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From: VIRAF P.. MULLA <>

Subject: Re: WDS2 Electric Shunter.

Date: 23 Jul 1998 18:47:11 -0500


On Thu, 23 Jul 1998 FyffesFL@aol.email wrote:

> Gentlemen
>
> Did this locomotive have an electric prime mover and a hydraulic
transmission
> ?
>
> Richard Yudin
>

Hello,

I really have no idea. I had seen it 25 years back and am sure that it
was
an experimental loco.

==========================
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Borivali (West)
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Tel: +91-22-8954510
E-mail: sncf@godrejnet.email
==========================

From: Jayant S <>

Subject: Good Morning

Date: 23 Jul 1998 18:55:45 -0500


Just saw this incredible WDM2 TRIPLE-header
air-braked freighter on my way to work.
Made my day.
--
Jayant S
--

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: My favourite scenes

Date: 24 Jul 1998 06:51:04 -0500


Just thinking about Jayant's mail where his sighting of a triple headed
WDM2 freight special made his day. What are your favorite memories ?
My fav. is same as Jayant's : Slowly moving freight - Diesel hauled. I
remember a single headed freight at the Chichwad level crossing just
emerging from a drizzle onto the dusk.
My least fav. railway scene is the passage of an EMU.

One good location to catch Diesel action is the South end of Miraj Jn.
The trains towards Kolhapur take a right turn (towards West) from this
point. A train going towards KOP emerges about a KM away from Miraj
platform sounding really great after leaving the MRJ platform. Can be
seen and heard for a long time.

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Good Morning

Date: 24 Jul 1998 07:16:56 -0500


I am glad for you, it is a thrill, but why triple headed ? Were all the
locos live ? WDG 2 double headers go by to Lonavala and back almost
daily. I think they are on some sort of trial

Apurva

Jayant S wrote:

> Just saw this incredible WDM2 TRIPLE-header
> air-braked freighter on my way to work.
> Made my day.
> --
> Jayant S
> --

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: IRFC archive

Date: 24 Jul 1998 10:45:09 -0500


Hello everybody,

Sunder is in the process of setting up another webpage very soon. Great
new action pictures. Just wait for the new pages. You can contact Sunder
at <sundar@spyring.email and he will tell you more.

Apurva Bahadur

John Hinson wrote:

> I cannot access it either. Is the given URL correct?
>
> John Hinson
> ________||_
> / \ at
> /_____________\
> |___________| The Signal Box
> | | | | |
> |__|__|__|__| <A HREF="http://trainweb.com/signalbox/">http://trainweb.com/signalbox/</A>
> /| |
> //| ===== |
> // | |
> |/ |_ _ _ _ |
> --- o ---
> At 08:50 18.7.98 , you wrote:
> >Anybody know what's up with the IRFC archive?
> >I should be able to see it, but I can't.
> >Supposedly it was at:
> >
> ><A HREF="http://members.xoom.com/sundar/irfca/index.html">http://members.xoom.com/sundar/irfca/index.html</A>
> >
> >Are others having intermittent problems seeing this archive?
> >

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: PBS shows!

Date: 24 Jul 1998 12:46:57 -0500


Hi Folks,

Watched some interesting stuff on PBS last weekend. The first of
these was about riding through the Rockies on rail. The journey was on
the American Orient Express - (can anyone shed more light on this
train?). The livery was different from the usual Amtrak silver, with
cream on top and blue at the bottom with green stripes. It was headed
by a twin diesel unit. The scenery was breathtaking with the journey
ending at the YellowStone National Park. Some of the shots were taken
as if the person was leaning out of the coach. Does this mean that they

have non AC windows on the rake? How else could someone capture the
train at curves, etc.?

Next in the series was a variety of train rides. One of them was a

45 mile steam-train ride from Durango to Silverton with spectacular
shots of the train ascending nearly 3000 ft. through the Rockies.
Another was about the Salad Bowl express hauled by five Pacifics and
they had shots of it through the Donner Pass.

