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From: Auroprem Kandaswami <kandaswa@apple.email

Subject: New trains and facilities

Date: 16 Jun 1998 13:45:00 -0500


Central Railway (CR) will introduce a host of new
facilties for South-bound passengers:

Increased frequency

From July 1, the Kurla-Mangalore-Kurla Superfast Express
from Kurla terminus, Bombay, will run to Mangalore daily,
instead of thrice a week.

2619 Dn will depart from Kurla at 1515 hours and arrive in
Mangalore at 0730 hours the next morning.

2620 Up will depart from Mangalore at 2100 hours and arrive
in Kurla at 0730 hours the next morning.

The train will halt at the following stations: Thane, Panvel,
Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Madgaon,
Honavar, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Mulki and Suratkal.


New terminals

Vashi and Ambernath reservation centres now have
Secunderabad and New Delhi terminals. Meaning, these
terminals will enable passengers to book return journey
reservation tickets for trains starting from Secunderabad
and New Delhi.

Also Thane and Kalyan centres will now have new Madras
terminals. Meaning, these terminals will enable passengers to
book return journey reservation tickets for Southern Railway
trains.


New facility

The Dadar-Madras Express, 1063 Dn and 1064 Up, will now have
a pantry car attached. Meals can be ordered throughout the
journey.


Time saver

From August 1, the Nizamuddin-Mangalore Mangla Express will
be re-routed to run via the Konkan Railways and will be
extended to Ernakulam.

The diversion will make the journey 14 hours shorter.


More seats

The 6635 Dn and 6636 Up Kurla Ernakulam Netravati Express now
has three additional sleeper coaches. This has resulted in a
31 per cent increase of reserved seats.

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Jargon for the FAQ composers

Date: 17 Jun 1998 18:29:00 -0500


Hello fellow ferro equestrian enthusiasts !

All the railway men I know refer to the number 'zero' as 'odd'. Hence
you will hear '6635 Dn arriving at "odd fifteen" (0015 hrs)'.
One dialect to follow when equiring the punctuality of a train is 'how'
a train is. If you want to pretend that you are a real insider, then
refer to the train by its old number (simple number before this new
fangled unique numbers). Hence ask '305 kaisi hai ?' (How is "Three Odd
Five" ?) and you should get a reply 'Right time' or '15 minutes' (late,
obviously). 'Three Odd Five' is now called as 1007 Dn Deccan Express,
for many years now.
If any masochistic gricer would like the list of old numbers of trains
through Pune, just ask.
To 'book' someone or something - to be assigned a berth, taken charge of
a loco etc. Also 'booked speed' is maximum speed of a rake in a section.

'One run' - to be allowed to 'work' a 'load' with the section controller
ensuring that you get no stops. He will ensure that you will get a clear
'path'.
Mumbai division driver is referred to as 'Kaka' (uncle) - ask, 'who is
the 'kaka' of this train ?' 'Kaka kaun hai ?' and you will have the name
of the driver.
The assistant driver is officially still know as 'augwala' (anglacised
Aagwala - fireman) even on electric engine. The term augwala is found in
the duty charts although not spoken much.
Of course 'power' is the loco and 'load' (make a scowling demeaning
face,
glancing over your shoulder while saying this) is anything behind the
buffer of the loco. The term 'load' can mean anything either passenger
or freight. Coupling a loco is going 'on load' - 'kaka load pe gaye hai'
- Kaka has gone on the load - (the driver has taken the loco to couple
to the train)
'Light engine' is loco travelling by itself on the main line using the
regular signals
to travel to some other station.
'Dead Power' has to be hauled to the shed for repairs. 'Unbalanced'
power may be alive (steam only - maybe the WDS 4s ?) but the siderods
are
'out of balance' (damaged - broken - uncoupled) and hence should be
driven very slowly so as not to damage the rails.
'Ghat' for non Indians is a mountain pass or a climb - an incline.
'Banker' is a pusher or helper loco which helps trains to climb a ghat
and also to check the 'load' in event of coupling failure (or 'parting'
)
One beautiful term, to 'regulate' a train. You are trying to get to
Mumbai and the train stops short at Karjat and will not run any further
due to heavy rains ahead or whatever, - the train has been 'regulated'
at Karjat.
A 'pilot' is a shunting driver or loco. Then there is 'up pilot' and
'down pilot' to handle trains coming in the up and down directions. To
travel 'Pilot' is also the act to travel in an engine so as to pick up
or drop a non regular (once a week etc) train.
The term 'pilot' is used (specially Mumbai division) during the
retirement run of a senior driver, when another driver 'pilots' him -
the train is officially being worked by the retiring driver (he gets the
mileage) but physically it is driven by the 'pilot' driver so that the
retiring driver may be free to accept greetings from all the junta.
The driver's 'proper' is his correct link train to return to the home
station. Sometimes his 'proper' may not come in time so he is 'booked'
to work the train which is in order of the 'first in - first out' stack.

