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FZR/Firozpur Cantt. Junction (6 PFs)
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Track: Single Diesel-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 6
Number of Halting Trains: 10
Number of Originating Trains: 29
Number of Terminating Trains: 29
Station Road Near Mittal Chowk, Firozpur Cantt 152001
State: Punjab
Elevation: 198 m above sea level
Zone: NR/Northern
Division: Firozpur
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Jan 23 2017 (02:59)  New rail line connecting Poonch on anvil (www.railnews.in)
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News Entry# 291939     
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Jan 23 2017 (02:59)
Station Tag: Srinagar Kashmir/SINA added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (02:59)
Station Tag: Udhampur/UHP added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (02:59)
Station Tag: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra/SVDK added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (02:59)
Station Tag: Jammu Tawi/JAT added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (02:59)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Posted by: हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~  22 news posts
Jammu: In a recent development, the Northern Railway has taken up the survey for a new railway line to connect the border district of Poonch with rest of the country in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq said, adding that efforts are currently on for connecting Poonch through a railway line. On this score, the Northern Railway has taken up the survey regarding construction of new BG lines from Jammu to Poonch via Akhnoor and Rajouri. The Minister said that the state government has taken up the matter with the Union Railway Minister and also pursued the case with the ministry concerned for expediting the process of survey and starting the work as early as possible, he said
Oct 29 2016 (12:01)  भारत की लाइफलाइन रेलवे ने पाकिस्तान से भी ऐसे कमा लिए 9 करोड़ (www.amarujala.com)
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News Entry# 284287     
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Oct 29 2016 (12:01PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by UP 72 AND HR 29*^~/38492

Posted by: UP 72 AND HR 29  762 news posts
चाहे उड़ी में पाकिस्तानी हमला हो या पीओके में सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक। बार्डर पर तनाव के बीच भी रेलवे ने 5 महीने में पाकिस्तान से 9 करोड़ रुपये कमा लिए।
भारतीय रेलवे (रेल डिवीजन फिरोजपुर) को पाकिस्तान के साथ मालगाड़ी के जरिए जनवरी 2015 से 20 अक्तूबर 2016 तक नौ करोड़ 32 लाख 35 हजार 36 रुपये की आमदन हुई है।
भारतीय रेलवे ने मालगाड़ी के लगभग 4309 डिब्बे पाकिस्तान भेजे थे। उड़ी में हमला होने के बाद दोनों देशों के बीच पैदा हुए तनाव के बाद भी अक्तूबर में मालगाड़ी का पाकिस्तान आना-जाना
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जारी था।
रेलवे को 2015 में इतनी आमदनी हुई थी
भारतीय रेल
भारतीय रेलवे को जनवरी 2015 में पाकिस्तान से मालगाड़ी के जरिए 45 लाख आठ हजार 727 रुपये की आमदन हुई। इसी तरह फरवरी में चालीस लाख 26 हजार 924 रुपये की आमदन, मार्च में 62 लाख 24 हजार 18 रुपये की, अप्रैल में एक करोड़ चार लाख 80 हजार 842 रुपये, मई में 73 लाख 46 हजार 242 रुपये, जून में 32 लाख 47 हजार 139 रुपये, जुलाई में 24 लाख 46 हजार 784 रुपये, अगस्त में 22 लाख 59 हजार 297 रुपये, सितंबर में 27 लाख 40 हजार 11 रुपये, अक्तूबर में 33 लाख 72 हजार 455 रुपये, नवंबर में 42 लाख 14 हजार 53 रुपये व दिसंबर में 41 लाख 65 हजार 13 रुपये की आमदन हुई है।
इस साल हर महीने रेलवे को इतना फायदा हुआ
वहीं इस साल जनवरी में 43 लाख 63 हजार 726 रुपये का फायदा हुआ। इसी तरह फरवरी में 68 लाख चार हजार 563 रुपये का फायदा, मार्च में 69 लाख सात हजार 248 रुपये, अप्रैल में 69 लाख 14 हजार 877 रुपये, मई में 51 लाख 39 हजार 702 रुपये, जून में तीन लाख 86 हजार 303 रुपये, जुलाई में 26 लाख 58 हजार 824 रुपये, अगस्त में 26 लाख 21 हजार 498 रुपये, सितंबर में 29 लाख 35 हजार 852 रुपये और 20 अक्तूबर तक 22 लाख 82 हजार 88 रुपये का फायदा हुआ है।
Oct 18 2016 (14:17)  ट्रेनों में अब 72 की जगह 80 बर्थ ! शुरुआत पंजाब मेल व दक्षिण एक्सप्रेस से (epaper.livehindustan.com)
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News Entry# 283354   Blog Entry# 2028158     
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Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus/CSTM added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: New Delhi/NDLS added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Station Tag: Agra Cantt./AGC added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Train Tag: Dakshin SF Express/12722 added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Train Tag: Dakshin SF Express/12721 added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Train Tag: Punjab Mail/12138 added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Oct 18 2016 (2:17PM)
Train Tag: Punjab Mail/12137 added by ↪ abbas*^~/13817

