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General Travel
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Yesterday (23:56)   12401/Magadh Express

Sharib~   1576 blog posts   21 correct pred (78% accurate)
Entry# 2182873            Tags   Past Edits
Superb run by magadh in ncr ....
1-03-17 : departarted cnb wd 5:55hrs arrived ndls 5:49hr dealy
28-02-17 : departarted cnb wd 6:21hrs arrived ndls 6:29hr dealy
Phayeda to ho rha h...

  
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Today (00:02)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2182873-1            Tags   Past Edits
8.5 hours ka travel time mila hai so kuch time to bachna hi chahiye.

  
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☣☢Anℹket☢☣~   3753 blog posts   278 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2182873-2            Tags   Past Edits
Pehle se kam late ho raha hai ab..

  
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Today (00:05)
Sharib~   1576 blog posts   21 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2182873-3            Tags   Past Edits
Ha agree but yhi tt phlay follow nhi ho pata tha due to low priority

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Today (00:37)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2182873-6            Tags   Past Edits
Ek sawal ye train and Sharmshakti NCR ki hai ya NR ki
  
Rail Fanning
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Yesterday (23:31)   NDLS/New Delhi (16 PFs)

█▓▒░ Tushar Dhingra ░▒▓█^~   1632 blog posts   991 correct pred (69% accurate)
Entry# 2182851            Tags   Past Edits
Today a Brand New LHB rake was spotted at Ndls yard which consists of NR and ER marked Coaches ? Which train gonna be LHBfied ? Any guess?

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Yesterday (23:45)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2182851-13            Tags   Past Edits
ER possibilites: 12357, 12273(LOL),
NR: 12451

  
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Yesterday (23:46)
©The Dark Lord™~   5089 blog posts
Re# 2182851-14            Tags   Past Edits
12451 or Magadh dono an NCR ki train hai.

  
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Yesterday (23:47)
नॉर्थ ईस्ट एक्सप्रेस^~   31406 blog posts   2455 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 2182851-15            Tags   Past Edits
My guess 12505/06 Northeast Express...
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Departure: Yesterday @ 09:35
12801/Purushottam SF Express (PT)
Trip# 104509    Traveller: छोटा आदमी~    Linked PNR Entry# 2180332
Class: Sleeper - SL
From: BKSC/Bokaro Steel City
To: NDLS/New Delhi
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HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HAPPY JOURNEY HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ Satish sir HJ HJ sir HJ
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Yesterday (19:58)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2180332-68            Tags   Past Edits
I am not in train but somehow it happened. Pls see pnr image for ye reference.

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Yesterday (20:42)
छोटा आदमी~   6814 blog posts   99695 correct pred (90% accurate)
Re# 2180332-75            Tags   Past Edits
Bro,
All ok or any help needed ?
Unable to open the image

  
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Yesterday (20:47)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2180332-76            Tags   Past Edits
Issue resolved got the seat. IRCTC vs TTE mein Irctc wins but it was troublesome.

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Yesterday (20:53)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2180332-78            Tags   Past Edits
Aaj Gaya mein MB ko 10 min. delay kiya to allow Puru baba to go ahead.

  
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Yesterday (20:55)
छोटा आदमी~   6814 blog posts   99695 correct pred (90% accurate)
Re# 2180332-79            Tags   Past Edits
Haan puru departed at 2.24 I guess so MB must have suffered delay

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Feb 24 2017 (20:28)   22886/Tatanagar - Mumbai LTT Antyodaya Express | AGC/Agra Cantt. (6 PFs)

नॉर्थ ईस्ट एक्सप्रेस^~   31406 blog posts   2455 correct pred (67% accurate)
Entry# 2177256            Tags   Past Edits
Antyodaya Express Rake at Agra Cantt, All coaches are SER Marked and Going Towards Jhansi Lead by Tiger WAG 7. Captured Today.(PART - II)
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#Atharva070025

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Feb 25 2017 (02:06)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2177256-8            Tags   Past Edits
First run Tata se hai ya LTT se ??

