Special Trains between Narsapur - Secunderabad on 21st January, 2018

Train No. Train No. 07255 Narsapur - Secunderabad special train will depart Narsapur at 18.00 hrs on 21st January, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 04:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute this special train will stop at Palakollu, Bhimavaram Jn, Bhimavaram Town, Akividu, Kaikalur, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.

This special train consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and Brake Van cum Luggage Coaches.
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Special Train between Hyderabad – Kakinada Port on 25th January, 2018

Train No. 07001Hyderabad – Kakinada Town special train will depart Hyderabad at 18:50 hrs on 25th January, 2018 (Thursday) arrive/depart Secunderabad at 19:15/19:20 hrs and arrive Kakinada Town at 07:10 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Guntur, Vijayawada, Gudivada, Kaikaluru, Akividu, Bhimavaram Town, Tanuku, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations.

This special train will consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier and Sleeper Class Coaches
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Relocation and Removal of Stalls/Kiosks on Mumbai Division

Central Railway Mumbai Division has relocated and removed stalls and kiosks for better passenger movement as per the recommendations of the Multi-Disciplinary Team. The details are as under



Relocation of Stalls

Water Vending Machine/Water Hut at Thakurli, Milk Stall at Kasara, ATM kiosks at Vadala Road and GTB Nagar have been relocated to a convenient place at the stations.



Removal of Stalls/Weighing Machines

Tea Stalls at Atgaon, Kardi, Bycullahave been removed and 23 weighing machines have been removed from platforms at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Neral, Parel and Sion stations to facilitate passenger movement.
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Train No. 06541/06542, Yesvantpur-Pandharpur-Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Special from 01stFebruary, 2018 to 29th June, 2018

Train No. 06541/06542, Yesvantpur-Pandharpur-Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Special for 22 more trips in each direction to clear extra rush of passengers.

Train No. 06541, Yesvantpur-Pandharpur Weekly Tatkal Special departs Yesvantpur at 18:00 hrs. o­n every Thursday with effect from 01stFebruary, 2018 to 28th June, 2018 (Total 22 trips) and reaches Pandharpur at 11:35 hrs. o­n respective Fridays.

Train No. 06542, Pandharpur-Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Special departs Pandharpur at 13:35 hrs. o­n every Friday with effect from 02nd February, 2018 to 29thJune, 2018 (Total 22 trips) and arrives at Yesvantpur at 06:20 hrs. o­n respective Saturdays.

Enroute, the train has stoppages at Tumakuru, Arsikere, Davangere, Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Ghataprabha, Kudachi, Miraj, Kavathe Mahankal, Dhalgaon, Sangole in both directions.

The train Composition will have ONE First AC-cum-Second AC coach, ONEAC 2-tier coach, FOUR AC 3-tier coaches, TEN Second Class Sleeper coaches, TWO General Second Class coaches and TWOLuggage-cum-Brakevan with disabled friendly compartment.
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2018 Winter and Holi festival Train No. 01664/01663, Habibganj-Dharwad - Habibganj Weekly Special Train run up to 30thMarch, 2018

Train No. 01664/01663, Habibganj-Dharwad - Habibganj Weekly Special o­n Special fare for 12trips in each direction to clear extra rush of passenger during winter and Holi festival.
            Train No. 01664, Habibganj-Dharwad Weekly Special o­n Special fare departs Habibganj at 17:00 hrs. o­n every Friday from  12th January, 2018 to 30thMarch, 2018 (Total 12 trips) and reaches Dharwad at 19:30 hrs. o­n respective Saturdays.

            Train No. 01663, Dharwad -HabibganjWeekly Special o­n Special fare departs Dharwad at 22:50 hrs. o­n every Saturday from  13th January, 2018 to 31th March, 2018 (Total 12 trips) and reaches Habibganj at 04:20 hrs. o­n respective Mondays.

            Enroute, the train has stoppages at Hosangabad, Itarsi, Khandwa, Bhusaval, Manmad, Kopargaon, Ahmednagar, Daund, Pune, Satara, Karad, Sangli, Miraj Jn., Ghatprabha, Belagavi, Khanapur and Londa in both directions.

            The train Composition will have TWO AC 3-tier coaches, TEN Second Class Sleeper coaches, FOUR General Second Class coaches and TWOLuggage-cum-Brakevan with disabled friendly compartment.
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Train No. 82659/82660, Yesvantpur - Belagavi -Yesvantpur Suvidha special to clear extra rush of passengers o­n Republic Day 2018


Train No. 82659, Yesvantpur - Belagavi Suvidha special departs Yesvantpur at 20:15hrs. o­n 25th January, 2018, (Thursday) and reaches Belagavi at 08:10 hrs. on next day (Friday). Enroute, the train arrives/departs Tumakuru at 21:20/21:22 Hrs., Arsikere at 23:10/23:15 Hrs., Birur at 23:57/23.59 Hrs., o­n Friday arrives/departs Davangere at 02:20/02:22 Hrs., Harihar at 02:43/02:45 Hrs., Haveri at 03:50/03:52 Hrs., Hubballi at 05:00/05:15 Hrs., Dharwad at 05:50/05:52 Hrs., Londa at 07:06/07:08 Hrs.

Train No. 82660, Belagavi -Yesvantpur Suvidha special departs Belagavi at 17:15hrs. o­n 28th January, 2018, (Sunday) and reaches Yesvantpur at 05:00 hrs. on next day Monday. Enroute, the train arrives/departs Londa at 18:08/18:10 Hrs. Dharwad at 19:30/19:32 Hrs., Hubballi at 20:15/20:25 Hrs., Haveri at 21:33/21:35 Hrs., Harihar at 22:33/22:35 Hrs., Davangere at 22:51/22:53 Hrs., o­n Monday arrives/departs Birur at 00:33/00.35 Hrs., Arsikere at 01:45/01:50 Hrs., Tumakuru at 03:43/03:45 Hrs.

The Train Composition will have 20 coaches comprising of TWO AC 2-tier Coaches,THREE AC 3-tier Coaches, THIRTEEN Second Class Sleeper Coaches and Two Luggage cum Break-van.
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Trains Canceled/Regulation /Diversion Rescheduled Due to Traffic Block Between Ambivali And Asangaon on 18.1.2018

TRAFFIC BLOCK BETWEEN AMBIVALI AND ASANGAON o­n 18.1.2018


Central Railway will operate traffic and power block from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm (5 hours) o­n 18.1.2018 o­n Up and Down lines between Ambivali and Asangaon for launching of 2 steel girders for construction of 3.759 M wide Foot Over Bridge at Ambivali.

Train Running Pattern will be as under


Cancellation of Suburban Services o­n 18.1.2018


Dn suburban services for Titwala / Asangaon / Kasara leaving CSMT from 09.12 hrs to 13.30 hrs and Up suburban services towards Mumbai area leaving Kasara / Asangaon /Titwala from 09.54 hrs to 15.02 hrs will remain cancelled.

Cancellation of Mail/Express Trains


1. Train No. 12187 Jabalpur-CSMT Garib Rath Express leaving Jabalpur o­n 17.1.2018

2. Train No. 12118 Manmad- LTT Godavari Express leaving Manmad o­n 18.1.2018

3. Train No. 12117 LTT-Manmad Godavari Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018

4. Train No. 12188 CSMT- Jabalpur Garib Rath Express leaving CSMT o­n 18.1.2018

Regulation of Up/Dn (Northeast) Mail / Express trains :(Journey commencing o­n 17.1.2018 & arriving Mumbai area o­n 18.1.2018)


1. Train No. 11094 Varanasi – CSMT Mahanagari Express will be regulated at Atgaon from 12.27 hrs to 14.25 hrs and will be short terminated at Dadar

2. Train No. 12142 Patliputra – LTT will be regulated at Khardi from 13.33 hrs to 14.20 hrs and will arrive LTT at 16.45 hrs instead of 15.15 hrs

3. Train No. 82355 Patna Jn. – CSMT Suvidha Express will be regulated at Kasara from 13.51 hrs to 14.20 hrs and will arrive CSMT at 17.05 hrs instead of 16.05 hrs

4. Train No. 11056 Gorakhpur – LTT Godan Express will be regulated at Igatpuri from 13.15 hrs to 14.00 hrs and will arrive LTT at 17.45 hrs instead of 16.15 hrs

5. Train No. 12617 Ernakulam – Hazarat Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshdweep Express will be regulated suitably and will be handed over 01.45 hrs late at Igatpuri.


Partial Cancellation / Short Termination of Mail/Express Trains


1. Train No. 12140 Nagpur – CSMT Sewagram Express leaving Nagpur o­n 17.1.2018 will be short terminated at Nasik Road and will work as Train No. 12139 CSMT – Nagpur Sewagram Express of 18.1.2018 Ex. Nasik Road (Train No. 12139 leaving CSMT o­n 18.1.2018 will remain cancelled between CSMT and Nasik Road)


Diversion of Mail /Express Trains:



1. Train No. 13201 Rajendranagar- LTT Express leaving Rajendranagar o­n 16.1.2018 will be diverted via Manmad-Daund-Pune

2. Train No. 12321 Howrah – CSMT Mail leaving Howrah o­n 16.1.2018 wll be diverted via Jalgaon-Surat-Vasai Road and further short terminated at Dadar.

3. Train No. 22110 H. Nizamuddin – LTT AC Express leaving H.Nizamuddin o­n 17.1.2018 will be diverted via Jalgaon/Surat/Vasai Road.

4. Train No. 12168 Varanasi – LTT Superfast Express laving Varanasi o­n 17.1.2018 will be diverted via Jalgaon/Surat/Vasai Road.

5. Train No. 11059 LTT-Chhapra Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/ Surat /Jalgaon.

6. Train No. 12542 LTT- Gorakhpur Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/Surat/Jalgaon.

7. Train No. 15548 LTT-Jaynagar Jansadharan Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/Surat/Jalgaon.

Rescheduling of Mail/Express Trains:


1. Train No. 11061 LTT-Darbhanga Express scheduled departure 12.15 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 13.00 hrs o­n 18.1.2018.

2. Train No. 11071 LTT-Varanasi Kamayani Express scheduled departure 12.40 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 13.20 hrs o­n 18.1.2018.