Vijay

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From: Shanku Niyogi <>

Subject: Re: PBS shows!

Date: 24 Jul 1998 13:37:17 -0500


Vijay,

The American Orient Express is a retro-style train, and it's coaches are
restored to 50's and 60's era style. So they would definitely have
facilities to lean out to take pictures.

I've never had a chance to ride on it, but here's a nice site about the
American Orient Express that you might want to look at.
<A HREF="http://www.travelpower.com/aoe/">http://www.travelpower.com/aoe/</A>

Here is a link about the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad you
mentioned, that you might want to check out:
<A HREF="http://members.aol.com/cmorhiker2/backpack/ScenicRR.html">http://members.aol.com/cmorhiker2/backpack/ScenicRR.html</A>

The trip through the Donner Pass is the only one I've actually had a
chance
to experience, though not on a train hauled by 5 Pacifics (!) - I took
the
California Zephyr from Oakland to Denver. This train provides for a
really
beautiful ride - it actually goes to Chicago, but all the fun part ends
by
the time you leave Denver. :)

Shanku


-----Original Message-----
From: Vijay Balasubramanian [mailto:vijay_642@hotmail.email
Sent: Friday, July 24, 1998 12:47 PM
To: irfca@cs.email
Subject: PBS shows!


Hi Folks,

Watched some interesting stuff on PBS last weekend. The first of
these was about riding through the Rockies on rail. The journey was on
the American Orient Express - (can anyone shed more light on this
train?). The livery was different from the usual Amtrak silver, with
cream on top and blue at the bottom with green stripes. It was headed
by a twin diesel unit. The scenery was breathtaking with the journey
ending at the YellowStone National Park. Some of the shots were taken
as if the person was leaning out of the coach. Does this mean that they

have non AC windows on the rake? How else could someone capture the
train at curves, etc.?

Next in the series was a variety of train rides. One of them was a

45 mile steam-train ride from Durango to Silverton with spectacular
shots of the train ascending nearly 3000 ft. through the Rockies.
Another was about the Salad Bowl express hauled by five Pacifics and
they had shots of it through the Donner Pass.

Vijay

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From: Jayant S <>

Subject: Re: Triple Header

Date: 24 Jul 1998 20:32:35 -0500


> I am glad for you, it is a thrill, but why triple headed ? Were all
the
> locos live ? WDG 2 double headers go by to Lonavala and back almost
> daily. I think they are on some sort of trial
> Apurva
> > Just saw this incredible WDM2 TRIPLE-header
> > air-braked freighter on my way to work.
> > Made my day.
> > Jayant S

I couldn't say if all were live, as the train was dead-slow
outside Pimpri station. All were most likely WDM2s.

--
Jayant S :
--

From: dheeraj <>

Subject: an enquiry.

Date: 27 Jul 1998 05:00:11 -0500



Is the new timetable out yet. I couldn't find it at Kanpur station
last week. I am interested in knowing if the time for Bangalore
Rajdhani (from Bangalore) has remained same or changed.

-dheeraj
--------------
Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi (0512) 59-7077/7638
(Off)
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering (0512) 59-8627 (Res)
Indian Institute of Technology (0512) 59-0725/0413
(Fax)
Kanpur - 208 016 (UP), INDIA. dheeraj@iitk.email

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: PBS shows!