Posted by: ↪ abbas  23 news posts
आगरा | प्रमुख संवाददाता
दीपावली पर रेलवे ने यात्रिओ को तोहफा दिया है | देश की कई ट्रेनों मैं अब 72 की जगह 80 बर्थ वाले कोच लगाये जायेंगे यानि कोचों में यात्रिओ को बैठने के लिए अब अतिरिक्त जगह मिलेगी | शुरुआत पंजाब मेल व दक्षिण एक्सप्रेस से होगी |
बहुत जल्द यात्रिओ के रिजर्वेशन और अधिक संख्या मैं कन्फर्म हो सकेंगे |
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सुविधा ट्रेनों मैं नयी टेक्नोलॉजी के मॉडिफाइड कोच लगने के साथ शुरू हो जाएगी | दीपावली के आस्प दक्षिण और पंजाब मेल में यात्रिओ को यह सुविधा मिलेगी | .......

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Nov 16 2016 (21:39)
12188 मुम्बई जबलपुर गरीबरथ एक्सप्रेस~   373 blog posts   7 correct pred (100% accurate)
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inko LHB dene wale h???
Sep 30 2016 (14:13)  bhatinda shatabdi extened up to firozpur soon (m.hindustantimes.com)
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News Entry# 281737   Blog Entry# 2007077     
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Sep 30 2016 (2:13PM)
Station Tag: New Delhi/NDLS added by devduttsharma615/532278

Sep 30 2016 (2:13PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by devduttsharma615/532278

Sep 30 2016 (2:13PM)
Station Tag: Bathinda Junction/BTI added by devduttsharma615/532278

Sep 30 2016 (2:13PM)
Train Tag: Bathinda - New Delhi Shatabdi Express/12048 added by devduttsharma615/532278

Sep 30 2016 (2:13PM)
Train Tag: New Delhi - Bathinda Shatabdi Express/12047 added by devduttsharma615/532278

Posted by: Sgnr Tpj Humsafar In Feb Month  14 news posts
New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express has been extended to Ferozepur. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has given his approval to extending 12047/12048 Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express to the Ferozepur Cantonment railway station from this month
The days and timing of the train has also been changed. As per the new time table, the Shatabdi Express will ply on two days — Monday and Friday. It will leave Ferozepur at 4.00 am and it will leave new Delhi at 4.20 pm
At present, this train is plying on Monday and Saturday. It departs from New Delhi
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at 9 am and it leaves for Delhi at 4.15 pm from Bathinda.
Along with the extension, the train has also been given three additional stoppages at Tohana, Kotkapura and Faridkot.
The New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express is causing a loss to the Railway Department and has been getting a lukewarm response from the passengers.

