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NJP/New Jalpaiguri Junction (8 PFs)
নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি জংশন     न्यू जलपाईगुड़ी जंक्शन

Track: Single Diesel-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 8
Number of Halting Trains: 137
Number of Originating Trains: 20
Number of Terminating Trains: 21
NJP Station Road, Nawapara, Dabgram , PS- Bhaktinagar , Pin -734007 , City- Siliguri , Dist - Jalpaiguri
State: West Bengal
Elevation: 114 m above sea level
Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier
Division: Katihar
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Feb 06 2017 (20:17)  তিন গুণ ভাড়া বাড়ল দার্জিলিং টয় ট্রেনের (www.anandabazar.com)
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IR AffairsNFR/Northeast Frontier  -  

News Entry# 293267   Blog Entry# 2153782     
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Feb 06 2017 (20:17)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by Dipanjan Das~/1057381

Feb 06 2017 (20:17)
Train Tag: Darjeeling - New Jalpaiguri (Toy Train) Passenger/52540 added by Dipanjan Das~/1057381

Posted by: Dipanjan Das~  27 news posts
দার্জিলিঙে গিয়ে টয় ট্রেনে চড়তে গেলে এ বার খরচ করতে হবে তিন গুণেরও বেশি। কারণ, ভাড়া তিন গুণ বাড়তে চলেছে। সোমবার দার্জিলিং হিমালয় রেলওয়ের পক্ষ থেকে একটি বিজ্ঞপ্তি জারি করে তা জানানো হয়েছে। আগামিকাল থেকেই নতুন ভাড়া কার্যকরী হওয়ার কথা।
দার্জিলিং হিমালয় রেলওয়ে সূত্রের খবর, রেলওয়ের মুনাফায় যাতে টয় ট্রেনের রক্ষণাবেক্ষণ সঠিক ভাবে করা যায় তার জন্যই এই সিদ্ধান্ত।
ভাড়া বেড়ে কী হল?
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জানিয়েছে, এত দিন নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি থেকে দার্জিলিং যেতে গেলে টয় ট্রেনের ফার্স্ট ক্লাসে ভাড়া ছিল ৩৬০ টাকা। এ বার তা বেড়ে হচ্ছে ১২৮৫ টাকা। টয় ট্রেনে সেকেন্ড ক্লাস বলে আর কিছু থাকছে না। পাশাপাশি, ভাড়া বেড়েছে জয়-রাইডেরও। দার্জিলিং থেকে ঘুম যাওয়ার জয়-রাইড ডিজেল ইঞ্জিনের ভাড়া ৬৩০ থেকে বেড়ে হল ৮০০ টাকা। আর স্টিম ইঞ্জিনের ভাড়া ১১০০ টাকা থেকে বেড়ে হল ১৩০০ টাকা। দার্জিলিং থেকে কার্শিয়াং যাওয়ার প্যাসেঞ্জার ট্রেনের ভাড়াও অনেকটা বেড়েছে। কার্শিয়াং যেতে গেলে ২১০ টাকার বদলে এখন খরচ করতে হবে ৬৮০ টাকা।
দার্জিলিং হিমালয় রেলওয়ের ডিরেক্টর এম ডি ভুটিয়া বলেন, ‘‘২০১৫ সালের পর টয়ট্রেনের ভাড়া আর বাড়ানো হয়নি। মুনাফায় ঘাটতি হওয়ায় টয়ট্রেনের রক্ষণাবেক্ষণেও সমস্যা হচ্ছিল।’’ নতুন ভাড়ায় টয়ট্রেন লাভের মুখ দেখবে বলেই তাঁর মত।

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Feb 06 2017 (20:18)
DhnEcr~   4462 blog posts
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Darjeeling toy train ride, and when the times will have to spend more than three times. The rent is three-fold increase. Monday issued a notice on behalf of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been informed. The new fares will be effective from tomorrow.
Sources in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Railway Toy Train in order to maintain profits is the right way for him to make this decision.
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According to the railway, so when you go to New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling Toy Train was first class fare of Rs 360. The bar is being raised to Rs 1285. Toy train, second class and some will not be. Besides, the rent increased win-raiderao. Joy-Ride from Darjeeling to sleep diesel engine is increased from 630 to 800 in rent. The steam engine was increased from Rs 1300 Rs 1100 rent. Passenger train from Darjeeling to Kurseong rent has increased a lot. When you go to Kurseong 10 instead of money will have to spend 680 rupees now.
MD, director of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Bhutia said after the 015 was extended tayatrenera rent. The problem was due to lack of maintenance tayatrenera profits. '' He would like to see new rent tayatrena profit.

