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Kerala to soon get a daily train to Rameswaram

Kochi: Kerala will soon get a daily train to Rameswaram. The service of the Thiruvananthapuram-Madurai Amritha Express will soon be extended to Rameswaram.

The railways had earlier objected to Kerala's demand for extending the Amritha Express, by citing that there wasn't sufficient time to fill water and clean the train.

However, the railways will now overcome this technical obstacle by modernising the rake link of the Amritha Express and interchanging it with the Chennai-Rameswaram Express.

The Chennai-Rameswaram train that reaches Rameswaram by 8.35 am will commence its journey to Kerala as Amritha Express at 12 noon. Similarly, the Amrita Express that reaches Rameswaram at 2 pm will proceed as the train to Chennai at 5 pm.

The Amrita Express, currently with 19 coaches, will now get an additional first class cum second AC coach and 2 sleeper coaches. The two sleeper coaches will be added on March 15.

https://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/travel-news/2020/03/12/kerala-to-rameswaram-direct-daily-train.html
 

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Southern Railway cuts down train services

Coimbatore: To discourage people from undertaking non-essential travel, Southern Railway on Thursday announced that from Friday it would not be giving concessional tickets under passenger reservation system (PRS) and unreserved ticketing system (UTS).

It has also cancelled special train services and other train services due to low patronage. Following are the trains which have been cancelled.

A total of 10 trips of Dr MGR Chennai Central–Coimbatore Shatabdi Express (train no. 12243), on March 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 are cancelled. Ten trips of Coimbatore–Chennai Central Shatabdi Express (12244) on March 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 are cancelled.

Trivandrum–Chennai Express (12698) would be cancelled on March 21 and 28. Chennai-Trivandrum Express (12697) would be cancelled on March 22 and 29. Mangalore–Coimbatore Intercity Express (22609) would be cancelled from March 20 to 31, and Coimbatore–Mangalore Central Intercity Express Train (22610) would be cancelled from March 21 to 31 and on April 1.

Similarly, Jabalpur-Coimbatore Weekly Superfast Special (02198) is fully cancelled from March 21 and Coimbatore – Jabalpur Weekly Superfast Special (02197) is fully cancelled from March 23.

Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram bi-weekly express (22207) scheduled to leave Chennai Central on March 20, 24, 27 and 31 would be fully cancelled and Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Central Bi-Weekly Express (22208) scheduled to leave Thiruvananthapuram on March 22, 25, 29 and April 1 would be fully cancelled.

In addition to this, as the collector of the Nilgiris has ordered the shutdown of tourist centres, the following trains are fully cancelled till March 31: Mettupalayam – Udhagamandalam Passenger, Udhagamandalam-Mettupalayam Passenger, Udhagamandalam- Coonoor Passenger and Coonoor–Udhagamandalam Passenger.

Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam train (06171) and the Udhagamandalam to Mettupalayam train (06172) are fully cancelled on March 21 and 28.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/southern-railway-cuts-down-train-services/articleshow/74720137.cms
 

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Tamil Nadu seeks three more special intra-state trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has sought permission from the Railway Board to run three more special trains in Tamil Nadu, as requested by the state government.

The proposed special trains include Trichy-Chengalpet-Trichy and Arakkonam- Coimbatore-Arakkonam trains.

 

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Anyone knows new time table of Alapuzha - Dhanbad and Ernakulam - Tatanagar exp both ways at Podanur . By way of diverting this prestigious service Central KL loose Coimbatore connectivity in morning hours. Dropped service of Kollam - Tirupati exp has to be restored at any cost,
 

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ERS-Tatanagar new daily exp: (skips CBE and Chennai Central)

Up - ERS 06.50 SRR 09.45 PTJ 11.45 Perambur 20.25/20.30

Down - Perambur 13.00/13.05 PTJ 22.00 SRR 23.55 ERS 02.10

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Alleppy-Dhanbad exp: (skips Chennai central)

UP and DOWN

Existing timings.

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New MAQ-CBE Shatabdi exp (6 days a week):

MAQ 06.00 CBE 12.10
CBE 13.00 MAQ 19.10

Stopping CAN, CLT, PGT.

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Proposal for TPTY-Quilon 3x weekly via PTJ, ERS rejected.
 

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Just 20 minutes gap from ERS for Tatanagar and Dhanbad exp ? If Tatanagar routed via Kharagpur that will be a great relief for Kolkatta and NE people settling in Kerala and Kongu region otherwise present weekly Howrah Anthyodaya has to convert daily.

Similarly thousands of office goers and business men from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts frequently visiting Coimbatore need a JS or I/C from ERS (dep 5.30 am) to CBE. I think CBE lacks platform constraints so it can extend uptoTBM or MS via SA,VM,CGL. In that case 2 rake is needed.
 

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Just 20 minutes gap from ERS for Tatanagar and Dhanbad exp ?
I have doubt on UP timings. It could be ERS Dep 18.50 instead of 6.50.

Similarly thousands of office goers and business men from Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts frequently visiting Coimbatore need a JS or I/C from ERS (dep 5.30 am) to CBE. I think CBE lacks platform constraints so it can extend upto TBM or MS via SA,VM,CGL. In that case 2 rake is needed.
ERS-SALEM-ERS Intercity should work. Already passenger trains are converted in to express trains. I dont follow much about trains. But I remember there is a morning passenger to Salem from CBE and return in the afternoon. That can be scrapped and a ERS-Salem can be introduced.

Railways are not introducing any trains on CBE request. But CBE gets trains because other cities proposals only. Ball is in Kerala court.
 

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Discussion Starter #712 (Edited)
IR proposed private trains to CBE:

1. CBE-MAS
CBE dep 05:00 MAS arr 11:45
MAS dep 14:00 CBE arr 20:30

(The unsuccessful AC special was operated with timings CBE dep 05:00 MAS arr 12:45 & MAS dep 14:00 CBE arr 21:45 in Jan/Feb this year)

2. CBE-TEN
TEN dep 05:00 CBE arr 12:20
CBE dep 14:00 TEN arr 21:30
 
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