government or were being closed.

But rather than suffer ignonimity and death, BBR got a fresh lease of life when Indian Railways placed the line under its Eastern Railways zone under Sealdah division and converted the route partly to broad gauge in 1962. Later on, this route was fully restored to 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) (Indian gauge) and local trains started plying the route.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 10:34 AM   #543
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Rajarhat-Basirhat Rail

Yes, there was a Railway connection in between Belgachhia(Calcutta) and Hasnabad(Taki)of the then Martin Company and unfortunately abolished in the year 1954. The name of the stations were like Baguiati, Narayanpur, Rajarhat, Langolpota, Kharibari,Aminpur, Beliaghata....Taki, Hasnabad etc. The Railway is no more but people didn't forget the station :RAJARHAT
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Old April 4th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #544
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TMC Poll Pranks .. Posting here so that forummers can laugh it out ...

There dariwala painter is rejoicing over Jyoti Basu's deadbody in his paintings. Now they are trying to run over Buddhadeb Bhattacharya in a graffiti. I think our political parties have hit a new low in their tastes or maybe it shows their culture of violence. Anyway I have seen better artwork in grafittis.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #545
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There are no issue based debates among constituents; just shallow flattery. What kind of election process is this? Babus have to take a hard look at it.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #546
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A new line is under construction from Dankuni to Furfura Sharif. Another line to Furfura Sharif from Baruiparha has announced recently. So in future we can go there by both from haorha/Shialdaha/Kolkata and Barddhaman. Both lines will meet at Furfura Sharif. Fram that point it will be extended to Champadanga, where it will cross the current constructing Barhgachhia – Tarakeshwar line. After crossing it will be further extended towards Arambag, where it will meet with current constructing Tarakeshwar – Bishnupur line. A branch will be constructed from Furfura Sharif to Jangiparha.

So, it is clear that a dense rail network will be constructed here in future.

1) From Dankuni, we can go to Tarakeshwar directly via Champadanga.
2) From Dankuni, we can go to Arambag directly via Champadanga, or via Champadanga & Tarakeshwar.
3) From Dankuni, we can go to Jangiparha via Furfura Sharif.
4) From Baruiparha, we can go to Arambag via Champadanga.
5) From Santragachhi, we can go to Tarakeshwar directly via Champadanga.
6) From Santragachhi, we can go to Arambag directly via Champadanga, or via Champadanga & Tarakeshwar.
7) Some express trains could also run following Dankuni – Furfura Sharif – Champadanga – Arambag – Bishnnupur – Bankurha and so on.
8) Some express trains could also run following Santragachhi – Barhgachhia - Champadanga – Arambag – Bishnnupur – Bankurha and so on.
9) Some express trains could also run following Santragachhi – Barhgachhia - Champadanga – Tarakeshwar – Dhanekhali– Barddhaman - Durgapur and so on.
10) Many combinations of EMU train service will also be possible utilizing those roots.

CAN ANYBODY POST HERE SOME PHOTOS OF FORMER NG RAILS TO AMTA, FALTA, RAJARHAT, BASIRHAT, MAGRA???
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Old April 6th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #547
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Refreshing update that one...btw what is the status of Tarakeshwar - arambagh - bishnupur line ???
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Old April 8th, 2011, 04:11 AM   #548
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One project which hasn't moved much despite two foundation stone laying ceremonies in 2001 and 2009 is the Jubilee Bridge. Google Earth has updated the view to 2011. Was expecting some major changes after all the media talk of fund allocation and flood of development. Is ER facing funds crunch or are there some technical issues? Anyone knows what's going on?

2001 - foundation stone by Railway Minister

2005 - google earth view



2007 - google earth view



2009 - foundation stone by Railway Minister for superstructure

2009 - google earth view




2011 - google earth view

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CAN ANYBODY POST HERE SOME PHOTOS OF FORMER NG RAILS TO AMTA, FALTA, RAJARHAT, BASIRHAT, MAGRA???
It's difficult to get old photos. I am posting some 1972 photos of Calcutta in the cityscape thread when Kolkata was the leading city of India.
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Dunno why ER is not giving importance to Jubilee Bridge. Its such an important link. Its important for timing synchronization between Howrah & Sealdah !!!

