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Old September 12th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #1
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BANGLADESH | Railways

Metre gauge 2718 leaves Mymensingh with the Balaka Express, the 1500 to Dhaka. The train is well loaded with plenty of people on the roof.


metre gauge 2806, a 1995 build from DLW Varanasi,India and 2224 a 1963 EMD, stand at Dhaka Kamlapur loco shed. Women do their share of heavy work here.


A line of redundant HHD class shunt engines, built by Ganz of Hungary in 1980, stand at Khulna shed. The nearest loco is actually number 7004, the loco carrying it`s number in Bangla script.
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ALCO clone 6411, built as recently as 2004 by DLW in Varanasi, India. The loco is 5 feet 6 inch gauge. Khulna shed staff pose on the loco watched by a future employee.


An inspection trolley is reflected in a pond as it crosses a bridge over the Dhaka line nearing Mymensingh from Gouripur.


metre gauge 2907, built in 2000 by Hyundai Rotem in South Korea, leaves Mymensingh with train 48, the "Dewanganj Express", 1225 Dewanganj Bazar to Dhaka.
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metre gauge HHD class, No 3320,built by Ganz in Hungary 1983,passes through a textile market as it arrives at Bogra on train 20,the "Bogra Express", 1345 Gaibandha to Santahar. Stall holders need swift reactions to clear the tracks of their wares.


metre gauge 2912, built in 2000 by Hyundai Rotem in South Korea, nears Dhaka on 0715 from Chittagong,The "Mahangar Probhati". Slums line the trackside here. Many of the residents scrape a living by breaking bricks for hardcore


metre gauge MLU-14 number 2315, built MLW 1969, leaves Sylhet on 0820 to Akhaura, The Kushiara Express


5 feet 6 inch gauge MLW, built 1970, shunts coaches at Khulna while a cow enjoys eating the track. The loco number is in Bangla script.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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It's not a pleasure to see
Why don't Institutions like UN help out this country, to surpass this misery ?
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damnn and i thought my country has cra_py railways
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so.... where are you from?
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I don't get all this riding on the roof business! If a train is too crowded miss it like the rest of us would!
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Great documentation, thanks for the thread!
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Two terms all the detractors here ought to think about. If you don't know what they mean, you're a lost cause regardless.

Parochialism

Seductiveness of moral disgust
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1216799

Lotta info in that active thread
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Two terms all the detractors here ought to think about. If you don't know what they mean, you're a lost cause regardless.

Parochialism

Seductiveness of moral disgust
well, silly people just LOVE to feel better about themselves by contrasting their situation to something that they think is inferior - this is disgusting atitude...There are a lot of such individuals in first-world countries
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Bangladesh Railways in 2008 https://www.flickr.com/photos/youthw...7638512795106/

And in 2012: https://www.flickr.com/photos/youthw...7629474338858/ (includes the famous Karwan Bazar market and slum that encroach on the tracks.
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well, silly people just LOVE to feel better about themselves by contrasting their situation to something that they think is inferior - this is disgusting atitude...There are a lot of such individuals in first-world countries
Such overpopulation will bring endless pain, famine, ecosystem break down, environmental hazards and pollution and mass emigration. I think EU will shut its borders.

I hope Bangladesh will wake up and start to reduce it's birthrate to 1,5 kids per women or even less...

And this country will need very big, very long, very spacious trains, frequent trains... Because of huge overpopulation people are transported like some cargo goods and they don't seem happy. Same goes for India and Pakistan..
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I don't think we should continue this discussion long, considering how OT it is, but curtailing a country's birthrate, deeming it "excessive", is akin to punishing a country for being poor. You need to read a bit to get an understanding of population dynamics and demographic transitions. Bangladesh needs economic development, not population control.

On that note, is there any news about rail developments, e.g., new lines or new rolling stock?
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Such overpopulation will bring endless pain, famine, ecosystem break down, environmental hazards and pollution and mass emigration. I think EU will shut its borders.

I hope Bangladesh will wake up and start to reduce it's birthrate to 1,5 kids per women or even less...

And this country will need very big, very long, very spacious trains, frequent trains... Because of huge overpopulation people are transported like some cargo goods and they don't seem happy. Same goes for India and Pakistan..
Just want to point out that you are factually wrong on population growth. Bangladesh is a success story in family planning. As of now the fertility rate is 2.3 children per women. And it is continuing to shrink. The main problem of Bangladesh is that continuing migration from rural areas to cities like Dhaka. This is mainly because of soil degradation due to rising sea levels which leads to infiltration of salt water, making the soil unusable for farming.

Of course, the lack of a modern transport system also plays in. There's only 5-6 daily trains between Dhaka and Chittagong.

Bangladesh is a small country, a modern high speed network could solve many of it's transport problems.


Please read more here on Bangladesh family planning: http://www.bangladeshchronicle.net/i...success-story/

Also, see the brilliant Hans Rosling explain about poverty and family sizes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkSO9pOVpRM
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From Rail Journal:

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Bangladesh Railway invites bids for locomotive fleet
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BANGLADESH Railway (BR) has issued a tender for the supply of a fleet of 70 metre-gauge diesel-electric locomotives

The contact includes commissioning and trial running of the locomotives, the training of BR engineers, and the provision of a service engineer in Bangladesh. The locomotives will be based at two depots in Chitagong and Dinajpur. Closing date for bids is February 18 2015
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A documentary that aired recently on BBC Four here in the UK about "The Maitree Express", a train service that runs between Calcutta (Kolkata) and Dhaka.



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From Railway Gazette:

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EIB lends €135m for Bangladesh Railways
19 Oct 2015



BANGLADESH: The European Investment Bank is providing the government with a €135m loan to finance upgrading, double-tracking and signalling renewals on the 72 km Laksam – Akhaura route.

The project forms part of a broader programme to upgrade the 321 km Dhaka – Chittagong corridor by 2022. The total project cost is €555m, with Asian Development Bank providing €332m and the government €88m. The project will be managed by Bangladesh Railways

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