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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: The forgotten track to Pakistan

Date: 01 Apr 1999 03:20:32 -0500




Suresh Mutuswami wrote:

> One correction regarding the Times of India article posted by Anil
> Balchandani: the name of the station on the Pakistan side is
"Khokhrapar"
> and not "Khokhraparkar."
>
> Also, the Pakistan foreign minister is reported (March 17 1999, see
> <A HREF="http://www.paknews.org/newsflash/messages/2143.html)">http://www.paknews.org/newsflash/messages/2143.html)</A> as saying that
there
> is not much possibility for the reopening of the Munabao-Khokhrapar
line
> as proposed by India.
>
> For those interested, there is a photograph of the Khokhrapar Railway
> Station in the book "The Lightning Campaign" (or is it "The Lightning
> War?") by Maj. Gen. Palit. Apparently, the Indian Army had taken the
> station in the 1971 war.

That is correct, the local Marathi newspapers here in Pune had a picture
of a
rake of MG flatwagons carrying Indian army tanks standing at Khokhrapar
station.

>
>
> Suresh
>
>
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----
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> Postdoctoral Fellow
> Center for Rationality and Interactive Decision Theory
> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
> Feldman Building, Givat Ram, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel
>
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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Visit to the Up yard

Date: 01 Apr 1999 05:28:58 -0500


Gang !

It is 40 degrees centigrade in Pune and I feel very happy - It
cannot get any worst ! Even insects do not fly in this blazing
heat.

Morning I went over the Koregaon road park bridge and the 6529
Udyan Express to Bangalore thundered below the bridge. Kind of
made my day.
But in the afternoon the yard master called me to check out a
special kind of rake. I had earlier requested him to let me
know when the BCCN rake arrived next.
This is the gray rake with BCC written on its side.
This is a special loose cement rake with pneumatic unloading
of the cement powder. The rake is privately owned by Birla
cement and there are four or six such rakes each consisting of
40 wagons and a brake van. Each BCCN wagon is built on the
standard BCN/ BCNA frame and is 22.4 Tonnes empty and 58.4
tonnes full. It is flat on the sides and has a angled top.
There is a walkway on the top and large filling ports on the
upper surface for the filling. For unloading there are two
chutes on the bottom. There are two 2" pipelines which near
the side and lead to various points in the under the cement
chamber. These are the air pipes which pressurise the vessel
and force the cement powder out of the chutes at the bottom.
The loose cement is being hauled from WD (Wadi) to KLMG (Kalwa
Goods shed - near Thana in Mumbai). The cement is being used
in a expressway being constructed between Mumbai and Pune. The
rake had arrived at 1100 Hrs. from Daund side with a pair of
Kazipet WDM 2s. Now those locos had returned to the shed and a
pair was awaited from Kalyan to take this rake to Mumbai.
I climbed on the side ladder (with due respect to the OHE) to
have a look at the top. Had a ball, never mind the searing
heat.
Virtually all the freight trains today are hauled by WDM 2s
due to the shortage of electric locos.
I also saw a vacuum braked eight wheeler BCX rake with a
stenciled notice "tested with water" on some wagons. This
means that the wagon is water tight to carry goods which may
spoil in contact in water. Some of the other wagons in the
rake were marked WT (water tested) and quite a few were marked
NWT !.
I also observed the operation of the CBC in detail. It is not
possible to just lift the decoupling lever of the coupler.
There is lock which prevents inadvertent operation. The lever
rod has to be lifted and then rotated for the jaws to be
opened. It takes quite an effort to open the heavy jaws.

I also saw a flat car DNMG which is used by the military to
transport heavy stuff (tanks ?), the tare weight of this car
is 68 tonnes ! This is one of the heaviest wagons I have seen.

More news from the Up yard soon. The yard master is my good
buddy !
Any specific questions for him, regarding freight operation,
please ask ! Specific = not ' explain freight operation on the
IR', but specific as in ' deference between the CBC in CRT and
CRC wagon', or 'the loading weight of BCN and BCNA wagon'.
There is a lot of expertise available with him and his hard
working staff.

