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From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: I'm less confused about Calcutta area - but, still Help Neede d

Date: 08 Sep 1999 08:46:47 -0500


> * Santragachi Jn. Shalimar
>
Santragachi Padmapukur Shalimar


> * Panskura Jn. Tamluk Jn. Digha (W.B.)
>
* Tamluk Jn. Dugra Chak Haldia

Panskura Jn. Raghunathbari Rajgoda Saheed Matengini P. Halt Tamluk
Keshabpur Mahisadal Barda Bhulyasutahata Durgachak Durgachak Town
Silpaprabesh Haldia

(Tamluk-Digha is a new line and so is not indicated as being under
construction in my Nov. 1989 SER TT)


> * Andul Jn. Bargachia Jn.
>
Santragachi Bankaranayabaz Kona Dansi Jhaluarber Makardaha Domjur
Dakshinbari Bargachia
> * Bargachia Jn. Chanpadanga
>
Vijay

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Mahuda-Bhojudih revisited

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:03:29 -0500


I just spotted an 'inset' in the SER map showing the layout of tracks in
the
Mahuda area. Please ignore my previous (erroneous) routes.
XX is indeed Malkera!

SER lines
Gomoh Khandih Kharkhari Mahuda Jn. Malkera Layabad Karkhed Bhaga
Jamadobi(?) Bhowra Sumandih Bhojudih Jn.
Mahuda Jn. Talgoria Shewbabudih YY Bhojudih Jn. (YY - unknown)
Kharkhari Malkera
Malkera Katrasgarh
YY Bhowra
Sumandih Pathardih
Karkhed ZZ Jamadobi(?) (ZZ - unknown)
ZZ UU (UU - unknown)

ER lines
Gomoh Chandrapura
Chandrapura Dugda Jamuniatand Mahuda Jn.
Katrasgarh (crosses Khandih-Kharkhari line) Jamuniatand


Sorry for the confusion!

Vijay

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: More Wankaner/ Morbi pics site

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:14:38 -0500


This is a great site - thanks to the efforts of Viraf, Sarosh, Shrinivas
and
Apurva.
One clarification about the Rajkot - Bandra Exp. that you snapped up at
Wankaner.
Isn't this the Jamnagar - Bandra Saurashtra Janata Exp.? Did it leave
Wankaner on
time - around 3.30 pm? Is this the same train as captured on Apurva's
MP3
file?

Vijay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Apurva Bahadur [SMTP:iti@vsnl.email
> Sent: Sunday, September 05, 1999 3:39 AM
> To: IRFCA; MULLA, VIRAF P..; Mehta, Sarosh; JOSHI, SHRINIVAS V.
> Subject: More Wankaner/ Morbi pics site
>
> Gang !
>
> I ahve just completed Viraf/ Sarosh and Shriniwas' Wankaner, Morbi,
> Dahinsara,
> Vavania, Maliya and Gandhidham pics - This is a large site with 135
pics.
> Go to:
> <A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/ApuB/">http://members.tripod.com/ApuB/</A>
> and click on the last link
>
> Let me know if a link does not work - let our friends know if you like
> their pics !
>
> Apurva
>
>

From: Anne Ogborn <>

Subject: Re: Train names, Queens and Godesses

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:29:06 -0500


Muhammed Khan wrote:
>
> Yes, "Garib Nawaz "is associated with the name of the saint whose tomb
is in
> Ajmer. Beside this the name "Garib Nawaz " literally means "one who
cares
> for the poor". Cosidering the IR this may be an appropriate name for a
train
> that is for the poor since most passenger especially during the annual
Urus
> celebration ( the saints death anniversary) travel for free ( without
> ticket)!!!
> Muhammed

This, incidentally, is the train they put the extra ladie's
compartment's on
to take care of the hijras.

--
Anniepoo
Need loco motors?
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From: lwebber <>

Subject: Re: Unsolved IR Mysteries: Mahuda Region

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:29:45 -0500


Vijay Balasubramanian said:
> I got Talgoria confused with the mystery XX Jn., sorry!! Talgoria is
> actually on the SAME route as Bhaga.
> 1st route (from schedule) - Mahuda Malkera Tata Sijua Layabad
Karkend
> Bhaga Bhowra Sudamdih Talgoria Shewbabudih Bhojudih Jn.
> 2nd route (from map) - Mahuda Jn. XX Jn. Bhojudih Jn.