BTW, what is the detailed plan for the superstructure ???
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Monkey business at station

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A langur bit and scratched at least three passengers at Howrah station on Thursday before disappearing by jumping onto the roof of a running car.

Forest department personnel armed with a tranquilliser gun and a net and panting Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans, who had pursued the animal in vain for several hours, looked on helplessly as the car sped away, the driver oblivious to the passenger atop.

The primate’s first victim was 22-year-old Barun Mallick, who was waiting on platform 14 for a train to Midnapore that was to leave at 2.25am.

The langur caught Mallick unawares around 2.15am and scratched his right hand and face. He screamed for help but there was no one to rescue him.

The animal vanished as Mallick lay bleeding. Government Railway Police personnel arrived after some time and took him to Howrah District Hospital.

The langur was next spotted near the parcel shed, adjacent to the station, around 10.20am. “The RPF was put on vigil to ensure that it did not attack any other passenger,” said a railway official.

The catch-me-if-you-can game started around 12.30pm with the second attack, this time on a crowded platform.

Witnesses said the animal emerged all of a sudden and bit Shiekh Osman Ghani, a 30-year-old resident of Birbhum, in his face on platform 17. The other passengers on the platform ran away in panic.

“I was waiting for my train when there was a scream. I turned back to find a huge hanuman leaping away and a physically challenged man crying in pain,” said Pradip Sengupta, a resident of Kharagpur.

Within 15 minutes, the langur mauled two other passengers — Papu Mustafi, 21, and Raju Prasad, 25. All three were taken to the district hospital.

The railway authorities then called the district forest office for help, while RPF personnel, carrying sticks and batons, patrolled the platforms to ensure the langur was driven away if it came close to passengers.

Forest department officials, who arrived around 1.45pm with a cage, net and a tranquilliser gun, said the langur was an adult male, around three-and-a-half-feet tall with a five-foot-long tail.

All efforts to catch the animal, however, failed as the tranquilliser gun could not be fired at a station teeming with people.

“There were thousands of panic-stricken people and the target was always on the move. Tranquilliser shots could have easily hit passengers,” said Gautam Chakraborty, the district forest officer, Howrah.

Around 2.15 pm, the langur jumped onto the roof of a moving car on the road adjoining platform 9 and fled.

“It was funny and scary to see policemen chasing the animal as it ran across platforms and clambered up beams to climb the station shed whenever cornered,” said a passenger.

However, it jumped off the car on Bankim Setu and attacked a passerby. Imtiaz Ahmed (28) was bitten on his face and was seriously injured. He was rushed to the hospital and received stitches on the wound.

“The langur, in all likelihood, is part of one of the several herds of langurs found in Shibpur area,” said Chakraborty. “It was probably driven out from its herd by a dominant young male and so it became so aggressive,” he explained.

He said forest department personnel were keeping a vigil around Howrah station in case the langur returned.

No railway employee could remember another such incident in the crowded station. “Not in the past 20 years at least,” said a senior railway official.

A langur bite can lead to:

• Rabies

• Tetanus

• Infection leading to septicaemia

If bitten or scratched

• Clean the wound

• Take a tetanus toxoid dose within 24 hours

• Take an anti-rabies vaccine ideally within 72 hours
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Old April 10th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #552
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Refreshing update that one...btw what is the status of Tarakeshwar - arambagh - bishnupur line ???
Under construction very fast. Talpur - Arambag section and Gokulnagar - Maynapur section will be opened in 2012.

A new line is under construction between Remaount Road & Santoshpur via Gardenreach & Metiabruz. At present if someone wants to go Bajbaj from Princep Ghat, he/she must change train at Majherhat. The new line will connect with Bajbaj line, and Bajbaj locals can go directly to Binay Badal Dinesh Bag. It will be possible running EMU trains from Bajbaj to Barrackpur/Dankuni/Barasat via Santoshpur – Remount Road – Tala – Damdam.

Who knows, in future may be some express trains could run from Kolkata to Mumbai via Bagbazar – Remount Road – Santoshpur – Bajbaj – Pujali – Birshibpur – Bagnan & so on. Bajbaj – Pujali extension is under construction, and after that, this line will cross Hugli River & will be connected with Birshibpur.