Apurva

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Subject: Re: Australian Motive Power Review Ezine #5

Date: 01 Apr 1999 14:55:08 -0500


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From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Indian Railway in Films

Date: 01 Apr 1999 22:24:45 -0500


> I would think the brachline from Karjat to
>Khopoli has been in shot in more films than any other section.

I dispute that Apurva, and feel that any of the mountain line must've
been
covered more than any of the plain(or Ghat) sections. the other most
frequently featured railway in films is the Bombay Suburban.

I have compiled and recorded over 100 train sequences(steam mostly) shot
on
IR in Indian and foreign movies. I will surly attempt to reproduce it
here
someday
for the benefitt of all.

The list will obviously dwindle in future for the shortage of steam
locos as
is evident from the latest `Siyaram Homecoming' advertisement which has
to
resort YDMs after a long stint of beautifully shot steam trains in
Rajasthan
backdrop in their previous ads. But Kudos to Mani Ratnam for keeping
some
originality in the song - so what if he came out with a trash film in
the
end.

The latest one shot was for a David Dhawan's film called `Kunwara'(seems
to
have run out of ~ No. 1 titles) featuring Govinda and Urmila aboard
the
Royal Orient YGs. Actually I got an invitation from a friend to join for
the
weeklong shoot but I could'nt because of the bloody year ending. I have
however seen the publicity pictures and it seems that the cast is bent
upon
outdoing Shahrukh, you and Viraf?!!?(by riding on the loco buffer beams
for
a song).


Harsh

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Tapti Ganga Exp.

Date: 01 Apr 1999 22:36:55 -0500


The Chord line is called as Chheonki(and not Cheoki) and there is no
proper
station here and it is just brief detraning halt.

I personally feel that IR should should not fool around with people
lives.
If they cannot build a platform/overbridge they should abandon the halt
till
that time. After all it entails an expense of a few lakh of Rupees at
best -
an amount which they would have to spend nevertheless if people were to
be
run over by the trains.

The railway logic is that these halts are provided for the travelling
railway staff(who might be better trained at crossing the tracks w/o
Indian
luggage of course) and not general public. That is the reason you can't
actually buy a ticket for Chheonki.

Harsh



-----Original Message-----
From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@vsnl.email
To: D.G.Goswami <dgoswami@bom6.email
Cc: irfca <irfca@cs.email
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 12:18 AM
Subject: Re: Tapti Ganga Exp.


>At last someone has actually seen the entity known as Cheoki. Is there
a
board
>announcing that this is Cheoki or it it an unmarked stop ?
>I have seen a similar scene at Diva Jn where a passengers crossing
tracks
were
>caught on both sides by speeding mail express trains. One passenger
dropped
his
>luggage but later went back to rescue it. The problem is that it is
difficult to
>tell which of the four (or more) tracks the train would be coming on.
>Fortunately no one lost their life or luggage but we as bystanders
thought
we
>were going to witness a few runovers that day.
>
>D.G.Goswami wrote:
>
>> Hi Gang,
>> Some time back I had been to Varanasi by the Tapti Ganga
>> Exp.This train goes to Varanasi via Cheoki and does not touch
Allahabad.But
>> everyday there are about 100-150 passengers for Allahabad in it.The
problem
>> starts here.These passengers get down at Cheoki(Its on the outskirts
of
>> Allahabad),cross the tracks(there is no platform) and board the
>> autoriks.When these people cross the tracks many superfasts like the
>> Brahmaputra Mail,Kalka Mail,Kurla-Patna Exp. and Purshottam Exp. pass
thru
>> Cheoki at around the same time(about 7 in the morning) at
90+speeds.On
that
>> very day when these 100-150 people were crossing the tracks the
Brahmaputra
>> Mail suddenly arrived at the spot (There's a turn on the Allahabad
side)at
>> 90-100 kmph and they were caught unaware.At the same time Kurla-Patna
>> exp.came from the other side.On seeing the two trains coming on them
at
>> speeds chaos prevailed.In the chaos one passenger left his luggage
on
the
>> tracks and ran for his life .The Brahmaputra Mail ploughed thru his
luggage.
>> My coach attendant said that this tamasha was a daily
affair
>> at Cheoki.My point is that if there are so many passengers for
allahabad,
>> the TG exp.should touch allahabad.Whenever such a demand is raised
the
>> Railways say that touching allahabad would increase the running time
by
>> 1-1.5 hours.I would say that taking the train to allahabad would be
viable
>> both from the safety point of view and from the commercial point of
view.Or
>> else someday someone would surely loose his life at Cheoki.
>>
>> Chinmay Goswami,
>> Surat
>
>
>
>
>
>