Much more later

Apurva Bahadur

From: Shrinivas Bhatwadekar <shrinivas@rocketmail.email

Subject: Re: New trains and facilities

Date: 16 Jun 1998 18:53:00 -0500


---Auroprem Kandaswami <kandaswa@apple.email wrote:

> Time saver
>
> From August 1, the Nizamuddin-Mangalore Mangla Express will
> be re-routed to run via the Konkan Railways and will be
> extended to Ernakulam.
>
> The diversion will make the journey 14 hours shorter.
>

So after N.Delhi-Trivandrum Rajdhani Exp. which was to the Western /
Konkan Rly. route from April 1st this year,Mangala Exp. becomes the
second train to be re-routed.

I recently travelled by Mangala Exp.in Madhya Pradesh ( between Beena
& Bhopal) & we just discussed that this train will probably not run on
this route in near future.

The following trains are also likely candidates for re-routing :

1. Kerala Exp.
2. Navayug/Himasagar Exp.
3. H.Nizamudding-Goa Exp. ( possibly ?? )
4. Ahmedabad/Rajkot-Trivandrum Exp. ( ?? )

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From: Sachin P Keshavan <sachin_pk@hotmail.email

Subject: Signs next to the tracks

Date: 17 Jun 1998 03:21:00 -0500


Hi everybody,
Since there are lot of foot platers around here, can any one help me
find the meaning of the following symbols. They appear on the left hand
side of the track (the assistant driver's side), usually placed a little
high and painted on a yellow board.
1. T (painted on a yellow circular board)
2. T/P and T/G (painted on a yellow circular board)
3. C (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)
4. P (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)
Then there are also some characters painted on small white circular
boards and fixed on the Signal poles. I have seen boards with the
letters 'C' and 'G'. Can any body explain the significance of all these
symbols.

Bye,
Sachin.P.K
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From: Sachin P Keshavan <sachin_pk@hotmail.email

Subject: Write up on Indian Railways

Date: 17 Jun 1998 03:22:00 -0500


Hi,
Mr.John Hinson, web master of www.trainweb.com/signalbox/ is ready to
put up articles of Indian Railway interest on his site. His site deals
with Railway signalling rather than, trains and locomotives. I feel that
people like Apoorva Bahadur and Anne O, have quite a good understanding
on Indian Railways, and it they will be able to put up a small write up.
Any volunteers please contact me.

Bye,
Sachin.P.K
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From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: New MG diesel webpage

Date: 18 Jun 1998 03:40:00 -0500


Hi Gang !

Check out my new webpage on MG diesels at Miraj. This is a temp webpage
till I can integrate it with my indexed site elsewhere.
<A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/Mg_Diesel_at_MRJ.htm">http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/Mg_Diesel_at_MRJ.htm</A>

Watch out for my MG steam loco webpage which will be up tonight once I
debug the HTML.

Your comments are required

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: My new MG steam loco webpage

Date: 18 Jun 1998 05:27:00 -0500


Hi dear Friends,

Please go through my MG steam locos at Miraj page. I know it is long
with 20 pics, but it is temperory. My need to talk to you and share my
pictures is stronger than designing a good layout. So please bear with
me and let me have your comments on the page.

