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Aug 13 (19:33) Train Drivers Can Now Hit Top Permissible Speed To Reduce Delays (www.ndtv.com)
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New Delhi: The Railway Ministry has asked drivers to hit the top permissible speed only if trains are running late to make up for lost time, instead of trying to speed throughout the journey, a top source in the ministry said.
The new directive replaces an order issued in 2000 in which the ministry had said that trains are supposed to run at maximum permissible speed (MPS) even when they are on time, subject to speed restrictions, but they rarely do so.
The decision was taken after it was found that punctuality of trains
suffered because loco drivers were wary of driving at MPS due to the fear of being caught overspeeding, which is punishable, the source said.
In the new time table to be released on August 15, trains having an MPS of 110 kmph will be showed having a normal prescribed speed (booked speed) of105 kmph and those with 120 kmph MPS will have 115 kmph.
The MPS of mail and express trains is 110 kmph, but they maintain an average speed of 40 to 50 kmph. Elite class trains such as the Rajdhani and the Shatabdi, having an MPS of 130 kmph, run at an average speed of 80 to 90 kmph.
The source said with 30 percent trains running late this year, the railways has now decided to ask drivers to run at the booked speed, but speed up to the MPS when they are running late.
"While we want our trains to run at their maximum limit, drivers have the tendency to run them much slower so as to not get penalised for overspeeding, which is going over the MPS," a serving loco pilot said."Now, with the limit set at a lower speed, drivers can normally drive at 105 kmph and also have the cushion to push the speed upwards to the MPS just enough to gain lost time. The order also means we do not have the pressure of running at MPS all the time," the driver explained.
So, in the new timetable, perennially late running trains such as the Raigarh-Gondia Jan Shatabdi Express, the Durg - Ambikapur Express will have a new booked speed, lower than the MPS, but will gain punctuality.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Aug 13 (23:02)
srinivasvasanthi~   4592 blog posts   15 correct pred (54% accurate)
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This imposed act may be additional burdened the Loco Pilot. They have been preeurized to speed up the train to make up the delay losses in the enroute.
Loco Pilot mind set also disturbed to make up the delay by speeding the train. And so he could not be keenly watched the signals and way side station staffs signal.
Indian Railway have to be arranged maintenance works without much delay and pressurized the Loco Pilot.
Normally any abnormal speed increases created double times mishandlings and unwanted things happening.
Loco Pilots have to be allowed to drive the train carefully without any delayed pressures.
Loco Pilots free and sound minds are necessary for the foremost necessary for the safe driving the train.
So requested IR that Loco Pilots are allowed to drive in free and sound mind for the benefits of all the stakeholders in our IR systems.
Aug 13 (19:19) Independence Day: Northeast Frontier Railway intensify Security Arrangements at Guwahati Railway station (www.railnews.in)
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NFR/Northeast Frontier

News Entry# 350819  Blog Entry# 3709162   
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Aug 13 2018 (19:19)
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MALIGAON: Security of the Guwahati Railway station has been beefed up considerably by N.F. Railway in view of the coming Independence Day celebration. Guwahati is the biggest railway station of the Northeast with a footfall of 40000 everyday and more than 30 pairs of trains pass through this station daily. So security of this station is of
paramount importance. A quick reaction team comprising 13 fully armed RPSF jawans alongwith 26 RPF personnel under one officer has been on shift duty at the station. 30 GRP personnel alongwith 10 CRPF jawans are also helping in maintaining security of the station in each shift.
To improve the overall security some measures have been taken like; area domination by posting additional manpower in the main concourse area, main entrance, Paltan Bazar gate, Reservation Halls, Foot over Bridge, Platforms etc to ensure effective access control. Separate entrance and exit points have been formed to regulate the crowd.   The main concourse area has also been barricaded. Sniffer dogs have been deployed in three shifts to perform anti sabotage checks. Random frisking of passengers with the help of hand metal detectors is being carried out. Round the clock monitoring by CCTV of all vulnerable areas is also being done.
In addition to above, instructions have been issued to concerned departments to frequently check the dustbins, Cloak rooms, parcels, parking area etc. Interactive sessions with the coolies, vendors, taxi/auto rickshaw drivers have been organised to brief them to keep watch over suspicious persons and article. Frequent announcements through public announcement systems are also being made to create security alertness among the passengers.
The announcement was made by the Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier Railway on date.
