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From: Shankar <>

Subject: Re: More New Trains

Date: 25 Sep 1998 10:11:43 -0500


Hello Apurva,
Hmmm,thats pretty interesting info. Thanks a lot pal.
Best regards.
Shankar



Apurva Bahadur wrote:
>
> Hi Gang ,
>
> I have scanned and OCRed an announcement in the Times of India of
> Thursday 24th Sept 1998. New train between Mumbai and Varanasi. Excuse
> the typos.
>
> The trains mentioned as Ratnagiri Express is a misleader for a person
> who does not know the region well. The 1065/1066 now 2165/66 runs
> between Kurla (Mumbai) and Varanasi and comes nowhere near Ratnagiri
> which is a few hundred kms south of Mumbai on the Konkan Rail. Unless
> there is a secret plan to actually take this train to Ratnagiri.
>
> Apurva Bahadur
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
'
>
> * INTRODUCTION OF NEW KURLA(T) VARANASI EXPRESS VIA BHOPAL, BINA,
> KATNI
>
> Central Railway will introduce a new Kurla(T) - Varanasi - Kurla (T)
> Express via Bhopal, Bina and Katni on and from 2.10.19 ex Kural (T) on
> and from 4.10.1998 ex. Varanasi.
>
> 1071 Dn. Express will leave Kurla (T) at 12.20 hrs. reaching Varanasi
> at 19.20 hrs. next day.
>
> 1072 Up Express will leave Varanasi at 15.50 hrs. arriving Kurla(T) at
> 23.00 hrs. next day.
>
> Detailed timings of 1071 Dn/1072 Up Kurla(T)-Varanasi~Kurlafl Express
> are as under
>
> 12.20 Dep. Kurla Terminus Arr. 23.00
>
> 12.50 Arr Thane Dep. 22.33
>
> 12.53 Dep. Arr. 22.30
>
> 13.15 Arr. Kalyan Dep. 22.10
>
> 13.20 Dep. Arr. 22.05
>
> 15.10 Arr. Igatpuri Dep. 20.05
>
> 15.25 Dep. Arr. 19.50
>
> 16.03 Arr. Nasik Dep. 18.46
>
> 16.06 Dep. Arr. 18.43
>
> 17.00 Arr. Manmad Dep. 17.45
>
> 17.05 Dep. Arr. 17.40
>
> 19.40 Arr. Bhusaval Dep. 15.10
>
> 19.50 Dep. Arr. 15.00
>
> 20.32 Arr. Burhanpur Dep. 13.58
>
> 20.35 Dep. Arr. 13.55
>
> 22.05 Arr. Khandwa Dep. 12.50
>
> 22.10 Dep. Arr. 12.45
>
> 00.40 Arr. Itarsi Dep. 10.10
>
> 00.50 Dep. Arr. 10.00
>
> 02.11 Arr. Habibganj Dep. 08.03
>
> 02.14 Dep. Arr. 08.00
>
> 02.35 Arr. Bhopal Dep. 07.50
>
> 02.45 Dep. Arr. 07.40
>
> 04.45 Arr. Bina Dep. 05.40
>
> 04.55 Dep. Arr. 05.30
>
> 06.10 Arr. Sagar Dep. 04.10
>
> 06.15 Dep. Arr. 04.05
>
> 07.40 Arr. Damoh Dep 02.40
>
> 07.45 Dep. Arr. 02.35
>
> 09.40 Arr. Katni Dep. 00.40
>
> 10.00 Dep. Arr. 00.20
>
> 11.55 Arr. Satna Dep. 22.50
>
> 12.00 Dep. Arr. 22.40
>
> 13.15 Arr. Manikpur Dep. 21.20
>
> 13.20 Dep. Arr. 21.15
>
> 15.25 Arr. Allahabad Dep. 19.30
>
> 16.05 Dep. Arr. 19.00
>
> 16.50 Arr. Phulpur Dep. 17.59
>
> 16.55 Dep. Arr. 17.57
>
> 17.25 Arr. Janghai Dep. 17.32
>
> 17.33 Dep. Arr. 17.30
>
> 18.05 Arr. Bhadoi Dep. 16.54
>
> 18.11 Dep. Arr. 16.52
>
> 19.20 Arr. Varanasi Dep. 15.50
>
> The train will have 17 coaches including one AC 2 Tier one AC 3 Tier.
> 9 Sleeper Class. 4 General Second Class and 2 General second
> class-cum-Guards Brake Van. Reservation for 1071 Dn is available from
> 23.9.1998 at all Computerised Reservation centres connected in Mumbal
> Passenger Reservation System.
>
> Timings of 5648UpI5646Up Guwahati Dadar Exp., 3447Up Bhagalpur-Dadar
> ShrArr. Shakti Exp. and 4314 Up Barelily-Dadar Exp. Changed between
> Khandwa-Igatpuri Consequent upon introduction of 1071/1072
> KuriaQ)-Varanasi~Kur1Arr. Express via Bhopal-Bina-Karni, the timings
