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Old February 20th, 2011, 06:17 AM   #141
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Proposal to introduce 250-350 km/h trains in India

The Indian Ministry of Railways' white-paper Vision 2020[1] submitted to Indian Parliament by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on December 18, 2009[2] envisages the implementation of regional high-speed rail projects to provide services at 250–350 km/h, and planning for corridors connecting commercial, tourist and pilgrimage hubs. Six corridors have already been identified for technical studies on setting up of high-speed rail corridors: Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar, Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijayawada-Chennai, Howrah-Haldia, Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam, Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna. These high-speed rail corridors will be built as elevated corridors in keeping with the pattern of habitation and the constraint of land.
During Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Tokyo in December 2006, Japan assured cooperation with India in creating a high speed link between New Delhi and Mumbai.[3] In January 2009, the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad expressed keen interest in introducing bullet-trains in India. "The day is not far off when the bullet train will run in the country" Prasad said after getting a first-hand feel of the superfast trains traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto at a speed of about 300 km/h.[4] On a visit to India in December 2009, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama offered bullet-train technology to India. "Since its inception (in Japan), there has been no accidents. We will like to see this technology being used in India”, said Hatoyama. The proposal is under discussion, according to official sources.[5]
Not everyone in India is equally keen on introducing high-speed rail as the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or the former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad. On 18 February 2008, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa, described a "Bullet train 'as not in the state’s best interest'". He also said that his government will participate in the project only if the Chennai-Bangalore High Speed Rail Link is extended to Mumbai via Hubli, with an additional link to Mysore, both being single tracks on the normal broad gauge track. He also stated that "Such projects will help only the people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala come to Bangalore and not the people of Karnataka. If our suggestions are not taken into consideration, it would be difficult for Karnataka to support the projects envisaged by the Railways."[6]
Two new routes were later proposed by Indian Railways, namely Ahmedabad - Dwarka, via Rajkot, Jamnagar and other from Rajkot to Veraval via Junagadh[7]
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Old April 7th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #142
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Any High Speed Rail being planned in India?

Train is a big business in India
around 6 corridors are planned but all are in a nascent stage.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #143
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Old July 14th, 2011, 07:54 PM   #144
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ERS WDM3A 18555 carefully carries 16701 Chennai Egmore-Rameshwaram express on the mother of all bridges - Pamban. Speed limit 15 KM/HR.

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Old July 15th, 2011, 04:47 AM   #145
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Why the hell did they even build such a precarious bridge in the first place...
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Old July 15th, 2011, 08:01 AM   #146
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I would pay EXTRA money to ride in a train over a bridge like that. Especially if I could stand in an open doorway.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 12:09 PM   #147
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high speed rail news

*described as semi-high speed rail:
http://articles.timesofindia.indiati...-vadodara-kmph

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/va...-study/817335/
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #148
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Old July 21st, 2011, 07:16 PM   #149
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 11:18 AM   #150
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Indian Railways, abbreviated as IR, is thecentral government-owned railway company of India, which owns and operates most of the country's rail transport. It is overseen by the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India.
Indian Railways has more than 64,215 kms (39,901 mi) of track and 7,083 stations. It has the world's fourth largest railway network after those of the United States, Russia and China. The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country and carry over 30 million passengers and 2.8 million tons of freight daily.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #151
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Spacious and technologically advanced Super AC coaches for Rajdhani trains are on the anvil with the Rae Bareli coach factory being asked to undertake the new project.
"The conceptual design for the Super AC coach with just 44 berths is being finalised and instructions have been issued to the Rae Bareli coach factory for manufacturing a prototype," a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project said.
At present, the second AC coaches in Rajdhani trains have 55 berths, while there are 72 in third AC coaches.


Though the fare structure for the Super AC coaches is yet to be finalised, it is expected to be higher than the current second AC rates but less than first AC.
The railway coach factory in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh has been deemed the task of manufacturing 25 Super AC coaches for Rajdhani trains in the first phase.
"The unique feature of the new coach being designed in Rae Bareli is that it will be more spacious than the existing ones in Rajdhani trains. Later, we may consider it for other mail and express trains," the official said.


Proposed in the Rail Budget, the new Super AC coach with 44 berths will have wider windows and more leg space, particularly for side berth passengers.
"It is aimed at providing high-end service to passengers with better ambiance, more amenities and will also be equipped with a small pantry car," he said.
The lightweight Super AC coaches will be made of stainless steel and will have all safety features.
Besides the proposed Super AC coach, Rae Bareli factory is currently manufacturing new-generation Linke Holfmann Bush coaches.


"Six LHB coaches are ready to roll out from the factory," the official said.
The factory, which was inaugurated by Rae Bareli MP and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in 2009, is expected to cater to Railways' increasing demand for coaches by rolling out about 1,000 units every year.
"Our target is to manufacture 1,000 LHB coaches every year. In the first two years, we would produce 60 coaches a year as per the first phase production target," the official said.


"The coach factory spread over 1,500 acres of land is entirely eco-friendly and we have adhered to highest standard of pollution safety norms," the official said, adding that the
first phase 'always takes time as it involves acquiring land, procuring machinery and finalising contracts'.
Currently, the Railways requires about 4,000 coaches every year with the launch of nearly 100 new trains.
The annual requirement, however, is likely to go up to 6,000 coaches, according to a vision document.


While the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala produces 1,600 coaches, the output at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai is 1,500 a year. Railways procures 450 coaches from Bharat Earth Movers Limited.
The Railways have also finalised plans to set up coach factories at Kanchrapara, Haldia and Palghat.
"The manufacturing of coaches at Rae Bareli factory is crucial for Railways as we depend upon it to meet our growing requirement," the official said.


Now the conventional coaches in trains will gradually be replaced by high quality stainless steel-bodied high-speed coaches (LHB coaches), as in the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains at present.
These coaches have higher carrying capacity and passenger comfort and are safer in operations with features like the more efficient disc brakes and centre buffer couplers with superior anti-climbing features.


Apart from resistance to corrosion to give longer life, the official said, these coaches have modular fittings, microprocessor controlled air-conditioning, environment-friendly controlled discharge toilet systems.
"The riding of these coaches is much better and they have sound and thermal insulation, public address system, panoramic windows, toilet occupancy indicators and rounded berths," the official said.


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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #152
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Why do so many locomotives have those fences over the front-windows? Isn't that annoying for the driver? Is it because there are large wild birds which may damage the windows at high speeds?
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Old August 1st, 2011, 04:00 AM   #153
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Why do so many locomotives have those fences over the front-windows? Isn't that annoying for the driver? Is it because there are large wild birds which may damage the windows at high speeds?
I don't think those trains will travel at a speed high enough to sustain damage from birds. The grill over the windows is most likely to protect it from rocks thrown by kids.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 08:23 AM   #154
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Good to see there are some newer coaches on indian railways, those older ones break like cardboard, even though they weigh more than 50 tonnes
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Old August 28th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #155
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Meter gauge trains in action. All the lines shown in this video were converted to Broad Gauge in the last 10 years.
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