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13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT)
ധൻബാദ്-ആലപ്പുഴ എക്സ്പ്രസ്     धनबाद - आलप्पुष़ा एक्सप्रेस

DHN/Dhanbad Junction --> ALLP/Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Updated: Feb 19 2017 (18:15) by Pran Pratim Ghosh
Feb 19 2017 (18:15)

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★★★  Rail Fanning
Sep 11 2015 (14:29)   53339/Dhanbad - Chandrapura Passenger (UnReserved) | SJA/Sijua (2 PFs)

Guest: 7ff8950b   show all posts
Entry# 1587845            Tags   Past Edits
Sijua on the DHN-KTH-CRP sub-section on the CIC line is a great place for railfanning. Trains here travel at a very low MPS, due to underground fire. This section was founded during colonial times in 1880, and in that way it precedes the Grand Chord, which was built in 1903.
At 1880 the Dhanbad-Jharia & the DHN-KTH-PLJE section was built and the tracks were laid down for the purpose of loading coal.Jharia and Katras in those days were tiny kingdoms, while Dhanbad was a small village. The coal in Jharia and Katras were the very best in the country, and as such the British made a deal with the local rulers to
construct a railway line to Jharia & Katras. Sitting prettily in between Katras & Jharia, this small village Dhanbad was chosen as the terminus for this two lines. However there was a requirement for the construction of a Loco Tank for watering the engines, as well a loco shed for maintainance of the locos. The nearest loco shed, the then 'East Indian Railways' largest was at Sitarampur with which Dhanbad had no rail link. This was because the Damodar was then the 'Sorrow of Bengal'. Every year it flooded and caused the deaths of thousands. Even the british had tried for several years to built a bridge, but the monsoon flooding would undo every progess they made. And as such there were rail lines which terminated at Barakar. But with the discovery of rich coal areas,the british wanted them to be directly connected with the industrial heartlands of Calcutta.
This is how a small unknown village, by virtue of it's sheer luck happened to become a not only a railway terminus, but also housed 'EIR's' largest loco tank as well as largest loco shed!
After the completion of this route, the british suddenly realised that if they they laid a railway tracks from Howrah to Gaya to 'Moghulsarai' (The British name for now Mughalsarai), they happened to reduce the distance from Calcutta to Delhi even further. The Brits toiled for years and bridges were laid across the Damodar, the Phalgow and the '5km streching' Sone!
Tunnels were laid across the Gurpa & Gajhandi forrests, and curves bulit to counter the steep gradient change as the Chotanagpur Plateau receded. Finally with much fanfare Lord Minto innargurated the Grand Chord in 1906,at Gajhandi. Meanwhile the British had extended the DHN-PLJE all the way to Madhya Pradesh, and named it as the CIC section.
With the completion of the Grand Chord however, Dhanbad was connected to Calcutta as well and Delhi directly and as such, in a small space of time became a important junction on the Grand Chord. It became the center of Coal-Loading and passenger travel, as both Jharia and Katras lost their past influences, somewhat.
Within a space of 100 years a small unknown village has become a thriving industrial city! And all this started because of this two railway lines!
It is sad that both these railway lines hav had to become victims of Underground Fires, caused by pure negligence!
While the Dhanbad-Jharia line is already history, the DHN-PLJE section is counting it's last breaths! Alternate routes are being planned, and soon this line will fade into Oblivion.....................................
Coming back to the present. It was a hot sunny afternoon and myself and my friend found ourselves at Sijua station waiting to catch the Jhargram-Dhanbad MEMU to Dhanbad.
While standing the overhead bridges, we spotted three trains in the space of 1 hours. We spotted two WAM-4s, 2 WAG-9s, a WAG-7, and the MEMU itself!
However as a tribute to the WAM-4, the 'Rahul Dravid of Indian Railways', for it's selfless 40 years of service, we clicked the pictures of the two WAM-4s only!
Picture 1-5 shows MGS WAM-4 bring in the DHN-CRP passenger.
Picture 6 shows TATA WAM-4 speed by with the marathon runner ALLP-DHN Express.
Hope you enjoyed this railfanning report, I added a touch of the history of the CIC section as well!

3 posts - Fri Sep 11, 2015

7 posts - Sat Sep 12, 2015

Sep 12 2015 (12:21)
Guest: 7fcd9a1f   show all posts
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Yes the Dhanbad Jharia rail line had to be scarpped in 2002

Sep 12 2015 (12:22)
Guest: 7fcd9a1f   show all posts
Re# 1587845-12            Tags   Past Edits
How can tiny tit bits of rain extinguish a massive underground inferno, my friend?

Sep 12 2015 (12:25)
brandonbuffard^~   11184 blog posts   6076 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1587845-13            Tags   Past Edits
I mean during monsoon times

Sep 12 2015 (13:07)
Guest: 7fcd992c   show all posts
Re# 1587845-14            Tags   Past Edits
No even monsoon rains are not enough!