Update: - COMMISSIONER OF RAILWAY SAFETY VISITED RECETLY ON RAYNAGAR – MATNASIBPUR & ANDAL – BARABANI – SITARAMPUR LINE. SO WE CAN HOPE THESE LINES WILL BE OPENED FOR PUBLIC AROUND JULY 2011.
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Roughly 50 years ago, there was an NG rail line from Majherhat to Falta via New Alipur. It ran parallel with current BG line from Majherhat to New Alipur, then turned right and soon entered at Gholsapur. There is a big rail colony in Gholsapur, where was the former steam loco shed. Gholsapur rail station building is still present. Then it followed the present James Long Sarani up to Joka. Stations were Gholsapur, Shakherbazar, Pailan, Bhasa, Amtala & so on. Near Joka it met with Diamond Harbor road, and followed the road just line tram line. Finally it reached at Falta. I heard that Falta station has now demolished, but the buffer is still present.

Joka tram terminus is the southernmost tram terminus. It was made based on an old tram stock, the only such terminus in Kolkata. Earlier it was planned to extend the tram line to Diamond Harbor, but later rejected. Now there is a plan to extend the metro line up to Diamond Harbor, but still not finalized.
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To linking between ER & SER, many lines are under construction or planned. After Masagram – Raynagar, Tarakeshwar – Bishnupur, Tarakeshwar – Barhgachhia, another very important link is now under construction. This line is starting from Khana of Barddhaman – Asansol line. From there it will meet with Bankurha – Raynagar line at Bowaichandi. Then it will continue aheading and meet with Tarakeshwar – Bishnupur line at Arambag. After that it will ahead again and finally it will come at Ghatal. In the latest budget, it was announced that line will move further and will connect at Panshkurha with Haorha – Kharhgapur line.

So, it is clear that a dense rail network will be constructed here in future.
1) From Khana, we can go to Bankurha directly via Bowaichandi.
2) From Khana, we can go to Bishnupur directly via Bowaichandi & Arambag.
3) From Khana, we can go to Panshkurha directly via Bowaichandi & Arambag.
4) From Masagram, we can go to Bishnupur directly via Bowaichandi & Arambag.
5) From Masagram, we can go to Panshkurha directly via Bowaichandi & Arambag.
6) From Tarakwshwar, we can go to Panshkurha directly via Arambag & Ghatal.
7) Some express trains could also run following Andal - Khana – Bowaichandi – Bankurha and so on.
8) Some express trains could also run following Andal - Khana – Bowaichandi – Arambag – Bishnupur - Bankurha and so on.
9) Some express trains could also run following Andal - Khana – Bowaichandi – Arambag – Ghatal – Panshkurha - Kharhgapur and so on.
10) Many combinations of EMU train service will also be possible utilizing those roots.

Note: - Khana – Bowaichandi line was planned since 2000, but work started only since early 2010.
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Howrah Station video

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NDLS-HWH Rajdhani entering HWH, it got stuck at Howrah outer for a while, also see at the end how the coolie jumps in and gives the video an abrupt ending!

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Another important new rail line will be constructed linking Memari & Dainhat via Negun. After its completion, EMU service will be introduced up to Katwa via Memari. A link to Katwa via Barrrdhaman is already under construction, it will be second. Some express trains could be run following Haorha/Shialdaha – Memari – Dainhat – Katwa – Azimganj & so on.

A branch will be constructed from Negun to Mangalkot. Mangalkot is notorious for political violence. I hope, rail line could decrease it. One day we can go to Mangalkot by Mangalkot local EMU.
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An escalator has been opened between old & new station building at Haorha.
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WOW would like to see a pic of this . Why was there no news in newspapers ?
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WOW would like to see a pic of this . Why was there no news in newspapers ?
All the journalists and photographers are doing "jolpona kolpona" about election results - who will get what, who will cut whom, who will deal with whom. Plus I guess there was no full page unprofessional looking Railway Advertisement with a photo of escalator surrounded by photos of Ministers, MPs and "Intellectuals" of a certain political clan. I miss those "All are welcome" (except Gautam Deb) advertisements.
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