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From: Rajan Mathew <>

Subject: Re: IR train names and their significance

Date: 16 Sep 1999 09:19:30 -0500


The Gitanjali Express 2859/2860 is a Daily Superfast train connecting
Mumbai
CST with Howrah. (As rightly mentioned, it is named after the works of
Rabindranath Tagore) When the train was introduced it was held with much
respect (perhaps - second to the Rajdhani...) with very limited stops...
However too many political influences have slowed down the train (read -
increase number of halts... )

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Brooker <aum108@idirect.email

Is the "Geetanjali Express" named for Rabindranath Tagore's work? I
would
presume it serves his home state of West Bengal.

From: Rajan Mathew <>

Subject: Re: May I?

Date: 16 Sep 1999 09:39:23 -0500


Dear Shankar,

I have downloaded your pages to leisurely .... study/admire your work
...
Great compilation.

I think the greatest contribution to railfanning is the active presence
of
those members who have braved all to take pictures and arranged to be
hosted
on the net. My hats off to all of them since it is through these
collection
of pix that one can visit and enjoy aspects of the Indian Railways in
one's
armchair - on one's PC.

You can be sure that apart from your great contribution, one of the best
thing is to inform of the various other sites that one can visit (if
that
persons tongue still hangs out after the first course .... and he is
thirsting for more .... )

A page with important links saves many the bother of wasting time on
search
engines

You may provide a link to my Konkan Railway pages. These are stop-gap
and
under improvement ....

<A HREF="http://members.rediff.com/skiposeidon/index.html">http://members.rediff.com/skiposeidon/index.html</A>

Connect to the Konkan Railway timetable pages, guide to the timetable.

You can see my "List of Related Sites and Pages" which illustrates my
point
of the sense and help given by providing a page with all important
links.

Regards/Rajan

From: Rajan Mathew <>

Subject: Re:Re: why only Hyderabad

Date: 16 Sep 1999 09:48:48 -0500


I guess Dr. Parthasarthy was eager to meet someone soon .... and that is
most feasible in one's own area/town ....

Well, Dr. Parthasarthy, had I got your mail before leaving, I might have
contacted you in Hyb - I was there Tuesday - Wednesday...

Regards / Rajan

From: Rajan Mathew <>

Subject: Re: Train Names

Date: 16 Sep 1999 09:56:04 -0500


Hope that passenger traffic commences up the Braganza Ghat by then ...
Rajan

> Goa Express does not touch the state of Goa yet. Only after the
Briganza
ghat is
> opened for passenger traffic. That date is still very uncertain.

> I am going to Goa during Nov by 103 Mandovi Express (CSTM - MAO
intercity)
and
> returning by 2779 Goa Express (from Londa to Pune). I would find out
the
details first
> hand then.
> Apurva

From: Tim & Anita Wakeman <>

Subject: Live Chat

Date: 16 Sep 1999 11:20:17 -0500


Hi all,

In case you are interested, here is some upcoming live "world" RR chat.
Would it be possible for the IRFCA to develope somthing like this? Many
places have free chat rooms for groups. It would be neat to "talk" to
everyone live.

Regards, Tim

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Continuing on train names..

Date: 16 Sep 1999 11:46:28 -0500


Hi Folks,

This has been very informative to say the least, thanks to all you
gurus out there :) Moving on..... (I am excluding the trains that have
already been discussed)

Chennai - Coimbatore Kovai Exp. ??

Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Exp.
Secunderabad is in the Falaknuma region?

Vijayawada-Chennai Pinakini Exp. ??

Vijayawada-Secunderabad Satvahana Exp.
sat = right/proper/good, vahana = vehicle. Proper vehicle?

Amritsar-Nanded Sachchkhand Exp. ??

Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachal Exp. ??

Hyderabad-New Delhi Andhra Pradesh Exp.
Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh

Guntur-Secunderabad Palnad Exp. ??

Puri-New Delhi Purshottam Exp.
Is/was Purshottam a famous person from Orissa?