3. Train No. 12072 Jalna – Dadar Janashatabdi Express scheduled departure 04.45 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 07.30 hrs o­n 18.1.2018

Apart from the above mentioned Mail /Express trains, trains running out of time table and specials trains if any during the block period will also be regulated
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Mumbai area 5 Hours Traffic Block Between Ambivali And Asangaon on 18.1.2018

TRAFFIC BLOCK BETWEEN AMBIVALI AND ASANGAON o­n 18.1.2018


Central Railway will operate traffic and power block from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm (5 hours) o­n 18.1.2018 o­n Up and Down lines between Ambivali and Asangaon for launching of 2 steel girders for construction of 3.759 M wide Foot Over Bridge at Ambivali.

Train Running Pattern will be as under


Cancellation of Suburban Services o­n 18.1.2018


Dn suburban services for Titwala / Asangaon / Kasara leaving CSMT from 09.12 hrs to 13.30 hrs and Up suburban services towards Mumbai area leaving Kasara / Asangaon /Titwala from 09.54 hrs to 15.02 hrs will remain cancelled.

Cancellation of Mail/Express Trains


1. Train No. 12187 Jabalpur-CSMT Garib Rath Express leaving Jabalpur o­n 17.1.2018

2. Train No. 12118 Manmad- LTT Godavari Express leaving Manmad o­n 18.1.2018

3. Train No. 12117 LTT-Manmad Godavari Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018

4. Train No. 12188 CSMT- Jabalpur Garib Rath Express leaving CSMT o­n 18.1.2018

Regulation of Up/Dn (Northeast) Mail / Express trains :(Journey commencing o­n 17.1.2018 & arriving Mumbai area o­n 18.1.2018)


1. Train No. 11094 Varanasi – CSMT Mahanagari Express will be regulated at Atgaon from 12.27 hrs to 14.25 hrs and will be short terminated at Dadar

2. Train No. 12142 Patliputra – LTT will be regulated at Khardi from 13.33 hrs to 14.20 hrs and will arrive LTT at 16.45 hrs instead of 15.15 hrs

3. Train No. 82355 Patna Jn. – CSMT Suvidha Express will be regulated at Kasara from 13.51 hrs to 14.20 hrs and will arrive CSMT at 17.05 hrs instead of 16.05 hrs

4. Train No. 11056 Gorakhpur – LTT Godan Express will be regulated at Igatpuri from 13.15 hrs to 14.00 hrs and will arrive LTT at 17.45 hrs instead of 16.15 hrs

5. Train No. 12617 Ernakulam – Hazarat Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshdweep Express will be regulated suitably and will be handed over 01.45 hrs late at Igatpuri.


Partial Cancellation / Short Termination of Mail/Express Trains


1. Train No. 12140 Nagpur – CSMT Sewagram Express leaving Nagpur o­n 17.1.2018 will be short terminated at Nasik Road and will work as Train No. 12139 CSMT – Nagpur Sewagram Express of 18.1.2018 Ex. Nasik Road (Train No. 12139 leaving CSMT o­n 18.1.2018 will remain cancelled between CSMT and Nasik Road)


Diversion of Mail /Express Trains:



1. Train No. 13201 Rajendranagar- LTT Express leaving Rajendranagar o­n 16.1.2018 will be diverted via Manmad-Daund-Pune

2. Train No. 12321 Howrah – CSMT Mail leaving Howrah o­n 16.1.2018 wll be diverted via Jalgaon-Surat-Vasai Road and further short terminated at Dadar.

3. Train No. 22110 H. Nizamuddin – LTT AC Express leaving H.Nizamuddin o­n 17.1.2018 will be diverted via Jalgaon/Surat/Vasai Road.

4. Train No. 12168 Varanasi – LTT Superfast Express laving Varanasi o­n 17.1.2018 will be diverted via Jalgaon/Surat/Vasai Road.

5. Train No. 11059 LTT-Chhapra Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/ Surat /Jalgaon.

6. Train No. 12542 LTT- Gorakhpur Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/Surat/Jalgaon.

7. Train No. 15548 LTT-Jaynagar Jansadharan Express leaving LTT o­n 18.1.2018 will be diverted via Vasai Road/Surat/Jalgaon.

Rescheduling of Mail/Express Trains:


1. Train No. 11061 LTT-Darbhanga Express scheduled departure 12.15 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 13.00 hrs o­n 18.1.2018.

2. Train No. 11071 LTT-Varanasi Kamayani Express scheduled departure 12.40 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 13.20 hrs o­n 18.1.2018.

3. Train No. 12072 Jalna – Dadar Janashatabdi Express scheduled departure 04.45 hrs is rescheduled to leave at 07.30 hrs o­n 18.1.2018

Apart from the above mentioned Mail /Express trains, trains running out of time table and specials trains if any during the block period will also be regulated
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Jansadharan Unresvered special train from Visakhapatnam to Lingampalli o­n 18th January, 2018

Train No. 07053 Visakhapatnam – Lingampalli Jansadharan Special Train will depart Visakhapatnam at 18.50 hrs o­n 18th January, 2018 (Thursday) and arrive / depart Secunderabad at 08.50/09.00 hrs and arrive Lingampalli at 10.00 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute this special train will also stop at Duvvada, Anakapalli, Tuni, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Tanuku, Bhimavaram Town, Akividu, Kaikaluru, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda, Nalgonda, Cherlapalli and Moula-Ali stations.

            This train will consists of 18 coaches viz., sixteen General Second Class and two Luggage cum brake van Coaches.  
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Cancellation Of Trains Due To Non-Interlocking Work In Tenganmada-Khongsara o­n Salka Road-Anuppur doubling project of Bilaspur Division

Due to Non-Interlocking work for commissioning of o­ne Block Section (Tenganmada-Khongsara) o­n Salka Road-Anuppur doubling project of Bilaspur Division of South East Central Railway, the following trains will remain cancelled as under:

·08061 Shalimar-Jaipur Special leaving Shalimar o­n 22.01.18 will remain cancelled.

·08062  Jaipur-Shalimar Special leaving Jaipur o­n 24.01.18 will remain cancelled.

·02192 Santragachi-Jabalpur Special leaving Santragachi o­n 25.01.18 will remain cancelled.

·02191 Jabalpur-Santragachi Special leaving Jabalpur o­n 24.01.18 will remain cancelled.

·18477 Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express leaving Puri o­n 24.01.18 will remain cancelled.

· 18478 Haridwar-Puri Utkal Express leaving Haridwar o­n 24.01.18 will remain cancelled
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Extended Run 30th June 2018 Superfast Special Train between Bandra Terminus - Jabalpur

Train No. 01705 Bandra (T) – Jabalpur Weekly Superfast Special Train departs Bandra Terminus at 00.15 hrs o­n every Saturday and  reaches Jabalpur at 21.40 hrs, the same day. The extended trips will run upto 30th June  2018.

Similarly in return direction, Train no 01706 Jabalpur – Bandra (T) Weekly Superfast Special train departs from Jabalpur at 14.20 hrs o­n every Thursday and reaches Bandra (T) at 11.15 hrs, the next day. The extended trips will run upto 28th June  2018.

This train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Ujjain, Bairagarh, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Itarsi, Pipariya and Narsinghpur station in both directions.

The train has AC II Tier, AC III Tier and Second Sleeper Class Coaches.

The booking for extended trips of Train No 01705 Bandra (T) – Jabalpur Superfast Special Train will open from 19th January, 2018 at all Passenger Reservation Centers and IRCTC website.
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Clarifies Regarding Validity Of Ist Class Pass In Ac Local Train

clarified that as per the demand from passengers, the proposal for allowing First class pass holders of non-AC locals for travelling in AC Local train by paying difference is mooted but has not yet received necessary approval from competent authority.

            In view of some media reports that existing first class passes will be valid in air-conditioned trains by paying the difference to the ticket checker present o­n board in the AC train, it is clarified that no final decision has been taken in this regard yet. open to suggestions from commuters and also have facilitated this, by providing a separate head 'AC local : Suggestions' o­n its website. After due consideration with respect to all aspects a decision will be taken at appropriate level, whether a first class pass holder be allowed to travel in AC train o­n paying the difference. Till then, existing rules & fare structure will follow. Commuters are requested to adhere to the present arrangement to avoid any inconvenience. Wide publicity will also be given, through official mediums whenever any decision in this matter will be taken by the competent authority.
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Eastern Railway 2018 summer 100 special trains o­n various routes


Summer season 2018 , Eastern Railway will run 100 summer special trains o­n various routes.

03135/03136 Kolkata-Chhapra-Asansol Summer Special trains (26trips)

03135 will leave Kolkata station o­n Mondays at 20.05 hrs. from 02.04.2018 to 25.06.2018 and reach Chhapra at 10.00 hrs. o­n the next day. 03136 will leave Chhapra o­n Tuesdays at 13.20 hr. from 03.4.2018 to 26.6.2018 and terminate at Asansol at 01.10 hrs. o­n the next day.

The summer special trains will have AC classes, Sleeper Class and General Second Class coaches.

03043/03044 Howrah-Raxaul-Asansol weekly Summer Special(26 trips)

03043 will leave Howrah o­n Fridays at 15.00 hrs. from 6.4.2018 to 29.6.2018 and reach Raxaul at 10.00 hrs. o­n the next day. 03044 will leave Raxaul at 12.00 hrs. o­n Saturdays from 7.4.2018 to 30.6.2018 and terminate at Asansol at 23.45 hrs. o­n the same day.

The summer special trains will have AC classes, Sleeper Class and General Second Class coaches.

03511/03512 Asansol-Patna Jn. Weekly Summer Special ( 22 trips)

03511/03512 will leave Asansol & Patna o­n Sundays from 15.04.2018 to 24.6.2018 at 7.15 hrs. & 15.10 hrs. respectively and reach Patna Jn. & Asansol at 14.00 hrs. & 22.00 hrs. respectively o­n the same day

The summer special trains will have General Second Class and second class seating coaches..

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03427/03428 Malda-Haridwar Weekly Summer Special via Sultanpur (26 trips)

03427 will leave Malda o­n Mondays from 02.4.2018 to 25.6.2018 at 9.05 hrs. and 03428 will leave Haridwar o­n Tuesdays from 03.4.2018 to 26.6.2018 at 16.05 hrs.

The summer special trains will have AC classes, Sleeper Class and General Second Class coaches.