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: The forgotten track to Pakistan

Date: 01 Apr 1999 22:44:11 -0500


A good part in the background about this line ever becoming operational
is
that it might just pave way for Pak steam locos to visit India as their
side
of the line is still fully steam worked.

Harsh

-----Original Message-----
From: Anil Balchandani <abalchan@tddcae99.email
To: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 5:07 PM
Subject: The forgotten track to Pakistan


> On the lighter side of things:-anb
>
> The forgotten track to Pakistan
> Friday 19 February 1999 - Times Of India
> By Prakash Bhandari
>
> The Times of India News Service
>
> JAIPUR: With the Delhi-Lahore bus about to
> become a reality, the people of west Rajasthan are
> now hoping for the reopening of the closed rail link
> between Munabao and Khokhraparkar, the last
> railway station on the Pakistani side.
>
> The distance between Munabao in Barmer district
> and Khokhraparkar in Sindh is barely 11 km and the
> railway line is lying unused since the 1965 war. The
> rail link was established by a former maharaja of
> Jodhpur and provided access to people right upto
> Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh.
>
> Last year, the issue of reopening the
> Munabao-Khokhraparkar route came up during the
> talks Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had with
> his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
>
> ``When in operation, the metre- gauge railway line
> used to ferry about 1,500 passengers from both sides.
> People from Sindh who wanted to come to erstwhile
> Rajputana would travel by this route,'' said Ram
> Chandra Bora, a veteran freedom fighter who once
> worked in the area as a signal inspector.
>
> A number of Hindus who opted to live in Pakistan
> availed the train facility while a number of Sindhi
> Muslims and Miranis from the Indian side travelled
> to Pakistan.
>
> A migrant from Pakistan remembered having seen
> in 1964 the table of the station master of Hyderabad
> railway station in Sindh using the same large wooden
> table which had the seal `JR' (Jodhpur Railway)
> inscribed on it. The erstwhile Jodhpur Railway
> territory extended upto Hyderabad.
>
> ``We came from Hyderabad in Sindh to Jodhpur by
> this rail route. A majority of Sindhis who migrated to
> India also came by this route and then spread to
> various parts of the country,'' said Sewaram
> Poptiani, a foodgrain trader here.
>
> After the 1971 war, Pakistan signed an agreement to
> open the rail links. But while the Wagah- Atari
> route was opened, the Munabao-Khokhraparkar rail
> link remained closed.
>
> In 1986, the then Pakistan prime minister
> Mohammed Khan Junejo had announced that the
> Sindh-Rajasthan link would be re-started. After
> this, Indian Railways speent Rs 15 lakh on renovating
> Munabao station. But all this went in vain. During
> Benazir Bhutto's prime ministership, Sindhis and
> Mohajirs had also demanded the reopening of the
> link. But Ms Bhutto came under pressure from the
> army which was said to be against the move. The
> Mohajir migrants from UP, MP, Rajasthan and Delhi
> who have relations in India had said it would be
> economical for them to travel via Sindh and reach
> India from where they could board a train from
> Jodhpur for their respective destinations. The present
> Samjhauta Express train that runs between Lahore
> and Delhi is not very covenient for people from
> Sindh.
>
> If the rail line is reopened, the large number of
> Pakistanis who visit Ajmer to offer prayers at the
> Dargah will benefit as the distance they have to
> travel will be halved.
>
> As for industrialists, they too want the link reopened.
> ``It will encourage trade between the two countries.
> Earlier also, trade between the two countries
> flourished because of the rail link,'' said Arun
> Agarwal, an industrialist from Jodhpur.
>Anil Balchandani
>anil.balchandani@fnc.email
>(pls note the new email format)
>
>