  
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Feb 25 2017 (07:06)
नॉर्थ ईस्ट एक्सप्रेस^~   31406 blog posts   2455 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 2177256-9            Tags   Past Edits
Tata se.

  
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Yesterday (16:46)
12188 मुम्बई जबलपुर गरीबरथ एक्सप्रेस~   374 blog posts   7 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 2177256-11            Tags   Past Edits
may be from LTT, Bcz Rake arrived/Standing at MULUND yard.
  
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Feb 28 2017 (23:58)   12303/Poorva Express (via Patna) (PT) | MGS/Mughal Sarai Junction (8 PFs)

DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Entry# 2181755            Tags   Past Edits
It is race b/w old 130 MPS certified LHB 12303 vs new LHB baby 12329. Thanks to rescheduled Poorva is currently just behind 12329. SO lets see if Poorva can show its 130 MPS class or hopelessly chase 12329 until Rajdhani gang bang.

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Yesterday (03:44)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181755-6            Tags   Past Edits
Poorva does get the lead
Wbsk : Departed from KURASTI KALAN (KKS) at 01-Mar 03:40 (70 Kms. to arrive KANPUR CENTRAL)
Porva : Departed from KANSPUR GUGAULI (KSQ) at 01-Mar 03:36 (54 Kms. to arrive KANPUR CENTRAL)

  
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Yesterday (09:46)
indian railway~   1249 blog posts   10 correct pred (52% accurate)
Re# 2181755-7            Tags   Past Edits
poorva ne OT kiya kya

  
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Yesterday (11:43)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181755-8            Tags   Past Edits
Haan kar diya. Phir Aung pe 3 rajdhani and CNB se pehle Dbrt and Rnc GR. Now running late by 4 hours

  
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Yesterday (11:45)
indian railway~   1249 blog posts   10 correct pred (52% accurate)
Re# 2181755-9            Tags   Past Edits
poorva ne sampark kranti ko OT kiya viswas nhi ho raha hai

  
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Yesterday (11:51)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181755-10            Tags   Past Edits
Zone ka asar hai. Mgs se pehle WBSK is unbeatable. Post it MPS priority matters. Atleast it fought valiantly upto FTP
  
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Feb 28 2017 (15:36)   12329/West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express | SDAH/Sealdah (20 PFs) | HWH/WAP-7/30473

mushfiquekhalid^~   3481 blog posts   1935 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2181145            Tags   Past Edits
Detailed description which got LHB from today
12329 - SEALDAH - DELHI
WEST BANGAL SAMPARK KRANTI
EOG - 10856C - ER - HWH
B2 - 16147C - ER - HWH
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- 15112C - ER - SDHA
HA1 - 15027C - ER - HWH
A1 - 06057C - ER - SDAH
PC - 16804C - ER - HWH
S11 - 16222C - ER - HWH
S10 - 16272C - CR - CSTM
S9 - 15303C - ER - HWH
S8 - 15297C - ER - HWH
S7 - 15302C - ER - HWH
S6 - 15269C - ER - HWH
S5 - 15278C - ER - HWH
S4 - 15305C - ER - HWH
S3 - 16219C - ER - HWH
S2 - 16217C - ER - HWH
S1 - 15301C - ER - HWH
GS - 16219C - ER - HWH
GS - 16417C - ER - HWH
GS - 16420C - ER - HWH
EOG - 10857C - ER - HWH
GZB WAP7 - 30473

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Feb 28 2017 (23:43)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181145-6            Tags   Past Edits
LHB effect displayed in my home zone GC_ECR. Slams DHN-MGS 403 km in leass than 5 hours, from delay of 50 mins to 3 minutes before . Bang bang baby

  
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Feb 28 2017 (23:47)
SGNR HS Inaugural 27 Feb^~   78897 blog posts   5089 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2181145-8            Tags   Past Edits
Post in race forum.