I think you are mistaken (that Talgoria is on the same link as Bhaga),
for three reasons.

Firstly, look more closely at the schedule. You will find NO train that
stops at any of:
Malkera Tata Sijua Layabad Karkend Bhaga Bhowra Sudamdih
also stops at any of
Talgoria Shewbabudih.

Secondly, look at the distances column.. :)

Thirdly (very minor) there would have to be a line "cross-over" (i.e.
bridge etc - improbable) in "your" case, because of the topology of the
connections. This is because of the Talgoria-Tupkadi link and the
Sudamdih-Pathardih Bazar link. If you consult my mail which listed ALL
the routes in the polygon, and you try to sketch them out, you will see
what I am saying.

I suggest you are falling foul of their desire to "compact" the
timetable. Also, no longer can one rely on "...." to mean "route passes
this station but train does not stop", it now can also mean "route does
not pass here".

I say correct is:
Mahuda-Malkera-Bhaga-Sudamdih-Bhojudih &
Mahuda-Talgoria-Shewbabudih-Bhojudih.

Your views please!



>(estimated Mahuda-XX distance = 20 km.)

Thanks - but this rules out Malkera (3 kms from Mahuda..)


Regards to all

Larry


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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: More plinthed locos

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:31:03 -0500


Gang !

The July 1999 issue of the Indian Railways has just arrived. It has a
picture of a
plinthed YD 30243 at Hubli.
Quote: The steam locomotive 'Rail Gaurav' which served Hubli division
for four decades
has been installed at the divisional headquarters at Hubli. Manufactured
in the Vulcan
Foundry in the USA in 1951 this loco (YD 30243 with a speed potential of
50 kmph
hauled the princely saloons of the Maharaja of Mysore. It later hauled
both passenger
and freight trains on Hubli division. Unquote

What is this about Vulcan Foundry being in the US ?

One more plithing is the X class 37370 (not sure about the number, the
pic seems to
show a plinthed loco with a number like X37-90, the '-' number is
obscured by the
grill preventing junta climbing the plinth).

Quote: The SR X37370 steam locomotive built in Switzerland in 1922,
rolled up and down
7.5 lakh kms on the Nilgiri Mountain railway for the last 75 years.
Unquote.

Apurva

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: More Wankaner/ Morbi pics site

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:38:57 -0500


We all take a synchronized bow. Yes this must be the Jamnagar - Bandra
train, rest my
friends are quite innocent, they only took the pictures, I wrote the
text. This is the
same train in the MP 3 file.

Apurva

Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:

> This is a great site - thanks to the efforts of Viraf, Sarosh,
Shrinivas and
> Apurva.
> One clarification about the Rajkot - Bandra Exp. that you snapped up
at
> Wankaner.
> Isn't this the Jamnagar - Bandra Saurashtra Janata Exp.? Did it leave
> Wankaner on
> time - around 3.30 pm? Is this the same train as captured on Apurva's
MP3
> file?
>
> Vijay
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Apurva Bahadur [SMTP:iti@vsnl.email
> > Sent: Sunday, September 05, 1999 3:39 AM
> > To: IRFCA; MULLA, VIRAF P..; Mehta, Sarosh; JOSHI, SHRINIVAS V.
> > Subject: More Wankaner/ Morbi pics site
> >
> > Gang !
> >
> > I ahve just completed Viraf/ Sarosh and Shriniwas' Wankaner, Morbi,
> > Dahinsara,
> > Vavania, Maliya and Gandhidham pics - This is a large site with 135
pics.
> > Go to:
> > <A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/ApuB/">http://members.tripod.com/ApuB/</A>
> > and click on the last link
> >
> > Let me know if a link does not work - let our friends know if you
like
> > their pics !
> >
> > Apurva
> >
> >

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Colgate india study group

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:55:54 -0500


Hello,
Just check out this url:

<A HREF="http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML">http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML</A>

Pics of the IR are of a pretty poor quality, but then, being IR pics..

Anyway, just for curiosity.

Cheers.