Please go to: <A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/Mg_steam_at_MRJ.htm">http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/Mg_steam_at_MRJ.htm</A>

Apurva Bahadur

From: Karthik Raju <karthikraju@hotmail.email

Subject: Re: New trains and facilities

Date: 17 Jun 1998 08:12:00 -0500


>So after N.Delhi-Trivandrum Rajdhani Exp. which was to the Western /
>Konkan Rly. route from April 1st this year,Mangala Exp. becomes the
>second train to be re-routed.
>
>The following trains are also likely candidates for re-routing :
>
>1. Kerala Exp.
>2. Navayug/Himasagar Exp.

so, if this were to happen in the future,
looks like there won't be any direct
train for those between shoranur and arakkonam
to go to delhi and other popular destinations
on that route. what are the alternatives?
also, for those between shoranur and arakkonam,
is kanyakumari-bombay the only train
to go to bombay?

-karthik.
>3. H.Nizamudding-Goa Exp. ( possibly ?? )
>4. Ahmedabad/Rajkot-Trivandrum Exp. ( ?? )
>
>-- shrinivas


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From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Re: Signs next to the tracks

Date: 18 Jun 1998 08:53:00 -0500


Hi Sachin,

The incipient footplater in you should grab this opportunity ! Don't ask me -
ask the driver, my guess is that they will be delighted in a smart inquisitive
young man who has so much to ask. This is how footplating starts - a genuine
interest. You will be overwhelmed by the amount that there is to learn in the
railways. Just make a trip to the station and ask questions. You have something
to offer in return - the knowlege of internet.
T stands for Termination of speed limit (earlier a few kms before you should
have noticed a speed limit board with a 50 or something written on it. Once the
loco clears this board the last coach has already crossed the speed limited
section and hence the driver can resume his 'booked speed'. As the lengths of
the passenger and freight trains are different there are two 'end of limit'
boards like TP (passenger) and TG (goods).
I am not able to understand the C & P boards and the smaller C & G boards as
well. You will notice the W/L (whistle for level crossing) and its hindi
equivalent (See/Pha - seetee bajao - phatak hai). Also the signs on the ground
level with a number and an arrow like 1000 ^. This means that the next 1000
meters is up slope. Our expert drivers make full use of the gradients to gain
speed to help the train up a slope while saving fuel. Only a footplate ride will
convince you of the tremendous expertise that a driver possesses.
You will also see a rectangular reflective board with a circle and two
horizontal lines - this is the sighting board, meaning that there is a signal
ahead. You may also notice arrow heads pointing to the left or right. These are
indicator to special restriction on the track.
Please tell us about trains in your section. Which trains work your section,
which locos, homing to which sheds. Freight movements, contents of the freight,
signaling system, connection of Trissur to the rest of the country - anything.
Lack of information is what makes the study of Indian Railway so fascinating and
frustrating at the same time. Only a rail fan staying in that area or one who
has seen the section in detail can explain the intricacies. There always are
intricacies even in the plainest of railway sections. I await your reply.

Apurva Bahadur

Sachin P Keshavan wrote:

> Hi everybody,
> Since there are lot of foot platers around here, can any one help me
> find the meaning of the following symbols. They appear on the left hand
> side of the track (the assistant driver's side), usually placed a little
> high and painted on a yellow board.
> 1. T (painted on a yellow circular board)
> 2. T/P and T/G (painted on a yellow circular board)
> 3. C (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)
> 4. P (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)
> Then there are also some characters painted on small white circular
> boards and fixed on the Signal poles. I have seen boards with the
> letters 'C' and 'G'. Can any body explain the significance of all these
> symbols.
>
> Bye,
> Sachin.P.K
> sachin_pk@hotmail.email
> Home Page: <A HREF="http://209.67.19.99/~sachin_pk">http://209.67.19.99/~sachin_pk</A>
>
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From: David Bloyed <dbloyed@airmail.email

Subject: Jhansi India

Date: 17 Jun 1998 13:27:00 -0500


Does anyone in the IRFCA live in or near Jhansi India. If so, email me.
I would like to discuss Jhansi with you.

From: Prakash Tendulkar <prakash@us.email

Subject: Signs

Date: 17 Jun 1998 16:55:00 -0500


3. C (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)

In suburban section of WR, I had seen C painted on diamond
shaped white board. It meant "coasting". Assuming Motorman
starts EMU by turning Master Controller straight into
parallel position (letting automatic circuitry to go through
series and series parallel positions and notches in them),
the train would gather enough momentum to coast from that sign
upto the next station in booked time. In reality, it worked
only during off peak periods.