> of 5648 Up/5646 Up Guwahati-Dadar Exp.,3447 Up. Bhagalpur.Dadar
> ShrArr. Shakti Exp. and 4314 Up Bareily Dadar Exp. Changed. Between
> Khandwa-Igatpuri have also been changed. The revised timings are as
> under.
>
> Existing Revised
>
> Khandwa Arr. 11.45 12.00
>
> Dep. 11.50 12.05
>
> Burhanpur Arr. 12.55 13.15
>
> Dep. 13.00 13.20
>
> Shusaval Arr. 14.10 14.20
>
> Dep. 14.20 14.30
>
> Manmad Arr. 17.05 17.55
>
> Dep. 17.10 18.00
>
> Nasik
> Road Arr. 18.33 18.58
>
> Dep. 18.38 19.03
>
> Igatpuri Arr. 20.05 20.05
>
> Dep . 20.25 20.25
>
> * KURLA(T)-VARANASI RATNAGIRI EXPRESS SPEEDED UP AND MADE
> AS SUPER FAST
>
> 1065Dn./1066 Up Kurla (T) - Varanasi Kurla (T) is speeded up and made
> as superfast train from 16.11.98 ex. Kurla(T) & from 17.11.98 ex.
> Varanasi. The new number of this train will be 2165 Dn/2166 Up.
>
> 2165 Dn. Kurla Varanasi Ratnagiri Express will leave Kurla(T) on
> Monday, Thursday and Saturday (instead of Monday, Wednesday and
> Thursday) at 05.20 hours (no change) arriving Varanasi at 0720 hrs,
> next day
>
> 2166 Up Varanasi - Kurla Ratnagiri Express will leave Varanasi on
> Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (instead of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
> at 20.30 hrs (instead of 17.50 hrs.) arriving Kurla(T) at 22.10 hrs.
> (no change) next day.
>
> This train will have 17 coaches including one AC2 Tier, 10 Sleeper
> Class (One for Tatkal Seva 4 General Second Class and 2 General Second
> Class cum Guard's brake vans. Reservation of this train is available
> at all Computerised Reservation Centres connected in Mumbal Passenger
> Reservation System.
>
> The revised detailed timings of 2165 Dn/21 66 Up Kurla(T)-Varanasi -
> Kurla(T) Ratnagiri Express are as under,
>
> 2165 Dn Revised 2166 Up
> Revised
>
> 05.20 Kurla
> Dep. Arr. 22.10
> Terminus
>
> 06.10 Arr. Kalyan Dep. 21.15
>
> 06.15 Dep. Arr. 21.10
>
> 08.05 Arr. Lgatpuri Dep. 19.15
>
> 08.25 Dep. Arr. 18.55
>
> 12.30 Arr. Bhusaval Dep. 14.30
>
> 12.40 Dep. Arr. 14.20
>
> 18.20 Arr. Itarsi Dep. 09.15
>
> 18.40 Dep. Arr. 08.55
>
> 22.00 Arr. Jabalpur Dep. 05.45
>
> 22.10 Dep. Arr. 05.35
>
> 01.00 Arr. SArr.e Dep. 02.45
>
> 01.05 Dep. Arr. 02.35
>
> 04.05 Arr. Allahabad Dep 23.30
>
> 04.35 Dep. Arr. 23.00
>
> 06.10 Arr. Bhadohi Dep. 21.18
>
> 06.12 Dep. Arr 21.16
>
> 07.20 Arr. Varanasi Dep. 20.30
>
>
>
> As a result of being made superfast the train will halt at Kalyan,
> Igatpuri, Bhusaval, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Satna, Allahabad and Bhadohi
> Stations only.
>
> However 1031 Dn/1032 Up Pune Varanasi-Pune byweekly Express will be
> given halt at Pipariya and Narsinghpur Station with effect from
> 16.11.1998. The timings are as under.
>
> 1031 Down Station 1032 Up
>
> 07.15 Arr. Pipariya Dep. 16.47
>
> 07.17 Dep. Arr. 16.45
>
> 08.35 Arr. Narsinghpur Dep. 15.27
>
> 08.37 Dep. Arr. 15.25
>
> * Change in the days of service of Saket Express:
>
> Consequent upon change in days of service of Ratnagiri Express and
> being~1 made as superfast 1067 Dn/1068 Up. Kurla(T)-Faizabad-Kurla(T)
> Saket Express will leave Kurla(T) on Wednesday from 18.ll.l998(instead
> of Saturdays) and from Faizabad on Thursdays (instead of Sundays) from
> 19.11.1998. There is no change in timings, halts and frequency of this
> train.
>
> CENTRAL RAILWAY
>
> Always at your service