Sep 12 2015 (13:13)
sys tem~   8202 blog posts   75434 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1587845-15            Tags   Past Edits
Fire has been burning time immorial... I have seen it myself.... Have lived Chas, bokaro dhanbad jharia area... Train speed between bksc and gomoh is very slow
Info Update
Today (07:26)   12021/Howrah - Barbil Jan Shatabdi Express | TATA/Tatanagar Junction (5 PFs)

4πu¶am*^~   5724 blog posts   42282 correct pred (87% accurate)
Entry# 2214499            Tags   Past Edits
Mega Traffic & Power block between Lotapahar-Chakradharpur, Barabambo-Chakradharpur, Adityapur-Tatanagar & Adityapur-Gamharia sections on 08.04.2017

Today (08:07)
Aditya   3372 blog posts   14788 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2214499-1            Tags   Past Edits
Third Line Between Adityapur - Gamharia😍😍
Predictions: 23
confirm: 23
rac: 0
wl: 0
Journey: Sun May 21, 2017 @ 23:00
Class: AC 2-tier - 2A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 14
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   RNC/Ranchi Junction   |   1614 km / 2538 km
13352/Alappuzha - Dhanbad (Bokaro) Express (PT)
Entry# 2178459

PNR: 422-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Feb 26 2017 (07:10)
Passenger 1: RAC 1 (Booking Status: RAC 4,GNWL)
Passenger 2: RAC 2 (Booking Status: RAC 5,GNWL)
Total Fare:  2960
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Yesterday (11:09)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 4,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 5,GNWL)
Total Fare:  2960
Chart NOT Prepared

Full PNR Status History (2 statuses)
Status as of: Mar 26 2017 (16:45)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 4,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 5,GNWL)
Total Fare:  2960
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 26 2017 (07:09)
Passenger 1: RAC 1 (Booking Status: RAC 4,GNWL)
Passenger 2: RAC 2 (Booking Status: RAC 5,GNWL)
Total Fare:  2960
Chart NOT Prepared

Mar 27 2017 (09:17)
Only God can judge me~   467 blog posts   714 correct pred (60% accurate)
Re# 2178459-1            Tags   Past Edits
This is confirmed from RAC, but still no stamp
General Travel
Mar 25 2017 (16:20)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT) | KOK/Korukkupet (4 PFs)

14801 Jodhpur Indore Express via Q Track^~   79688 blog posts   5093 correct pred (78% accurate)
Entry# 2210499            Tags   Past Edits
diverted route due to commissioning of #fourthline between korukkupet and attippattu
Info Update
Mar 22 2017 (06:55)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT) | KOK/Korukkupet (4 PFs)

4πu¶am*^~   5724 blog posts   42282 correct pred (87% accurate)
Entry# 2205995            Tags   Past Edits
Diversion of trains due to Pre-NI Work in Southern Railway for 11 days from 16/17.03.2017 to 26/27.03.2017
★★★  Rail Fanning
Feb 12 2017 (12:43)   22618/Tirupati - KSR Bengaluru SF InterCity Express | TPTY/Tirupati Main (5 PFs) | ED/WAP-4/22693

LHB for TN Express~   965 blog posts   181 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2161287            Tags   Past Edits
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A Late Monsoon Journey from Tirupati to Bengaluru
A November Monsoon Journey between Tirupati and Bengaluru, on board the 22618 Tirupati Bengaluru City Intercity Express. It was one of those journeys where the rains were tormenting for most part of the ride, the departure was delayed from Tirupati itself, by about 20mins. The run upto Katpadi with halts at Pakala Jn. and Chittoor was above average. Throw in a few crossings and the spotting of the twin ALCo hauled Venkatadri express at Chittoor and the run to Katpadi
was over. At Katpadi the late running Chennai Coimbatore Intercity was spotted, while my train ground to a halt on pf4, the RPM WAP7 hauled Intercity pulled out of pf1 while crossing the Bangalore Arakkonam Passenger. Twilight kicked in after Ambur and it was a rapid chase all the way upto Jolarpettai; where we had an unscheduled halt. Post Jolarpettai, with nothing to hinder our path, the ED WAP4 on a rampage, barring a couple of unscheduled halts, the run was fantastic. The crossings came in thick and fast, and we pulled into pf4 of Krishnarajapuram with a marginal delay of 10mins, while the Bengaluru Kanniyakumari express was getting ready for departure.
General Travel
Mar 08 2017 (19:12)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT) | BZA/Vijayawada Junction (10 PFs)

12711 12713 12718 Stalwarts of SCR~   1481 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Entry# 2190390            Tags   Past Edits
Run of an express train and an SF train with same number of halts.but express train took 20mins extra than SF for the same distance.how come this 20mins extra for Express train due to clearance or MPS or better loco..? Any one.?

Mar 08 2017 (19:23)
12711 12713 12718 Stalwarts of SCR~   1481 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 2190390-1            Tags   Past Edits
And both reached BZA with a gap of 10mins 13351 won against 12717.
★  General Travel
Mar 06 2017 (19:14)   13352/Alappuzha - Dhanbad (Bokaro) Express (PT) | TUVR/Turavur (2 PFs) | RPM/WAP-7/30389

ALLP RailFan~   950 blog posts
Entry# 2188157            Tags   Past Edits
Super Crawler of ECR & SER Combination 13352/18190 Alappuzha- Dhanbad /Tata Express hauled First time by 3 phase Link RPM WAP 7 30389 Arriving TUVR for its Scheduled halt
Note: Same loco hauls ALLP- DHN till MAS after reversal at SRR today
General Travel
Feb 27 2017 (21:36)   13351/Dhanbad - Alappuzha Express (PT)

ER~   28 blog posts   6 correct pred (86% accurate)
Entry# 2180415            Tags   Past Edits
Admin........ Kindly update coach composition of DHANBAD ALLAPUZA EXP running with 8 sleeper coach S1 to S8.
General Travel
Feb 26 2017 (21:02)   13352/Alappuzha - Dhanbad (Bokaro) Express (PT) | TUVR/Turavur (2 PFs) | ET/WAP-4/22915

ALLP RailFan~   950 blog posts
Entry# 2179338            Tags   Past Edits
Offlink ITARSI WAP 4 22915 arriving TUVR with a 23 coach load of 13352/18190 ALLP- DHN/TATA Express for its scheduled halt.
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