Howrah-Bhubaneswar Dhauli Exp.
after the Dhauli hills near Bhubaneswar

Mumbai-Howrah Gitanjali Exp.
after the famous book by Shri. Rabindra Nath Tagore

Mumbai Central-Ahmadabad Karnavati Exp.
after the Karnavati temple in Ahmadabad

Mumbai-Nizamuddin August Kranti Exp.
after the Quit India Movement? Or Independence in Aug.?

Bandra-Indore Avantika Exp. ??

Bandra-Vadodara Sayaji Nagri Exp.
Who is/was Sayaji?


3xxx trains
----------------

Howrah-Sriganganagar Udyan Abha Toofan Exp.
This is the amalgamation of the Udyan Abha Exp. and Toofan Exp.
Udyan = garden, Abha = ?, Toofan = storm (a misnomer for this train)

Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp.
Is Bolpur the railhead for Shantiniketan, where Tagore lived most of
this
life?

Howrah-Rampurhat Ganadevta Exp. ??

Howrah-Raxaul Mithila Exp.
after the Mithila empire. Dates?

Howrah-Guwahati Saraighat Exp.
Is Saraighat a place on the Brahmaputra? If so, did it serve as a
ferry
point?

Howrah-Jammu Himgiri Exp.
It's route is more or less parallel to the Himalayas. Him = snow,
giri =
mountain

Sealdah-Lalgola Bhagirati Exp.
crosses the Bhagirati river (tributary of Ganga?) near ?

Sealdad-Delhi Lal Quila Exp.
after the famous RedFort in Delhi, lal = red, quila = fort

Sealdah-Haldibari/New Alipurduar Teesta Torsha Exp.
where does this cross the Teesta and Torsha rivers?

Sealdah-New Jalpaiguri Darjeeling Mail
Jalpaiguri (or Siliguri) is the access point for Darjeeling and is a
terminus for the mountain rly.

Sealdah-Coochbehar Uttar Banga Exp.
Uttar = north. Coochbehar is in North Bengal.

Katihar-Danapur Capital Exp. ??

Tatangar/Rourkela - Patna South Bihar Exp.
Tatanagar is in South Bihar

Dhanbad-Tatna Swarna Rekha Exp.
Isn't swarnarekha a river?

Dhanbad-Firozpur Ganga Sutlej Exp.
Amalgamation of the Dhanbad-Varanasi Exp. and the Varanasi-Ludhiana
Ganga
Sutlej Exp.
Varanasi and Ludhaina are on the banks of the Ganga and Sutlej rivers,
respectively.

Dhanbad-Patna Ganga Damodar Exp.
Patna is on the banks of the Ganga. How about Damodar? Does it flow
next
to Dhanbad?

Barkakana-Patna Palamau Exp. ??

Malda Town-Bhiwani Farakka Exp.
Crosses the Farakka barrage (over the Ganga) near New Farakka station

Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jansewa Exp.
Jansewa = serving the masses. Another 'political' name?

Sealdah-Malda Town Gour Exp.
Gour is a region?


4xxx trains
----------------

Allahabad-Saharanpur Nauchandi Exp.
nau = nine, chandi = silver So, what's the story here?

Raxaul-Delhi Sadbhanava Exp.
implying good relations. Anything to do with Nepal?

Farrukhabad-New Delhi Kalindi Exp. ??

Delhi-Dehra Dun/Kotdwara Mussorie Exp.
Dehra Dun is the railhead for Mussorie (a hill station)
must be splitting at Laksar with a portion going to Najibabad-Kotdwara

Dibrugarh Town-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail
crosses the mighty Brahamputra near Guwahati. Anywhere else?

New Jalpaiguri/Katihar-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Exp.
After a famous person? Sikkim was added as a move to recognize
various
Union territories.

Tilak Bridge-Sirsa Haryana Exp.
A major portion of its journey is in Haryana state. Probably the only
express train to start from Tilak bridge.

Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Exp.
after the Ganga and Gomti rivers flowing through Allahabad and
Lucknow,
respectively

Varanasi-Lucknow Varuna Exp.
after the Varuna river flowing through north Varanasi. In fact,
Varanasi
derives its name
from two rivers Varuna and Assi - this flows through the southern part
not
far from BHU

Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Exp.
after the famous Vishwanath (refers to Lord Shiva) temple in
Kashi/Banaras/Varanasi

Shaktinagar/Singrauli-Lucknow Triveni Exp.
passes through Allahabad - where three rivers meet - Ganga, Yamuna and
Saraswati (an underground river)
this train is an extension of the LKO-Chopan Triveni Exp.

