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Jul 04 2017 (10:40)  

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Kolkata metro coaches by ICF
KOLKATA: The first of the two state-of-the-art AC rakes for Metro Railway from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) is likely to start its journey from Chennai to Kolkata on Tuesday. The rake, to be hauled by an electric locomotive, is expected to reach the city by July 9. However, it will take a few weeks for it to undergo trials before it starts commercial services.
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will be the 14th air-conditioned rake in the Metro's fleet of 28. For the first time, 50% of Metro Railway's rakes will be air-conditioned, allowing commuters more comfortable rides.
Metro now runs 300 services per day. Recently, general manager Vishwesh Chaubey had assured commuters of more air-conditioned services during the summer months and the latest entry into the Metro's stable will allow this. The rake from ICF — also known as the Medha Prototype — will follow the route taken by trains like the Coromandel Express and Chennai Mail till Kharagpur and then move towards Asansol and Naihati before reaching Belgharia, where it will enter the Metro system and start receiving power from the third rail. It is known as the Medha Prototype since the rake's propulsion system has been provided by Medha Servo Drives.
"This is the first of 40 rakes that have been ordered from various sources. After the first two Medha Prototypes, we will get 14 rakes from Dalian in China. Orders have also been placed with CSR Zhuzhou in China for eight rakes. After that, we shall receive two more Medha rakes from ICF, followed up by a dozen more from the same source. Finally, we shall get two more rakes from CSR Zhuzhou," said Metro Railway CPRO Ind-rani Banerjee.
The Medha rakes will be more comfortable since they will be jerk-free. In existing rakes, passengers feel a jerk whenever there is motoring or braking. This happens as these processes take place in several steps. In the new rakes, the processes will be stepless and there won't be any jerks. The new rakes will be three-phase regenerative ones that will release energy back into the system during braking. They will also sport rubber springs instead of metallic coils.
The motormen would also be able to calculate the traction required on the basis of load. When there are fewer passengers, the rakes will draw less power and there will be further energy saving. With the new rakes, Metro hopes to save 30% energy.
The rakes will also offer an advanced ethernet-based train control and management system.
  
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Jun 01 2017 (15:14)  

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Railways to provide 'book now, pay later' option
IANS | Jun 1, 2017, 03.01 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Railways have decided to provide the 'buy tickets now and pay later' service for any Express trains, an IRCTC official said on Thursday.
According to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Ltd official, soon passengers would be able to buy tickets from the IRCTC
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website and pay later.
IRCTC spokesperson Sandip Dutta told IANS: "IRCTC has collaborated with a Mumbai-based firm ePayLater for adding the new service option."
"Through this service a passenger can book a ticket five days prior to the journey with a service charge of 3.5 per cent and pay it in the next 14 days," Dutta said.
He also said that this option was valid only on etickets.
Elaborating on the new feature, Dutta said, "The way a credit card is issued after evaluating the CIBIL score of a customer, same procedure will be followed."
"Those who want to opt for this service have to give their name, email ID, mobile number, their PAN card or Aadhaar details," the IRCTC official said.
The officer also said that once the customer gets approval to use the feature, they would be sent an OTP (one time password) to enable them to use the service.
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Jun 01 2017 (15:17)
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धीरे धीरे भारतीय रेल अपने आपको "बनिये की दुकान" कहलवाकर मानेगी और बाद में ये बोर्ड भी लगेगा,"आज नकद, कल उधार"🙏

  
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Jun 01 2017 (15:22)
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IR is trying every means to increase their revenue. Aise ya waise fare badhate hi ja rahe hain.
  
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Jun 01 2017 (15:15)  

