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Old August 1st, 2009, 10:18 AM   #121
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Rajgir bound Shramjeevi Express passes under the DMRC's under-construction Yamuna Bank - Vaishali line

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Old August 1st, 2009, 07:57 PM   #122
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Grt work man. Keep it up!
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Old August 6th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #123
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Very nice pics, thanx!
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Old September 1st, 2009, 01:42 AM   #124
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Nice pics, one thing thats strikes me is that old colonial style railway station, its refreshing to see that they havent gone for that flashy glass and flat tv screen look most of us are doing now. Its what a nice hill station should look like and it evokes a feeling of happiness and old country that we seem to have lost. good going on the pictures, we used to live in this town called Nagrota, and we used to drive up to Udhampur on the weekends (1983) nice to see theres a train that goes there now.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 01:47 AM   #125
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very nice...

is there any HSR project?
I hope so, but I also hope that all new development keeps in mind India's indigenous peoples and there needs as well, Im so impressed to see that trains in India still look like trains and not space ships, albeit there still is scope for alot of improvement, trains in India still evoke the past with there sounds and rocking at night, a trip on an Indian train is almost never forgotten.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 01:49 AM   #126
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An interesting documentry on Indian Railways, yes it's a little twee, but it gives an impression of what they are like!

i saw this, this is like 20 years old though, I saw it on pbs in America.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 03:51 AM   #127
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India not to impose service tax on goods sent by rail

NEW DELHI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The Indian government has withdrawn a proposal to impose service tax on goods transported by rail, a government official said on Tuesday.

"Government has decided to exempt transport of goods in containers by rail from service tax, scheduled from Sept 1," Hemambika R. Priya, spokeswoman for Central Board of Excise and Customs, told Reuters.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had proposed to impose 10.3 percent service tax on transport of goods by rail in the federal budget.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 02:04 AM   #128
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Lovely pics, I'm hoping in my lifetime I get to see India have true High Speed Rail, there is enormous potential for it to flourish.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:07 PM   #129
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Indian Trains

Hello Everybody, I am a train fanatic and on my recent trip to India which was this Februrary of 2010, I shot these videos of trains and I put them on youtube, if anyone is interested you can check them out, here are some of the links.

http://208.117.236.69/user/SOLANKI78#p/u/7/r6p0EhGamWs

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I hope you like these videos.
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Old April 7th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #130
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INDIA | Railways

Hi all,

Since I could find no thread on Indian Railways, I decided it was time to add one.


16th April, 1853...............The Beginning

The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane.

The idea of a railway to connect Bombay with Thane, Kalyan and with the Thal and Bhore Ghats inclines first occurred to Mr. George Clark, the Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government, during a visit to Bhandup in 1843.

The formal inauguration ceremony was performed on 16th April 1853, when 14 railway carriages carrying about 400 guests left Bori Bunder at 3.30 pm "amidst the loud applause of a vast multitude and to the salute of 21 guns."
The first passenger train steamed out of Howrah station destined for Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles, on 15th August, 1854. Thus the first section of the East Indian Railway was opened to public traffic, inaugurating the beginning of railway transport on the Eastern side of the sub-continent.

In south the first line was opened on Ist July, 1856 by the Madras Railway Company. It ran between Veyasarpandy and Walajah Road (Arcot), a distance of 63 miles. In the North a length of 119 miles of line was laid from Allahabad to Kanpur on 3rd March 1859. The first section from Hathras Road to Mathura Cantonment was opened to traffic on 19th October, 1875.

These were the small beginnings which is due course developed into a network of railway lines all over the country. By 1880 the Indian Railway system had a route mileage of about 9000

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LOGO:

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Trains between stations :

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/between_Imp_Stations.html

Railway Map :

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/images/rail-map.jpg


Introduction :

Part I :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoPmV...eature=related

Part II :

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Part III :

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Part IV :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na4xV...eature=related

Part V :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8lNg...eature=related
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Rajdhani Express

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Old April 15th, 2010, 06:39 AM   #134
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Palace on Wheels


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Railway Tourism :

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/tag...wayTourism.pdf (13.13 MB)
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When you travel in Indian Railways, you may face a lot of problems. Many of these problems are created by the passengers. You will see that most of the trains are dirty. Toilets are horrible. Food supplied is not hygienic. Your suggestions in detail to improve the services of Indian Railways may please be posted here. Data thus collected here can be forwarded to the Railway authorities time to time.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #137
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There's a very active Railways and Transportation section in the Indian forum.
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"Black beauties" fire up India's railway tourism

NEW DELHI, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The pounding of pistons, the rhythmic chuff of a locomotive and storybook names such as "Fairy Queen" are all part of the allure of India's old-fashioned steam railways, which once tied together this vast nation.

Now, heritage train aficionados are turning their passion towards the foreign tourist market, hoping for even more attention -- and preservation -- for the "Iron Ladies" they love.

"Steam heritage tourism is a potential tourism sector for the country," said Ashwani Lohani, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, Indian Railways.

"The presence of raw fire that fires raw power in the belly of steam locomotives attracts tourists, and the unique sound, the rocking gait, the shrill whistle, the throbbing body and an open design... are features that impart an irresistible charm to these black beauties," he added.

Lohani, once director of India's National Rail Museum and who piloted the historic run of the Fairy Queen, an 1855 steam locomotive recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest working locomotive, is hardly alone in his passion.

There are several fan clubs on social networking websites, as well as magazines and blogs about travel to unusual places.

Others pour their hearts into fashioning model trains or dreaming about doing so. A museum dedicated to train miniatures in the western city of Pune has over 400 working model trains which draw more than 500 people every week.

"There are people who come to purchase these models and stock them in their drawing rooms and there are those who just admire them but can't afford to buy them because of their price, which vary from $100 to $300," said Ravi Joshi, who runs the museum.

Now, with a growing number of foreign visitors coming for vacations and even weddings in India, tour operators are hoping to cash in on increasingly broad interest.

TOURISM STEAMING AHEAD

"There was a time when foreign travellers will be interested to travel only by luxury tourist trains of India such as Palace on Wheels," said Ashok Sharma at travel firm Real India Journeys.

"Now there are hard-line steam railway travellers and photographers who come in huge groups every week. We refer to them as 'narrow-gauged' or 'single-tracked.'"

Some 80 foreign tourists rode the Fairy Queen during its last season of roughly 12 to 14 runs, while more than 1,200 visited the National Rail Museum from October to December last year.

Yet despite growing interest, train enthusiasts feel efforts towards preservation have been few and far between after a noticeable decline in the number of steam trains two decades ago.

"Many countries, especially the UK, retained a sizable number of steam locomotives, primarily for the twin causes of heritage and tourism. India also could have retained more of steam than what it has," said Lohani from Indian Railways.

Looking to the future, the Indian Steam Railway Society, established in 1999, has earmarked 53 routes for steam heritage train journeys in India. Many of the journeys include scenic train routes such as Darjeeling, Niligiri and India's erstwhile hill capital of Shimla, all likely to be popular with tourists.

Enthusiasts notched one victory last year when the sprawling Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed, India's only remaining locomotive shed, was transformed into a tourist spot with attractions that include nine working locomotives.

Fans, of course, are thrilled.

"We were surprised when an engineer in the shed came to us and said, 'let me fire up a steam loco for you guys.' The placard on the train said 'Rewari Queen"" said Parthajit Dasgupta, a wildlife photographer.

"There was a feeling of awe that rocked me as I watched the Iron Lady take her mighty steps."
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Any High Speed Rail being planned in India?

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