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Yesterday (08:39)
mushfiquekhalid^~   3481 blog posts   1935 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2181145-11            Tags   Past Edits
Lovely run By WBSK now let see when it reaches DLI

  
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Yesterday (11:44)
DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181145-12            Tags   Past Edits
Poorva ne post Ftp ot kar diya. Phir Aung pe 3 rajdhani and CNB se pehle Dbrt and Rnc GR. Now running late by 4 hours
  
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Feb 28 2017 (20:28)   लखनऊ से आनंद विहार तेजस एक्सप्रेस अप्रैल के पहले हफ्ते से दौड़ेगी, मुरादाबाद रूट पर 130 की रफ्तार से चलेगी

☆अलविदा गोंडा मीटरगेज■☆*^~   5045 news posts
Entry# 2181591   News Entry# 294989         Tags   Past Edits
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ताजा तड़का !
तेजस एक्सप्रेस अप्रैल के पहले हफ्ते से दौड़ेगी
रेलवे अप्रैल में 130 किलोमीटर प्रतिघंटे की रफ्तार से दौड़ने वाली तेजस एक्सप्रेस को चलाने की तैयारी कर रहा है। ये ट्रेन लखनऊ से आनंद विहार के बीच चलाई जानी है। रेलवे का दावा है कि ये ट्रेन 6.30 घंटे में लखनऊ से आनंदविहार की दूरी तय करेगी। हालांकि आठ घंटे में आनंदविहार पहुंचाने का दावा करने वाली डेबल देकर दस घंटे से पहले लखनऊ नहीं पहुंच पा रही है। ट्रेन नम्बर 12585-86 लखनऊ आनंदविहार तेजस एक्सप्रेस को अप्रैल के पहले हफ्ते में चलाया जाएगा। ये ट्रेन लखनऊ से सुबह 6.50 बजे चलेगी और दोपहर 1.20 बजे आनंद विहार पहुंच जाएगी। आनंद विहार से तेजस को दोपहर 3.30 बजे चलाया जाएगा जो रात 10.05
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बजे लखनऊ पहुंचेगी। ट्रेन में वाईफाई के साथ खाने पीने की सुविधा भी दी जाएगी। मुरादाबाद रूट पर 130 की रफ्तार से चलेगी : तेजस को लखनऊ, कानपुर, मुरादाबाद के रास्ते आनंद विहार के लिए चलाया जाएगा। जानकारों की मानें तो लखनऊ-कानपुर रेलमार्ग की अधिकतम रफ्तार 90 किलोमीटर और कानपुर से मुरादाबाद व आनंद विहार रेलमार्ग की अधिकतम रफ्तार 130 किमी प्रति घंटा है। इसलिए इसको वाया मुरादाबाद ही चलाया जाएगा।

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DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
Re# 2181591-20            Tags   Past Edits
DD ke saste seats bhar nahi rahe and Tejas ke costly sests bharna will be challenging. Via CNB ya via MB. Agar dono station se iske route mein pade to bahut gadbad hai. 12203 is fastest via MB but that too takes 7.45 hours

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Rail News
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Commentary/Human Interest
Feb 28 2017 (22:17)   Slums On Railway Land