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Trains Cancelled / Rescheduled / Regulated LHS between Mahalam – Firozpur Stations on Jalandhar City – Firozpur Section

Firozpur Division of Northern Railway shall undertake construction work of a LHS between Mahalam – Firozpur Stations on Jalandhar City – Firozpur Section. For this work a 5:30 hrs traffic block shall be taken on 18.01.2018. Consequently, the following trains will be Cancelled / Rescheduled / Regulated as under :

Cancellation of Trains

• The 74935 / 74938 Jalandhar City – Firozpur – Jalandhar City passenger train, Journey Commencing on 18.01.2018, will remain cancelled.

Regulation of Train

• The 19224 Jammu Tawi – Ahemedabad Express train, Journey Commencing on 18.01.2018 will be regulated for 60 min. enroute.

Rescheduling of Train

• The 74936 Firozpur – Jalandhar City passenger train, Journey Commencing on 18.01.2018 will depart from Firozpur at 04:20 pm instead of 01:20 pm.
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REGULATION OF TRAINS DUE TO TRAFFIC BLOCK OF WASHABLE APRON ON PLATFORM NO.11 AT DELHI Jn. YARD

In order to strengthen the infrastructure of railways, Delhi Division of Northern Railway shall undertake repair work of Washable Apron o­n platform no.11 at Delhi Jn . Yard with immediate upto 01.03.2018. During the repair work , traffic block shall be taken.  Consequently, the following trains will be regulated as under :

·The 15623 Bhagat ki Kothi - Kamahya Express train will be regulated o­n every Wednesday for 10 minutes at Delhi Sarai Rohilla during the block.

·The 74012 Rohtak-Delhi Jn.DEMU train will be regulated for 15 minutes enroute during the block.

·The 64901 Kosikalan-Ghaziabad MEMU train will be regulated for 10 minutes enroute o­n every Monday & Thursday during the block.

·The 64583 Tundla-DelhiJn. MEMU  train will be regulated for 20 minutes at Delhi Shahdara station during the block.

·The 15708 Amritsar-Katihar Express train will be regulated for 10 minutes at Delhi Sabzi Mandi station during the block.

·The 15013 Jaisalmer-Kathgodam Ranikhet Express train will be regulated for 10 minutes enroute  during the block.

·The 54642 Firozpur-Delhi Jn.Passenger train will be regulated for 10 minutes enroute  during the block.

Note:-During the Block , berthing of 17 trains will be shifted from platform no.11  to other platforms.
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Extension of Services of 09003/09004 Bandra Terminus- Hazrat Nizamuddin- Bandra Terminus three Days a week Superfast AC Rajdhani Special Train



For the convenience of rail passengers and to clear extra rush of passengers, Railways have decided to extend the run of 09003/09004 Bandra Terminus- Hazrat Nizamuddin- Bandra Terminus three days a week superfast AC Rajdhani special train o­n experimental basis for three months with existing composition, timings, stoppages and days of service as per the following programme –

The 09003 Bandra Terminus- Hazrat Nizamuddin three days a week superfast AC Rajdhani special train will be extended to run from 18.01.2018 to 14.04.2018 o­n every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday , while the 09004 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Bandra Terminus three days a week superfast AC Rajdhani special train will be extended to run from 19.01.2018 to 15.04.2018 o­n every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.
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Railway Ministry To Hold “Mega Conclave” With Leaders Of Construction Industry To Ensure Expeditious Implementation Of Ambitious Railway Infrastructure Development Projects

Railway Ministry To Hold “Mega Conclave” With Leaders Of Construction Industry To Ensure Expeditious Implementation Of Ambitious “Railway Infrastructure Development Projects”.

The Conclave Will See Railway Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal Personally Interacting With The Participants.

The Conclave Has Been Named As “NIRMAN – SAMVAAD.

The Conclave Is Being Organised By Railway PSU Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL).

The Conclave To Provide An Opportunity To Discuss The Impediments/Constraints Faced In Implementation Of The Projects And To Seek Suggestions To Remove Bottlenecks.

A major initiative to ensure expeditious implementation of ambitious Railway Infrastructure Development Plans, Ministry of Railways is organizing a “Mega Conclave” tomorrow i.e. 17th January, 2018 with all stakeholders including leaders of the construction industry. The Conclave will not only see Railway Board Members and Senior Zonal Railway Officials interacting with construction industry captains but will also see Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal to have a mutual dialogue and personal interaction with the participants. The Conclave named as “NIRMAN – SAMVAAD” is being organized by Railways PSU Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) which is a dedicated arm of the Ministry of Railways for fast track implementation of railway projects. The Conclave will provide an opportunity to discuss the impediments/constraints faced in implementation of the projects and to seek suggestions to remove bottlenecks and bring about efficiencies in project execution on Railways.

Senior Officers of Railway Board, Zonal Railways, CPSEs and top executives of about 400 construction and consultancy companies will be participating to deliberate upon the issues/impediments being faced by the industry and arriving at possible remedies thereof.  The ambitious Infrastructure Development Projects of Indian Railways include Doubling Projects, Electrification Projects, Hill Railway Projects, Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and High-Speed Projects on diamond quadrilateral.

Backgrounder:-

Ministry of Railways has ambitious plans for development of Rail infrastructure to meet the ever increasing transport needs of the nation and a huge investment in this sector has been planned. The main focus is on:-

The pace of augmentation of railway network needs a quantum jump.  The speed of execution of doubling/tripling and quadrupling which is about 800 kms per annum for the last 5 years, needs to be  accelerated 2 to 3 times to meet the increasing demand.
Completion of electrification of the full rail network in the next 3 to 5 years. So far out of 63000 RKM, 25201 RKM have been commissioned on electric traction till 31st March 2017.  The  average pace during last five years is about 1300 RKMs per annum which needs to be increased by 6 to 8 times to  electrify remaining 38000 RKMs to meet the ambition of complete electrification.
Taking up of Hill Rail Projects, including Rishikesh - Karanprayag, Char Dham rail connectivity, Bhanupalli - Bilaspur and on to Leh.
Completion of ongoing and proposed Dedicated Freight Corridors.
Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor and other projects on Diamond Quadrilateral to link the major Metropolitan Cities.


It has been experienced that there are constraints of capacity from the side of both executing agencies as well as from railways to meet the demand.

The Conclave will address all these issues and workout solutions with a view to ensure fast track implementation of all railway projects.
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46 special trains between Hyderabad – Kochuveli and Hyderabad - Ernakulam

1. Hyderabad – Kochuveli – Hyderabad Special Train (26 Services):-

Train No. 07115 Hyderabad – Kochuveli Special Train will depart Hyderabad at 21.00 hrs on 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th April; 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th June, 2018 (Saturdays) and arrive Kochuveli at 03.20 hrs on Mondays.

In the return direction, Train No. 07116 Kochuveli – Hyderabad Special Train will depart Kochuveli at 07:45 hrs on 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th April; 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th May; 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June and 2nd July, 2018 (Mondays) and arrive Hyderabad at 14:00 hrs on Tuesdays.

Enroute these special trains will also stop at Secunderabad, Nalgonda, Piduguralla, Guntur, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palghat, Ottapalem, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

These trains will consists of 20 coaches viz., one AC II tier, one AC III tier, sixteen Sleeper Class and two Luggage cum Brake van Coaches.

2. Hyderabad – Ernakulam – Hyderabad Special Train (20 Services):-

Train No. 07117 Hyderabad – Ernakulam Special Train will depart Hyderabad at 12.50 hrs on 24th & 31st January; 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th February; 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March, 2018 (Wednesdays) and arrive Ernakulam at 17.30 hrs on Thursdays.

In the return direction, Train No. 07118 Ernakulam – Hyderabad Special Train will depart Ernakulam at 21:45 hrs on 25th January, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd February and
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March, 2018 (Thursdays) and arrive Hyderabad at 22:55 hrs on Fridays.

Enroute these special trains will also stop at Secunderabad, Nalgonda, Piduguralla, Guntur, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palghat, Ottapalam, Thirsur and Aluva stations in both the directions.

These trains will consists of 20 coaches viz., one AC II tier, one AC III tier, sixteen Sleeper Class and two Luggage cum Brake van Coaches.
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Kakinada Town to Secunderabad Jansadharan Special Train extended to Lingampalli on 16th and 17 Jan, 2018

Train. No. 07051 Kakinada Town – Secunderabad Jansadharan Special Train extended up to Lingampalli on 16th and 17thJanuary, 2018.



Accordingly, Train No. 07051 Kakinada Town - Secunderabad Jansadharan Special Train will depart Kakinada Town at 18:00 hrson 16th and17thJanuary, 2018 and arrive/depart Secunderabad at 04:30/04:35 hrs o­n the next day and arrive Lingampalli at 05:30hrs.


Enroute, these special trains will stop at Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, Sattenapalli, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.

These special trains will have sixteen General Second Class and two Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.


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52 Weekly Suvidha Special Trains Between Yesvantpur-Jaipur-Yesvantpur

Fifty two Weekly Suvidha Special Train No. 82653/82654 Yesvantpur-Jaipur-Yesvantpur

Train No. 82653 Yesvantpur - Jaipur weekly suvidha special train will depart Yesvantpur at 11:30 hrs on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th July, 2018 (Thursday) and arrive Jaipur at 06:35 hrs on Saturday.

In the return direction, Train No. 82654 Jaipur-Yeshwantpur weekly suvidha special train will depart Jaipur at 22:15 hrs on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th April, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th May, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th July, 2018 (Saturday) and arrive Yeshwantpur at 17:55 hrs on Monday.

Enroute these special trains stop at Tumakuru, Arsikere , Birur, Chikjajur, Chitradurga, Ballari, Guntakal, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga, Solapur, Pune, Panvel, Vasai Road, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Mandsar, Chitaurgarh, Bhilwara and Ajmer stations in both the directions.
These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, AC Buffet Car and Brake, Luggage cum Generator Car Coaches.


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Two Jansadharan Special Trains From Kakinada Town to Secunderabadon 16th and 17th January, 2018

Pongal festival season, 02 Jansadharan special trains will be run from Kakinada Town - Secunderabad

Train No. 07051 Kakinada Town-Secunderabad Jansadharan Special Train will depart Kakinada Town at 18:00 hrs on 16th and 17th January, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 04:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, Sattenapalli, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.
These special trains will have sixteen General Second Class and two Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.
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Sankranti Special Train between Tirupati to Secunderabad on 17th January, 2018

South Central Railway will run special train between Tirupati to Secunderabad as detailed below.