Ujjain-Dehra Dun Ujjaiyini Exp.
Ujjaiyini temple?

Allahabad-Ambala Unchahar Exp.
Passes through Unchahar on the Allahabad-Phaphamau-Rae Bareli section.

Pathankot-Amritsar Ravi Exp.
crosses the Ravi river near ?

Delhi-Amritsar Flying Mail - another misnomer

Darbhanga-Delhi Sarayu Yamuna Exp.
Delhi is on the banks of the Yamuna river. This train crosses the
Sarayu
river near Ayodhya.

Darbhanga-Delhi Shaheed Exp.
shaheed refers to soldiers who gave their lives for the country.
Anything
to do with Gorakhpur,
the original terminus for this train?

Jodhpur-Ahmadabad Suryanagri Exp.
suryanagri = city of the Sun. Refers to Jodhpur?

Varanasi-Jodhpur Marudhar Exp. ??

Kalka-Jodhpur Chandigarh Exp.
goes through Chandigarh


Vijay















From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Re: IR Clipart

Date: 16 Sep 1999 12:45:48 -0500


Hello Shanku,
Terrific! I was pleasantly surprised to see IR clipart at last. (Onlu,
your copyright notice was a bit intimidating! :-)
What about a 45 degree angular view?
Better still, if you are familiar with GIF animation, I mean how to
create them and all, why don't you simulate an IR train and animate it,
to run from one end of the screen to another in a continuous loop?
On another note, can I include your clipart page in the proposed IR
links page of my super railway site?
Cheers.
Shankar




Shanku Niyogi wrote:
>
> Folks,
>
> Inspired by the recently mentioned SBB screensaver, I've been fiddling
with
> creating some clipart for IR trains, so that I can write a similar
> screensaver. So far, all I have are a couple of passenger coaches, and
some
> varieties of WDM2. If you want to check out, the images are at
>
> <A HREF="http://www.irfca.org/test/clipart.html">http://www.irfca.org/test/clipart.html</A>
>
> There will be more images here in the near future.
>
> Shanku

From: Prateep Chatterjee <>

Subject: Re: Continuing on train names..

Date: 16 Sep 1999 15:53:07 -0500


Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:

> Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Exp.
> Secunderabad is in the Falaknuma region?

The Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.

> Puri-New Delhi Purshottam Exp.
> Is/was Purshottam a famous person from Orissa?

Doesn't Purushottam refer to lord Jagannath ?

> Mumbai-Nizamuddin August Kranti Exp.
> after the Quit India Movement? Or Independence in Aug.?

The August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. Somehow related to the Quit India
movement
(???)

> Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp.
> Is Bolpur the railhead for Shantiniketan, where Tagore lived most of
this
> life?

Bolpur is the adjoining town. The Bolpur station name is actually
"Bolpur(Shantiniketan)".

> Howrah-Rampurhat Ganadevta Exp. ??

Any reference to Satyajit Ray's movie ??

> Allahabad-Saharanpur Nauchandi Exp.
> nau = nine, chandi = silver So, what's the story here?

The Nauchandi Mela which takes place in Saharanpur (or is it in Meerut
??).

> Farrukhabad-New Delhi Kalindi Exp. ??

The Kalindi river flows near Farrukhabad.

> New Jalpaiguri/Katihar-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Exp.
> After a famous person? Sikkim was added as a move to recognize
various
> Union territories.

BTW, Sikkim is a state. What's the logic behind including State/UT names
??

> Varanasi-Jodhpur Marudhar Exp. ??

Maru means the desert.


--
--------------------------------------------------
Prateep Chatterjee
Graduate Student
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
and Engineering Mechanics
University of Missouri-Rolla
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone : (573) 308-1542
--------------------------------------------------

From: lwebber <>

Subject: Re: Anyone have these Inter-Station Distances, please?

Date: 16 Sep 1999 16:03:27 -0500


Thanks *Vijay*; also John and Sundar!