Shankar

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: IR links

Date: 08 Sep 1999 09:57:58 -0500


Hello,

Something I came across while browsing.

This pic has a deliciously large number of IR and Paki rly links.
Some of the links are quite interesting.

<A HREF="http://gosouthasia.about.com/msubtrain.htm">http://gosouthasia.about.com/msubtrain.htm</A>

Cheers.

Shankar

From: lwebber <>

Subject: Re: Mahuda-Bhojudih revisited

Date: 08 Sep 1999 10:16:31 -0500


Vijay Balasubramanian said:

> I just spotted an 'inset' in the SER map showing the layout of tracks
in the
> Mahuda area. Please ignore my previous (erroneous) routes.
> XX is indeed Malkera!

I was pretty sure I was right. :)


> SER lines
> Gomoh Khandih Kharkhari Mahuda Jn. Malkera Layabad Karkhed
Bhaga
Jamadobi(?) Bhowra Sumandih Bhojudih Jn.
> Sumandih Pathardih
> Malkera Katrasgarh <<<< Colliery Line
> Mahuda Jn. Talgoria Shewbabudih YY Bhojudih Jn. (YY - unknown)

All above are agreed by me (though I do not know of YY)


> Kharkhari Malkera

Are you sure? This allows Mahuda to be BYPASSED?


> Karkhed ZZ Jamadobi(?) (ZZ - unknown)

So this allows Bhowra to be bypassed?


> ZZ UU (UU - unknown)
> YY Bhowra

Both are News to me!!



> ER lines
> Gomoh Chandrapura
> Chandrapura Dugda Jamuniatand Mahuda Jn.

Agree with both.


> Katrasgarh (crosses Khandih-Kharkhari line) Jamuniatand

Are you sure? I think it goes Katrasgarh-Jamuniatanr Halt-Chandrapura
i.e. it does NOT join the Mahuda-Jamuniatand-Chandrapura line... the two
"Jamunia"s are close but different - check the Bradshaw...



> Sorry for the confusion!

From confusion comes clarity (eventually) - I promise that I am even
more confused! ;)


> Vijay

Thanks again... maybe you have some distances for me in the "XXX Railway
- some missing information, help please... :)" posts?


Regards to all

Larry

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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Colgate india study group

Date: 08 Sep 1999 10:22:51 -0500


Than approaching Chennai station pic is actually a Tondaraipet WDS 4
bringing in a
load from the Basin Bridge yard ?

"S.Shankar" wrote:

> Hello,
> Just check out this url:
>
> <A HREF="http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML">http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML</A>
>
> Pics of the IR are of a pretty poor quality, but then, being IR pics..
>
> Anyway, just for curiosity.
>
> Cheers.
>
> Shankar

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: Mahuda-Bhojudih revisited

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:10:04 -0500


> > Kharkhari Malkera
>
> Are you sure? This allows Mahuda to be BYPASSED?
>
This line is clearly indicated in the SER map but not in the
SER/ER/Bradshaw
schedule.
Looks like Mahuda can be bypassed while going from Kharkhari ro Malkera


> > Karkhed ZZ Jamadobi(?) (ZZ - unknown)
>
> So this allows Bhowra to be bypassed?
>
This allows Bhaga (not Bhowra) to be bypassed - Karkhed ZZ Jamadobi
Bhowra


> > ZZ UU (UU - unknown)
> > YY Bhowra
>
> Both are News to me!!
>
Let me mention here that this is from a Nov. 1989 map - so either these
lines have been
dismantled or they are colliery/freight lines and not indicated in the
schedules.


> > Katrasgarh (crosses Khandih-Kharkhari line) Jamuniatand
>
> Are you sure? I think it goes Katrasgarh-Jamuniatanr Halt-Chandrapura
> i.e. it does NOT join the Mahuda-Jamuniatand-Chandrapura line... the
two
> "Jamunia"s are close but different - check the Bradshaw...
>
You are correct. I looked at the ER map and then double-checked with
the ER
schedule.
Chandrapura Jn Deonagar Halt Jamuniatanr Halt ..... Katrasgarh

Here is an interesting link shown in the ER map - can you double-check
this?
There is a line from
Jamuniatanr H. that goes to Dugdawasrery - Rajabera. In fact, it joins
the
Chandrapura-Rajabera line
somewhere in the middle. This line must be crossing the
Chandrapura-Dudga-Jamuniatand-Mahuda
line near Dugda/Jamuniatand. I am not sure whether Dugda and
Dugdawasrery
are the same or not.