rdb*^   126189 news posts
Entry# 2181819   News Entry# 295002         Tags   Past Edits
On 13th December, 2015, the Indian Railways razed around 500 shanties in the Shakur Basti along the railway station in the West Delhi. The demolition drive occurred without any prior notice or information to the slum dwellers and evicted around 2,500 people in the cold months of December. Though the dwellers were furnished with blankets and food, the provision proved emphatically inadequate, when 25 year old Meera died on 22nd January, 2016. She had been living in a largely open hut since mid-December when her hut was bulldozed down by the Northern Railway authorities in the anti-encroachment drive. This incident brings to light the omnipresent problem of slums in India. According to the Census conducted in 2011, the total population living in slums is 6.55 crore in mere 1.3 crore households. The total urban population living in slums is an astounding 17.4% of all urban households. The most prominent reason for...
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proliferation of slums in urban areas is migration. The Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of movement to its citizens, and accordingly people from rural India migrate to urban cities in search of a more stable and consistent personal income than what they can possibly acquire in their native places. Additionally, an urban centre offers increased social mobility and greater opportunities to the later generations of the migrants. This incessant migration leads to enlargement of slums, which coalesce and develop into an informal economy, contributing as much as 7.53% of the urban GDP, thus making a fairly large proportion of the entire GDP.
The recent eviction in Delhi was an anti-encroachment drive to remove the people residing illegally on Railway land. According to a press release by the Ministry of Railways, around 0.20% of the total Railway land was under encroachment as of April, 2015. Even though the encroachment is numerically less, the land which is encroached upon is of high commercial value and economic viability. In Delhi alone, the encroached land amounts to 59.88 hectares wherein more than 70 km of track length is encroached upon, posing hazardous conditions to the dwellers. The Shakur Basti was hindering a Rs. 110 crore project and was just one of the Railways’ projects which have been halted due to encroachments, which are in total worth Rs. 260 crore. The slums situated on the railway lands fall under the categorisation of non-notified slums by the Census 2011. Hence, the basic amenities required for sustenance of life like clean drinking water, electricity or even hygienic sanitation, are denied to them. The slum dwellers residing on railway land live in deplorable conditions characterised by diseases, malnutrition, high infant mortality and female infanticide rate. According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) as many as 22% of the slum dwellers don’t have access to a toilet and defecate in the open.
The need of the hour is for the Indian Railways to rehabilitate the slum dwellers so as to continue the halted projects and situate the dwellers in a better habitat with basic amenities available. Housing falls under the State subject in the Railways, hence every State supposedly has the onus for providing infrastructure and rehabilitating the evicted dwellers depending upon where the slum was located territorially. In 2006, Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) was set up to prevent encroachment as well as to provide rehabilitation. One of the difficulties faced by the authorities is despite providing alternate living quarters, the dwellers are reluctant to move because their slums are located near their places of livelihood. Hence, moving to a different location would hinder their livelihood and further depreciate their economic conditions. In Brazil, for instance, the people whose livelihoods are intrinsically interlinked with the land they are occupying, the Brazilian Constitution provides for the right to inhabit unused land. However, in contrast, in India under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971, the general public is precluded from occupying any public property. Accordingly, the railway authorities have interpreted this Act to mean that any unused land in their premises would be considered as a part of public property.
The Central as well as the State governments are required to issue guidelines and solutions keeping in mind the various complexities and nuances related to the issue. Essentially, the government should ensure that slums are not demolished without any alternate accommodation available. Further, the living places provided should be inhabitable with basic amenities like transportation to the city, clean drinking water and proper and hygienic sanitation available to the inhabitants. Additionally, housing schemes like Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) should be clarified to include slum areas as well. The slums located on the railway land must be accounted for in the various official surveys conducted by the Government and the Railway so that the slum dwellers benefit from them as well as live in inhabitable conditions.
(The writer is a student at NALSAR, Hyderabad).

  
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DhnEcr~   4524 blog posts
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Every devlopment always has a catch. The more a govt tries improve situation the more it attracts migrants. Any city can provide adequately for a limited no. of ppl. Even if slum dwellERS are rehabilitated, there would soon be a fresh batch to reclaim railway property as theirs. Considering only unreserved traveller even taking 10% migrants each train to Delhi easily brings 10 ppl per coach. Now multiply it with no. of unreserved coaches, no of trains and no. of days.
  
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Feb 28 2017 (22:25)   Railway food: If it’s Kanpur, it must be ‘bedmi-alu’