Aug 12 (19:48) Railways will need over 15,000 additional coaches from 2018-2021: Min (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will need more than 15,000 additional coaches from 2018-2021, minister of state for Railways Rajen Gohain on Wednesday said, citing an internal assessment of the national transporter.
The minister said that including the current year till 2021, the total requirement of coaches would be about 15,269.
In 2018-2019, 5,489 coaches will be required, in 2019-2020, 4,941 coaches will be required, while in 2020-2021 the number will stand at 4,839, he told the told the Lok Sabha.
on the assessed requirement, railways has not felt a need to set up new factories for manufacture of mainline coaches in near future. Presently, the railways does not plan to start the pending projects for mainline coach manufacturing. Sufficient manufacturing capacity is available in the Railway Production Units to cater to requirements," Gohain said.

Aug 12 (21:18)
srinivasvasanthi~   4592 blog posts   15 correct pred (54% accurate)
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So our INDIAN RAILWAYS shall be banned exports of any kind of coaches to the foreign countries for the next 5 yeras.
Moreover 22 coaches 200 numbers of the Spanish Train set have to be imported for the next 3 years and Talgo train set have to be manufactured in India under joint sector with BEML plants and new components manufacturing plant for Talgo sets at Kanchikode Talgo Components manufacturing unit in Kerala near Palagat.

Aug 12 (21:19)
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Aug 12 (15:23) ‘Ramayana Express’- Indian Railways to launch train to locations connected with the epic: Report Most Popular (www.sundaytimes.lk)

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
The Indian Railways is planning to launch a tourist train service covering locations linked with the epic Ramayana in a 16-day journey, the Hindustan Times reported on Sunday. Passengers may also choose to take their journey to Colombo in Sri Lanka, where Ram’s army is said to have fought Ravana in the Indian epic.
The train will be called Sri Ramayana Express, an unidentified official of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation said.
see good revenue on this circuit,” Rajni Hasija, tourism director at IRCTC, told the newspaper. “Right now, the date of first train has been announced, and after seeing the response, we will decide whether to run the train once or twice in a year.”
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation manages catering, tourism and ticketing for the Indian Railways.
The special train service, with a capacity of 800, will start from November 14 from Delhi. The IRCTC expects significant demand for the service, and the domestic leg of the journey will cost Rs 15,120 per passenger, according to the unidentified official.
“There will be on-board train meals,” the official was quoted as saying. “There will be night stay and wash and change in dharmashalas at the places of visit. We will also cover all transfers and sightseeing and IRCTC tour managers will travel along with the passengers for necessary assistance.”
The train will start from Delhi’s Safdarjung station and will stop in Ayodhya, Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringaverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram. Indian Railways will facilitate trips by road from the stations to the pilgrimage sites in these locations.
Aug 12 (14:45) India's 10 most magical train journeys (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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Train travel is a fascinating way to explore India. It showcases the country’s immensity, variety and colour, particularly over long journeys. 
There are two ways to travel – on the public rail network, whose 12,000 trains carry 23 million passengers a day, or, for a plusher experience, on luxury tours (see below).
Indian Railways (www.indianrailways.gov.in) offers eight classes of travel, from the most basic (often crowded unreserved carriages, challenging to Westerners) to First Class Air-Conditioned (potentially isolating you from the sociability that’s the essence of Indian train journeys). 
best bet, preferred by middle-class Indians, is Second Class AC (2AC). The berths, reserved in advance, are grouped in fours, with leatherette-covered seats. For overnight journeys (saving on hotel bills) they convert into curtained-off bunk beds; sheets and pillows are provided free. Take your own toilet paper and consider a padlock to secure luggage. 
Tickets are astonishingly cheap by western standards. The 860-mile journey from Delhi to Mumbai, for instance, costs about £23 in 2AC ; just £4 in Second Class Unreserved. 
The longest haul
India’s longest train journey – the weekly Vivek Express – starts at the tea-planting town of Dibrugarh in the far North East of India, at 11.05pm on Saturdays. It arrives at Kanyakumari at the nation’s southern tip at 9.50am on the following Wednesday. This epic 82-hour journey (costing around £43 in 2AC), covers more than 2,600 miles, with 56 stops including coastal towns overlooking the Bay of Bengal. You can make the return trip on the Thursday, but probably wouldn’t want to.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The “Toy Train” from Kalka to Shimla gets most attention, but two other great Indian hill-station routes are just as interesting – to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in the South and to Darjeeling in the North. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a World Heritage Site, was built to rescue Victorian plains-dwellers from sweltering summer heat. With no undue haste, it covers 55 ever-cooler miles in seven hours, sometimes weaving through village streets, and climbing to more than 7,000 feet, with panoramic views. The basic journey costs around £4 first class, but various packages are available. See www.searchdarjeeling.com.