Date: 27 Jul 1998 06:17:06 -0500




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>Vijay,
>
>The American Orient Express is a retro-style train, and it's coaches
are
>restored to 50's and 60's era style. So they would definitely have
>facilities to lean out to take pictures.
>
>I've never had a chance to ride on it, but here's a nice site about the
>American Orient Express that you might want to look at.
> <A HREF="http://www.travelpower.com/aoe/">http://www.travelpower.com/aoe/</A>
>
>Here is a link about the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad you
>mentioned, that you might want to check out:
> <A HREF="http://members.aol.com/cmorhiker2/backpack/ScenicRR.html">http://members.aol.com/cmorhiker2/backpack/ScenicRR.html</A>
>
>The trip through the Donner Pass is the only one I've actually had a
chance
>to experience, though not on a train hauled by 5 Pacifics (!) - I took
the
>California Zephyr from Oakland to Denver. This train provides for a
really
>beautiful ride - it actually goes to Chicago, but all the fun part ends

by
>the time you leave Denver. :)
>
>Shanku
>


Thanks for the information. Will look up these web pages soon.

Vijay

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From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: New route for Mangala Exp.!

Date: 27 Jul 1998 06:29:53 -0500


Hi Folks,

Here is the snippet from the Redfiff page about the re-routing of the
Mangala Exp.

*******************************************
Goa to Agra direct
Mangalore-Nizamuddin Mangala Express 2617 Dn/ 2618 Up will now run on
the Konkan Railway via Goa and Agra to Ernakulam from August 1.

The journey will be 14 hours shorter and the train will now run via
Alwaye, Trichur, Shoranur, Pattambi, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Parpanangadi,
Feroke, Calicut, Quilandi, Badagara, Tellicherry, Cannanore, Payangadi,
Payyanur, Nileshwar, Kanhangad, Kasargod, Kankanadi, Udupi, Karwar,
Madgaon (Goa), Thivim, Kudal, Ratnagiri, Panvel (near Bombay), Kalyan,
Igatpuri, Nashik Road, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Bina,
Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Mathura, Faridabad (only in the down direction)

The train will have 17 coaches -- 10 sleeper, one first class, one A C
two tier, four general second class and a brake van.

This train will conveniently connect Goa and Kerala as well as Agra and
Goa. Tourists can board the express at 1235 hours at Agra and reach Goa
at 2105 hours or in the opposite direction board at 0443 hours at Goa
and reach Agra at 1215 hours. Or alternately they can board at 2125
hours at Goa and reach Ernakulam at 1230 hours or in the opposite
direction board at 1215 hours at Ernakulam and reach Goa at 0433 hours.

****************************

Besides serving the Konkan region as well as New Bombay, the train will
be welcomed by folks from Kalyan, Igatpuri and Nasik Rd., since it is
only the 2nd superfast (after the Punjab Mail) to connect these three
stations with Delhi and Agra. Other superfasts from Delhi
such as the Goa Exp., Karnataka Exp. and Sachchkhand Exp. branch off the

Bhusaval-Mumbai trunk line at Manmad itself and Nasik Rd. gets left out.

Vijay

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From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: New Mumbai-Guwahati train!

Date: 27 Jul 1998 10:01:50 -0500


Just saw this on Rediff.

**********************

Train to Malda
The Northeast Frontier Railways will introduce a new pair of weekly
express trains that will run from Dadar (Bombay) to Guwahati via
Bhagalpur in Bihar and Malda Town in West Bengal from August 21.

*********************

Seems to me that this train would merely be an extension of the present
Dadar-Bhagalpur Exp. but run on a different day. So, I am not expecting

anything fancy. With this, we would have two different trains from
Dadar to Guwahati - one via Barauni-Katihar and
the other via Bhagalpur-Malda. The latter would be the first one to
provide direct service between Mumbai and Malda.
Mokama-Barauni-Katihar-Barsoi is definitely shorter than
Mokama-Kiul-Bhagalpur-Malda Town-Barsoi. Could someone provide the
actual figures?

Vijay

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From: David Bloyed <>

Subject: (VISL) Iron & Steel limited

Date: 27 Jul 1998 10:53:29 -0500


Dear fellow IRFCA members;

Do any of you live near, work at, or know someone who works at the
Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Limited Company Bhadravati-577301 (Karnataka)

This company was previously the Mysore Iron & Steel Works, Mysore
India.