Prakash

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Re: Couplings and that

Date: 18 Jun 1998 17:40:00 -0500


Hi Jayant & KJ,

I will try and put up pictures of the couplers used on the NG locos - the ZDM
4A of Barsi Light Railway and the NDM 1 of the Matheran Railway. There is also
a 'Snaku' (or is it 'Shaku'?) coupler used in between the coaches of EMUs and
DMUs. I remember reading somewhere that this pipe like coupler of the EMU
couples the coaches as well as the brake hoses automatically.
Also discuss the 'larger' CBC and the smaller 'transition' coupler found in the
four wheeler CRT and CRC wagons. Please mention the correct procedure of
coupling - the coupling is held open by pushing the jaw of the CBC manually and
then the two rakes are pushed against each other causing them to lock. Then a
pin is inserted to keep the coupler from opening while manually coupling the
air hoses. The cranked handle which comes out on the side of the rake is used
only during uncoupling. Is this the correct procedure ? What happens if two
wagons are brought against each other with the CBC closed, does it open
automatically on being forced against each other ?
I have seen loose shunting at Daund and it is a very nerve wracking and
dangerous procedure. I have seen a standing air braked LPG tank wagon (with
"not to be loose shunted' written on it), jump in the air a few inches when it
collided with the rest of the rake which was moving slowly. Then there is the
man who gets in between the still moving rake to couple the hoses etc. He does
that while walking backwards.


Apurva Bahadur

Dr. K.J. Walker & Mrs. M.E. Heath wrote:

> Hi Sank,
> Yes, quite a few lines, at least in German-speaking countries or those
> using German technology, had the type of centre buffer with side screw
> chains that you mention. Certainly the Harz metre-gauge lines have it, and
> so does the Achenseebahn rack line in Austria. Note that the chain sections
> are attached to bars pivoting in those slots in the coupler body, thus
> accomodating curvature because the whole assembly can "track" changes in
> angle between the coupled vehicles.
> New Zealand followed UK NG practice in originally using "Norwegian" or
> chopper couplers but I think they have now moved to MCB. You can recognise
> choppers by the circular or square face with a slot coming down half-way
> from the top.
> There is another type of coupler in use on many Indian NG lines, namely
> the ABC Patent Coupling. This was greatly favoured by the GIP and the lines
> it controlled, such as Arvi-Pulgaon, Achalpulpur-Murtijapur-Yavatmal,
> Daund-Baramati, etc. It is quite complex, involving a revolving disk which
> latches onto a horizontal loop projectijng from the mating coupler. It can
> be recognised by the oval front plate with a very wide opening in the upper
> part of it. Its advantage is that, unlike the chopper, it is double-ended,
> so the orientation of the vehicles is unimportant. (Assam, e.g., used to
> have its MG stock the other way round from the rest of India, so every
> train had to reverse at Siliguri after the Assam rail link was built.)
> Apropos "UP" and "DOWN," the English convention was that trains going
> TO London were UP, from London DOWN. That was widely adopted elsewhere. In
> India. the Great Indian Peninsula Railway therefore adopted UP for trains
> TO Bombay (hence the anomaly of UP trains descending the ghats). Similarly,
> the Madras Railway made Madras UP, The East Indian Railway (later ER),
> however, made Calcutta DOWN, not UP. I believe the reason was that
> originally it was intended that the GIP would run all the way to Calcutta
> (hence the name) and so Bombay was made UP with Calcutta DOWN. The EIR,
> when it was formed, adopted the same convention. The same applied to the
> Bengal-Nagpur Railway (later SER) It also meant that on the North Western
> Railway (later the westernnpart of the NR) Up was to the west, all the way
> to the Khyber. Modern NR trains therefore go UP to Delhi, but continue UP
> to Amritsar, from where Delhi is DOWN! In the Australian States,
> incidentally, the State capital was always UP, because the railways were
> owned by the States, not the Commonwealth, and so your Melbourne-Sydney
> train was DOWN to Albury (the break of gauge until 1962) and then UP to
> Sydney after that.
> Hope that all helps.
> Cheers KJ
> ----------
> > > Some European and UK narrow-gauge railways actually went to a centre
> > > buffer, with a link coupler slung either above or below it.
> > I was looking at some pictures of Rhaetian Railway stock: looks like
> > a centre buffer with two links on either side, passing through
> > notches in the buffer. Is this yet another type ?
> > > the JONES coupler...
> > What type are the NZ railway couplers ? Looks like a circular
> > central buffer with a notch on top.
> > > Darjeeling uses a unique "rudder" coupling....
> > Something similiar on the Matheran Railway, I think.
> >
> > That was an amazing amount of information: thanks a lot !
> >
> > --
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> > Tata Technologies India Limited
> > Telco Premises : Pimpri TEL: 91 (212) 774261 ex 2534
> > PUNE : 411 018 : INDIA FAX: 91 (212) 773191
> >