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Feb 06 2017 (20:20)
Dipanjan Das~   1437 blog posts   64 correct pred (67% accurate)
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3 Times Price Hike In Darjeeling Himalayan Railways

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Feb 06 2017 (20:25)
🇮🇳 🅿️🌱α🎋α💲♓*^~   7708 blog posts   1216 correct pred (60% accurate)
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Budget e ki DHR kichu pai na?

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Feb 06 2017 (21:38)
Dipanjan Das~   1437 blog posts   64 correct pred (67% accurate)
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PPP Model Approved হয়েছে

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Feb 06 2017 (21:41)
🇮🇳 🅿️🌱α🎋α💲♓*^~   7708 blog posts   1216 correct pred (60% accurate)
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শুনছিলাম, DHR প্রাইভেট হয়ে যাবে ।
Feb 01 2017 (12:13)  পর্যটক টানতে পিপিপি ভাবনা ৫ টয় ট্রেনে (www.anandabazar.com)
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TourismNFR/Northeast Frontier  -  

News Entry# 292756     
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Feb 01 2017 (12:13)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by Dipanjan Das~/1057381

Feb 01 2017 (12:13)
Train Tag: Darjeeling - New Jalpaiguri (Toy Train) Passenger/52540 added by Dipanjan Das~/1057381

Posted by: Dipanjan Das~  27 news posts
রাজধানী বা শতাব্দী এক্সপ্রেসের মতো ট্রেনগুলির নামের সঙ্গে বেসরকারি সংস্থার নাম জুড়ে আয় বাড়ানোর পরিকল্পনা আগেই নিয়েছিল রেল মন্ত্রক। এ বার দার্জিলিং হিমালয়ান রেলওয়ে-সহ দেশের পাঁচটি টয় ট্রেনের রুটকে বেসরকারি সংস্থার সঙ্গে জুড়ে দিয়ে আয় বাড়ানোর কথা ভাবছে তারা। রেলকর্তারা মনে করছেন, আজ বুধবার, কেন্দ্রীয় বাজেটে এই সরকারি-বেসরকারি যৌথ উদ্যোগ (পিপিপি) মডেলের বিষয়ে সিদ্ধান্ত ঘোষণা করা হতে পারে।
এখন পাঁচটি রুটে টয় ট্রেন চালায় ভারতীয় রেল। শিলিগুড়ি থেকে দার্জিলিং, কালকা থেকে শিমলা, নীলগিরি পাহাড়ে কুনুর থেকে উধাগামণ্ডলম, পঞ্জবের কাংড়া ভ্যালিতে পঠানকোট থেকে যোগিন্দরনগর এবং পশ্চিমঘাট পর্বতমালার নেরাল থেকে মাথেরান। রেল সূত্রের খবর, লোকসানে চলা এই রুটগুলি নিয়ে অনেক দিন ধরেই ভাবনা-চিন্তা চলছিল। তবে পিপিপি মডেলের কথা শুরু হতে অনেক সংস্থা ইতিমধ্যেই রেল মন্ত্রকে আবেদন করেছে। তাই দু’পক্ষের কথা মাথায় রেখে বেসরকারি সংস্থাগুলির
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সঙ্গে দীর্ঘমেয়াদি চুক্তিও করা হতে পারে বলে রেল সূত্রের খবর।
বাঙালির নস্টালজিয়া মোড়া দার্জিলিঙের টয় ট্রেনের ন্যারোগেজ রেলপথ এবং মিটার গেজের সামান্য কিছু অংশ
দিয়েই সম্ভবত এই নতুন সিদ্ধান্তের সূচনা হবে বলে জানিয়েছেন এক রেলকর্তা। সে ক্ষেত্রে
পশ্চিমবঙ্গের পর ধীরে ধীরে অন্য পাহাড়ি রেলপথগুলির ক্ষেত্রেও তা কার্যকর করা হবে।
কী রকম হবে এই পিপিপি মডেল?
রেলকর্তারা বলছেন, আপাতত ঠিক রয়েছে, ট্রেন চালানোর সব দায় দায়িত্ব থাকবে রেলের হাতে। পরিচালনা, পরিষেবা ও আতিথেয়তার দায়িত্ব পাবে বেসরকারি সংস্থাগুলি। ঠিক হয়েছে, বেসরকারি সংস্থা চাইলে তাদের ইচ্ছে মতো রুটগুলিতে আলাদা স্টেশনও তৈরি করতে পারবে। তবে টাকার অঙ্ক কী ভাবে ভাগাভাগি হবে, সেটা এখনও স্পষ্ট নয়।
এই পাঁচটি রুটের টয় ট্রেনকেই ‘হেরিটেজ’ স্বীকৃতি দিয়েছে ইউনেস্কো। রেলকর্তাদের বক্তব্য, পরিবেশ এবং সৌন্দর্যের নিরিখে এই সব’কটি রুটই পর্যটকদের কাছে যথেষ্ট জনপ্রিয়। বিদেশের পর্যটন মানচিত্রেও তাদের আকর্ষণ যথেষ্ট। ফলে রুটগুলির ট্রেনযাত্রাকে সুন্দর করা গেলে বিদেশি পর্যটকদের বেশি করে টানা যাবে। তাতে ঘরে আসবে বিদেশি মুদ্রাও।
তবে পর্যটকেরাও ছাড়াও ওই পাহাড়ি রুটগুলিতে সারা দিনে অনেক সাধারণ মানুষ যাওয়া-আসা করেন। বেসরকারি সংস্থার হাতে গেলে ট্রেনগুলির যাত্রী-টিকিটের দাম বেড়ে যাওয়ার সম্ভাবনা রয়েছে। তাই সাধারণ যাত্রীদের কথা ভেবে পর্যটক ট্রেনের পাশাপাশি লোকাল ট্রেন চালানোর ব্যবস্থাও রাখা হবে বলে রেলকর্তারা জানিয়েছেন।
Jan 31 2017 (19:40)  SER TO RUN 30 PAIRS OF SPECIAL TRAINS TOWARDS PURI AND NEW JALPAIGURI (ser.indianrailways.gov.in)
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New/Special TrainsSER/South Eastern  -  IR Press Release  