I need to get some information from them about whom they sold their MISL
#10 locomotive to so that I can continue to search for it. Any help or
suggestions will be very appreciated. Sincerely David.

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: New route for Mangala Exp.!

Date: 28 Jul 1998 00:26:06 -0500




Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> Here is the snippet from the Redfiff page about the re-routing of
the
> Mangala Exp.
>
> *******************************************
> Goa to Agra direct
> Mangalore-Nizamuddin Mangala Express 2617 Dn/ 2618 Up will now run on
> the Konkan Railway via Goa and Agra to Ernakulam from August 1.
>
> The journey will be 14 hours shorter and the train will now run via
> Alwaye, Trichur, Shoranur, Pattambi, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Parpanangadi,
> Feroke, Calicut, Quilandi, Badagara, Tellicherry, Cannanore,
Payangadi,
> Payyanur, Nileshwar, Kanhangad, Kasargod, Kankanadi, Udupi, Karwar,
> Madgaon (Goa), Thivim, Kudal, Ratnagiri, Panvel (near Bombay), Kalyan,
> Igatpuri, Nashik Road, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal,
Bina,
> Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Mathura, Faridabad (only in the down direction)

This is the first train coming from Bhusawal - Igatpuri - Kalyan side to
enter the Konkan rail at Diva. I wonder where the loco changing point
will
be ? I do not think the hyperactive Kalyan Jn has enough time or space
for
the change of a loco. The train does not go to Diva Jn either, but turns
short of Diva on a separate line (apart from the 4 lines of the Central
Rail
- 1 fast down track, 1 slow down track and their up line counterparts)
towards Panvel. My guess is that Panvel (which is the end of
electrification on the KR) will be the station where the DC loco will
be
swapped for a WDM2.

I will soon upload maps of the region so that all these details would
make
some sense.

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: New Mumbai-Guwahati train!

Date: 28 Jul 1998 00:41:49 -0500




Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:

> Just saw this on Rediff.
>
> **********************
>
> Train to Malda
> The Northeast Frontier Railways will introduce a new pair of weekly
> express trains that will run from Dadar (Bombay) to Guwahati via
> Bhagalpur in Bihar and Malda Town in West Bengal from August 21.
>
> *********************
>
> Seems to me that this train would merely be an extension of the
present
> Dadar-Bhagalpur Exp. but run on a different day. So, I am not
expecting
> anything fancy. With this, we would have two different trains from
> Dadar to Guwahati - one via Barauni-Katihar and
> the other via Bhagalpur-Malda. The latter would be the first one to
> provide direct service between Mumbai and Malda.

Had ABA GhaniKhan Chowdhari been around, a train from Malad to Mumbai
would
be already running :)

Apurva


> Mokama-Barauni-Katihar-Barsoi is definitely shorter than
> Mokama-Kiul-Bhagalpur-Malda Town-Barsoi. Could someone provide the
> actual figures?
>
> Vijay
>
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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: an enquiry.

Date: 28 Jul 1998 00:43:36 -0500


Hi Dheeraj,

Let me look at the latest Rail Duniya and let you know in a few days
time.
The new time tables should be out any any time now. Will keep all posted
about the arrival of new time tables.

Apurva

dheeraj@iitk.email wrote:

> Is the new timetable out yet. I couldn't find it at Kanpur station
> last week. I am interested in knowing if the time for Bangalore
> Rajdhani (from Bangalore) has remained same or changed.
>
> -dheeraj
> --------------
> Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi (0512) 59-7077/7638
(Off)
> Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering (0512) 59-8627 (Res)
> Indian Institute of Technology (0512) 59-0725/0413
(Fax)
> Kanpur - 208 016 (UP), INDIA. dheeraj@iitk.email

From: S. Kumar <>

Subject: Re: Rail Budget from Rediff

Date: 28 Jul 1998 05:17:18 -0500


Vijay wrote:
> **************************************************************
>
> Introduction of 12 new trains
> Madurai-Coimbatore Express.
Two possible routes: Madurai-Dindigul-Karur-Erode-Coimbatore (BG) or
Madurai-
Dindigul-Palani-Pollachi-Coimbatore (shorter, but MG).