1.Tirupati - Secunderabad Special Train :
Accordingly, Train No. 07430 Tirupati - Secunderabad special train will depart Tirupati at 20.10 hrs on 17th January, 2018 ( Wednesday) and arrive Secunderabad at 09.35 hrs on the next day.

This special train will stop at Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Chirala Tenali, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal and Kazipet stations.

This special trains consist Sleeper Class coaches. 
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SCR rises to the occasion. Increases its special train services to Handle huge rush of Passenger Traffic for Sankranti festive season

The spirit of Sankranti, the harvest festival in the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which sees a huge flow of people travelling to their native places from the urban centers, drew the best out of South Central Railway. Rising to the challenge of passenger demands o­n its network during the Sankranti vacations, SCR has been successfully implementing a well planned strategy to cater to the rush of rail users, transporting them to their destinations without inconvenience. The entire plan is being implemented from 1st to 20th January, 2018 which will see people travelling between various destinations, since the Sankranti vacations fall in that duration.

 Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway held several meetings with senior officials of the Zone involved in train operations and instructed them to run as many number of special trains as possible, in addition to strengthening of all other passenger need based utility services, so as to make travel comfortable. Besides intensively monitoring the passenger traffic pattern o­n a day to day basis, the General Manager himself visited Secunderabad and Kacheguda Railway stations in Hyderabad city yesterday i.e., 13th January, 2018 during the peak rush hours in the evening to personally monitor the arrangements and interact with passengers to seek their suggestions and response. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav has also directed the Divisional Railway Managers and Additional Divisional Railway Managers of the Divisions to continuously keep a check o­n the traffic requirements and monitor the situation extensively. 

 The general pattern of extra rush of passenger traffic during Sankranti season concerns people from Hyderabad city visiting their home towns, mostly in coastal Andhra Pradesh belt, besides other parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The rush also soars between the urban centers and pilgrim destinations, particularly Tirupati and Shirdi. Yet another demand during the same period pertains to the Sabarimalai bound Ayyappa pilgrim traffic, which also peaks o­n these festival dates. Accordingly, SCR devises its plan to run special trains for Sankranti and Sabarimalai season, in advance. However, during the current year, the General Manager personally involved in the task and wanted a dynamic approach to handle traffic needs by means of continuously analyzing passenger traffic trends o­n the Zone and running special trains at the shortest notice. Going a step further, he also put the officials o­n the task to ensure that all the sections of rail users are catered to, so that there are no complaints from any quarter, particularly those who opt to travel in general second class at the last moment.

SCR handles around 10.2 lakh passengers o­n each normal day. The figures rose by around 60, 000 more passengers each day between 1st to 14thJanuary, 2018 which signifies the huge additional demand o­n the rail network in the Zone during Sankranti. It is expected that the total additional passenger traffic catered during Sankranti season by SCR, between 1st to 20thJanuary, 2018 will touch a figure of 12 lakhs. The high point is that the three major rail terminals in Hyderabad city i.e., Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Hyderabad have seen a big surge in passenger footfall in last three days from 10th to 13th January 2018. These three stations, which normally handle 75,000 outstation bound passengers each day, have registered a significant increase of passenger traffic by around 50%, with the passenger outflow touching around 1.10 lakh each day. 

1) Special Trains: 147 Special Trains are being run for Sankranti season through which around 1.5 lakh additional berths have been generated. This comes as over
50 more special trains compared to the number of special trains operated last year. The Sankranti special trains are being run o­n popular and high demand routes, including between Hyderabad city and Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Machilipatnam, Nellore, Renigunta etc., besides between Nanded – Tirupati, Nagarsol – Tirupati, Adilabad – Tirupati, Tirupati-Visakhapatnam, Tirupati-Kakinada etc.

The highlight of these services is the running of exclusively general second class accommodation special Jansadharan Express trains between Secunderabad and Kakinada, to meet the last hour rush of passengers who intend to travel in second class without advance reservation, by far the cheapest mode of travel option during the festive season.

Apart from these trains, which mostly serve passenger needs within the two Telugu states, SCR is also running long distance Special Trains connecting Hyderabad with Guwahati, Jaipur, Darbhanga, Raxaul, Krishnarajapuram (Bengaluru) and Tatanagar to meet the rush of holiday season traffic.

Coming to the Sabarimalai pilgrim traffic rush, SCR has scheduled 156 Special trains through the entire season including 66 trains between 1st and 20th January, 2018. These trains link Hyderabad, Kakinada, Narsapur, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Nizamabad, Akola, Adilabad, Sirpurkagaznagar, Nalgonda, Warangal, Khammam etc., with Kollam, Kochuveli and Tirupati.

    2)  Additional coaches in regular trains: Apart from Special Trains, SCR has come out with an innovative plan to closely monitor passenger traffic in various sectors and in different classes. Basing o­n the same, regular trains are being augmented with extra coaches in various classes, so as to carry additional number of passengers by these trains, who are booked in the waiting list. During the period from 1st to 13th January 2018, 195 extra coaches have been attached to several popular trains like Goutami Express, Narsapur Express, Simhapuri Express Visakha Express, Venkatadri Express and Bangalore Express etc, benefiting an additional of 11,000 passengers.

3)    Other Measures: With the o­nus of meeting a 50 % increase in passenger traffic during the peak festival days, SCR also undertook various other measures to ensure convenience and comfort to passengers. The initiatives include -

Operation of additional ticket booking counters by deploying staff in required numbers besides utilizing the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) o­n the Platforms in a big way, by means of ensuring the presence of ATVM facilitators.
Strengthening of Enquiry counters has been done by posting more number of staff. Frequency of public information related announcements has been substantially increased, so as to keep the passengers well informed o­n their requirements. 
Officers and Senior Supervisors have been deputed to camp at various major railway stations round the clock and closely monitor the passenger traffic flow and take o­n spot decisions to ease their travel.   
Ticket checking staff has been booked to extensively check the trains at stations and o­n trains, so that genuine passengers are not put to trouble and the possibility of revenue leakage is also plugged.
In order to ensure smooth movement of passengers o­n platforms at Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Kacheguda, Vijayawada Railway stations which see a huge rush, the platform ticket fares have been temporarily enhanced from Rs. 10/- to Rs. 20/-, so as to discourage avoidable rush of people o­n platforms who come to send off those doing journey.
Catering arrangements have been suitably increased to meet the needs of rail users and inspections are being conducted by Railway officials to curb overcharging of eatables and beverages besides ensuring cleanliness and quality at the catering stalls.
With the increase in traffic and the resultant impact o­n cleanliness in Trains and at Railway stations, steps have been taken to strengthen the o­n Board Housekeeping Services ( OBHS) for Train cleanliness and  round the clock mechanized cleaning at Railway Stations.
Security Measures have been tightened with the deployment of additional Security staff,  both from Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) at Railway stations and o­n trains, to control and regulate the huge crowds wherever needed. Round the clock monitoring at Stations is being done by Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) Surveillance. 
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Two 2018 Sankranthi Special Trains between Narsapur-Secunderabad & Kakinada –Secunderabad

Pongal, SCR will run two Special Trains between Narsapur-Secunderabad & Kakinada Town- Secunderabad as detailed below:-


1.Narsapur-Secunderabad Suvidha Special:


Accordingly, 82711 Narsapur- Secunderabad Suvidha special train will depart Narsapur at 21:10 hrs o­n 17thJanuary, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 08:25 hrs o­n next day.

Enroute this special train will stop at Palakollu, Bhimavaram, Bhimavaram Town, Akividu, Kaikalur, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.


This Suvidha special train consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier,Sleeper Class and Second seating Chair Car Coaches.


2.Kakinada Town-Secunderabad Special:


Accordingly, 07459 Kakinada Town- Secunderabad special train will depart Kakinada Town at 22:30 hrs o­n 18thJanuary, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 09:00 hrs o­n next day.


Enroute this special train will stop at Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal and Kazipet stations.


This special train consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and Second seating Chair Car Coaches.
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Temporary Stoppages for Trains at Nalwar Station In view of 2018 Jathra Mahotsava

Jathra Mahotsava, the following Express trains are provided with temporary stoppage for two minute from 13th to 22nd January, 2018 at Nalwar Station as detailed below:-         



Train No. 11013 Lokmanyatilak - Coimbatore Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 10:15/10:17 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 11014 Coimbatore  - Lokmanyatilak  Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 02:10/02:12 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 12163 Dadar  - Chennai Egmore  Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 07:25/07:27 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 12164 Chennai Egmore - Dadar  Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 18:15/18:17 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 16339 CST Mumbai - Nagarcoil Express will arrive/depart Nalwar Station at 23:35/23:37 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 16340 Nagarcoil - CST Mumbai  Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar Station at 07:40/07:42 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 16351 CST Mumbai - Nagarcoil Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 23:35/23:37 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
Train No. 16352 Nagarcoil - CST Mumbai Express will arrive/depart  Nalwar  Station at 06:40/06:42 hrs from 13th to 22nd January, 2018.
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2018 Holi AC Weekly Special Trains between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin

Railways will run 12 AC Weekly Superfast Special trains o­n special charges between Pune and Hazrat Nizamuddin to clear the extra rush of passengers during Holi Festival.The details are as under:


Train No. 04417 Special will leave Pune at 05.15 hrs every Thursday from 22.02.2018 to 29.03.2018 (6 trips) and will arrive Hazrat Nizamuddin at 05.35 hrs next day.


Train No. 04418 Special will leave Hazrat Nizamuddinat 21.35 hrs every Tuesday from 20.02.2018 to 27.03.2018 (6 trips) and will arrive Pune at 21.25 hrs next day.


Halts:Lonavala, Kalyan, Vasai Road, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota and Mathura.


Composition: o­ne First AC, Six AC-2 Tier, Ten AC-3 Tier and Pantry Car.


Reservation: Bookings for Special Train No. 04417 o­n special charges will open o­n15.01.2018 .
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Timings of local passenger trains at Guwahati changed due to working hours of Government of Assam

N.F.Railway authority has changed the arrival timings of few local passenger trains w.e.f. 17-01-2018 consequent upon the request received from the Government of Assam. It may be mentioned here that office working hours of the State government offices were changed recently. The details of changed timings are as follows:

1.55801 New Bongaigaon – Guwahati Manas Rhino Passenger will now leave from New Bongaigaon at 04-25 hrs instead of 04-50hrs. From Rangiya it will depart at 07-19 hrs instead of 07-47 hrs. and will now arrive at Guwahati at 08-50 hrs instead of 09-15 hrs.