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when is Ferozepur Bilaspur Antyodya   133 blog posts
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It was ought to be extended from fzr by july 10 which never happened. Is it true this time???
Sep 28 2016 (18:23)  Antyodaya, Humsafar trains to be operational soon (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Tatanagar Junction/TATA added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Bilaspur Junction/BSP added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Sep 28 2016 (6:23PM)
Station Tag: Durg Junction/DURG added by For Better Managed Indian Railways~/1546020

Posted by: For Better Managed Indian Railways~  948 news posts
Bilaspur: Antyodaya and Humsafar trains, which were announced in the last rail budget, will soon begin to run. The two Antyodaya trains will run between Bilaspur and Ferozpur and Tata Nagar and LTT respectively. Biweekly Humsfar will run between Durg and Nizamuddin. While railways has declared time table of trains, date of commencement of their operation is yet to be declared.
Antyodaya trains will have special rakes, with bogies having more comforts for passengers. Train coaches will have water purifiers. Passengers can use sirens to raise an alarm in case of fire or theft. The weekly Antyodaya from Bilaspur (22895) will leave for Ferozpur every Sunday, while 22896 will depart from Ferozpur for Bilaspur. Tata Nagar-LTT biweekly Antyodaya will leave Tata Nagar
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every Sunday and Thursday, while on return, it will depart from LTT every Tuesday and Saturday. The biweekly Durg-Nizamuddin Humsafar will depart from Durg every Tuesday and Friday and will leave from Nizamuddin every Wednesday and Saturday.
Biweekly Durg-Nizamuddin will depart from Durg at 7.10 am, while it will leave Nizamuddin at 8.30 am. It will have stoppages at Raipur, Bhatapara, Bilaspur, Pendra Road, Shahdol and Katni Murwara. Antyodaya will depart from Bilaspur at 10 am and at 11.50 pm from Ferozpur.
Jul 31 2016 (21:47)  फिरोजुपर-फाज्लिका ट्रैक पर 100 की स्पीड से दौड़ेगी ट्रेन (www.jagran.com)
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News Entry# 275526     
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Jul 31 2016 (9:47PM)
Station Tag: Fazilka Junction/FKA added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Jul 31 2016 (9:47PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Jul 31 2016 (9:47PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Posted by: Vaibhav Agarwal*^  1403 news posts
जागरण संवाददाता, फिरोजपुर : फिरोजपुर-फाजिल्का रेलखंड पर यात्रा करने वाले लोगों के अच्छे दिन जल्द ही आने वाले हैं। 85 किलोमीटर लंबे रेलखंड पर चलने वाली एक दर्जन रेलगाडि़यों की स्पीड 65 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे से बढ़कर जल्द ही 100 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे हो जाएगी। इसका ट्रायल रेलवे द्वारा किया गया। ट्रायल में 110 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटा की स्पीड से रेलगाड़ी दौड़ाई गई, जो कि पूरी तरह से सफल रहा।
फिरोजपुर मंडल रेलवे के डीआरएम अनुज प्रकाश ने बताया कि रेलवे में लगातार बदलाव हो रहा है। उन्होंने बताया कि पहले फिरोजपुर-फाजिल्का रेलखंड पर रेलगाड़ियों की औसत स्पीड 65 किलोमीटर थी। अब रिपोर्ट हैड क्वार्टर को भेज दी गई है। वहां से मंजूरी मिलते ही यह स्पीड बढ़ाकर सौ किलोमीटर प्रति घंटा
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कर दी जाएगी।
Jul 25 2016 (23:17)  दिल्ली-फिरोजपुर ट्रेन रद्द, यात्री हुए परेशान (www.bhaskar.com)
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Jul 25 2016 (11:17PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by Subhash/746156

Jul 25 2016 (11:17PM)
Station Tag: Bathinda Junction/BTI added by Subhash/746156

Jul 25 2016 (11:17PM)
Station Tag: Jakhal Junction/JHL added by Subhash/746156

Jul 25 2016 (11:17PM)
Station Tag: Old Delhi Junction/DLI added by Subhash/746156

Jul 25 2016 (11:17PM)
Train Tag: Delhi Firozpur Passenger/54641 added by Subhash/746156