> Guntur-Secunderabad Express.
Is it going to go via Nadikudi-Bibinagar, or via Vijayawada-Kazipet?

> Tiruchchirappalli-Howrah Express (tri-weekly).
It will be interesting to find the proposed route and halt pattern in
Chennai city. My
guess would be that the train will follow the northern approach to
Chennai Central
till Vyasarpadi (just north of Basin Bridge), proceed via Royapuram and
Washermanpet to Chennai Beach, then proceed to Egmore, and on to
Tiruchi.
Possible halts: (if superfast) Egmore; if (non superfast) Egmore,
Tambaram with
Mambalam being an additional possibility.

> Bangalore-Visakhapatnam Express via Guntakal (weekly).
No doubt the route will be Bangalore-Dharmavaram-Guntakal-Dronachellam-
Nandyal-Guntur-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam. The Guntakal-Guntur section
has
been recently converted from MG to BG.

> Kurla-Howrah super deluxe AC Express (weekly).
> Kurla-Nagpur super deluxe AC Express (weekly).
I assume these two trains will share the same schedule upto Nagpur. Are
they going to be faster than
Gitanjali?

>
> Frequency of 11 trains increased
> A proposal to increase the frequency of 11 trains has been tabled in
the
> budget.
> The trains:
> The 7029/7030 Hyderabad-Cochin Express frequency to increase from
three
> days a week to daily.
Does this train go via Hosur, Dharmapuri?

> The 4863/4864 Marudhar Express frequency to increase from four days a
> week to daily. On the additional three days, the train to be routed
via
> Faizabad.
Looks like Marudhar has been downgraded to a non-superfast train.

> The 5209/5210 Amritsar-Barauni Janseva Express to increase from three
> days to five days a week.
Is the "Janseva" a modern day version of the infamous Janatas? How many
Janatas
exist today?

> The 8603/8604-8605/8606 Ranchi-Delhi Swarna Jayanti Express to
increase
> from two days to four days a week.
Does this train go via Garwa Rd. and Chopan?

Regards
Kumar

From: Pushkar Apte <>

Subject: Delhi-South and DCs

Date: 28 Jul 1998 08:37:12 -0500


I have a copy of the April 98 Rail Duniya, which indicates that all 4 of
the
Delhi-South Rajdhanis have been split up. The Bangalore Rajdhani now
makes the
trip a two-nights-and-one-day deal each way - leaving at night and
reaching the
3rd morning. While these times may make more sense for Bangalore, I
think this
4-way splitting really hurts line utilization, since many other trains
are
inconvenienced by the faster Rajdhanis. Even in the "high Rajdhani
density"
Howrah-Delhi and Mumbai-Delhi* lines - the timings of the different
Rajdhanis
have been tightly maintained close to each other to minimize impact on
other
trains. Why doesn't IR extend this logic to the south-bound Rajdhanis?

(* not counting the new Trivandrum Rajdhani - which is another
line-killer)

Also, I had another question -especially for our friends who are in
India right
now - are there still Dining Cars on any trains? The CR time-table
indicates
that several Delhi-South Rajdhanis and Superfasts have a Dining Car,
noted as
"DC" - distinct from PC or Pantry Car. This surprised me, because I
thought
that Dining Cars have been extinct for several years - maybe decades!
Can some
one confirm?