So, the following seems to be the layout around Chandrapura:
Gomoh Telo Chandrapura Bhandardih ..... Barkakana
Chandrapura Rajabera Bhadardih (2nd route from Chandrapura to
Bhandardih)
the line branches off some distance south of Chandrapura and proceeds
towards Rajabera
Rajabera Tukpadi Bokaro SC
Chandrapura Deonagar H. Jamuniatanr H. ..... Katrasgarh
Chandrapura Dudga Jamuniatand Mahuda
Jamuniatanr H. Dugdawasrery Rajabera (joining Chandrapura-Rajabera
somewhat north of Rajabera)


> Thanks again... maybe you have some distances for me in the "XXX
Railway -
> some missing information, help please... :)" posts?
>
Will do so in future messages.

Vijay

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Re: sweet names for trains

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:33:09 -0500


Hello,
Indeed.
Other names I really used to adore are
Magadh Vikramshila Exp,Ganga-Kaveri Express, Sarayu-Yamuna Express,and
Geetanjali Express.
Which brings us to how many IR Trains are named after rivers!
Apart from the two mentioned above, others that immediately spring to
mind (I do not have the timetable on hand) are
Sangam Exp, Brahmaputra Mail,Teesta-Torsha Exp,KrishnaExp, Godavari Exp,
Jhelum Exp, Kaveri Exp, Gomti Exp, Ravi Exp, Vaigai Exp,Ganga-Damodar
Exp and Ganga-Gomti Exp.
Cheers.
Shankar



Mike Brooker wrote:
>
> >Hi all,
> > Just to add more colour to the discussion on naming
convention
> >followed for trains. The Tirupati-Kholapur express is called
"Haripriya
> >Express". What a sweet name to give a train? It just rings in one's
ear
> when
> >u pronounse it.
> >
> "Haripriya" means literally "Dear Lord". Yes it is a sweet name for
an IR
> train. There don't seem to be many trains with Sanskrit names, or
named
> after Hindu deities, but that could be because the BJP hasn't been in
power
> long enough to do a "Hindutva" job on IR.
>
> A name that I like is the Delhi-Varanasi "Kashivishwanath Express".
Makes
> me want to chant the invocation to Lord Shiva:
> Hara Hara Mahadeva Shambho
> Kashi Vishwanatha Gange
>
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> 99 Wychcrest Ave.,
> Toronto, ON M6G 3X8
> CANADA
> (416) 536-7406
> ********************************************************************

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Re: Rail Images

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:33:23 -0500


Helo Tim,
The page looks terrific now. Thanks to Vijay's earlier pointer, I'd
really enjoyed at leisure each and every pic and have saved most of them
on a floppy, for viewing offline frequently.
I admire your background, in typical IR maroon. (too bad you could'nt
put yellow stripes on it! :-)
The background goes very well with the pics. I've been planning a
different background for each webpage. Though I might do it on the
FrontPage, when I upload, it invariably turns out with the standard
yellow background. There is an option somewhere,esp in Tripod: your page
has now encouraged me to explore that option more in detail.
COngratulations on the terrific page.
Cheers.
Shankar




Tim & Anita Wakeman wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> According to a friend, I managed to make my intended page work.
> Please go to <A HREF="http://webusers.warwick.net/~u1029964/rail.htm">http://webusers.warwick.net/~u1029964/rail.htm</A>

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Re: IRFCA

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:33:43 -0500


Hello o creator of those terrific world class pics and welcome back.
I've saved several of your winners in a floppy to look at time and
again.
And my best wishes to you on commencement of working life!