I have completed SR, and am about 40% through WR. Once done, I will
post a residual "outstanding distances list"

Regards to all

Larry

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From: S Pai <>

Subject: Re: Continuing on train names..

Date: 16 Sep 1999 17:29:17 -0500




> Chennai - Coimbatore Kovai Exp. ??

Isn't "Kovai" another name for Coimbatore or the region around it?

> Vijayawada-Secunderabad Satvahana Exp.
> sat = right/proper/good, vahana = vehicle. Proper vehicle?

Satavahanas were a dynasty that ruled in that area around the 5th
century BC, I believe. Successors to the Shungas who succeeded
the Mauryas.

> Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachal Exp. ??

There may be hills or mountain ranges named Ratnachal around there.
Literally the name means "mountain of jewels".

> Howrah-Raxaul Mithila Exp.
> after the Mithila empire. Dates?

I don't know if there was such an empire. I believe there is a region
known as Mithila (in mythology and in reality).

> New Jalpaiguri/Katihar-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Exp.
> After a famous person? Sikkim was added as a move to recognize
various
> Union territories.

Not to detract from your point, but a quibble -- Sikkim is a State,
right?

--Satish

From: colin ming <>

Subject:

Date: 16 Sep 1999 20:11:27 -0500


Hello Shanku,

I"ve just joined this list so I hope you don't mind if I just jump in!

I looked at the clipart images, very impressed! Perhaps in due course larger versions of the thumbnails will be available?

Cheers.................Colin

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Time out: LIVIN' THE VIRAR LOCAL

Date: 16 Sep 1999 23:27:49 -0500


BRILLIANT! This is absolutely fantastic. I didn't realise this side of
Sunder's talent.
Keep it up.

Maybe it should be called the CR/WR MST travellers' `Anthem'.

Harsh

-----Original Message-----
From: Sundar Krishnamurthy <sundar@spyring.email
To: 'irfca@cs.email <irfca@cs.email
Date: Friday, September 17, 1999 6:43 AM
Subject: Time out: LIVIN' THE VIRAR LOCAL


>LIVIN' THE VIRAR LOCAL
>Sung to the tune of Livin' Da Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
>-------------------------------------------------------
>
>He's in a Virar Local,
>Destination Goregaon.
>Right hand's holding Mid-Day,
>With left he's hanging on...
>
>Pushed in at Dadar station,
>Got a few blows on his mouth.
>Crushed beyond recognition,
>Wallet's been taken out...
>
>They'll stand on your lil pinkies,
>When you get into the train.
>They squeeze your breath from both of your lungs,
>Until they make you scream in pain.
>
>And all your settings gone in vain, C' MON
>
>CHORUS:
>Upside, inside out
>Livin' the Virar local.
>They'll push and pull you out,
>Livin' the Virar local.
>And who's gonna tell them no?
>You try and they'll make you choe-a
>Livin' the Virar local.
>Hey...
>Livin' the Virar local.
>
>Wake up... in Borivli,
>Oh shit, missed Goregaon.
>And now, he's feeling silly,
>Because, he's in Naigaon...
>
>They took all his clothes off
>And had him dancing in the train,
>They made him sing a bhajan
>until they drove the man insane.
>And then he lost his left eye to a stone.C'MON
>
>Livin' the Virar local.
>Hey...
>Livin' the Virar local.
>Hey...
>Livin' the Virar local.
>
>
>
>------------------------------------------------------
>Sundar Krishnamurthy Datamatics-ASCOM, Somerset NJ
>sundar@spyring.email <A HREF="http://sundar.cjb.net">http://sundar.cjb.net</A>
>ICQ: 3159776 Tel (O): +1-732-828 8686
>------------------------------------------------------
>Only the Paranoid Survive - Andrew Grove, intel
>
>

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Hints required on KR travel

Date: 17 Sep 1999 01:27:37 -0500


Rajan,

I need hints on travel on the KR. Starting from Diva onwards, what are
the sight
to watch out for and on which side of the train,which sections are okay
to nap
on, availability of food etc.
Sarosh is booked on the 7th Nov and I am on 8th Nov by the 103 Dn.
Mandovi
Express. So a guided tour of the route would be welcome.
Elaborate the location of the tunnels, bridges and ghat sections (if
possible
with Kms numbers)