2.75723 New Bongaigaon – Goalpara - Guwahati DEMU will now leave from New Bongaigaon at 04-45 hrs instead of 05-15 hrs. and will now arrive at Guwahati at 09-05 hrs instead of 09-25 hrs.

3.55604 Mairabari – Chaparmukh – Guwahati Kolongpar Passenger will now leave from Mairabari at 04-00 hrs instead of 04-35 hrs. It will leave Chaparmukh at 06-12 hrs instead of 06-47 hrs. and will now arrive at Guwahati at 09-05 hrs instead of 09-35 hrs.

4.15769 Alipurduar Jn – Lumding Intercity Express will now leave from Alipurduar Jn at 03-20 hrs instead of 03-45 hrs. It will leave from New Bongaigaon at 05-20 hrs instead of 05-45 hrs. and from Rangiya at 07-47 hrs instead of 08-20 hrs. to arrive Guwahati at 09-30 hrs instead of 09-55 hrs.

5.In view of above changes 55818 Guwahati – New Bongaigaon Passenger will now leave Guwahati at 08-10 hrs and from Kamakhya at 08-32 hrs. from 17.01.2018.
Timings of local passenger trains at Guwahati  changed due to working hours of Government of Assam

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FIRST TEST RUN BEGINS ON NOIDA - GREATER NOIDA CORRIDOR

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) achieved another milestone with the flagging off of the First Test Run on the Noida – Greater Noida Corridor by Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd. and Mr. Alok Tandon, Managing Director, Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. in the presence of senior officials of DMRC and NMRC today. Full fledged oscillation trials will commence later after completion of full internal testing of the train.

The train with 4 coaches had arrived at Mundhra Port, Gujarat on 23rd November 2017 and reached the Depot in Greater Noida on 14th December 2017. Basic movement trials and validations were done over the last fortnight against stringent timelines to ensure that the train is ready to go onto the viaduct in the New Year.

With the arrival of this train, DMRC has moved one step closer to the commissioning of the Noida – Greater Noida corridor. Greater Noida has today become a residential and commercial hub. A number of residential colonies and apartments have come up in the area and all major schools and hospitals have opened their branches in Greater Noida. Being directly connected to Noida through the expressway, Greater Noida has become the popular destinations of all major Corporates who have their offices there. The Noida – Greater Noida Metro Corridor will provide greater connectivity and transport solutions to this area.

The Rolling Stock of this corridor is being procured from CRRC Limited, a State owned Chinese Rolling Stock Manufacturer. DMRC had signed the MoU on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. with CRRC Corporation Limited in March 2016. The Standard Gauge trains are being manufactured in the Nanjing Plant.

Each train will comprise of 4 coaches. The corridor will have a total of 19 train sets (i.e. 76 coaches). The trains are expected to arrive every fortnight. Some of the basic features of the new trains are:

Each train comprises of 4 coaches with a  total seating capacity of 186 passengers.
Total passenger capacity of the train (Seating + Standing) is approx. 1000 passengers under loaded conditions.
Each train has 2 Driving Trailer Cars and 2 Motor Cars and the total number of seats in both are 43 and 50 respectively.
Adequate amount of seat reservation through different colored seats has been done in the coaches for ladies, Senior citizens  and differently abled persons.
The train has been designed with a  Aqua Blue color theme.
The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph clocking  an average  speed of 37.5 kmph which is a shade better than the contemporary networks around.
All trains are well lit with energy efficient  LED lights both in the interiors and exteriors.
Each coach has ports for mobile and USB charging, 6 backlit LCDs(Liquid Crystal Displays)  and 4 Dynamic Route Maps.
The train is designed with end evacuation doors for emergencies. .


Special Features for Passengers in the Train
Each coach is equipped with four 37” LED backlit LCD displays called Dynamic Route Maps (DRMs). These DRMs have been installed to provide the necessary information, especially for passengers with hearing impairment. These DRMs are strategically located for easy visibility. DRMs will display dynamic message regarding the operating route, current and next stations, information regarding interchange stations, direction of door opening and flashing of important / emergency messages.
Each coach is equipped with 6 LED backlit LCD/TFT displays (about 450 mm, 18.5 inches). This display will be used to display special messages/advertisements etc (Including videos). It may also be used to display information regarding the ongoing train route.
Dedicated space has been provided for wheel chair based commuters in Driving Trailer cars at both the ends of the trains.
For visually impaired passengers, Digital Voice announcements regarding train and route information and announcement of station will be made in both Hindi and  English. Chime sound indicating opening and closing of doors is also in built.
The Operational Control Centre (OCC) can communicate directly with the passengers in case of important/ emergency announcements through speakers installed in each coach. Similarly the Train Operator can also communicate directly with the passengers through mikes.
The passenger seats are in two separate shades of blue well alingned with the Client’s theme . The dark blue seats indicate the reserved seats (ladies, Senior Citizens and Divyang) and the Light Blue seats for General passengers.
Provision of Lumber support/ backrest near wheel chair area has also been provided.


Aesthetic exterior/ Interior design with:
Aero Dynamic front profile with wide Wind screen glass with front evacuation arrangement.
Aesthetically designed energy efficient LED head lights and marker lights.
Ceramic Coated Aluminium Interior Panel with superior finish, Improve floor covering & Wheel chair marking on floor, Colourful Passenger Seats.


The Civil Work of this 29.7Kms long Standard Gauge Corridor having 21 stations was completed in November 2017 with the erection of the last girder. Track laying and system works are in progress.

During the test run, the train will undergo rigorous signaling testing. During testing and the trial runs, the interface of the Metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done.
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Flags off Agartala – Bangalore Cantt. Humsafar Express and 1st Passenger train on Udaipur – Garjee section in Tripura

The Union Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain flagged off the 12503/12504 Agartala – Bangalore Cantonment Weekly Humsafar Express at ceremonial function held at Agartala railway station today. Minister of Transport, Power, Urban Development, Rural Development (Panchayat) Shri Manik Dey, Lok Sabha MP Shri Sankar Prasad Datta, Member of Tripura Legislative Assembly Shri Dilip Sarkar, General Manager, N. F. Railway Shri Chahatey Ram, General Manager, N. F. Railway Construction Shri M. K. Prasad, senior railway officials and other state government officials were present at the inaugural ceremony besides hundreds of eager audience.

Addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Union Railway Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain said that railway infrastructure development in Northeastern region has got an impetuous in the last three years and all the projects are progressing in full steam. He said, problems like shortage of funds have been taken care of and there are a lot of new plans for the region. Shri Gohain said, connectivity of the region is priority of the present government and railway is executing several projects for bringing in better connectivity and economic development for the region. Speaking at the function, the Minister said that Railway Ministry had decided to introduce DEMU train in Tripura soon. He also promised to look into possibility of increasing frequency of the Agartala – Anand Vihar (New Delhi) Rajdhani Express and introduction of a train connecting Tripura with Jharkhand.

The General Manager, N. F. Railway, Shri Chahatey Ram in his welcome address reiterated Indian Railway’s commitment for development of the northeastern region and for providing better service. He said the new Humsafar Express flagged off by the Hon’ble Minister has state-of-the-art facilities like GPS based passenger information system, Passenger announcement system, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, Comfortable seats, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated Braille display, Fire retardant curtains and other facilities. The train would be fully air-conditioned and would have dynamic fare structure. The Base fare shall be slightly higher than the normal base fare of AC-3 tier superfast Mail/Express trains, he said. TheAgartala –Bangalore Cantt. Humsafar Express will cover 3542 Kms. Distance in 64 hours and will having 28 stoppage en-route.

Regular service of the Humsafar Express inaugurated today will commence from Agartala from 09-01-2018. It will be initially a weekly service leaving Agartala o­n every Tuesday at 05.00 A.M. reaching Bangalore Cantt. at 21.15 hrs of Thursday. Form Bangalore Cantt. the regular service will commence from 12-01-2018. It will leave Bangalore o­n every Friday at 10.15 A.M. to reach Agartala at 03.45 hrs o­n Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Hon’ble Minister had flagged off the 1st passenger train o­n newly-commissioned Udaipur-Garjee section of the Agartala- Udaipur-Sabroom new BG line at a ceremonial function held at Udaipur. Delivering the welcome address, the General Manager of N. F. Railway Construction, Shri M. K. Prasad said that the Garjee to Belonia section of the Agartala- Udaipur-Sabroom new BG line would be commissioned by the end of this year. Tripura Forest, Rural Dev and Election Minister Shri Naresh Chandra Jamatia, Members of Tripura Legislative Assembly, Shri Madhab Chandra Saha, Shri Pranajit Singha Roy and Lok Sabha MP Shri Sankar Prasad Datta were present at the function attended by hundreds of enthusiastic audience. 

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Safety works to the tune of Rs. 325 crores proposed for sanction of Railway Board by N.F.Railway

Under the broader ambit of safety defined by Hon’ble Railway Minister, to cover station platforms and Foot Over Bridges, N.F.Railway has proposed as many as 28 works to the tune of Rs. 325 crs for inclusion in supplementary works programme for 2018-19. Details are as follows: Five numbers proposals for improvement and provision of Running Room at 30 stations have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 71 crores. Ten proposals for improvement and provision of Training Centre at 13 stations have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 94 crores. Three proposals for extensions of platforms at 18 stations have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 45 crores. Seven proposals for provision of Foot Over Bridges at 30 stations have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 105 crores. Three proposals for replacement of LED signals, Batteries and OFC equipments have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 10 crores.

It is to be mentioned here that a renewed impetus o­n safety by the Zone has yielded definite results. Train derailment case has come down to 1 o­nly from 4 during the corresponding period last year. Accidents at Level crossing gates have also come down to nil from 1 during the corresponding period last year. While no cases of fire has been reported so far.

In the Lumding – Badarpur Hill section, to prevent derailments due to land fall, water logging and heavy rain fall, goomties have been provided in vulnerable locations. Round the clock patrolling of railway track is being done. Trackmen / gangmen have been provided with Walkie – talkie / VHF sets for instant communication with the Station Master. To study soil behaviour, instruments like Inclinometers and Piezometers have been provided. Side drains and Catch water drains are being constructed in cutting locations.