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Re: Signs

Date: 18 Jun 1998 17:56:00 -0500


Yes, the 'C' board near the top of the catenary structure stands for
'coasting', - the motorman just shuts off the power and EMU rolls due to
downgradient. But this board is seen only where the EMUs operate.The
mail /express and freight trains doe not look at this signal. But is
there an EMU service in Trissur ?

Apurva Bahadur

Prakash Tendulkar wrote:

> 3. C (painted on a yellow diamond shaped board)
>
> In suburban section of WR, I had seen C painted on diamond
> shaped white board. It meant "coasting". Assuming Motorman
> starts EMU by turning Master Controller straight into
> parallel position (letting automatic circuitry to go through
> series and series parallel positions and notches in them),
> the train would gather enough momentum to coast from that sign
> upto the next station in booked time. In reality, it worked
> only during off peak periods.
>
> Prakash

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Frequent mispronounciation

Date: 18 Jun 1998 18:11:00 -0500


Frequently mispronounced words on the IR

Dome light pronounced as 'doom' light
Steam dome is also pronounced as steam 'doom'
3 tier pronounced as 3 'tyre'
blower pronounced as 'bloyer'

More as I remember and collect

Apurva Bahadur

From: Dr. K.J. Walker & Mrs. M.E. Heath <kjw_meh@powerup.email

Subject: Re: Couplings and that

Date: 18 Jun 1998 08:29:00 -0500


Hi Sank,
Yes, quite a few lines, at least in German-speaking countries or those
using German technology, had the type of centre buffer with side screw
chains that you mention. Certainly the Harz metre-gauge lines have it, and
so does the Achenseebahn rack line in Austria. Note that the chain sections
are attached to bars pivoting in those slots in the coupler body, thus
accomodating curvature because the whole assembly can "track" changes in
angle between the coupled vehicles.
New Zealand followed UK NG practice in originally using "Norwegian" or
chopper couplers but I think they have now moved to MCB. You can recognise
choppers by the circular or square face with a slot coming down half-way
from the top.
There is another type of coupler in use on many Indian NG lines, namely
the ABC Patent Coupling. This was greatly favoured by the GIP and the lines
it controlled, such as Arvi-Pulgaon, Achalpulpur-Murtijapur-Yavatmal,
Daund-Baramati, etc. It is quite complex, involving a revolving disk which
latches onto a horizontal loop projectijng from the mating coupler. It can
be recognised by the oval front plate with a very wide opening in the upper
part of it. Its advantage is that, unlike the chopper, it is double-ended,
so the orientation of the vehicles is unimportant. (Assam, e.g., used to
have its MG stock the other way round from the rest of India, so every
train had to reverse at Siliguri after the Assam rail link was built.)
Apropos "UP" and "DOWN," the English convention was that trains going
TO London were UP, from London DOWN. That was widely adopted elsewhere. In
India. the Great Indian Peninsula Railway therefore adopted UP for trains
TO Bombay (hence the anomaly of UP trains descending the ghats). Similarly,
the Madras Railway made Madras UP, The East Indian Railway (later ER),
however, made Calcutta DOWN, not UP. I believe the reason was that
originally it was intended that the GIP would run all the way to Calcutta
(hence the name) and so Bombay was made UP with Calcutta DOWN. The EIR,
when it was formed, adopted the same convention. The same applied to the
Bengal-Nagpur Railway (later SER) It also meant that on the North Western
Railway (later the westernnpart of the NR) Up was to the west, all the way
to the Khyber. Modern NR trains therefore go UP to Delhi, but continue UP
to Amritsar, from where Delhi is DOWN! In the Australian States,
incidentally, the State capital was always UP, because the railways were
owned by the States, not the Commonwealth, and so your Melbourne-Sydney
train was DOWN to Albury (the break of gauge until 1962) and then UP to
Sydney after that.
Hope that all helps.
Cheers KJ
----------
> > Some European and UK narrow-gauge railways actually went to a centre
> > buffer, with a link coupler slung either above or below it.
> I was looking at some pictures of Rhaetian Railway stock: looks like
> a centre buffer with two links on either side, passing through
> notches in the buffer. Is this yet another type ?
> > the JONES coupler...
> What type are the NZ railway couplers ? Looks like a circular
> central buffer with a notch on top.
> > Darjeeling uses a unique "rudder" coupling....
> Something similiar on the Matheran Railway, I think.
>
> That was an amazing amount of information: thanks a lot !
>
> --
> Jayant S : ID Studio
> Tata Technologies India Limited
> Telco Premises : Pimpri TEL: 91 (212) 774261 ex 2534
> PUNE : 411 018 : INDIA FAX: 91 (212) 773191
>