Apurva


Rajan Mathew wrote:

> Hope that passenger traffic commences up the Braganza Ghat by then ...
> Rajan
>
> > Goa Express does not touch the state of Goa yet. Only after the
Briganza
> ghat is
> > opened for passenger traffic. That date is still very uncertain.
>
> > I am going to Goa during Nov by 103 Mandovi Express (CSTM - MAO
intercity)
> and
> > returning by 2779 Goa Express (from Londa to Pune). I would find out
the
> details first
> > hand then.
> > Apurva

From: Karthik Giddu <>

Subject: Re: Hints required on KR travel

Date: 17 Sep 1999 01:49:29 -0500


Hi Folks,
Why not all irfca members go to Konkan Railway like the trip to
Wakener?. I proposed
about the same 2 months back.
What everyone has to say.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Karthik

Apurva Bahadur wrote:

> Rajan,
>
> I need hints on travel on the KR. Starting from Diva onwards, what are
the sight
> to watch out for and on which side of the train,which sections are
okay to nap
> on, availability of food etc.
> Sarosh is booked on the 7th Nov and I am on 8th Nov by the 103 Dn.
Mandovi
> Express. So a guided tour of the route would be welcome.
> Elaborate the location of the tunnels, bridges and ghat sections (if
possible
> with Kms numbers)
>
> Apurva
>
> Rajan Mathew wrote:
>
> > Hope that passenger traffic commences up the Braganza Ghat by then
...
> > Rajan
> >
> > > Goa Express does not touch the state of Goa yet. Only after the
Briganza
> > ghat is
> > > opened for passenger traffic. That date is still very uncertain.
> >
> > > I am going to Goa during Nov by 103 Mandovi Express (CSTM - MAO
intercity)
> > and
> > > returning by 2779 Goa Express (from Londa to Pune). I would find
out the
> > details first
> > > hand then.
> > > Apurva

From: Vijay Balasubramanian <>

Subject: Re: Continuing on train names..

Date: 17 Sep 1999 07:52:36 -0500




> > New Jalpaiguri/Katihar-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Exp.
> > After a famous person? Sikkim was added as a move to recognize
> various
> > Union territories.
>
> Not to detract from your point, but a quibble -- Sikkim is a State,
right?
>
>
> --Satish
>
A slip on my part - Sikkim is, indeed, a state.

Vijay

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Model Basher Dinyar Antia

Date: 17 Sep 1999 08:44:40 -0500


Gang !

Check out a page devoted to the gems from Pune, music teacher Dinyar and
his bashed IR
models.
Go to my index page and click on the last link.
Send any comments for Dinyar to me (he is not on the computer keyboard
yet - only the
grand piano !)
<A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/index.htm">http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/index.htm</A>

Apurva

From: S.Shankar <>

Subject: Links

Date: 17 Sep 1999 09:41:27 -0500


Hello,
I've been working away all day at this links page of my superrailway
site.
Check it out at:

<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Coast/9896/superrlylinks.htm">http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Coast/9896/superrlylinks.htm</A>

I checked a few links at random, and they are all working.
Geocities is presently doing some backup, so the server is
F R I G H T F U L L Y (read exasperatingly) slow, due to which I am
unable to check all of them.

Let me know of any dead links, and if any other links need to be added.
The link exchange part at the very end is of course not applicable to
us: we are family, aren't we?

Thank you all very much for your kind support and prompt response. Its
encouraging to note that there are those who still care.

Cheers.

Shankar

From: Jishnu Mukerji <>

Subject: Re: Continuing on train names..

Date: 17 Sep 1999 11:08:20 -0500


Vijay Balasubramanian wrote:
>
> Vijayawada-Secunderabad Satvahana Exp.
> sat = right/proper/good, vahana = vehicle. Proper vehicle?

Isn't Satvahana also the name of a historical tribe or some such from
central
India? Seem to have come across that name in my Indian History lessons
three
decades back.

> Bandra-Vadodara Sayaji Nagri Exp.
> Who is/was Sayaji?

Wasn't the king of Baroda Sayajirao?

> Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp.
> Is Bolpur the railhead for Shantiniketan, where Tagore lived most of
this
> life?