-Pushkar


Apurva Bahadur wrote:

> Hi Dheeraj,
>
> Let me look at the latest Rail Duniya and let you know in a few days
time.
> The new time tables should be out any any time now. Will keep all
posted
> about the arrival of new time tables.
>
> Apurva
>
> dheeraj@iitk.email wrote:
>
> > Is the new timetable out yet. I couldn't find it at Kanpur station
> > last week. I am interested in knowing if the time for Bangalore
> > Rajdhani (from Bangalore) has remained same or changed.
> >
> > -dheeraj
> > --------------
> > Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi (0512) 59-7077/7638
(Off)
> > Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering (0512) 59-8627 (Res)
> > Indian Institute of Technology (0512) 59-0725/0413
(Fax)
> > Kanpur - 208 016 (UP), INDIA. dheeraj@iitk.email



--

Regards,
Pushkar
-------

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Rail Budget from Rediff

Date: 28 Jul 1998 10:33:56 -0500


Hi Folks,

Here is the summary of the Rail Budget w.r.t. new trains, extensions,

and frequency increases.

**************************************************************

Introduction of 12 new trains
It is proposed that 12 new trains will be introduced.
These are:
Bhopal-Hazrat Nizammuddin Express.
Varanasi-Kurla Express.
Bhagalpur-Patna Intercity Express.
Madurai-Coimbatore Express.
Guntur-Secunderabad Express.
Mangalore-Kurla Express (via the Konkan Railway).
Tiruchchirappalli-Howrah Express (tri-weekly).
New Delhi-Muzaffarpur Swatantrata Senani Express via Ballia and Ghazipur

(bi-weekly).
Sealdah-New Coochbehar Uttar Banga Express (bi-weekly).
Bangalore-Visakhapatnam Express via Guntakal (weekly).
Kurla-Howrah super deluxe AC Express (weekly).
Kurla-Nagpur super deluxe AC Express (weekly).

Frequency of 11 trains increased
A proposal to increase the frequency of 11 trains has been tabled in the

budget.
The trains:
The 7029/7030 Hyderabad-Cochin Express frequency to increase from three
days a week to daily.
The 4863/4864 Marudhar Express frequency to increase from four days a
week to daily. On the additional three days, the train to be routed via
Faizabad.
The 5209/5210 Amritsar-Barauni Janseva Express to increase from three
days to five days a week.
The 2715/2716 Nanded-Amritsar Express to increase from three days to
five days a week.
The 8603/8604-8605/8606 Ranchi-Delhi Swarna Jayanti Express to increase
from two days to four days a week.
The 6339/6340 Bombay-Nagercoil Express to increase from three days to
four days a week.
The 8403/8404 Puri-Ahmedabad Express to increase from three days to four

days a week.
The 5219/5220 Kurla-Darbhanga Express to increase from two days to three

days a week.
The 9047/9048 Surat-Patna Express to increase from one day to two days a

week.
The 1031/1032 Pune-Varanasi Express to increase from one day to two days

a week.
The 1029/1030 Pune-Howrah Express to increase from one day to two days a

week.
In addition, the running of the following trains is also proposed to be
extended:
The 6683/6684 Mangalore-Palghat Express to Tiruchchirappalli.
The 9759/9760 Delhi-Jaipur Intercity Express to Jodhpur.
The 3447/3448 Dadar-Bhagalpur Express to Guwahati.