rdb*^   126189 news posts
Entry# 2181818   News Entry# 295004         Tags   Past Edits
Food always tasted better ‘on-line’, whether catered by the railways or sourced from the stations. A railway girl remembers
With various food delivery applications vying with each other to rush a “gourmet” meal to your train seat, I thought I would be spoilt for choice on my next journey. Till my ever-outspoken friend Ushnish dada, an intrepid traveller, cut me to size: “Don’t know why, but whenever I travel by train, I prefer eating the railway catering food. In honour of the memories, I can stand the bad railway food for a few meals.”
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“bad” descriptor let loose a train of thought. Train journeys at one time were all about food: large hampers packed with special home-made goodies reserved just for the ride. The best part was the sharing among passengers travelling in the same coach with no fear of anyone drugging the other. If the lady on the next berth bought ice cream for her children, she bought one for all of us. That’s how I first discovered the Rajasthani mathri and the Gujarati thepla.
Train journeys were as much about camaraderie as they were educational, an introduction to the culture of the region one was travelling through. Each station on a certain route had signature food. If it was Kanpur, it was bedmi-alu; if it was Mughalsarai, it was chhole; it was truly summer if, even before pulling into Allahabad, the heady aroma of mangoes—Dussehri, Chausa, Amrapali—piled high in baskets hit you.
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My elder sister and I would play a game on the then 4-hour journey between Kharagpur and Howrah. We would board the train with the puri-alu—generously laced with the hot curry powder mix of the Telugu vendors that Kharagpur station was famous for, and then proceed to rattle off the specialities of the next few stops. So it was hot shingaras and tea at Mecheda, spicy alu-chop at Panskura and so on till our father got a little alarmed and marched us off to the dining car.
Till the late 1970s, trains had dining cars complete with tables for four covered with faux damask and laid with embossed crockery and cutlery. Turbaned, cummerbund-ed waiters padded about silently, serving the railway delicacies of the times: mutton cutlets on the bone, petite chicken sandwiches, cream of chicken, tomato and mulligatawny soups, roast chicken with boiled vegetables or mutton stew or collar of mutton with mint sauce, vegetable cutlets and au gratins or chicken/mutton curry rice. Reminisces Chennai-based Doraiswamy Nagarajan, additional chief mechanical engineer (retired): “BNR (Bengal-Nagpur Railway, now South-Eastern Railway) had two great dishes: chicken a la bomb, a huge sphere of chicken mince and mashed potatoes, and fish and chips with tartare sauce.”
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There was also a very distinct lingo when orders were taken, created by the khansamas of the times. There was a “sitish” (side dish), “sembrice” (sandwiches), unlimited “mayeenish” and “tatar sauce” and, of course, “Bek Phis”, “Murgi Rose”, “Poodin” and “Carmole Cushtar”. A mix of Western, Anglo-Indian and regional Indian, they were simple three-course meals but worthy of a Cordon Bleu stamp.
Meals served in the coaches, too, were anything but nondescript. The dining car menu was reflected there as well with a selection of bread, rice, roti or freshly made triangular wheat parathas. Even small stations served fruit, fresh juice, eggs, toast and marmalade, on clean tablecloths, with a small vase of freshly cut flowers.
Lamb curry, a classic railway dish. Photo: Alamy
Lamb curry, a classic railway dish. Photo: Alamy
My earliest memories of railway catering are of fowl curry—as free-range chicken in the pre-broiler days was called—while travelling from Madras (now Chennai) to Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram) in 1970, heightening the romance of quaint coaches and steam engines. The train stopped at a one-horse station and our lunch arrived on white china embossed with the railway insignia: rice and a red, angry-looking chicken curry. The gravy was redolent with the flavours of good, old Madras curry powder that was still much in vogue in old kitchens with long colonial memories. My infant sister was fed fresh curd-rice bought from a local platform vendor and it came wrapped in clean, brilliant green banana leaves—as did the regional biryanis and flavoured rice preparations of the south that have become so famous now.
How, then, can one not talk about the fabled railway mutton curry that has taken the restaurant industry by storm? Was there one recipe for it? When I look back today, I realize that many a classic dish is born out of necessity, culture, lifestyle, ethnicity and ingredients available locally. Senior officers in those times had their own saloons, an entire railway coach converted to house a sitting-cum-dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, pantry and staff quarters. The staff, comprising a bearer and a cook, travelled with the officers on this little palace on wheels, cooking fresh meals in a kitchen fitted with tall coal-fired Agas as the steam engine criss-crossed the country. Recipes of dishes, therefore, changed from track to track, line to line and railway division to division. What the different versions shared in common was the Raj legacy, a sleight of hand, and simple ingredients, sourced locally.