Bolpur is the station for Shantiniketan, actual name of the station is
Bolpur-Shantiniketan.

> Howrah-Rampurhat Ganadevta Exp. ??

Named after a famous Ray movie?

> Howrah-Raxaul Mithila Exp.
> after the Mithila empire. Dates?

It is a well established region of North Bihar/extreme North-East UP,
where the
spoken language is Maithili, a dialect of Hindi with a significant hint
of
Bengali influence. Nepali spoken in Kathmandu valley is a close relative
of
Maithili.

> Sealdah-Lalgola Bhagirati Exp.
> crosses the Bhagirati river (tributary of Ganga?) near ?

Bhagirathi is another name of Hooghly, the river that flows by Calcutta.
Bhagirathi Express essentially runs up the East bank of this river from
Calcutta
to Lalgola, and does not cross it.

> Katihar-Danapur Capital Exp. ??

Connects the capital of Bihar Patna (Danapur is in the vicinity of
Patna) with
this important city in East Bihar.

> Dhanbad-Firozpur Ganga Sutlej Exp.
> Amalgamation of the Dhanbad-Varanasi Exp. and the Varanasi-Ludhiana
Ganga
> Sutlej Exp.
> Varanasi and Ludhaina are on the banks of the Ganga and Sutlej
rivers,
> respectively.

After extension to Dhanbad a more appropriate name would have been
Sutlej -
Damodar Express.

> Dhanbad-Patna Ganga Damodar Exp.
> Patna is on the banks of the Ganga. How about Damodar? Does it
flow next
> to Dhanbad?

Yes.

> Barkakana-Patna Palamau Exp. ??

Palamau is the name of the plateau on which Barka Kana is located?

> Sealdah-Malda Town Gour Exp.
> Gour is a region?

The capital of the historical kingdom of Gaur is close to Malda. There
are ruins
of forts etc. worth a visit right on the border between India and
Bangladesh.

> Dibrugarh Town-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail
> crosses the mighty Brahamputra near Guwahati. Anywhere else?

Thats it. Once is enough. Also crosses the Tista. the Torsha, the Ganga,
the
Sone, the Yamuna and a few more....

> New Jalpaiguri/Katihar-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Exp.
> After a famous person? Sikkim was added as a move to recognize
various
> Union territories.

New Jalpaiguri is also the rail-head for Gangtok, Sikkim.

Jishnu.

From: Sridhar Shankar <>

Subject: Re: Links

Date: 17 Sep 1999 11:42:05 -0500


Shankar,

Thanks for the compilation and the kind words. I did not realize that we
had such a diverse array of IR related web sites; IRFCA has grown
tremendously in the past year or so.

-Sridhar

At 08:41 PM 09/17/1999 +0400, S.Shankar wrote:
>Hello,
>I've been working away all day at this links page of my superrailway
>site.
>Check it out at:
>
><A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Coast/9896/superrlylinks.htm">http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Coast/9896/superrlylinks.htm</A>
>
>I checked a few links at random, and they are all working.
>Geocities is presently doing some backup, so the server is
>F R I G H T F U L L Y (read exasperatingly) slow, due to which I am
>unable to check all of them.
>
>Let me know of any dead links, and if any other links need to be added.
>The link exchange part at the very end is of course not applicable to
>us: we are family, aren't we?
>
>Thank you all very much for your kind support and prompt response. Its
>encouraging to note that there are those who still care.
>
>Cheers.
>
>Shankar
>

From: Dheeraj Sanghi <>

Subject: Names of trains.

Date: 17 Sep 1999 12:47:48 -0500



I remember that a couple of years ago (1997 ??) in the budget
speech, the minister had announced that a few trains will be
named after the states where no train goes. This was to tell
the people of those states that IR hasn't forgotten them (or
some such statement he made). Also, the capital cities of
these states (and UTs) were to have a railway reservation
counter so that if they want to trael in other part of the
country they can get reservation in their home state itself.

It was to fulfill this promise that Mahananda was renamed
as Sikkim Mahananda, and similarly Mangla was renamed as
Mangla Lakshdweep. Madras - Jammu Tawi was renamed as Andaman
Express.

-dheeraj
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