I found your account of the WDP/2 interesting. More interesting was the
fact that several of the mg emus now sport waist level headlights. The
cuties must look quite different now. Any pics you can spare for my
picture library? And what about the roof level searchlight type of
headlight? Have the cuties been balded by removing that, or are they
still in place?
The original dc mg emus had nice small diameter headlights, which used
to match with the juvenile profile of the beauties. The current large
diameter light does look a bit odd on them, I've always thought.
I remember a couple of WR bg emus with rectangular lights fitted on
them (probably taken from a Tata vehicle). Of course, these lights were
more for fancy than for lighting, for they were no brighter than marker
lamps!
Cheers.
Shankar




Sridhar Shankarnarayan wrote:
>
> Folks,
>
> A belated trip report of sorts. My happy days as a student are over
and my
> current job leaves me with little time to do other things :-(
>
> Shankar's missive about missing people prompted me to write this (I
think I
> had also promised Apurva to write one up). Any way, here goes. The
most
> exiting part of the trip was spotting the WDP2 in action. SR currently
has
> two of these 15501 and 15503(?). They are both dedicated to the 6121/2
> Chennai - Kanniakumari Express, which SR appears to be developing as a
> premier train the newly converted BG route. The driver was kind enough
to
> let me poke around. The most impressive feature was the panoramic view
from
> the seat. The controls were quite different from the WDM2 applications
we
> have seen. The throttle's concept appears to have been borrowed from
the
> 'gear selector' you would see in a car with automatic transmission
> (finished with a polished aluminium knob!). The driver was quite
> enthusiastic about the loco and immediately talked about its 160 kmph
> potential, though the track currently permits only 100kmph operation.
>
> Another distinct feature is the twin waist level headlights, though
this is
> not something I care for. By the way, many MG EMUs also sport a
similar
> setup. The loco has a heavier throaty sound - quite different from
that of
> the WDM2.
>
> I would love to find out if DLW plans to churn out more of these. Even
> though I don't particularly like them, they certainly add to the
variety.
>
> -Sridhar
>
>
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From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Re: Colgate india study group

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:41:03 -0500


Hello,
I think so.
Madras always had this penchant for coloring their shunting engines a
two tone blue, a tradition more in practice when the bg suburban trains
were WDS/4 hauled.
Cheers.
Shankar

Apurva Bahadur wrote:
>
> Than approaching Chennai station pic is actually a Tondaraipet WDS 4
bringing in a
> load from the Basin Bridge yard ?
>
> "S.Shankar" wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> > Just check out this url:
> >
> > <A HREF="http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML">http://classes.colgate.edu/IndiaStudyGroup/YRR.HTML</A>
> >
> > Pics of the IR are of a pretty poor quality, but then, being IR
pics..
> >
> > Anyway, just for curiosity.
> >
> > Cheers.
> >
> > Shankar

From: Sundar Krishnamurthy <>

Subject: Re: Animal vs Mankind

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:54:33 -0500


Hello!

This mail bounced back after three days: Thought I'll resend it.. Dont
know
if you people have already received it. Sorry if it is a repeat.

Well - Appu and Shankar, no doubt about that Dadar part. I used to spend

many evenings stealthily on CR Dadar platform #5 during my school
vacations
in 1987 and 88. Stealthily meaning - people at home did not know and I
had
a Sion-Dadar pass. I would take the empty Kurla-VT local in the evenings

from Sion and spend time on the platform at the CST end. The Deccan
Queen
would pass in the evenings at 5:23, that would give me immense thrill.
And
later, I would see the Sahyadri Express depart at 6:03(?) from platform
number 4. You may think I am a masochist to endure Dadar... but I would
always return home by the bus ;-). This same exercise was transferred to

Sion station after a couple of years when I began realising the human
sea
at Dadar was dangerous. Platform #5 is the safest bet if you are
*forced*
to railfan on Dadar CR. Havent explored Diva but I guess it would be a
wonderful place to spend a winter day. You can already spot AC catenary
over the KR tracks. Lately I've heard Ticket Checkers pestering people
on
Dadar platform #5 without express or platform tickets.

Well - one of the best pics I 've clicked is on Dadar CR platform #6 !
Its
available at <A HREF="http://members.xoom.com/sundar/itg/pics/mypic9.jpg">http://members.xoom.com/sundar/itg/pics/mypic9.jpg</A>

Regards

Sundar

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From: Sundar Krishnamurthy <>

Subject: Not IR, but SBB

Date: 08 Sep 1999 11:56:54 -0500


Hello Folks

Another mail that bounced back and comes as a resend: There is a nice
SBB
windows screen saver - just click on this link and download the zip file

(its quite small - 143 KB).