From: Iain A Fraser <iain@aerolite.email

Subject: Barsi Light Railway

Date: 19 Jun 1998 00:01:00 -0500


Hi folks....

Can someone bring me up to date with the regauging program for the Barsi
Line. I am doing very detailed research into the line with a view to
publication and am always intrested in whats happening out there.
I am hoping to visit soon and am hoping to have up to the minute info
before I come out.
Any help appreciated

Iain
Aerolite Booktraders
Rail Book Specialist
<A HREF="http://www.aerolite.u-net.com">http://www.aerolite.u-net.com</A>

From: sank <sank@telco.email

Subject: Re: Siliguri/MG Couplings etc.

Date: 19 Jun 1998 18:28:00 -0500


> (Assam, e.g., used to
> have its MG stock the other way round from the rest of India, so every
> train had to reverse at Siliguri after the Assam rail link was built.)
I think Assam had reversed stock BECAUSE of the peculiar layout
of Siliguri Junction. Earlier, the MG line from the south used
to terminate at Siliguri Town, and the DHR NG line started from there.
A little further, the Kalimpong line brached off to the right and
still further, the Kishanganj NG line went left. I think SGU Jn lies
at what used to be this point; the Kishanganj line became the MG
line to Katihar, and a straight MG line was built through Sevoke
to Gauhati. Just outside Siliguri, this line is crossed by the
DHR proceeding to Darjeeling.

Fascinating histories.....

--
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Tata Technologies India Limited
Telco Premises : Pimpri TEL: 91 (212) 774261 ex 2534
PUNE : 411 018 : INDIA FAX: 91 (212) 773191

From: David Bloyed <dbloyed@airmail.email

Subject: Jhansi India

Date: 18 Jun 1998 22:56:00 -0500


As I recieved no reply to the eamil below, I suppose no one in the IRFCA
lives in Jhansi India. Does any member know a person living in Jhansi that
I can contact with questions about the railroads there?

> Does anyone in the IRFCA live in or near Jhansi India. If so, email me.
I would like to discuss Jhansi with you.

From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email

Subject: Re: Barsi Light Railway

Date: 19 Jun 1998 20:41:00 -0500


Hi Iain,

I can talk to the Solapur division drivers who work BG trains between Pune
and Raichur about the latest position. The SUR division also operates the NG
Barsi Light Railway. A friend of mine who has just returned from Latur
mentions that the BG track between Latur and Latur Road (on the Manmad -
Hyderabad route) is complete and waiting for inauguration. About the NG
scenario I will let you know in a few weeks time.

Apurva Bahadur

Iain A Fraser wrote:

> Hi folks....
>
> Can someone bring me up to date with the regauging program for the Barsi
> Line. I am doing very detailed research into the line with a view to
> publication and am always intrested in whats happening out there.
> I am hoping to visit soon and am hoping to have up to the minute info
> before I come out.
> Any help appreciated
>
> Iain
> Aerolite Booktraders
> Rail Book Specialist
> <A HREF="http://www.aerolite.u-net.com">http://www.aerolite.u-net.com</A>

From: R. Alluri <rralluri@acs.email

Subject: Fare anomaly

Date: 19 Jun 1998 20:41:00 -0500


The fare for A/c chair car is less than First Class fare,
right? Try traveling by Pinakini Exp between Vijayawada and
Madras. There is no First Class coach in the train, and the fare
for A/c chair is same as First Class fare.

--
Alluri

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