From: Shankar <>

Subject: [Fwd: Daboo's book

Date: 25 Sep 1998 10:50:58 -0500


Shankar wrote:
>
> Hello friends,
> (he grins sheepishly). Could any of you friends PLEASE re-post the
> address of the BOHRT address and price of Mr. Daboo's book and its
> title?
> I so desperately want to lay my hands on it. Unfortunately, I edited
> and cleaned out my mailbox today, and I think that message went along
> with the trash.
> most awfully sorry!
> Shankar

From: Srikant Subramaniam <>

Subject: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National 0226000i.htm

Date: 25 Sep 1998 13:03:37 -0500


<A HREF="http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm">http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm</A>

From: Donald L. Mills, Jr <>

Subject: Re: Munabao link to Pakistan may open?

Date: 25 Sep 1998 14:35:59 -0500


Satish, Yes, I remember the email as well. That would be great, would
there be a possibility of major passenger trains in such a sensitive
part
of the world, or just mail. Don in WV

----------
> From: S Pai <spai@aya.email
> To: Indian Railways List <irfca@cs.email
> Subject: Munabao link to Pakistan may open?
> Date: Thursday, September 24, 1998 11:01 AM
>
>
> Buried in the mass of other details about discussions on Kashmir and
> "confidence-building measures" that India and Pakistan announced
yesterday
> in a joint statement was a tiny bit about re-opening the rail link
from
> Munabao in India to Khokhrapar in Pakistan. The stations are each
> currently termini for their respective branch lines, but presumably
through
> trackage across the border still exists (perhaps in some disrepair).
>
> On the Indian side, Munabao is connected by MG to Jodhpur, and on the
> Pakistani side, Khokhrapar is connected (by MG, I presume) to
Hyderabad.
> If this works out, we could have a reincarnation of the old Sind Mail
> (Ahmedabad-Hyderabad?). I think someone talked about that on this
list a
> long time back.
>
> --Satish

From: Donald L. Mills, Jr <>

Subject: Re: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National 0226000i.htm

Date: 25 Sep 1998 15:43:27 -0500


Is your national Geographic Channel the same as our Discovery Channel.
If
not, I will hate to miss this program. I believe India railways was a
program shown on our Public Television Stations. My favorite is the
Darjeling. Although I would love to ride on the front of a steam
engine
and the side of a car. No, I am not crazy, I also want to ride on a
running board of one of our antique cars. Best to all. Don in WV

----------
> From: Srikant Subramaniam <srikant@sybase.email
> To: irfca@cs.email
> Subject: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National
0226000i.htm
> Date: Friday, September 25, 1998 4:03 PM
>
<A HREF="http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm">http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm</A>

From: Shanku Niyogi <>

Subject: Re: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National 0226 000i.htm

Date: 25 Sep 1998 16:51:48 -0500


I believe their National Geographic channel is a separate entity, and I
don't think this program will be appearing on any US networks at the
same
time. It is, however, the same program you mention. I was able to buy a
copy
of it from Amazon (it's $17 or something like that, I think) - I (and
everyone I know who has seen it) thought it was a well-written, and
extremely well-filmed, program.

Since the program was filmed, the railways have undergone a number of
steady
changes, including more computerization, proliferation of the Shatabdi
class
of trains (the video does mention the Gwalior-Delhi Shatabdi),
significant
increase in electrification, etc. - it would be interesting to see
something
like a sequel to this program someday.