News Entry# 292688     
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Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Station Tag: Puri/PURI added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Station Tag: Santragachi Junction/SRC added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Train Tag: New Jalpaiguri - Santragachi SpecialFare Special/08048 added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Train Tag: Santragachi - Puri SpecialFare Special/08404 added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Train Tag: Puri - Santragachi SpecialFare Special/08403 added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Train Tag: New Jalpaiguri - Santragachi SpecialFare Special/08048 added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Jan 31 2017 (19:40)
Train Tag: Santragachi - New Jalpaiguri SpecialFare Special/08047 added by PrakAsh*^~/375223

Posted by: 🇮🇳 🅿️🌱α🎋α💲♓*^~  57 news posts
To clear extra rush of passengers, South Eastern Railway has decided to run thirty pairs of Special trains toward Puri and New Jalpaiguri during the period from 03/03/17 to 25/06/17. Out of 30 pairs, 17 pairs weekly Tatkal Special will run between Santragachi-Puri-Santragachi and 13 pairs weekly special will run between Santragachi-New Jalpaiguri-Santragachi.
08404/08403 Santragachi-Puri-Santragachi Weekly Tatkal Special (17 Pairs)
The Special Train (08404) leaving Santragachi every Saturday at 19:10 hrs will reach Puri at 04:00 hrs the next day. In the opposite direction, the Special Train (08403) will leave Puri
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every Fridayat 21:25 hrs arriving Santragachi at 06:45 hrs the next day. This train will run from 03.03.17 to 24.06.17.
The Special trains will have o­ne AC-2 Tier, three AC 3 Tier, ten Sleeper Class and four General Second Class coaches. The train will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Khurda Road between Santragachi and Puri.
08047/08048 Santragachi-New Jalpaiguri-Santragachi Special (13 Pairs)
The Special Train (08047) leaving Santragachi every Sunday at 10:25 hrs will reach New Jalpaiguri at 20:55 hrs o­n the same day. In the opposite direction, the Special Train (08048) will leave New Jalpaiguri every Sundayat 23:55 hrs arriving Santragachi at 11:15 hrs the next day.
The Special trains will have o­ne AC-2 Tier, three AC 3 Tier, nine Sleeper Class and two General Second Class coaches. The train will have stoppages at Barddhman, Rampurhat, Malda, Barsoi, Kishanganj and Alubari Road between Santragachi and New Jalpaiguri. This train will run from 02.04.17 to 25.06.17.
Jan 23 2017 (03:04)  Railway Minister assures Rail connectivity upto Sikkim’s Capital Gangatok (www.railnews.in)
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Jan 23 2017 (03:04)
Station Tag: Rangpo/RNGPO added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (03:04)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Jan 23 2017 (03:04)
Station Tag: Rangpo/RNGPO added by हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~/1171967