Konkan Railway
Linking Mumbai (Indian at its most hectic) and Goa (India at its most laidback) and carrying on south almost to Kerala, the Konkan Railway’s 450-mile line hugs the west coast, parallel to the Arabian Sea. It crosses 2,000 bridges, including India’s highest viaduct. At around £16 in 2AC, the Mandovi Express train takes just over 11 hours to reach the attractive Goan town of Madgaon, with its old Portuguese houses. The landscape is lush, particularly in the monsoon.
Kangra Valley Railway
The Kangra Valley Railway is a collector’s item and a miser’s dream. Tickets for its 100-mile journey through beautiful northern Indian landscapes cost from around 50p. Set aside a day for the full journey, east from Pathankot to the town of Joginder Nagar. It takes ten hours, though most passengers are locals travelling a few stops (there are 33 all told). The line passes tea gardens and orange groves before glistening mountains loom ahead.
Desert train
The line from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer links two of Rajasthan’s most popular destinations – both historic cities with important forts and atmospheric winding alleys. The six-hour morning journey (costing around £8 in 2AC) is an alternative desert safari, replacing traditional camel trains with – well – trains. The broad expanses of sand offer glimpses of  wildlife and scattered settlements. The train starts the previous evening in Delhi and calls at Jaipur, the third Rajasthani “J”, at just before midnight.
How to book
Tickets go on sale 120 days in advance and can sell out quickly, so don’t rely on buying them on the day of travel at often busy station counters. Tourist quotas can help secure last-minute tickets and major stations (including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta) have tourist bureaux.
Many hotels know local ticket “fixers”, but it’s best to book before you travel to India. The invaluable www.seat61.com website offers detailed practical advice about options, including booking online. SD Enterprises (020 8903 3411; www.indiarail.co.uk) have expert knowledge of Indian rail travel.
Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels, launched in 1982, was the pioneer of luxury Indian rail tours and, refurbished over the years, is still hugely popular. Six nights on board are at the heart of Great Rail Journeys’ 15-day tour which takes in the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for the Taj Mahal), Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. It also features three nights in Shimla, with a journey on the Toy Train.
Costs from £4,995 person from Great Rail Journeys (01904 521978; www.greatrail.com).
Golden Chariot
Some of South India’s major attractions are linked by the luxury Golden Chariot’s Southern Splendour tour. Starting and ending in ever-developing Bangalore, the eight-day tour takes in Chennai, with its historic British associations, the delightful French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and the great religious city of Madurai. It also features Cochin, the backwaters of Kerala, and Kanyakumari, at India’s southern tip.
The Golden Chariot tour costs from £3,500 per person (two sharing) with Ffestiniog Travel (01766 512400; www.ffestiniogtravel.com). The price does not include flights to Bangalore.
Deccan Odyssey
On a seven-night round-trip from Mumbai, the luxury Deccan Odyssey explores Gujarat, India’s most western state and as fascinating as neighbouring Rajasthan. It includes visits Palitana, with its 900 Jain temples, Sasan Gir National Park, home of the Asiatic lion, the stunning Sun Temple at Modhera and the haunting desert landscape of the Little Rann of Kutch with its birds and wild asses.
Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, an 11-day/nine night Deccan Odyssey tour from Cox & Kings (020 3642 0861; www.coxandkings.co.uk), costs from £4,725 per person. It includes two nights in Mumbai.
Maharajas’ Express (1)
The eight-day Indian Panorama tour on the luxury Maharajas’ Express ventures off the beaten track of rail tours to take in the holy Ganges city of Varanasi and  Lucknow, with its great Islamic monuments and Mutiny associations. The tour visits Gwalior, dominated by its towering fort, and Khajuraho, famed for its erotic temples, and also includes Jaipur, Agra and Ranthambore.
The Indian Panorama tour from Inspiring Travel Company (020 3588 6130; www.inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk) costs from £5,799 per person.
Maharajas’ Express (2)
Also on the Maharajas’ Express, the nine-night Heritage of India Rail Journey includes seven nights on the train, plus one each in Delhi and Mumbai. A big draw is the superb rock-cut caves at Ajanta in the state of Maharashtra and time in Bikaner with its impressive fort and old city. The trip also explores the more regular trail of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ranthambore.
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