<A HREF="http://members.xoom.com/bahnbilder/sbb.zip">http://members.xoom.com/bahnbilder/sbb.zip</A>

Unzip it into the c:\windows directory and set up the screen saver in
the
Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display/Screen Saver option. Its not a
photograph slide show, but a set of animated Swiss trains that keep
running
on the screen horizontally. The images are very detailed and authentic,
and
you have the ICE and TGV thrown in too! You can configure the screen
saver
settings - but they're in German :-(. I pasted the captions before each
setting on <A HREF="http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com">http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com</A> translation service,
and
found the equivalent English meanings. There's shunting, reversal and
loco
changes - the only problem is that I dont feel like deactivating my
screen
saver and getting back to work!

Wish there was an IR screen saver. Would love to make something like
this!

Sundar

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From: Shanku Niyogi <>

Subject: Re: Not IR, but SBB

Date: 08 Sep 1999 12:59:20 -0500


One of the things I have been working on for the IRFCA web site is a set
of
things you can download, including a screen saver.

My main problem is that I don't own many pictures myself. I would have
to
get pictures from other members. This issue came up a few days ago, but
it
would probably be best if members submitted suggestions for screen saver
pictures to me, rather than me picking which ones to put in.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sundar Krishnamurthy [mailto:sundar@spyring.email
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 1999 11:57 AM
To: 'irfca@cs.email
Subject: Not IR, but SBB


Hello Folks

Another mail that bounced back and comes as a resend: There is a nice
SBB
windows screen saver - just click on this link and download the zip file

(its quite small - 143 KB).

<A HREF="http://members.xoom.com/bahnbilder/sbb.zip">http://members.xoom.com/bahnbilder/sbb.zip</A>

Unzip it into the c:\windows directory and set up the screen saver in
the
Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display/Screen Saver option. Its not a
photograph slide show, but a set of animated Swiss trains that keep
running
on the screen horizontally. The images are very detailed and authentic,
and
you have the ICE and TGV thrown in too! You can configure the screen
saver
settings - but they're in German :-(. I pasted the captions before each
setting on <A HREF="http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com">http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com</A> translation service,
and
found the equivalent English meanings. There's shunting, reversal and
loco
changes - the only problem is that I dont feel like deactivating my
screen
saver and getting back to work!

Wish there was an IR screen saver. Would love to make something like
this!

Sundar

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From: Roger G. Morris <>

Subject: Rail weight (was sleepers)

Date: 08 Sep 1999 13:04:24 -0500


In article <37D654FE.1F70@mindspring.email C. Zeni
<clzeni@mindspring.email writes
>
>On another subject, I am curious about the size and weight of the rail
>used in India. Does anybody have any data on this? In the US, rail is
>described by a combination of its weight in pounds/3 feet of length and
>its profile of which there are numerous standards.
>
Craig and all

The following is from 1990/1 edition of Jane's World Railways (which I
know everybody does not have access to) - the most up to date I have to
hand.

Central Railway gives weights of 60 and 52 kilogram per metre (you'll
have to do your own conversion to pounds / yard)

Northeast Frontier gives 52; 44.61; 37.13; 29.76; 24.8 - all kg / m (I
think someone has already converted some of these the other way!)

South Eastern gives 60; 52; 44.6 kg / m

Western gives the most detail (which I won't go into in full here) with
the weights running from 65; 60; 52; 44.6 kg / m for BG; 44.6; 37.1;
29.7 for MG.

Most, if not all, of the rail is flatbottom and much is stated to be to
Specification "IRS speen T12" for what it is worth.

In the same volume the only indigenous manufacturers of Permanent Way
equipment are Cimmco (New Delhi), HDC (Hindustan Development
Corporation) (again New Delhi) and Richardson & Cruddas of the
delightful address Sir J J Road, Bombay (yeah - I know the name's
changed but I'm an unreconstructed colonial!). I suspect that, with the
economics of the region, NKK Corporation of Tokyo is (or would like to
be ) a major player in the rail market.
--
Roger G. Morris

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