Posted by: हमारी भूल कमल का फूल~  22 news posts
Gangtok: Railway connectivity would soon be approved upto the capital city of Gangtok in addition to the 45km long railway link from Sevoke to the town of Rangpo, assured the Union Minister for Railways , Government of India – Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while interacting with the Sikkimese people on “Good Governance” at Chintan Bhawan, here in the state capital today.
The interaction meeting was also chaired by the Member of Parliament-Shri. P.D Rai, the Chief Secretary of Sikkim-Shri A.K Shrivastava, General Manager of the North East Frontier Railways- Shri H.K Jaggi and the Secretary of the Sikkim Chamber of Commerce.
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Union Minister, while speaking to the gathering appreciated the prepossessing beauty of the State of Sikkim and highlighted that this can be greatly tapped to give further impetus to the rapid progress of the State of Sikkim. He mentioned that improved rail connectivity to the State of Sikkim will greatly benefit the State and its people.
He also lauded the organic status of the State and asserted that the railway connectivity to upto Gangtok and further advanced to the international rail links of Asia would be a colossal factor in taking the organic harvest & produce of Sikkim to the booming economies of Asia .
While speaking on the North East Region , the Union Minister stated that the region has the potential to be the next growth story through the overall development of the tourist infrastructure.
He accented that the good governance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is reflected in the fact that the Prime Minister has decided to shift focus on the development of the North East with dedication and expedition to transform the North East for the people of the North East.
In conclusion, he solicited feedback and suggestions from the stakeholders for improving the connectivity and services.
M.P, Shri P.D Rai, Chief Secretary of Sikkim and the Secretary, Chamber of Commerce also addressed the meeting wherein they collectively highlighted the problems faced by the Sikkimese people in terms of railway connectivity while soliciting a favourable response from the central government .
On the occasion an Achievement Report of the Northern Frontier Railways in the North East ( 2014-2016) which is reflective of the good governance in the region was also released by the Minister.
The interactive meeting saw discussions on the topic of Good Governance by the Minister with the media, members of the Chamber of Commerce , prominent citizens, students and stake holders.
The Union Minister is on a five day visit to the States of Sikkim and West Bengal as a part of regular commitment to the region for sustainable development.