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Pilot-less Trichy locos travel 10km, spark panic
D Vincent Arockiaraj | TNN | Updated: Jun 1, 2017, 09.15 AM IST
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Two locomotives plied without pilots for 10km from Trichy railway junction after
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an alleged brake failure.
The two engines crossed two railway stations -Palakkarai and Fort -five road overbridges and a river bridge before being stopped.
The station manager and others tried to stop the locos by placing stones on the tracks near Palakkarai. However, their efforts went in vain as the engines crushed the stones and passed the stretchThe station manager and others tried to stop the locos by placing stones on the tracks near Palakkarai. Howeve... Read More
TRICHY: In a scene straight out of a Hollywood flick, two locomotives, one propelling the other, plied without pilots for 10km from Trichy railway junction on Wednesday morning after an alleged brake failure, causing panic among railway officials. The out-of-control engines crossed two railway stations -Palakkarai and Fort -five road overbridges and a river bridge before a technician managed to get on to one of them and stop it near Mutharasanallur railway station.
The incident brought back memories of the `hijacking' of a suburban train at Vyasarpadi Jeeva station eight years ago which later rammed a goods train killing four people and leaving 11injured.
However, on Wednesday , the runaway locos didn't cause any accident as no train was scheduled to cross the stretch between Trichy junction and Mutharasanallur when the incident happened. According to railway sources, a shunting loco pilot, Udayachandran, brought two locos (No 40441 and 16881) to platform number 1A from the Ponmalai loco shed to couple them with the Trichy-Erode passenger train around 5.50 am.
While the technical staffs were preparing to couple them, they found that loco No 40441 had developed a snag.Subsequently , the pilot informed the matter to higher officials and a technical team. He was waiting on platform 1A for the team to arrive when all on a sudden loco No 16881 started to move forward pushing the `dead' loco from its rear. A shocked Udayachandran attempted to climb on the engine to bring it to a halt. However, it went in vain as the loco had picked up speed and started moving pushing the other loco along at a speed of approximately 30 km per hour.
Soon, the control room officials alerted all station masters on the section including Fort and Mutharasanallur stations to stop the locos. Employees including station masters waited on their platforms anxiously expecting the `rogue' locos. The station manager and others tried to stop the locos by placing stones on the tracks near Palakkarai. However, their efforts went in vain as the engines crushed the stones and passed the stretch. Finally , as the locos were crossing Fort station, a technician managed to climb inside. He brought the two locos to a halt after passing the last stopping signal (LSS) before Mutharasanallur railway station, 10 kms away from Trichy junction around 6.05 am. The entire divisional officials could heave a sigh of relief only after that.
Since the loco crossed LSS, officials technically termed the incident as Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD), which is considered to be an accident.Divisional railway manager Udaykumar Reddy rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry . Later, he ordered a probe into the incident.
When contacted, Udaykumar Reddy told TOI that a snag in the loco had led to the incident. "The shunting driver was in the loco and he tried his best to stop the engine. However, we are yet to ascertain whether it was equipment failure or human failure.
  
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Apr 29 2017 (15:33)  

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First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run
AFP | Updated: Apr 29, 2017, 02.38 PM IST
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The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western
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Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route.
The train -- loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals and machinery -- departed London on April 10.
London is the 15th city to be linked to a new freight network offered by the state-run China Railway Corporation.
A freight train transporting containers laden with goods from China, arriving at DB Cargo's London Eurohub rail freight depot in Barking, east London, after travelling from Yiwu in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. (AFP File Photo)A freight train transporting containers laden with goods from China, arriving at DB Cargo's London Eurohub rai... Read More
BEIJING: The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest route in the world.
The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route.
The world's top trading nation launched the "One Belt, One Road" strategy in 2013, and has since poured millions into constructing vast infrastructure links.
The train -- loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals and machinery -- departed London on April 10 and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20-day trip before arriving in Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province, a major wholesale centre for small consumer goods.
The new route is longer than Russia's famous Trans-Siberian railway, but about 1000 kilometres shorter than the record-holding China-Madrid link, which opened in 2014.
London is the 15th city to be linked to a new freight network offered by the state-run China Railway Corporation, which says its services are cheaper than air transport and quicker than shipping.
A sign showing the distancein to various destinations as a freight train transporting containers laden with goods from China, arrives at DB Cargo's London Eurohub rail freight depot in Barking .
The journey should be 30 days faster than moving the goods by ship, the provincial government had said, but the pilot run took two days more than the 18 days expected.
And the train, named the East Wind, has much less carrying capacity -- just 88 shipping containers, according to the Yiwu government, compared to the 10,000 to 20,000 containers cargo ships can carry.
It is unclear how much the venture cost, and some experts have questioned whether the ambitious project makes economic sense.
"It is hard to say at this stage what the economic return will be, as the economic benefits will come over a long time," He Tianjie of Oxford Economics Hong Kong told AFP.
"However, the train is in some aspects more convenient and flexible. It can make multiple stops, allowing for the pick up and offloading of cargo along the way. Rail transport is also less affected by adverse weather conditions. Therefore, there may be a role for such long-haul rail links," he said.
China already has a regular direct freight train service to Germany, Europe's largest economy.
One route links the Chinese megacity of Chongqing to Duisburg, a steel-making town and one of Germany's most-important transportation and commercial hubs.
The other route links Beijing, the Chinese capital, to Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city.
Roughly 80 percent of global trade is shipped by sea as freight train services face technical and bureaucratic hurdles which vary according to country.
The East Wind's locomotive and carriages had to be changed en route because of the larger gauge on railways in the former Soviet Union.
Prime Minister Theresa May will visit China later this year, with talks likely to include closer trade ties for when Britain leaves the European Union, according to British officials.
  
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Are refunds admissible on cancellations of CNF SL/AC tickets in Tatkal Special Trains? For eg. JBP-BDTS SF SPL Express.

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Yes, but only before chart preparation

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