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: More IR links!

Date: 01 Apr 1999 22:56:40 -0500


That's not just it. The funniest part is that the POW has not seen a
steam
loco in years.

What do you call it. The Great IR congame!

Harsh

-----Original Message-----
From: Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Sbarounis <sbaros@excite.email
To: 'irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: More IR links!


>On Wed, 31 Mar 1999 13:19:25 -0500, Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:
>
>> <A HREF="http://www.palaceonwheels.net/">http://www.palaceonwheels.net/</A> - Palace on Wheels has its own site.
>
>Just had a look at their frontpage. Their loco looks notoriously
Canadian.
>Didn't they have a picture of their own train?!
>
>
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>
>
>
>
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From: Shankar <>

Subject: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 00:06:46 -0500


Hello,
Congame indeed. I'll second that.
When the idea was originally conceived, the massive fare package was at
least justifiable in part: you pay for the aura and luxury of travelling
in the saloons used by the royalty ofyesteryear. You were part of a
bygone era so to speak.The high cost is for the ambience, the
novelty,plus it could partly offset the maintenance costs and other
expenses involved inkeeping antique railway cars on the rails.

After regauging and as a consequence of the cars being certified as 'too
old to keep on running', the rake was quietly replaced by a modern bg
one.At the same fares.

Today, what you are paying for in effect is for the 5 star luxury.Is the
hefty fare package stil justifiable? And the train isnot even hauled by
a steam engine.

Best regards.
Shankar


Harsh Vardhan wrote:
>
> That's not just it. The funniest part is that the POW has not seen a
steam
> loco in years.
>
> What do you call it. The Great IR congame!
>
> Harsh
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Sbarounis <sbaros@excite.email
> To: 'irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
> Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 11:27 PM
> Subject: Re: More IR links!
>
> >On Wed, 31 Mar 1999 13:19:25 -0500, Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:
> >
> >> <A HREF="http://www.palaceonwheels.net/">http://www.palaceonwheels.net/</A> - Palace on Wheels has its own
site.
> >
> >Just had a look at their frontpage. Their loco looks notoriously
Canadian.
> >Didn't they have a picture of their own train?!
> >
> >
> >________________________________________________
> >Visit my rail website:
> ><A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/7209">http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/7209</A>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >_______________________________________________________
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> >

From: VIRAF P.. MULLA <>

Subject: Re: Indian Railway in Films

Date: 02 Apr 1999 01:28:05 -0500


> I have however seen the publicity pictures and it seems that the cast
is
bent upon outdoing Shahrukh, you and Viraf?!!?(by riding on the loco
buffer beams for a song).

Harsh,

Appu and myself did the real thing for the thrill of it. When did
Shahrukh
rode the buffer beams? and even if he did it, Shahrukh must have taken a
lot of precautions.

Regards
==========================
Viraf Mulla
C-20/14, Jeevan Bima Nagar,
Borivali (West)
Mumbai 400103
Tel: +91-22-8954510
E-mail: sncf@godrej.email
==========================

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Epilogue of "Visit to the Up yard"

Date: 02 Apr 1999 02:49:28 -0500


Gang !