Weekly safety video conferences are being conducted with the Divisional heads of Divisions with zonal HQ. To avoid derailment of trains due to overshoot of signals by drivers, all Loco Pilots are being trained in “on-run” application of emergency brakes. For communication between Loco Pilot and Station Master, Walkie – Talkie sets have been provided. First time o­n Indian Railway, Loco Pilots are being trained o­n application of emergency brakes o­n the stimulators at Siliguri Diesel Shed. To avoid derailment due to track defects, encroachments close to track are being removed.  Continuous cleaning is being done to avoid stagnation of water. Training of staff is being ensured. Under the instruction from HQ, traffic blocks are being systematically planned to ensure that 100% block demanded is being granted. Granting of traffic blocks for working of Track machines has also increased to 49%.  Group working of machines introduced for enhanced output & better quality. Supply of track spares and tools are being ensured.

As many as 40 km of through rail renewal has been completed upto October, 2017 out of a target of 50 km set for current Financial Year. All the arrears i.e. about 228 km will be completed by September, 2018. 
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GPS based Technology used by N.F.Railway to tackle fog related visibility issues

To help in timely running of trains during foggy season, a new GPS based system for auto warning to train drivers has been put to use by N.F.Railway. A equipment called FogPASS (Fog Pilot Assistance system for Safety) consisting of an inbuilt battery and GPS antenna with magnetic base has been installed in all locomotives in N.F.Railway. The device which weighs 1.5 kg is carried by the loco pilot at the time of assuming charge of the locomotive. It is placed o­n the consul of the pilot and as the train moves, it displays short description and remaining distance of next two landmarks in geographical order o­n LCD screen. Landmarks include signals of various types, level crossing gate etc. This means that as a train approaches a station the device will flash the distance left for the home signal of that station. Thus even if the pilot is unable to physically see the signal, he would be aware of how far train is from the signal and would be alert to notice the aspect of the signal (red, green or yellow) and act accordingly. There is also provision of voice announcement in speakers attached with the device for attention of drivers. The new device has proved to be greatly helpful to drivers in the foggy weather.

A total number of 1101 numbers of such devices have already been allotted to all Divisions for fixing in locomotives.

Besides, Railways has also deployed Fogmen to place detonators o­n the tracks to alert the loco pilots about approaching signals. Senior railway officials are undertaking night foot plate inspection and track patrolling to detect cases of rail fracture.

Railways have also provided sufficient walkie-talkie sets to the crew and station staff. Signal indication booklets have been provided to loco pilot and counselling o­n working during fog is also being done.

It is to be mentioned here that, during intense fog situation, railways normally face problem of shortage of crew resulting from longer working hours due to slower mobility, heavy crowing of waiting list passengers and non-availability of track maintenance slots due to reduced capacity apart from complete disorientation of timetable.

So the new GPS based system named FogPASS is proving to be a boon to speed up train during intense fog situation.
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UTS-ON-MOBILE TO HELP QUICK TICKETING

UTS o­n mobile facility have been implemented over Southern railway with effect from April 2015 in phases.   This facility has been enabled in two options viz, paperless and with paper ticket.  The paperless ticket option is enabled over suburban section of Chennai Division.  The paper ticket option, where the ticket can be booked through mobile and print out can be taken from ATVMs / Booking counters has been enabled over Southern Railway at 128 stations where ATVMs are available.

On an average 22,040 passengers use these facility to buy tickets every day.



OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION SYSTEM (OCR)

As an additional facility to Mobile App passengers, 25 OCR machines have been installed at 5 major Suburban Locations ( Chennai Beach, Chennai Egmore, Chennai Central, Guindy and Tambaram) each 5 machines.

These are stand- alone machines.  The passengers can book the tickets through the mobile application.  A message will be sent to the mobile. The passenger o­n reaching the station has to place his/her mobile o­n the machine in the slot.  The OCR machine will recognize the coding of the message and will print the desired ticket within 10 seconds.



BOOK, ACTIVATE AND TRAVEL (BOOT) USING UTS-ON-MOBILE


A new Paperless ticketing System called ‘Book, Activate and Travel (BAAT)’ has been introduced for the convenience of the passengers, with the following features:

1)The user phone need not have GPS facility.

2)There will be no effect of geo fencing and the user can book his ticket from anywhere.

3)User can activate the ticket using the wifi system provided at the station from the predefined area in station called activation zone ( near to the booking counters in the concourse area)

4)He can travel with the activated electronic ticket o­n his mobile.  No print out is necessary.  The ticket will not be enabled and the ticket image will not be available for the passenger unless the ticket is activated.

This system will be soon introduced in Chennai Central Station and will be gradually extended to other major stations.





This facility will be more useful for the passengers, especially during the peak hour rush.
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Introduce ‘Anubhuti’ coach in Chennai Central – Mysuru – Chennai Central sector

introduce ‘Anubhuti’ coach in Chennai Central – Mysuru – Chennai Central sector as a Pongal Gift to its valuable passengers.



Accordingly, Train No.12007 / 12008 Chennai Central – Mysuru – Chennai Central Shatabdi express trains will be augmented by an ‘Anubhuti’ coach o­n and from Friday, 12thJanuary, 2018.Bookings are open.





Salient Features:

1.‘Anubhuti’ coach has improved interiors, ergonomically designed seats and improved modular toilets with hands-free taps.

2.Overhead reading lights are provided for every seat and the coach has diffused LED lighting.

3.‘Anubhuti’ coach is equipped with GPS based passenger system and has a special exterior painting with anti-graffiti coating.The coach also has the potential to run at high speed.

4.The fare for travel by ‘Anubhuti’ coach is fixed at 1.2 times of the Executive Class fare of Shatabdi trains.

5.Other charges such as reservation fee, superfast surcharge, GST, etc. as applicable will be levied separately.

6.Normal rules pertaining to Child Fare shall apply.

7.Concessional tickets and free complimentary passes which are not fully reimbursed will not be allowed.

8.Passes issued to Members of Parliament and Rail Travel Coupons (RTCs) issued to MLAs/MLCs shall be permissible.

9.Full fare Defence Warrants shall be allowed.

10.Seats remaining vacant at the time of first charting shall be offered for current booking at 10% discount o­n last price.

11.Normal Cancellation and Refund Rules shall apply.

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SPECIAL TRAINS - FROM KOCHUVELI TO CHENNAI CENTRAL & HYDERABAD

1.Special fare special train from Kochuveli to Chennai Central



Train No.06028 Kochuveli – Chennai Central special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 02.00 hrs. o­n 15th January, 2018 and reach Chennai Central at 19.50 hrs. the same day.



Composition:Sleeper Class – 10, General Second Class – 3& Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.



Stoppages:Kollam, Kayankulam, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Changanaseri, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrisur, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam and Perambur.









2.Special fare special train from Kochuveli to Hyderabad (via Katpadi)



Train No.07116 Kochuveli – Hyderabad special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 07.45 hrs. o­n Mondays from 22.01.2018 to 02.04.2018 and reach Hyderabad at 14.00 hrs. the next day.



Composition:AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 1, Sleeper Class – 16 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.



Stoppages:Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Katpadi, Chittoor, Tirupati, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, o­ngole, Tenali, Guntur, Piduguralla, Nalgonda and Secunderabad.



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Special Trains 04921/04922 Saharanpur-Ambala-Saharanpur Daily MEMU Special & 04992/04991 Jammu Tawi-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi DEMU Special Trains

For the convenience of rail passengers, Northern Railway will run the 04921/04922  Saharanpur-Ambala-Saharanpur Daily MEMU Special & 04992/04991 Jammu Tawi-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi  DEMU Special Trains,  as per the following programme :

·04921/04922 Saharanpur-Ambala-Saharanpur Daily MEMU Special ( 150 Trips)

The 04921 Saharanpur-Ambala Daily MEMU special train will depart from Saharanpur at 04.45 a.m. from 16.01.2018 to 31.03.2018 to reach Ambala Cantt. at 06.30 a.m. the same day (75 trips). In the return direction, the 04922 Ambala–Saharanpur Daily MEMU special train will depart from Ambala Cantt. at 08.45 p.m. from16.01.2018 to 31.03.2018to reach Saharanpur at 10.40 p.m. the same day ( 75 trips).

          The 04921/04922 Saharanpur-Ambala-Saharanpur Daily MEMU special train will stop at Pilkhani, Sarsawa, Kalanaur, Jagadhari, Jagadhari Workshop, Darazpur, Mustafabad, Barara, Tandwal, Kesri & Dukheri Stations enroute in both the directions

· 04992/04991 Jammu Tawi-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi  Five  Days a Week DEMU Special

(108 trips)

     The 04992 Jammu Tawi-Pathankot five days a week DEMU special train will depart from Jammu Tawi  at  09.50 a.m. from 16.01.2018 to 30.03.2018 (Except Saturday & Sunday) to reach Pathankot at 12.10 p.m. the same day (54 trips). In the return direction, the 04991 Pathankot-Jammu Tawi five days a week DEMU special Train will depart from Pathankot at 02.40  p.m. from16.01.2018 to 30.03.2018 (Except Saturday & Sunday) to reach Jammu Tawi at 05.10  p.m. the same day (54 trips).

     The 04992/04991 Jammu Tawi-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi  five days a week DEMU special train will stop at Bari Brahaman, Vijaypur Jammu, Bloch Hutt Basantar , Samba, Ghagwal, Hira Nagar, Chakdayala, Chhan Arorian, Budhi, Kathua, Madhopur Punjab, Sujanpur & Bharaoli Stations enroute in both the directions

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NEW TRAIN BETWEEN SHIMLA-SHOGHI

NORTHERN RAILWAY CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS CREATING BETTER OPPORTUNITIES IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM SECTOR IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

FOCUS ON PROMOTING KALKA-SHIMLA HILL RAILWAYS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

MAYOR AND MP LOK SABHA OF SHIMLA ALONG WITH GENERAL MANAGER NORTHERN RAILWAY FLAG –OFF MAIDEN JOY RIDE TRAIN BETWEEN SHIMLA-SHOGHI

The Railways have always been in the forefront of Nation building by creating better Travel and Tourism opportunities in a region. In this regard Northern Railway has sought to effectively contribute towards enhancing Tourism facilities in the state of Himachal Pradesh by providing greater impetus to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kalka - Shimla Hill Railways.