Shanku

-----Original Message-----
From: Donald L. Mills, Jr [mailto:dmills@MARSHALL.email
Sent: Friday, September 25, 1998 3:43 PM
To: Srikant Subramaniam
Subject: Re: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National
0226000i.htm


Is your national Geographic Channel the same as our Discovery Channel.
If
not, I will hate to miss this program. I believe India railways was a
program shown on our Public Television Stations. My favorite is the
Darjeling. Although I would love to ride on the front of a steam
engine
and the side of a car. No, I am not crazy, I also want to ride on a
running board of one of our antique cars. Best to all. Don in WV

----------
> From: Srikant Subramaniam <srikant@sybase.email
> To: irfca@cs.email
> Subject: THE HINDU ONLINE : Saturday, September 26, 1998 National
0226000i.htm
> Date: Friday, September 25, 1998 4:03 PM
>
<A HREF="http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm">http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/980926/02/0226000i.htm</A>

From: Vdate <>

Subject: Re: New Train service

Date: 25 Sep 1998 17:16:02 -0500


What is there in Nanded? Guru Govind Singh was assassinated there.
Nanded
has one of the most famous Gurudwara.

From: Vdate <>

Subject: Re: Munabao link to Pakistan may open?

Date: 25 Sep 1998 17:34:56 -0500


I was stationed near Barmer, Rajasthan in mid sixties. At that time the
customs and passport clearance used to be at Barmer. Atleast 200
passengers
would travel on each train (that is my guess by looking at the crowd
waiting
to be cleared). I was told that at the time of partition, there were
many
families who had relatives on both sides of the border. This would
probably be
still true and these people will probably form first wave of passengers
to use
these trains.

From: SHRINIVAS V. JOSHI <>

Subject: Why Repeat?

Date: 25 Sep 1998 19:27:41 -0500



Hi!

It's for everyone's benefit, can we avoid mailing the original matter
when
mailing the replies, to a particular sender or to the list in
general?

This will reduce the matters flowing on the net from one end to
hundreds
of the users. Isn't it similar like reducing attachments to the already
long goods train?


Such practice is followed by mailers to many other lists on the net.
So, please refrain from attaching the original matters to the replies.
Hope all will agree to this.

Thanks a lot

Shrinivas Joshi

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Attn: Time Table seekers

Date: 26 Sep 1998 01:52:04 -0500


Hi Gang !

I am sorry to have let you down as far as time table delivery is
concerned. I am eyeball deep in urgent work and I am unable to find the
time to organise the delivery until the middle of next week. The
complete set of time tables in their envelope are ready with me. Please
excuse the delay.

Apurva

From: Peter Mosse <>

Subject: Re: Why Repeat?

Date: 26 Sep 1998 08:28:52 -0500


Shrinivas Joshi wrote:

> It's for everyone's benefit, can we avoid mailing the original matter
when
> mailing the replies, to a particular sender or to the list in
general?
>
-------------------

I agree that it is usually unnecessary to repeat the entire original
message when sending a reply, but personally I think it can be helpful
to
repeat PART of the original message to make it clear to readers exactly
what one is replying to ...

Peter Mosse

From: Sankaran Kumar <>

Subject: Re: Purpose of IRFCA

Date: 26 Sep 1998 16:02:32 -0500


Hello Train Timetable fans:

Sorry for my silence; have been pretty busy at work and travel. I have
with me a copy of the new Southern Railway time table. The new time
table looks very different from the previous time tables. It's layout
is much better and it is much easier to read (there are mistakes as
before, unfortunately). It has two color maps, one of the entire IR
system and the other of SR. The maps are better produced, but in less
detail than the older maps. The time table's pages are broader.
Express/Mail trains are mostly separated from Passenger trains and the
timings are given in different sections. Only the stations where at
least one Express tran stops is included in the Express train sections.

Eg., Chennai
Egmore-Mambalam-Tambaram-Chinglepet-Madurantakam-Tindivanam-Villupuram-V
riddhachalam-Ariyalur-Kallakudi
Palanganatham-Lalgudi-Srirangam-Tiruchchirapalli.
Superfast expresses are highlighted within the time table.
Detailed info on railway rules and regulations relevant to passengers,
copies of various forms (cancellation, claims for damage/injury while
travelling etc.) are included. Also "tips" to make travel easier/safer
are provided frequently in boxes alongside a relevant little cartoon
sketch. For example one figure shows a lady sleeping on the lower berth

with the window open and a chain snatcher is in the process of ripping
off her necklace through the window. The captions suggests that
passengers keep the windows closed while sleeping.
The time table also includes an All-India abstract time table section.
Full color ads adorn the time table. All this for only Rs. 15.