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Jan 23 2017 (07:12)
Kishor*^~   4567 blog posts   123 correct pred (62% accurate)
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Incidentally, Sikkim news appeared in this forum....
Yesterday, one channel showed Organic Farming in Sikkim...
The camera was showing a farm and farmer where 'cauliflowers were shown and farmer was explaining : this vegetable has no insects in it and its size is big yet it is Organically grown : it took the Govt of Sikkim 13 years to achieve 100% Organic Farming... It means no chemicals pesticides and chemical fertilizers ...
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after the Railways reach there, many things are possible.... to change the basic structure of Sikkim for Good or for Bad...
Jan 19 2017 (08:11)  স্মৃতির টয় ট্রেন ফেরাবে ইউনেস্কো (www.anandabazar.com)
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Jan 19 2017 (08:11)
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Posted by: Dipanjan Das~  27 news posts
পাকদণ্ডি পথ বেয়ে কয়লার ইঞ্জিনে চলা খেলনা কামরার সেই টয় ট্রেন। ঘুম-সোনাদা-টুং ছুঁয়ে দার্জিলিং পাহাড়ে যে পৌঁছে দিত পর্যটকদের। যার সঙ্গে জুড়ে গিয়েছে সেলুলয়েডের নানা স্মরণীয় মুহূর্তও। সেখানে কখনও রাজেশ খন্না-শর্মিলা ঠাকুরের নস্ট্যালজিয়া, কখনও হালের রনবীর কপূর-প্রিয়ঙ্কা চোপড়া। সেই টয়ট্রেনের গৌরব ধরে রাখতে ইউনেস্কোর আস্থা অবশ্য রাজেশ-শর্মিলাতেই।
১৮ বছর আগে দার্জিলিঙের এই টয় ট্রেনকে হেরিটেজ হিসাবে ঘোষণা করেছিল ইউনেস্কো।
এরপর সময় আর প্রযুক্তি এগিয়ে গিয়েছে অনেকটাই। তার ছোঁওয়া লেগেছে টয়ট্রেনের গায়েও। কিন্তু তা না পসন্দ ইউনেস্কোর। যেহেতু এই ট্রেনকে হেরিটেজের স্বীকৃতি দেওয়া হয়েছে, তাই তাঁরা ওই পুরনো অবস্থাটাই ফিরিয়ে দিতে চান।
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২০ জানুয়ারি এ ব্যাপারে রেলমন্ত্রী সুরেশ প্রভু দার্জিলিঙে ইউনেস্কোর প্রতিনিধিদের সঙ্গে একটি মউ সই করবেন।
ঠিক হয়েছে, দার্জিলিঙের টয় ট্রেনকে আবার পুরনো অবস্থায় ফিরিয়ে নিয়ে যাওয়ার জন্য ইউনেস্কো একটি ‘কম্প্রিহেনসিভ কনজারভেশন ম্যানেজমেন্ট প্ল্যান’ তৈরি করে সেটি এ দেশের রেল কর্তাদের হাতে তুলে দেবে।
রেল সূত্রের খবর, এই পরিকল্পনা তৈরি করার জন্য ২০ সপ্তাহ সময় ধরা হয়েছে। এই পরিকল্পনা তৈরি করার জন্য উত্তর-পূর্ব সীমান্ত রেলের পক্ষ থেকে প্রায় সাড়ে চার কোটি টাকাও তুলে দেওয়া হবে বলে জানিয়েছেন রেল কর্তারা। নতুন ওই পরিকল্পনা তিন ধাপে করা হবে। তা রূপায়ণ করবেন, রেলের ইঞ্জিনিয়ার ও প্রযুক্তিবিদরা।
রেল সূত্রের খবর, রেলের এক গুচ্ছ নয়া প্রকল্পেরও উদ্বোধন ও শিলান্যাস করবেন।
Jan 17 2017 (21:02)  20 जनवरी को पार्लियामेंट्री कंसल्टेटिव कमेटी की बैठक (www.jagran.com)
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Posted by: Rahul K😎🚂~  48 news posts
डीआरएम उमाशंकर यादव के नेतृत्व में रेल अधिकारियों का दल न्यू जलपाईगुड़ी के लिए मंगलवार को रवाना हो गया। जानकारी के अनुसार एनएफ रेलवे अंतर्गत कटिहार डिवी•ान के दार्जीलग में आगामी 20 जनवरी को पार्लियामेंट्री कंसल्टेटिव कमेटी की बैठक होनी है। इसमें रेल मंत्री सहित सभी सदस्य हिस्सा लेंगे। इस विशेष बैठक की तैयारी में रेल अधिकारी जुट गए हैं।