Smt. Kusum Sadret, Mayor Shimla, Sh. Virender Kashyap, MP (Lok Sabha) Sh. Vishwesh Chaube, General Manager, Northern Railway, Flagged-off a maiden ‘Joy Ride Train’ (52448/52447) between Shimla and Shoghi two major tourist spots in the region Today ie. 11.01.2018. Sh. Ganesh Rakesh Sharma, Dy. Mayor, Shimla and Sh. Ganesh Dutt, State President, BJP were the distinguished guests present in the function. Sh. D.C. Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division and other Senior officers of Northern Railway were also present on the occasion.

The Kalka Shimla Railway is a very long-established and ambitious narrow gauge mountain railway project built by the British in India. It required a great deal of engineering development work, and took twenty years to complete, largely because of the difficult mountainous terrain and climatic conditions. The 100 km long railway line connects the towns of Kalka and Shimla. Kalka is situated at the foot hills while Shimla the erstwhile summer capital of British India and now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, is situated at a whooping height of over 2000m in the Shivalik Region of Himalayas.

To this day the property is one of the best preserved mountain railways in India, and remains much as it was at the time of its completion. In addition to its engineering infrastructure, it has retained its stations, signalling system and more importantly its old colonial charm. On 8th July, 2008, UNESCO bestowed the World Heritage Site Tag to the Kalka – Shimla Mountain Railways in India.

Shimla blessed with an exuberant climate all throughout the year and verdant natural beauty coupled with its proximity to major North Indian cities has a huge tourist influx in all seasons. The Kalka – Shimla Train is a major tourist attraction and a trip to the region is considered incomplete without a ride on the Hill Train. To fortify the tourist facilities during the ongoing winter season the Joy Ride Train has been initiated. At present it will run for a limited time only i.e. from 11.01.2018 to 15.02.2018, between Shimla and Shoghi covering a distance of 18 Km. Train no 52448 leaves Shimla at 12:45 hrs to arrive at Shoghi at 13:50 hrs. On its return journey the Train no. 52447 leaves Shoghi at 14:20 hrs to reach Shimla at 15:30. This train will comprise of Six Executive Chair Car and one Executive Chair Car cum SLR coaches. The single side fare for the trip is Rs. 260/- and for both sides it is Rs. 520/-.
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NO JUMBO BLOCK ON MUMBAI WESTERN RAILWAY ON SUNDAY, 14th JANUARY, 2018

NO JUMBO BLOCK o­n W.RLY.

ON SUNDAY, 14th JANUARY, 2018



                 There will be no jumbo block o­n Sunday, 14th January, 2018 o­n Western Railway’s suburban section.
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Central Railway Mumbai Mega Block on 14.1.2018

Mulund-Matunga Up fast line from 11.15 am to 4.15 pm

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Chunabhatti/ Bandra Up and Dn Harbour lines from 11.10 am to 4.40 pm.

Central Railway will operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work on Sunday 14.1.2018

MULUND-MATUNGA UP FAST LINE FROM 11.15 AM TO 4.15 PM

.All UP fast line services leaving Kalyan from 10.37 am to 3.56 pm will be diverted on Up slow line between Diva and Parel stations halting at all stations up to Parel and further re-diverted on Up fast line and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule

Dn fast/semi fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10.05 am to 3.22 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli,Bhandup and Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective
scheduled halts and arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.

All slow line services leaving/arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

All Mail Express trains arriving Dadar and Chhatrapati Shiv Maharaj Terminus during the block period will be diverted on Up slow line between Mulund and Matunga stations and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.

50104 Ratnagiri Dadar Passenger will be terminated at Diva Jn. and 50103 Dadar Ratnagiri Passenger will depart from Diva Jn. Special suburban service will be run from Dadar to Diva for
passengers of 50103 which will depart from Dadar at 3.40 pm, reach Thane at 4.06 pm and arrive Diva at 4.13 pm.

CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ TERMINUS - CHUNABHATTI BANDRA DN HARBOUR LINE FROM 11.40AM TO 4.40 PM CHUNABHATTI/ BANDRA CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI
MAHARAJ TERMINUS UP HARBOUR LINE FROM 11.10 AM TO 4.10 PM


.Dn Harbour line services to Vashi/Belapur /Panvel leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai/Vadala Road from 11.34 am to 4.47 pm and Dn Harbour line services to Bandra/Andheri Leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 9.56 am to 4.43 pm will
remain suspended.

Up Harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 9.53 am to 3.20 pm and Up Harbour line services leaving Bandra/Andheri from 10.45 am to 5.09 pm will remain suspended
However, Special services will run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) during the block period
Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm during block period .

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Indian Railways introduces OCR Kiosk Machines for quick printing of tickets booked through UTS Mobile App for suburban passengers

Indian Railways continues to take steps based on new technology to facilitate execution of its various activities. It has now been decided to introduce modern Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Kiosk Machines for quick & easy printing of tickets booked through UTS App for mobile phones by suburban commuters.

 Western Railway (Hqrs. Mumbai) becomes first railway zone to introduce this facility for its Mumbai suburban commuters of Western Railway. This new facility will make printing of tickets much simpler and quicker. Under this facility just by simply placing the screen of mobile phone displaying the SMS of the ticket booked through UTS Mobile App in the designated slot provided in the OCR Kiosk machine and the machine will simply read the SMS and print ticket immediately.

In the first phase, 25 OCR Kiosks have been planned by Western Railway for installation, out of which 20 Kiosks have been installed and became functional w.e.f today i.e. 11th January, 2018 on five Mumbai Suburban Stations of Western Railway namely Churchgate (1 Kiosk), Dadar (6 Kiosks), Bandra (3 Kiosks), Andheri (5 Kiosks), and Borivali (5 Kiosks). In addition, installation of five more OCR Kiosks at Churchgate is under process and will be installed shortly.

The use of these Kiosks will facilitate the passengers to get print-out of tickets booked through UTS mobile app and also reduce the queues at booking counters/ATVM machines thereby promoting transactions through UTS mobile app. Presently, passengers have to feed their mobile number and booking ID received on their mobiles, in the ATVM machines to get their tickets printed or get it through UTS counter. This new facility of simply placing the screen displaying the SMS in the designated slot provided in the Kiosk will also reduce the time of printing of tickets as the machine will simply read the SMS and print tickets immediately.
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Ministry of Railway launches Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) Application

Both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones/Divisions/ Sections can be viewed through this application.

Position of Rakes for Specific Type of Stock can be viewed through this application.

a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.

Salient features of SFOORTI Application are as below:

With this application, movement of freight trains on Geographic Information System (GIS) view can be tracked.
Both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones/Divisions/ Sections in single GIS View.
Freight business can be monitored.
Comparative Analysis of Zonal/Divisional Traffic.
Analysis of new traffic captured and traffic lost.
This app provides a Bird’s eye view of all Freight Assets in a single window.
Provides end to end Rake movement on Geospatial view
Expected Traffic at Interchange points to evaluate daily performance can be viewed.
Performance of each zone and divisions with respect to loading and utilization of freight assets can be viewed.
Sectional performance monitoring for sections, divisions and zones shall help in traffic routing.
Freight terminal and sidings can be better monitored to ensure better turnaround of rakes.
FEATURES OF SFOORTI APPLICATION:

Freight Operation Information System Map View–A Geographic Information System (GIS) based monitoring and management tool has been designed and developed in CRIS which provides layered views of freight trains on Indian Railways network which can help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations. The FOIS Map View has been designed to cater to Divisional, Zonal and Board levels of management for improved freight operations. It provides Geo-Spatial view of freight train performances, some of which are:
Position of all freight trains on Indian Railways Network on basis of their last reporting in system.
Movement of freight trains from one zone/division to another zone/division across IR.
Position of Rakes on the network detailing commodity wise loading.
Position of all freight stock on Indian Railways - both loaded and empty on the network.
Monitor Inward/ Expected traffic flow at Interchange points along with real time monitoring of forecast for day against actual interchange.
Indicates new traffic Origination-Destination (OD) captured over IR network.
Indicates Rakes detaining beyond permissible free time on the network.
Loading trends of major commodities is available identifying the loading performances of terminals and their Origination-Destination (OD) on the network.
Section wise speed performance of freight trains across the network which is updated on real time basis. This is done by making use of real time sectional running data captured through Control Office Application and comparing it with the historical freight running data to work out the level of performance in the section on real time basis.
Forecasted Rakes Awaiting Interchange:
Monitoring of all the loads, which have been forecasted for the divisional interchange, but the same interchange has not yet reported. Forecasted Loads Awaiting Interchange are plotted on two colour themes, based on their divisional interchange direction.

Stock Specific / Commodity specific Rake Position:
Position of Rakes for Specific Type of Stock can be viewed. Loaded and Empty Rakes of specific Rake Types are plotted on the Indian Railways network map in Different colours. Further drill down along with load path can also be viewed on the Geo-Spatial view.

New Origination-Destination Added in IR:
Monitoring of New Origination Destination flows captured during the specified period in comparison with those loaded in previous 3 years data. Detail are represented either Commodity wise or Origination Destination (O-D wise).

Loading Trends for Major Commodities:
Monitoring of Loadings across Indian Railways for major commodities during a period. Terminals are presented on the GIS View, with different commodity shown in different colour.  Further drill down is also provided to view Individual Origination-Destination (O-D Flows).

Freight Train Performance:
Performance of Freight Train Running on Indian Railways Sections can be viewed through this option for each working shift. Performance is determined through comparison of current sectional speed with the benchmark average speed.

Section Performance is represented as Below Average, Average or Good based on section performance against benchmarks (Shown in different colours). Entire section is plotted on the map on its congestion colour theme.

Congestion status is available in three shifts (00:00 to 08:00), (08:00 to 16:00) and (16:00 to 24:00).
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Matunga Railway Station in Mumbai Division of Central Railway enters Limca Book of Records 2018 for posting all women staff on the station

Matunga Railway Station in Mumbai Division of Central Railway enters Limca Book of Records 2018 for posting all women staff on the station.

Mamta Kulkarni, first women ASM to be recruited on Mumbai Division of Central Railway in 1992, is Incharge of Matunga Railway Station.

A total of 41 women staff is handling the operations of the station round the clock.

Indian Railways initiative of empowering its women employees has brought laurels as Matunga Railway Station has entered into Limca Book of Records 2018.Matunga Railway Station has become the first station in India which has all women staff managing the operations of the stations. Ladies staff across all departments viz. operating, commercial, RPF, etc. are posted at Matunga Railway Station to make it first of its kind station on Railways.