Posted by: Subhash  1008 news posts
दिल्लीसे फिरोजपुर जाने वाली 54641 वन अप पैसेंजर ट्रेन रविवार को अचानक रद्द कर दिए जाने से सैकड़ों यात्रियों को परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ा। ट्रेन रद्द होने की जानकारी पाकर उन्हें वापस लौटना पड़ा। रेलवे स्टेशन प्रशासन ने हालांकि ट्रेन के रद्द होने का कारण फिरोजपुर में रेलवे ट्रैक पर मरम्मत कार्य शुरू होना बताया है। लेकिन ट्रेन के दिल्ली से जाखल अथवा बठिंडा तक रूट क्लियर होने के बावजूद यहां पर भी रद्द किए जाने के कारणों बारे कोई स्पष्ट जानकारी नहीं है। दिल्ली से रोहतक, जींद, नरवाना, टोहाना के रास्ते जाखल होते हुए बरेटा, बुढलाडा, मानसा, मोड़ बठिंडा के रास्ते फिरोजपुर तक जाने वाली 54641 पैसेंजर ट्रेन पकडऩे के लिए सैकड़ों यात्री रविवार को स्टेशन पर पहुंचे थे।
Jul 13 2016 (10:52)  Ferozepur Patti rail link on track (www.tribuneindia.com)
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News Entry# 273589   Blog Entry# 1928109     
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Jul 13 2016 (10:52AM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by ssood143/600455

Jul 13 2016 (10:52AM)
Station Tag: Patti/PAX added by ssood143/600455

Jul 13 2016 (10:52AM)
Station Tag: Amritsar Junction/ASR added by ssood143/600455

Jul 13 2016 (10:52AM)
Station Tag: Amritsar Junction/ASR added by ssood143/600455

Posted by: ssood143  4 news posts
The state government has finally started the land acquisition process for the 25.47-km Ferozepur-Patti rail link project that has been in limbo since 2013.
The rail link will reduce the distance between Ferozepur and Amritsar from 118 km to 86 km. The distance between Amritsar and Mumbai will be shortened by 240 km, Jammu and Mumbai by 267 km.
Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik, who is member of the Parliamentary Committee for the Railways, said the rail link would curtail the five-hour journey between Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and
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Maharashtra on this line.
He said the state government directed the Deputy Commissioners of Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts to acquire land for the Railways after talking to owners of the land.
Malik said the estimate suggested that the proposed Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) would require investment of Rs 50,000 crore.
On the other hand, this railway stretch would cost Rs 200 crore. The stretch needs two bridges to be built over Sutlej and Beas rivers.
About 20,000 containers of Basmati rice worth Rs 6,000 crore were exported from Amritsar to Gujarat’s Kandla port, he said, adding that many more items were exported from the region though ports of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Though the rail link was approved by the then Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, in the Rail Budget of 2013, the work did not begin for want of land.

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Jul 16 2016 (16:36)
when is Ferozepur Bilaspur Antyodya   133 blog posts
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Yeah. We knw... But at least we will hear some gud news. Soon or Sooner....
Jun 16 2016 (18:06)  New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi extended to Firozpur from July 10 (www.tribuneindia.com)
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Jun 16 2016 (6:06PM)
Station Tag: Firozpur Cantt. Junction/FZR added by devduttsharma615/532278

Jun 16 2016 (6:06PM)
Station Tag: Bathinda Junction/BTI added by devduttsharma615/532278

Jun 16 2016 (6:06PM)
Train Tag: Bathinda - New Delhi Shatabdi Express/12048 added by devduttsharma615/532278

Jun 16 2016 (6:06PM)
Train Tag: New Delhi - Bathinda Shatabdi Express/12047 added by devduttsharma615/532278