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Railway Top Boss's meeting this week. It'll be interesting to see what they discuss just before budget session..
Jan 12 2017 (14:16)  Temporary Augmentation in Udaipur-New Jalpaigudi -Udaipur (nwr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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Jan 12 2017 (14:16)
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Jan 12 2017 (14:16)
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Posted by: aavinseth~  26 news posts
Temporary Augmentation in Udaipur-New Jalpaigudi -Udaipur
Dec 25 2016 (13:17)  Slow Train to Nowhere (indianexpress.com)
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Posted by: Banerjee™  281 news posts
It was a tradition for my father to drop me off at the station before my train journeys. It began a decade ago, ever since I started travelling alone. But that valet service is now reserved for significant trips only. So, on a late October morning, when I was about to embark on my childhood dream of travelling across the country in trains, he rolled out his trusted Activa to drop me to Chennai Central. Yes, you read that right: travelling in trains, mostly in sleeper compartments, one after the other, across India, with no strings of sightseeing attached.
Why would anyone want to do that? For most people, the journey is about the destination. But I have been crazy about trains
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ever since I can remember. My father and his elder brother share the same obsession. My earliest memory is of my parents taking me to railway stations and tricking me into eating food on the pretext of watching trains. My childhood photographs has me, a toddler, at various locations of the (now UNESCO World Heritage) Nilgiri Mountain Railway, or in front of steam locomotives in Tiruchi and meter gauge trains of then Madras.
In 1999, I read Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. I was in Class V and it made me long for such adventures. The years spent hero-worshipping Phileas Fogg and being obsessed with the Indian Railways ended up in a 12-day sojourn across India, on trains.
As a tribute to my home city, Chennai, I wanted to start and end at two of its iconic stations: Central and Egmore. The idea was to go from one end of the country to another, and I started off with the Coromandel Express, a 1,663 km ride in a sleeper compartment to Howrah.
It was never going to be about solitude. In sleeper coaches, waitlisted passengers, even ticketless travellers, are likely to take your seat if you don’t claim it. They clogged every possible space available, and fitted into narrow berths. To add to the existing chaos was the music from the acoustically-challenged Chinese mobile phones, which every second passenger had. At least I knew Hindi and bargained for some peace, but the only lady in my bay — a senior citizen Telugu lady — felt endangered. It was only when I spoke on my phone in Telugu that she felt relieved. There was also the outgoing Deepak, who loved conversations whenever he didn’t break into an impromptu singing session. First, however, you had to satisfactorily answer two questions: Tumaar jaat ki? Tumaar graam ki? (What is your caste? Where is your village?)
A row of trains waiting at the Old Delhi Railway Station. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna) A row of trains waiting at the Old Delhi Railway Station. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
The old terminal at the Howrah station took me back in time – October 25 1872, to be precise. That’s when Fogg and his trusted butler Passepartout had got there after saving the widowed Aouda from sati in Vernes’s novel. Renowned for its distinct cuisine, the city’s biryani with potato commands the utmost loyalty, although it was strange to see its Hyderabadi counterpart being served at the terminal.
From Howrah, I took the Saraighat Express to Guwahati. To get to Guwahati through the chicken’s neck on any form of land transport, one must cross the mighty Ganga and the bountiful Brahmaputra. It was pitch dark as we crossed the Farakka Barrage. But even if I could not see, the sound of the water gushing through the 27 gates of the 44-year-old barrage gave you the freedom to imagine the might of the rivers.
For an average south Indian, the idea of a river is a dry and baked riverbed. The occasional flow of the river that is heavily reliant on the monsoon gives some cheer when there are no heated contests of river water sharing hogging the limelight.
Assam was initially connected by meter gauge rail, before the conversion to broad in the early 1990s. The gauge conversion meant quicker transport; hence, the stations have a prefix to display that — New Bongaigaon, New Jalpaiguri, New Cooch Behar.
From Guwahati, I took another train to Delhi — this time a Rajdhani, my one concession to expensive travel — where the next leg of my journey awaited me. There is not much to see in Guwahati, barring the Kamakhya Temple, and the Brahmaputra after which you are told to go Shillong. Thanks to apps that offer budget hotel booking and friends spread across the country, accommodation was not a hassle.
From Delhi, I caught the Uttar Sampark Kranti, to the sleepy Katra, in Jammu and Kashmir, home to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi. The railway line to Katra — 70 km from Jammu via Udhampur, and which will be connected eventually with Srinagar — is closely guarded, with signs prohibiting photography. My co-passengers to and fro the journey were boisterous families on an extended Diwali pilgrimage break. On the return from Katra to Delhi by Jammu Mail, the train filled up more in Punjab. True to the stereotype, the coaches became lively, noisy and broke the silence of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chandigarh-Kochuveli (Trivan-drum) Kerala Sampark Kranti traverses just over 3,000 kilometers, connecting the north and south in 53 hours. From the cleaner air in Chandigarh, to polluted climes of the National Capital Region, via the congested atmosphere of Mumbai, the rocky green carpet of the Konkan, and through the salty air of the Arabian sea, this train could well be a window to the large-scale climate deprivation. I hopped on to this one. By the time the train completed its journey, sitting in the sleeper class, I had witnessed polluted fog, early winter chill, unadulterated heat and some sharp rain.
When I arrived in Trivandrum, I took a break for 12 hours, where I roamed the city, took a ride to the beach and watched a Kathakali performance. I boarded my final train, the Guruvayoor-Chennai Egmore, in the wee hours of November 5. By now, I was exhausted and I had lost five kgs.
But oh, what a ride it had been. My journeys had showed me what diversity is – from religion, language and cuisine, to sunsets and sunrises, bitter cold and harsh rains, all in a span of 12 days. The one factor which has also changed travel is technology. I did not get fleeced for local travel, thanks to Uber/Ola. Through an Oyo, I had a room waiting for me well in advance. If that’s not all, I got a Dominos pizza delivered to my berth in Panvel, thanks to IRCTC online. I had heard about apps that deliver food to your berths, and I gave it a shot in Vishakapatnam.
As I completed my journey at Chennai Egmore, I realised that Chennai Central (the place where I started) was just 1,500 metres away on foot. But my love for trains had taken me across 19 states and 10,000 kilometres over 12 days. I might not be able to replicate Phileas Fogg’s journey anytime soon thanks to an Indian passport, but what I have learnt is that even 80 days will not be enough to see the beauty that lies in India. It would take an entire lifetime.