********************************************************************

A pleasant change is the even spread of new trains (NO Shatabdi/Rajdhani

from Delhi)
- The Bhopal - Nizamuddin Exp. should be an overnight train to
complement the Shatabdi Exp.
- I am hoping that the Kurla - Varanasi Exp. would be a superfast
with limited halts and a run-time of < 22 hrs., so as to provide
a breath of fresh air to Varanasi/ Allahabad/ Jabalpur - Mumbai
commuters. At present, the only superfast in the entire Itarsi-
Allahabad section is the Nizamuddin-Jabalpur Gondwana Exp.
- The Madurai - Coimbatore Exp. should run via Dindingul-Karur-
Erode. Isn't there a direct MG line from Dindigul to Salem(?)
via Palani? If so, has this been converted to BG?
- The Tiruchi - Howrah Exp. would be first North-South train to use
the newly converted Madras Beach-Villupuram-Tiruchi section.
- The Swatantra Senani Exp. would be the first train from Delhi to
employ the recently converted Aunrihar-Chhapra section and so
would provide direct service from Delhi to Ghazipur City and
Ballia. It would also provide additional service between Delhi
and Varanasi. There are a variety of routes between Delhi and
Varanasi:
Delhi-Moradabad-Lucknow-Faizabad/Sultanpur/Pratapgarh-Varanasi
Delhi-Kanpur Central-Lucknow-Faizabad/Sultanput/Pratapgarh-
Varanasi
Delhi-Kanpur Central-Allahabad-Janghai/Madhosingh-Varanasi
- The Bangalore - Visakhapatnam Exp. should have an interesting
route. Isn't there a line that connects Kurnool Town on the
Guntakal-Kacheguda section to a station in the Guntur-Nadikude
section, and goes via Nandyal? If so, then this train would run
via Guntakal-Nadyal-Guntur-Vijayawada.
- I was not aware of a Mangalore-Palghat Exp. Once Mangalore-Hassan
gets converted, we would have an alternate Mangalore-Tiruchi route
via Hassan-Arsikere-Bangalore-Salem-Erode-Karur.


Regards,
Vijay

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From: Auroprem Kandaswami <>

Subject: Chennai-Tiruchi BG line opening may be delayed

Date: 28 Jul 1998 14:04:45 -0500



The Hindu
CHENNAI, July 28.

Despite round-the-clock effort by about 2000 labourers to
complete the Chennai-Tiruchi broad gauge work before the revised
target date of August first week, the project is likely to be
delayed by a few more days.

While the BG conversion of the Tiruchi-Villupuram section is
over and speed trials are to be conducted from the first week of
August, the parallel BG line between Tambaram and Villupuram is
yet to be completed. In this section linking of rails is over
except in a 3-km stretch between Chengalpattu and Maduranthagam,
which is expected to be linked in a day or two.

Now over 1000 workers are engaged in ballast dumping between
Villupuram and Tambaram. Four ballast tamping machines are at
work and more machines are to be pressed into service in the
coming days.

The General Manager, Mr. N. Krithivasan, the Chief
Administration Officer, Mr. B. S. Sudhir Chandra and the Chief
Project Manager, Mr. P. Rajamoni made a joint trolley inspection
from Villupuram to Tindivanam on Sunday and Monday and reviewed
the progress of the work. The Commissioner of Safety (CRS) will
make a preliminary inspection of the Chennai-Villupuram section
on July 30.

The General Manager, who is hopeful of opening the section for
passenger traffic from August 15, told TheHindu that all efforts
were being made to complete the work by the first week of
August. Already the Commissioner had completed inspection of the
Tiruchi- Ichangadu section and would take up the Ichangadu-
Villupuram stretch in the first week of August. The final
inspection of the Villupuram-Tambaram section would be done by
him subsequently.

The Chief Project Manager said wagon movement had already
started in the Villupuram-Tiruchi section. In fact, ballasts and
other materials required for the project were being moved on the
new line from Tiruchi to Villupuram. Unfortunately, the recent
rain had affected the work schedule, especially between
Virudhachalam and Villupuram.

There might be some difficulty in completing the project before
the revised target date but there would not be any undue delay
as the administration is eager to open the line for traffic at
the earliest, according to sources in the Southern Railway.

Trains cancelled

Due to closure of the Tiruchi-Dindigul section for gauge conversion
work, the following trains are cancelled from August 15.

Train Nos. 6737/6738 Chennai Egmore-Madurai Expresses, 6719/6720
Chennai Egmore-Madurai Mahal Expresses and 701/702 and 703/704
Tiruchi- Dindigul Passengers.

The 6799/6800 Tirupati-Madurai Expresses will run between
Tirupati and Tiruchi from August 15, according to a Southern
Railway press note.

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