Posted by: Sgnr Tpj Humsafar In Feb Month  14 news posts
New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express has been extended to Ferozepur. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has given his approval to extending 12047/12048 Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express to the Ferozepur Cantonment railway station from July 10.
Even the experimental stoppage of 14887/14888 Kalka-Barmer express at Bhucho station has also been granted.
The days and timing of the train has also been changed. As per the new time table, the Shatabdi Express will ply on two days — Monday and Friday. It will leave Ferozepur at 4.00 am and it will leave Delhi at 4.20 am.
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present, this train is plying on Monday and Saturday. It departs from New Delhi at 9 am and it leaves for Delhi at 4.15 pm from Bathinda.
Along with the extension, the train has also been given three additional stoppages at Tohana, Kotkapura and Faridkot.
The New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi Express is causing a loss to the Railway Department and has been getting a lukewarm response from the passengers.
For plying this train from Bathinda to Delhi, the department has put two generator cables, which cost around Rs 80,000 per single trip.
Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal thanked the Union Railway Minister and said it was her earnest desire to see these long-pending demands being fulfilled. — TNS

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Good news

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great

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4 am from ferozepur????? Uncomfortable for the passengers.....

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Vese b kitne travel hi krte h :-P 2-4 mil jaenge railway ko thoda profit ho hi jaega

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Isse army k logo ko fayda hoga they get fast train connectivity to capital

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It wil get two rakes then, according to timings as from delhi and ferozfur both are in 4 am
Jun 01 2016 (01:04)  Punjab Mail, undivided India's fastest train, completes 104 years of journey (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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When it embarked on its maiden epic journey of 2,496 km on June 1, 1912, Punjab Mail was the fastest train of undivided India and snaked its way from Mumbai (then Bombay) to Peshawar (now in Pakistan) in 47 hours.
Completing 104 years of its seemingly endless journey on Tuesday, the Punjab Mail -- 16 years older to the more glamorous Frontier Mail -- has been part of the Indian Railways history -- nay, the Indian sub-continent's history -- as it continues to traverse across several Indian states to transport countless passengers and goods.
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its maiden run from the now-defunct Ballard Pier Mole Station in Colaba on the southern tip of then Bombay, the Punjab Mail -- then known as The Punjab Limited -- chugged off with less than 100 passengers and a load of postal mail.
An 'elitist train' of the Central Railway network of its time, the Punjab Limited operated on fixed mail days to Peshawar from Bombay's Ballard Pier Mole Station, which served as a hub for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway built by the British.
It then had six cars -- three for a maximum of 96 passengers, and three for postal goods and mail.
Steamers of P&O, a British shipping and logistics company, brought in international mail, and officers of the British Raj along with their families and dogs on their first posting in Colonial India.
They sailed between Southampton in the United Kingdom to the Bombay port in ships in 13 days and since they held combined tickets for the sea voyage as well as train journey to their places of posting, they simply hopped on to one of the waiting trains bound for north (Delhi), east (Calcutta) or south (Madras).
So, the sparkling all-corridor cars with first class dual berth compartments, well appointed toilets, bathrooms, restaurant and a compartment for luggage and servants of the white 'sahibs' was a welcome break from the sea voyage for the officers of the British Raj as the train traversed through Itarsi, Agra, Delhi, Amritsar, Lahore and finally Peshawar Cantt.
The Punjab Limited -- later Punjab Mail -- started originating from and terminating at the Bombay Victoria Terminus, now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, when it was constructed in 1914.
Later, it began to cater to a larger clientele travelling in lower classes and Third Class cars in the mid-1930s.
Over a period of time, both the route of the train and the time it took underwent changes, apart from the stations it halted at during its journey and the types of engines used to haul it.
The first air-conditioned car was added to the train in 1945 and after the electrification of the Thull Ghats, it was hauled by electric engines from Bombay Victoria Terminus to Manmad (Nashik), and then onward pulled by WP class steam engines till Ferozepur in Punjab.
Currently, the Punjab Mail hauled by electric engines traverses the 1,930-km journey between Mumbai and Ferozepur Cantt in 34 hours.
Today, the train boasts of a First Class AC and AC 2-tier, One AC 2-tier, five AC 3-tier, 10 sleeper cars, three general second class coaches, two general second class-cum-guard's brake vans and a pantry car.
The Punjab Mail was a subject of a couple of eponymous movies released in 1939 and 1958, besides featuring in several stories and some Indian novels.
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