Some station refreshment rooms were famous for their food and the sophistication of service. As fellow nostalgia digger and railways enthusiast Partho Dutta says: “My earliest memories are of the dining room at the Kurseong station, halfway up the hill to Darjeeling. It was run then, in 1955, by Sorabji & Co. The cutlery came from Sheffield and the crockery from some suitable potters in the Midlands. The waiters were turbaned, the service would make any five-star establishment run for cover and the food was standard Anglo-Indian. My next memory is of lunch on the Toofan Express, served at Mughalsarai. I dug into a bowl of what looked like a thick dal and encountered a surprise. It was custard made fresh.”
The ultimate testimony to the Indian Railways’ legacy of hospitality was the iconic BNR Hotel in Puri. Its valued clientele on the newly opened Howrah-Puri line needed luxury accommodation. So, a two-storeyed building, Ashworth Villa, belonging to an Englishman, was acquired for the princely sum of Rs50,000 and converted into a gracious hotel for a sum of Rs1.5 lakh in 1922. The visitor’s book itself is a collector’s item, recording the visits of luminaries from Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, to US ambassador to India and celebrated economist J.K. Galbraith, former Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik, music director and composer S.D. Burman and film-maker Satyajit Ray.
My father was in the BNR and I grew up in the railways. The BNR Hotel was an annual pilgrimage for all of us railway kids—we looked forward eagerly to this fun-filled holiday of sun, sea and sand and, of course, fairy-tale meals. It was the whole ambience—that beautiful building, the deep shaded verandas, the grand staircase, the huge rooms (and bathrooms), the bar, the pool room, the library—and the care and unfailing old-world grace and courtesy. Everyone made friends with everyone there! What stood out were the soufflés, puddings and desserts, a forgotten legacy of culinary art the khansamas of yore were skilled at, such as the sweet and savoury corn-on-the cob with green leaves made of marzipan, a guitar cake with the strings made of sugar craft or an aeroplane. Its old-world charm harboured whispers of ghosts as well. By the turn of the century though, the hotel had fallen on bad times, its days of glory well past. In 2010, it was taken over by a private company and renamed Hotel Chanakya BNR Puri.
With the march of time, platforms have been cleared of local vendors and taken over by railway catering staff selling less than mediocre fare. Train meals have been downsized to simple vegetarian and chicken meals, served sloppily in throwaway plastic containers. The romance of knowing a station by its food has disappeared with hermetically sealed air-conditioned coaches. The culture of carrying overflowing hampers enough to feed an army is gone, the bonds created over food have snapped. Train food today is about utility rather than adventure and discovery. Or as Ushnish dada says, about memories.
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Railway lamb curry
Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Bones from a shoulder of lamb
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Half tsp salt
6 small red chillies, seeded and chopped
7 cloves of garlic, smashed, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
Half tsp turmeric, ground
3 tbsp ghee
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
6 curry leaves
1lb boned shoulder of lamb, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
6 fl oz coconut milk
4 tbsp tamarind liquid
1 tsp salt
Method
Make a concentrated stock from the lamb bones, half the ginger and the salt. Use enough water to cover the bones and then let the bones simmer until the stock is reduced to about 8 fl oz. Strain it and reserve.
While the stock is boiling, place the remaining ginger, the chillies and garlic in a processor or mortar and process or pound to a paste. Grind or pound the cumin and coriander seeds to a powder and add them to the paste, together with the turmeric. Add a teaspoon of water to mix the paste thoroughly.
Melt the ghee in a large saucepan over medium heat and fry the onion and curry leaves, stirring constantly, until the onion is soft. Add the spice paste, from the last step and stir and fry it for 3 minutes. Then pour in the stock from first step. Bring to the boil and then add the meat, potatoes and the coconut milk. Reduce the heat and let the curry simmer, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes, or until the lamb and potatoes are tender. The gravy should have reduced and thickened also by this time. Add the tamarind water and season with salt. Serve with plain rice and, perhaps, a dal to accompany it.
Excerpted from Curries And Bugles: A Memoir And Cookbook Of The British Raj by Jennifer Brennan. Published by Penguin Books (1992).

  
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This stuff still might be served in Palsce on Wheels or 1A. Today even Rajdhani foods are prepared hours before refrigerated and warmed, served half menu in delayed and overcharged in pantry of normal trains and railways station platform.
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