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Old May 16th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #781
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Old May 18th, 2015, 08:57 AM   #782
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Longest Running Rajdhani 12431 Trivandrum Central - Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express led by Golden Rock Ponmalai (GOC) WDP 3A #15519 rumbles over the tallest viaduct in Konkan Railway - The Panval Viaduct (पानवल)!!

This was my first visit to Konkan Railway for a trainspotting trip! Cheers.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 07:36 AM   #783
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12123 Mumbai - Pune Deccan Queen Express completed 85 years of service on 1 June 2015. It entered into 86th year of service. On this occasion Kalyan WCAM 3 #21958 led it to Pune!!

Seen here is 1213 Deccan Queen skipping Dadar!!
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Old June 7th, 2015, 11:32 AM   #784
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The legendary Deccan Queen Express.

86 years since its introduction on the then Bombay VT-Poona route, this train is now sort of a lifeline for the daily commuters shuttling between the two cities on a regular basis. This is apparently the only train in India to have a dining car for passengers. The Dining Car was withdrawn from service last year owing to the carriage being at the end of its codal life but was re-introduced albeit with a newly built one on June 1st, 2015 which happens to be the 86th birthday of Deccan Queen. Had a chance to travel on this train recently and here's a video that shows the impeccable priority that the Queen enjoys along the route. There's a saying that people used to set their watches on the sight of the Queen breezing past them, such used to be the punctuality of the legend. Of course, it still is punctual to the dot, 9 out of 10 times, but the growing traffic on this section has definitely taken a toll on the Queen as well and it now runs slower than it did a few years back!

Known as Dakkhan chi Rani(Marathi), Dakkhan ki Rani(Hindi) or Deccan Queen...

The pantry serves delectable snacks that live up to the Queen's subordinates' expectation. A must travel train if you happen to chance upon an opportunity to travel between Pune and Mumbai.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpgRUbKrqD4
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Old June 8th, 2015, 04:53 PM   #786
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From Railway Gazette:

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Mumbai network switches from DC to AC
08 Jun 2015



INDIA: Central Railway has announced that ‘a historic milestone was achieved’ at 05.37 on June 8, with completion of the conversion of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Mumbra slow lines and CST – Thane fast lines from 1·5 kV DC to 25 kV AC electrification.

The Mumbai CST – Kalyan route was electrified at 1·5 kV DC under a programme which saw the first section go live in 1925 (RG 1.25 p107). However, Central Railway said the aging system was not able to meet modern power demands, and there was limited space for additional substations

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Old June 11th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #787
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Contract awarded for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
Thursday, June 11, 2015



DEDICATED Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCL) has awarded a Rs 50.8bn ($US 79.4m) contract to a joint venture of GMR Infrastructure and SEW Infrastructure to build a 402km section of the 1839km Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

The double-track section will link New Bhaupur and Mughalsarai, and is part of the central section of the new line which will connect Dankuni near Kolkata with Ludhiana. The project is being funded by the World Bank

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Old June 30th, 2015, 12:01 PM   #788
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The Meter Gauge. Or in other words, India's Lost Railways. The little trains that ran across the country a few decades back are now an endangered entity. Just a few MG lines exist and even those will sooner or later be closed for gauge conversion. Jaipur-Churu is one such MG line in Rajasthan under North Western Railway and I got an opportunity to travel from Jaipur to Ringas and back. Decided to document the trip and here it is.

The trains have been cleared for a maximum speed of 75kmph and are hauled by YDM4 locomotives from Phulera(FL) Diesel Shed. There is only unreserved second class and no reserved coaches. Several pairs of passenger trains and one Intercity Express run on this line.

The video contains departure from a few stations, the engine sounds, the vistas along the route, speeding through a few sections and the nostalgia arousing 'token exchange'. Video has been shot from a casual rail traveler's perspective. Enjoy!

Had posted a slightly different version of this previously but that had to be deleted. Uploaded a slightly better edited version now. Do watch!
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZfVoWD1kDs
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 03:57 AM   #789
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So now is the entire Mumbai suburban network is under 25kV?
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So now is the entire Mumbai suburban network is under 25kV?
From the article dimlys linked to No, it is not. It is planned and part of the same project.
The article also mentions new trains with re-generative braking and increased top speeds from 80 to 100 km/h.
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 01:25 PM   #791
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Hi everybody!
I' m looking information on freight train speed in India and some other countries (Germany, USA, Canada, France, China)... it's pity i can't find any info on national operators web-sites of the above countries... please, help me find info on freight train speed (average speed, service speed and freight delivery speed)
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From the article dimlys linked to No, it is not. It is planned and part of the same project.
The article also mentions new trains with re-generative braking and increased top speeds from 80 to 100 km/h.
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new EMU order details

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In line with railway minister Suresh Prabu’s announcement in this year’s railway budget on acquiring electrical multiple units (EMU)-based train sets for intercity journeys, the Indian Railways has floated global tenders worth Rs 2,500 crore, involving the procurement-cum-maintenance of 15 EMU sets.
The selected bidder would require to manufacture and supply about 15 EMU train sets comprising 315 rail cars, sources said, adding 23 companies including Hitachi India, Toshiba, BHEL, Siemens, Medha Servo Drives and Alstom participated in the pre-application conference held by the railway ministry on Wednesday.
EMU train sets will operate at speeds ranging from 130-160 km per hour.The railways proposes to introduce in the near future these modern EMU train sets for running premium the Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains, without any additional expenditure on existing track and signalling infrastructure.
http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/railways-floats-r2500-crore-tender-for-high-speed-train-sets/93836/
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Indian freight-only rail line sector getting more efficient with the additional funds released by World Bank as a third phase to support India.It is a great movement of goods between northern and eastern parts of the country.


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So now is the entire Mumbai suburban network is under 25kV?
Except harbour line everything is 25KV AC.
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Except harbour line everything is 25KV AC.
Do you know when they started installing 25kV? and when they plan to finish the Harbour line?
IS 25kV going to be the all-India standard?
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Do you know when they started installing 25kV? and when they plan to finish the Harbour line?
IS 25kV going to be the all-India standard?
Don't know when they started it. They planned to finish all the conversion last year but due to height issue under some old bridges it was delayed. So carrying the delay ahead it would be a couple of years or more for harbour line. Another issue is shortage of rakes due to which things are getting delayed. Hopefully they would start arriving in some months and then the conversion of harbour line can take place.

Yes, 25 kV is all-India standard for the time. All the diesel territories that are being wired have 25kV AC Supply.
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