Mumbai Division of Central Railways have posted a total of 41 women staffers, including 17 booking clerks, 6 RPF personnel, 8 ticket checkers, 5 point persons, 2 announcers and 2 safai karmacharis are working under the supervision of station manager Mrs. Mamta Kulkarni. Incidentally Mamta Kulkarni is first ASM to be recruited on Mumbai Division of Central Railway in 1992.

The staff has been handling overall operations of the railway station round the clock from last six months and results are positive and encouraging. The idea is creation of an environment for women where they can make decision of their own for their personal and professional well being, organizational good, notwithstanding.
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108 Years Old Monorail used by Maharaja of Patiala is now operational at National Rail Museum, New Delhi

Indian Railways rich heritage is open for visitors at National Rail Museum (NRM), Chanakayapuri, New Delhi. One important heritage attraction at NRM is 108 yrs old monorail which was used by Maharaja of Patiala, Lt. Shri Bhupinder Singh. Recently, National Rail Museum took initiative to start this train on every Thursday for visitors. This monorail hauled by steam locomotives is one of its kinds in the world. A journey in this monorail is a unique experience.



In addition to this visitors can also experience other unique exhibits at the museum.

National Rail Museum (NRM) is the focus of Rail Heritage of India, a source of fascination and interest in Railways for all. Formally inaugurated on the 1st of February, 1977, this one-of-its-kind museum in Asia has an interesting collection of history, heritage, romance, nostalgia, fun, leisure and entertainment, all at one place. Sprawling over 10 acres in Chanakya Puri, New Delhi, it comprises an indoor gallery devoted to the display of various exhibits, models, records, photographs, coat of arms, documents etc. over 100 real size exhibits display the glory of the bygone era. The Museum promises to take the visitors on an exciting journey into the Railway history and heritage and depict their contribution to the industrial and economic progress of the country. 
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Indian Railways launches transparent and efficient “New Online Vendor Registration System”

Indian Railways launches transparent and efficient “New Online Vendor Registration System” in its research arm RDSO.

Tremendous business opportunity for growth of new SMEs thus aiding job creation.

The new system is simpler and user friendly.

No need for vendors to visit RDSO office for any activity related to his case for registration.

The fixed date schedule system has been done away with & the vendors can register for the listed items throughout 365 days of the year.

Parallel verification processes to help reduce cycle timelines.

Registration process to be completed within defined timelines.

All information & data pertaining to vendor registration now made available on RDSO Website.


In-line with the philosophy of the Government to make systems and procedures digital and transparent, Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), (headquartered at Lucknow), the research arm of Ministry of Railways, has launched “New Online Vender Registration System”. This system was evolved after Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal undertook comprehensive review of the functioning of the RDSO. This new system provides major improvements and paradigm changes in the registration system over the earlier system. Public access to the information, expeditious process completion with defined timelines, simplification of procedures, round-the-year services, availability of all related information on RDSO Website, constant monitoring at all levels, reduction in cycle timelines, regular updation of online data, user friendly interface etc. are the hallmarks of the new system. Some of the salient features of this new system are given below:-

Vendor need not come to RDSO for any activity related to his case for registration.
All activities in vendor registration cycle have been tied to specific timelines and in case these activities exceed the allotted timelines, a system generated alert is flashed to all concerned officials and higher ups for immediate corrective action in the matter.
The process of documents scrutiny and physical verification of the Vendor’s facility has been made a parallel exercise. Earlier 8 to 11 months would elapse before physical verification activity used to start. It used to start only after completion of document scrutiny. Now both the activities i.e. document scrutiny & physical verification start simultaneously. This is a major improvement over earlier process and would help in reduction of cycle timelines.
Process has been made simpler and user friendly. With the new online system implemented by RDSO, the Vendor can now deposit registration fee, submit documents, download technical drawings & specifications and interact with RDSO online. At each stage the vendor would get a system generated alert / acknowledgment regarding status of his case with details.
Management dashboard has been provided for centralized monitoring of the whole procedure and the process work-flow with the objective of identifying bottlenecks , if any, and initiating corrective action
RDSO has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for all the 600 plus items and has kept the window open with no timelines to enable wider participation and association of industries and interested vendors in developing products and new technologies for the Railways. Now vendors can register for any of the item throughout 365 days of the year. It will provide tremendous business opportunity for growth of new SMEs thus aiding job creation.

All RDSO controlled items have now been listed on RDSO website with specific timelines for Vendor Registration process for each individual item. RDSO will endeavor to complete the registration process for which the vendor applies within defined timelines.



All information and data pertaining to cases of vendor registration and all references pending at RDSO has now been brought into public domain by uploading it on RDSO website. Details of all cases are now available in public domain and can be accessed by everybody. Regular updation of this data is now being ensured by RDSO for information of all stake holders and general public.
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Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations

Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

It will help in various activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

West Central Railways has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways.


Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. It has been given directions to Zonal Railways to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

“Drone” cameras shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities. It shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards. It is going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarter at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways. West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras last week on its all the three divisions in the following locations.

Jabalpur Division – Narmada Bridge near Bhitoni
Bhopal Division – (i) Nishatpura Yard; (ii) Third Line work between HBJ – Misrod.
Kota Division – (i) Chambal Bridge near Kota; (ii) Dakania Talav Yard near Kota.
WCR further plans to use Drone for project monitoring in 3rd line work of Bina-Katni, Doubling work in Katni-Singrouli, Important Bridge inspections and Mansoon preparedness in deep cutting portions of Ghat Sections of Bhopal and Jabalpur Divisions. Earlier, demonstration of “Drone” camera was done for project monitoring of Railway Electrification work of Jabalpur Yard.
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Pongal festival/Sankranti 2018 Special Trains Between Hyderabad-Kakinada Town, Secunderabad - Kakinada Town and Narsapur to Secunderabad ­­­­

Pongal festival/Sankranti 2018  season, 6 special trains will be run between Hyderabad-Kakinada Town, Secunderabad - Kakinada Town and Narsapur to Secunderabad as detailed below:-



1.Hyderabad – Kakinada Town – Hyderabad Special Trains (03 Services):-

Train No. 07001 Hyderabad-Kakinada Town Special Train will depart Hyderabad at 20:15 hrs o­n 14thJanuary, 2018 and arrive Kakinada Town at 07:25 hrs o­n the next day.



In the return direction, Train No. 07002 Kakinada Town-Hyderabad Special Train will depart Kakinada Town at 20:05 hrs o­n 15th & 17th January, 2018 and arrive Hyderabad at 07:40 hrs o­n the next day.



Enroute, these special trains will stop at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam,  Vijayawada, Gudivada, Kaikaluru, Akividu, Bhimavaram Town, Tanuku, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations in both the directions.

These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.



2.Secunderabad – Kakinada Town  Suvidha Special Train (01 Service):-



Train No. 82709 Secunderabad – Kakinada Town Suvidha Special Train will depart Secunderabad at 21:40 hrs o­n 12th January, 2018 and arrive Kakinada Town at 07:55 hrs o­n the next day.



Enroute, this special train will stop at Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Sattenapalli, Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations.

This special train will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, General Second Class and Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.



3.Kakinada Town – Secunderabad  Suvidha Special Train (01 Service):-



Train No. 82710  Kakinada Town-Secunderabad Suvidha Special Train will depart Kakinada Town at 19:30 hrs o­n 16th January, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 08:25 hrs o­n the next day.



Enroute, this special train will stop at Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, Sattenapalli, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.



This special train consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and  Luggage cum brake van Coaches.





4.Narsapur – Secunderabad  Special Train (01 Service):-



Train No. Train No. 07255 Narsapur - Secunderabad special train will depart Narsapur at 18.00 hrs on 18th January, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 04:30 hrs o­n the next day.



Enroute this special train will stop at Palakollu, Bhimavaram Jn, Bhimavaram Town, Akividu, Kaikalur, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Piduguralla, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.



This special train consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and Luggage cum Break van Coaches.
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Sabarimala 2018 Special Trains Between Visakhapatnam - Kollam

08 Special trains will be run between Visakhapatnam – Kollam as per the following schedule:-

Visakhapatnam – Kollam - Visakhapatnam Bi- weekly Special Trains (08 services) :

Accordingly, Train No. 08567 Visakhapatnam - Kollam Bi-weekly special train will depart Visakhapatnam at 23.00 hrs o­n 10th, 13th, 17th and 20th January, 2018  and arrive Kollam at 03.45 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 08568 Kollam – Viskahapatnam special train will depart Kollam at 05.45 hrs o­n 12th, 15th, 19th and 22ndJanuary, 2018 and arrive Visakhapatnam at 12.30 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Duvvada, Samalkot, Rajahumdry, Nidadavolu, Eluru, Vijayawada, Tenali, o­ngole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore Jn, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

All These Special trains will consist of AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, General Second Class and Luggage cum Brake van Coaches.
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Extension of Train No. 12504/12503 Kamakhya (Guwahati) – Bengaluru Cantonment Humsafar Express upto Agartala

Extension of Train No. 12504/12503 Kamakhya – Bengaluru Cantonment Humsafar Express up to Agartala with effect from 5thJanuary, 2018. o­n the Inaugural day i.e., 5th January, 2018, Agartala – Bengaluru Cantonment Express will run as Inaugural Special. Details of Inaugural Special Service and Regular Services of Train No. 12504/12503 Kamakhya – Bengaluru Cantonment Humsafar Express


 Train No. 12504 Agartala – Bengaluru Cantonment Humsafar Express will depart from Agartala at 05.00 hrs (w.e.f) 9thJanuary, 2018 (Tuesdays) and arrive Bengaluru Cantonment at 21.15 hrs o­n Thursdays.

            In the return direction, Train No. 12503 Bengaluru Cantonment – Agartala Humsafar Express will depart from Bengaluru Cantonment at 10.15 hrs (w.e.f) 12th January, 2017 (Fridays) and arrive Agartala at 03.45 hrs o­n Mondays.

            Enroute, these Humsafar Express will stop at Ambasa, Dharmanagar, Badarpur, New Haflong, Guwahati, Kamakhaya on the extended route & New Bongaigaon, New Jalpaiguri, Kishanganj, Malda Town,  Rampur Hat, Howrah, Kharagpur, Bhadrakh, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Berhampur, Palasa, Srikakulam Road, Vizanagaram, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Vijayawada, Perampur, Katpadi and Whitefield stations both the directions. 
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