I saw the BCCN bulk cement special hauled by Pune WDG 2 14559
towards Mumbai at 1500 Hrs. Thus the rake was waiting for more
than one day (it arrived at Pune at 1100 Hrs yesterday) before
being alloted a loco and a slot to go to Mumbai.
One more point which I noticed yesterday - the air braked
passenger rakes have two brake pipes while the air braked
freight rakes have only one. Also there is a small lever which
moves 90 degrees between 'empty' and 'full'. You must have
noticed this set on a square metal plate near the frame of the
BCN wagon. This is to be set when the rake is loaded or
unloaded in the correct position to allow the correct brake
effort.

Apurva

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Indian Railway in Films

Date: 02 Apr 1999 03:03:04 -0500


No, he did'nt as a matter of fact. Shah Rukh Khan just danced on the top
of
coach and on the open wagon. That is why I said that Govinda and the
lady
was trying to outdo him. Iam not comparing them with you for the
boldness or
the purpose but only the act. Don't be offended - Of course no film star
can
match the purity of motive with a railway enthusiast?!!? I looked
closely
and saw that they had cloth in their hands to hold the warm iron rods!
SRK
gave pompous interviews for the song `Chaiyan Chaiyan' claiming that
many
had dissuaded him from doing it because it was very hot when in fact he
was
nowhere to be seen even near the loco! Well, I have rode on the boilers
of
the loco for the kick of it.

I think this trend of singing and dancing atop the trains was set by
Shammi
Kapoor in the fifties film `Boy Friend'. Any inputs?

Harsh

-----Original Message-----
From: VIRAF P.. MULLA <sncf@godrej.email
To: Harsh Vardhan <hvc@vsnl.email
Cc: IRFCA <irfca@cs.email Apurva Bahadur <iti@vsnl.email
Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 1:17 AM
Subject: Re: Indian Railway in Films


>> I have however seen the publicity pictures and it seems that the cast
is
>bent upon outdoing Shahrukh, you and Viraf?!!?(by riding on the loco
>buffer beams for a song).
>
>Harsh,
>
>Appu and myself did the real thing for the thrill of it. When did
Shahrukh
>rode the buffer beams? and even if he did it, Shahrukh must have taken
a
>lot of precautions.
>
>Regards
>==========================
>Viraf Mulla
>C-20/14, Jeevan Bima Nagar,
>Borivali (West)
>Mumbai 400103
>Tel: +91-22-8954510
>E-mail: sncf@godrej.email
>==========================
>
>

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: Tapti Ganga Exp.

Date: 02 Apr 1999 06:51:56 -0500





>From: "Harsh Vardhan" <champa@del3.email
>Reply-To: "Harsh Vardhan" <hvc@vsnl.email
>To: "Vijay Balasubramanian"
<VBalasubramanian@softrax.email
<dgoswami@bom6.email Bahadur" <iti@vsnl.email
>CC: "irfca" <irfca@cs.email
>Subject: Re: Tapti Ganga Exp.
>Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 12:06:55 +0530
>
>The Chord line is called as Chheonki(and not Cheoki) and there is no
proper
>station here and it is just brief detraning halt.
>

The working timetable refers to it as "Chheoki". Has this recently been

changed to "Chheonki"? During pre-independence days, the Bombay-Howrah
Mail used to bypass Allahabad and halt at Chheoki instead - this is
indicated in the Bradshaw suggesting that Chheoki was a regular halt.
Looks like the platforms were removed to make way for some of the yard
lines.

Vijay

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From: Shanku Niyogi <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 09:11:51 -0500


What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 09:36:28 -0500


Yes, it is of a matching livery(camel) as that of the rake.

-----Original Message-----
From: Shanku Niyogi <shankun@microsoft.email
To: 'shankie@emirates.email <shankie@emirates.email Harsh Vardhan
<hvc@vsnl.email
Cc: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:30 AM
Subject: RE: Palace on Wheels


>What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?
>

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 09:36:28 -0500


Yes, it is of a matching livery(camel) as that of the rake.