I will post more details later, but here is some info.

The Chennai-Rameswaram Sethu Express via Vriddhachalam runs no more (due

to conversion). It now runs as the former Chenni-Rameswaram Express via

Thanjavur/Tiruchi. The Chennai-Karaikkudi Kamban Express now runs upto
Rameswaram (skipping Tiruchi).
There is a Chennai-Nagore Express.
The Coimbatore-Madurai Express takes just over 4 hours to run the MG
route stopping at Pollachi, Palani, and Dindigul.
The Howrah-Tiruchi Express (once it is introduced) will stop at Chennai
Egmore, Mambalam, and Tambaram.
The Lalbagh Express now stops at Kuppam. (In fact the Chennai-B'lore
Mail is the only Chennai-Bangalore train that does not stop at Kuppam).
The Tirupati-Madurai MG express now runs only upto Tiruchi.
The Chennai-New Delhi GT Express has been speeded up by 45 minutes. It
now overtakes the Chennai-Howrah Mail between Chennai and Vijayawada.
The Chennai-New Delhi TN Express has been speeded up by about 60
minutes.
The Sealdah-Delhi Express is now called the LalQila Express.
The conversion of the Mysore-Hasan section is complete.
The conversion of the Hasan-Sakleshpur part of the Hasan-Mangalore
section is complete with BG trains running on it.
The BG trains with the exception of Vaigai and Pallavan take about 3
hours and 10 minutes to run from Chennai Egmore to Villupuram. Vaigai
and Pallavan take about 2 hrs and 50 mts, while the MG expresses take at

least 3 hrs and 25 mts.
There is a BG train from Chennai Egmore to Tirunelveli via Villupuram.
Until the Tiruchi-Dindigul conversion is completed, it will run
Tiruchi-Karur-Dindigul-Madurai.
More later.....

Kumar



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From: Vdate <>

Subject: Re: Munabao link to Pakistan may open?

Date: 26 Sep 1998 21:30:10 -0500


I watched a delayed transmission of Mr. Bajpai's New York interview. He
mentioned that the Rail cum road connection between Munabao and
Hyderabad
(Sind) will be opened. What would he have meant by "rail cum road"? Is
there
a missing rail link at this time?

From: Jayant S <>

Subject: GM Electro-Motive: GT46MAC Locomotive Specifications

Date: 26 Sep 1998 21:58:55 -0500


<A HREF="http://www.gmemd.com/locomotives/intl/gt46mac/index.html">http://www.gmemd.com/locomotives/intl/gt46mac/index.html</A>

Is this the locomotive IR is acquiring soon ?

Jayant S

From: Sankaran Kumar <>

Subject: New SR Time-Table

Date: 27 Sep 1998 19:36:16 -0500


Here is some information from the new Southern Rly. timetable.

SR Trains

Table 1: Chennai Central-Bangalore City

New Trains:

6221/6222 Chennai-Mysore Express (special train run as a trial measure)

Lv Chennai 2230 Ar B'lore City 0635 Lv B'lore City 0715 Ar Mysore 0950:

Lv Mysore 1805 Ar B'lore City 2050 Lv 2115 Ar Chennai 0435: freq daily;

halts Perambur (towards Chennai only), Arakkonam, Walajah Rd, Katpadi,
Ambur, Jolarpettai, Kuppam, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram, B'lore East
(towards Mysore only), B'lore Cantt, B'lore City, Kengeri, Bidadi
(towards Mysore only), Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya,
Pandavapura, Shrirangapattana. COMMENTS Addtl overniter from B'lore to

Chennai to supplement the ever popular Mail.

New Halts:

2607/2608 Chennai-Bangalore Lalbagh Express halts at Kuppam. COMMENTS
The Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi, Guwahati-B'lore express,
Trivandrum/Nagercoil-Mumbai express, the Coimbatore Rajkot express, and
surprisingly the Chennai-Bangalore mail are the remaining trains which
do not halt at Kuppam (which actually is in Andhra Pradesh).

Table 8: Chennai-Mangalore

Changed designation:

2673/2674 Chennai Central-Coimbatore Cheran Express is (according to the

new time table) a superfast train.