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Dec 24 2016 (12:20)  Humsafar Express train passing through Chennai to be flagged off on Dec 25 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Posted by: Banerjee™  281 news posts
Hamsafar weekly express trains will run via Perambur in Chennai and Katpadi.
The inaugural special train will leave Kamakhya at 12.15pm on December 25. It will leave Perambur at 10:20am on December 27 and reach Bangalore Cantonment at 5pm on the same day.
It will stop at New Bongaigaon, New Jalpaiguri, Kishanganj, Malda Town, Rampur Hat, Howrah, Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Vizianagaram, Duvvada, Vijayawada, Perambur, Katpadi and Whitefield.
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regular service of Train No 12504 / 12503 Kamakhya - Bangalore Cantonment - Kamakhya Hamsafar weekly express trains will begin from Bangalore Cantonment on December 30, 2016.
The train will have 13 AC-3 tier coaches. The facilities would include CCTV cameras, fire and smoke detection systems and tea-coffee vending machines, officials said.
Southern Railway will get two more Humsafar Express trains -- Chennai-Ahmedabad and Tiruchirapalli- Sriganganagar trains.
Dec 07 2016 (23:26)  Two killed as Capital Express derails, three suspended (m.deccanherald.com)
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Two persons were killed and six others injured when two coaches and engine of the Guwahati-bound Capital Express derailed in north Bengal, with initial investigations suggesting that the driver overshot the signal. An inquiry has been ordered into the derailment and three railway employees, including the driver, have been suspended in connection with the mishap.
The train travelling from Bihar's Rajendra Nagar Terminal derailed at around 9 PM last night near Shamuktala Road station, about 32 km from Alipurduar Railway Division headquarters, NF Railway officials said. Initial reports had said that 10 persons were injured. Two bodies were found from the coaches and they appeared to be those of monks going by their clothes and footwear, NF Railway CPRO Pranav Jyoti Sharma
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Though prima facie cause of the accident was overshooting of signal by the driver of the train, a thorough inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken against the guilty, said a senior Railway Ministry official. Divisional Railway Manager, Alipurduar, Sanjiv Kishore said three persons - the driver, assistant driver and guard of the train have been suspended. He said work is on to remove the derailed coaches from the track.
Rail traffic, which had been stopped in both up and down lines in a diverted route, is being gradually restored, he added. About 150 of the stranded passengers were taken back to Alipurduar Junction by Kamakhya-Alipurduar Inter City Express. The unaffected portion of the train was detached. The train will resume journey once the relief operation is completed, he said.
The Accident Relief Train reached the site of the accident at 10 PM with railway doctors and relief materials and started rescue operations.
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