-----Original Message-----
From: Shanku Niyogi <shankun@microsoft.email
To: 'shankie@emirates.email <shankie@emirates.email Harsh Vardhan
<hvc@vsnl.email
Cc: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:30 AM
Subject: RE: Palace on Wheels


>What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?
>

From: Shanku Niyogi <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 09:50:11 -0500


No offense to the WDM2, but yuck.....go to Thailand and take the E&O
instead.....

-----Original Message-----
From: Harsh Vardhan [mailto:champa@del3.email
Sent: Friday, April 02, 1999 9:36 AM
To: Shanku Niyogi; shankie@emirates.email
Cc: irfca@cs.email
Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels


Yes, it is of a matching livery(camel) as that of the rake.

-----Original Message-----
From: Shanku Niyogi <shankun@microsoft.email
To: 'shankie@emirates.email <shankie@emirates.email Harsh Vardhan
<hvc@vsnl.email
Cc: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:30 AM
Subject: RE: Palace on Wheels


>What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?
>

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 22:58:36 -0500


Gang !

I have also seen the pic of the cream (or camel colour as it is defined)
WDM 2, and IMHO this is the best looking WDM 2 livery in India. The
whole
POW rake colour is a delicious cream colour which is reminiscent of a
delicious Kheer that I had once in Calcutta. I have seen the POW rake
while it was being constructed at ICF Chennai. It is plush, opulent and
really well finished inside.
Referring to Harsh's posting earlier that the remaining WPs at Charbagh
(soon to be homed to Rewari) are now retrofitted with air brakes, I have
a
suspicion (wishful thinking) that soon the POW would be steam hauled.
Any
idea how the POW would be routed so that the WP can return to its home
in
case of problems. Can it do NDLS - JP ?

Harsh Vardhan wrote:

> Yes, it is of a matching livery(camel) as that of the rake.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shanku Niyogi <shankun@microsoft.email
> To: 'shankie@emirates.email <shankie@emirates.email Harsh Vardhan
> <hvc@vsnl.email
> Cc: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
> Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:30 AM
> Subject: RE: Palace on Wheels
>
> >What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?
> >

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 02 Apr 1999 22:58:36 -0500


Gang !

I have also seen the pic of the cream (or camel colour as it is defined)
WDM 2, and IMHO this is the best looking WDM 2 livery in India. The
whole
POW rake colour is a delicious cream colour which is reminiscent of a
delicious Kheer that I had once in Calcutta. I have seen the POW rake
while it was being constructed at ICF Chennai. It is plush, opulent and
really well finished inside.
Referring to Harsh's posting earlier that the remaining WPs at Charbagh
(soon to be homed to Rewari) are now retrofitted with air brakes, I have
a
suspicion (wishful thinking) that soon the POW would be steam hauled.
Any
idea how the POW would be routed so that the WP can return to its home
in
case of problems. Can it do NDLS - JP ?

Harsh Vardhan wrote:

> Yes, it is of a matching livery(camel) as that of the rake.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shanku Niyogi <shankun@microsoft.email
> To: 'shankie@emirates.email <shankie@emirates.email Harsh Vardhan
> <hvc@vsnl.email
> Cc: irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
> Date: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:30 AM
> Subject: RE: Palace on Wheels
>
> >What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?
> >

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Visit to the Up yard/ Correction

Date: 02 Apr 1999 23:02:26 -0500


>

The BCCN rake was hauled from Wadi to Kalamboli (that is KLMG) and
not Kalwa as mentioned earlier. The yard master was kind enough to
call me and let me know this correction. Kalamboli is on the
Konkan Railway road, between Diwa and Roha.

> The loose cement is being hauled from WD (Wadi) to KLMG (Kalwa
> Goods shed - near Thana in Mumbai). The cement is being used
> in a expressway being constructed between Mumbai and Pune.

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels

Date: 03 Apr 1999 05:28:42 -0500




Shanku Niyogi wrote:

> What hauls the Palace on Wheels nowadays? A WDM2?

Which shed homes this power (powers ?)? TKD ?

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