Table 10: Chennai-Madurai/Tuticorin/Tirunelveli (BG)

New Trains:

2605/2606 Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi Pallavan Express (daily). Lv Chennai
1530 Ar Tiruchi 2235: Lv Tiruchi 0500 Ar Chennai 1200. Halts Mambalam
(towards Chennai only), Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Srirangam. COMMENTS
Rather slow for a BG superfast. Anticipate speeding up after track
settles down.

6877/6878 Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi Rock Fort Express (daily). Lv Chennai
2200 Ar Tiruchi 0645: Lv Tiruchi 2130 Ar Chennai 0545. Halts Mambalam,
Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Madurantakam (towards Chennai only), Tindivanam,

Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Pennadam, Ariyalur, Kallakudi Palanganatham,
Lalgudi, Srirangam, Tiruchi Town, Ponmalai. COMMENTS Not a care whether

the tracks have settled down or not since speed is unimportant for this
popular overnight train.

657/658 Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli Express (daily special train to be
cancelled after the opening of the Tiruchi-Dindigul BG section). Lv
Chennai 1715 Ar Tirunelveli 0945: Lv Tirunelveli 1600 Ar Chennai 0845.
Halts Chingleput, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Tiruchi, Karur, Dindigul,
Kodaikkanal Rd, Madurai, Virudunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Kadambur,
Vanchi Maniyachchi, Talaiyuthu (towards Tirunelveli only), Tirunelveli.

More later....

Kumar




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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Lucknow Jn

Date: 28 Sep 1998 01:17:54 -0500


Dear Friends,

As per the Central Rail timetable the 2133 Mumbai - Lucknow Pushpak
express goes to LKO (which is the station code of Lucknow as far as I
know). However the 5009 Jabalpur - Lucknow Chitrakoot Express goes to
LJN. Are there two BG stations in Lucknow ? Only a person (Dhiraj ?)
familiar with Lucknow could tell.

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: More timetables

Date: 28 Sep 1998 01:20:38 -0500


Gang !

Our family just arrived from Calcutta have got for me a copy of
Northern, North Eastern Frontier and Eastern Rail timetables. If any one
of you need to have a detail from any of these books please let me know
and I will look it up pronto.

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: New SR Time-Table

Date: 28 Sep 1998 01:42:55 -0500




> Chennai-Bangalore mail are the remaining trains which
> do not halt at Kuppam (which actually is in Andhra Pradesh).
>

This has been discussed before - I still require a correct reply for
this -
what is special / political about Kuppam ?

>
>
> Changed designation:
>
> 2673/2674 Chennai Central-Coimbatore Cheran Express is (according to
the
> new time table) a superfast train.

Why has CBE become so popular all of a sudden ? Is there a reason like
conversion of MG to BG track or even emergence of a political person
perhaps
?

What does the SR time table (not available in Pune yet ) say about
Mysore -
Arsikere and Hassan Mangalore section. Are they BG operational yet ? I
look
forward to travel to Mangalore via the Sakleshpur - Subramanya Road ghat
on
the BG.

My wife and I have fond memories of this section when it was MG. We have
footplated a YP from Hassan to Mysore in the predawn light and the
unforgettable ride through god's own country is burnt into our memory
for
the rest of our lives. The polite and hospitable Southern Railway staff
have made this region a delight to travel in. For us the friendliness of
the
SR and indeed the entire region is a pleasant culture shock as compared
to
the rude and selfish Pune and Mumbai.
I fear the coming of the BG will commercialize this region spoiling the
sweet nature of the local people permanently.

Apurva Bahadur

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Northern Railway map

Date: 28 Sep 1998 05:36:17 -0500


Gang !

Just  going through the Northern Rail map attached to the latest time table. I notice the following interesting points:
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The map shows the route of the proposed 'Kashmir Railway'  Jammu - Srinagar - Baramulla ! Very ambitious - I hope we see this completed in out lifetimes.
Himachal Pradesh has hardly any railways except Kalka - Shimla and Pathankot - Jogindernagar (fairly long  NG route)
There are 'Guantleted' Tracks (mixed BG and MG track explains the map -on the same permanent way ? ) between Sarupsar and Suratgarh in Rajasthan
Route upto Ludhiana is electrified on the Delhi - Jammu road
The route to Jaisalmer shows 'Pokaran Road' - where the Indian nuclear device was exploded
The whole of North India is dense rail network specially Uttar Pradesh is four deep in rail tracks across the state.
Inset in the main map  is a good drawing of suburban Delhi system - I can scan and upload this if anyone want to see. Let me know

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