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News Entry# 371450  Blog Entry# 4101261   
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As part of the doubling works between Chingavanam – Changanaseri in Kottayam – Kayankulam section, the final stage of works are in progress. This has necessitated changes in pattern of train services.

On an average, 28 pairs of trains are being run via Chengannur for the convenience of Sabarimala pilgrims. For the convenience of pilgrims who have reserved by the diverted trains (trains that are diverted to run via Alappuzha instead of Kottayam), 2 passenger special trains are being run between Kottayam and Ernakulam.

The Kottayam – Ernakulam passenger special train leaves Kottayam at 10.45 hrs. to reach Ernakulam at 12.05 hrs. The Ernakulam passenger special train leaves Ernakulam at 12.30 hrs. to reach Kottayam at 14.15 hrs.

Moreover, all the Sabari special trains are being operated via the normal route, via Chengannur. In addition, trains which do not have a regular stoppage at Chengannur have been given temporary stoppage at Chengannur for the convenience of pilgrims.

Furthermore, the diverted trains have been provided with stoppages at Kayankulam, Haripad, Ambalappuzha, Alappuzha and Shertalai.
Dec 10 (16:09) Jerk-free rides on all Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express from March 2019 (

News Entry# 371255  Blog Entry# 4087144   
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According to an Indian Railway official, the railways is changing the age-old couplers with newly developed Centre Buffer Coupler (CBC) with balanced draft gear.
New Delhi: Moving ahead with technology, Indian Railways' fleet of Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express trains will offer a jerk-free journey to passengers from March 2019, railway officials said on Monday. A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS that all the Shatabdi Express trains departing from New Delhi have been fitted with modern couplers, which will ensure a smooth ride to the passengers.
"As of now, all the Shatabdi Express
trains under Northern Railways have already received this upgrade," he said, adding that "the old couplers in all of its premium train fleet of Rajdhanis and Shatabdis will be replaced by March 2019". 
A coupler is a device that connects coaches with each other. According to the official, the railways is changing the age-old couplers with newly developed Centre Buffer Coupler (CBC) with balanced draft gear.
The official said: "The standard coupler on connecting LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches had some issues which resulted in jerks during rides. 
The new version of the CBC has high-capacity shock absorbers which ensure that jerks are not felt in case of braking and during acceleration, resulting in making the ride smoother for passengers, he said.
He said after changing the old couplers from the fleet of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, the upgradation process for other trains will be undertaken.
Since 2017, the Indian Railways, while focusing on enhancing on-board passenger amenities and comfort, has taken a massive upgradation work of its stock under Project Swarn and Utkarsh, with many features such as modular toilets and cleaner coaches.
Dec 07 (18:00) "Notable growth in North Central Railway earnings" (
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उत्तर मध्य रेलवे के आय में उल्लेखनीय वृद्धि’’
उत्तर मध्य रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री राजीव चौधरी के दिशा-निर्देशन एवं श्री एम. एन. ओझा, प्रमुख मुख्य वाणिज्य प्रबंधक के नेतृत्व में तीनों मण्डलों के वरिष्ठ मण्डल वाणिज्य प्रबंधक, वाणिज्य विभाग के अधिकारियों व कर्मचारियों के अथक प्रयास से टिकट चेकिंग के क्षेत्र में उत्तरमध्य रेलवे द्वारा सराहनीय कार्य करते हुये वर्तमान वित्तीय वर्ष 2018-19 के माह नवम्बर,18 में विगत वर्ष की इसी अवधि की तुलना में टिकट चेकिंग केस व आय में क्रमशः 40.9% एवं 48% की वृद्धि हुयी है| यहां यह उल्लेखनीय है कि वित्तीय वर्ष 2018-19 में माह नवम्बर, 18 तक बिना टिकट, अनियमित यात्रा करने एवं बिना बुक किये सामान ले जाने के संदर्भ में रू. 76.83 करोड़ की वसूली
की गयी, जो विगत वित्तीय वर्ष 2017-18 में इसी अवधि की तुलना में 6.8% अधिक है।
इसके परिणामस्वरूप माह नवम्बर,18 में यात्री संख्या में विगत वर्ष की इसी अवधि की तुलना में 6.5% की वृद्धि एवं लक्ष्य से 6.2% की वृद्धि दर्ज की गयी है। साथ हीयात्री आय में नवम्बर‘2018 में विगत वर्ष की इसी अवधि की तुलना में 7.5% की वृद्धि तथा लक्ष्य की तुलना में 2.7% की वृद्धि दर्ज की गई है।
मालभाड़ा आय एवं अन्य कोचिंग आय में पिछले वर्ष की तुलना में माह नवम्बर,18 में क्रमशः 2.5% तथा 19.5% की वृद्धि दर्ज की गयी। माह अप्रैल ‘2018 से नवम्बर‘2018 तक विगत वर्ष की इसी अवधि की तुलना में कुल ओरिजनेटिंग आय 7.7% अधिक है।
Sabarimala Pilgrim Passengers arriving/returning through trains during the ongoing Sabarimala Mandala Makara Vilakku season has increased recently. Thiruvananthapuram division of Southern Railway has provided special arrangements for their safe and serene pilgrimage.


Catering stalls and platform vending functioning 24 hours at Chengannur and Kottayam stations.
2. Pilgrim centres functioning at Kottayam and Chengannur with capacity to accommodate 500 pilgrims each provide free halting space for Sabarimala Pilgrim Passengers.
3. Sanitation arrangements intensified at Chengannur, Kottayam, Thiruvalla, Changanssery, Kottayam, Ernakulam Jn. Ernakulam South, Aluva and Thrissur. Health Inspectors functioning ‘round the clock’ to monitor the cleanliness of Chengannur, Kottayam and Ernakulam Jn.
4. Mobile Restrooms set up at Ernakulam and Chengannur.
5. Assistance Kiosks of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, District Collectors, Travancore Devaswom Board, Police Department and Medical Department functioning at Chengannur and Kottayam.
6. Additional Permits provided for Taxi vehicles at Ernakulam Jn., Kottayam, Chengannur and Thrisur ensures reliable and reasonable transit facility from Railway station to Sabarimala.


1. Passenger Reservation centers functioning between 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs on all days at Pampa near Pampa Ganapathy temple. Pilgrims are availing reservations/cancellations and getting railway information.
2. Additional booking counters opened at Chengannur and Kottayam railway stations.
3. Round the clock information counters functioning at Chengannur and Kottayam, additional ticket checking staff possessing multilingual skills from Salem, Tiruchchirapalli and Chennai deployed at Information counters and onboard trains.


1. Special Trains are operated from and to different stations of South Central Railway, East Central Railway and Southern Railway.
2. Two pairs of weekly trains 12698/12697 Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai – Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Superfast Express and Train No.22653/22654 Thiruvananthapuram – Hazrat Nizamuddin – Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Superfast Express provided two minute temporary stoppage at Chengannur between 24.11.18 and 21.01.19


1. To prevent misuse of Railway premises by unauthorized people and avoid any chance of stampede, Pilgrim centres and platforms will only by accessible to genuine Passengers. Platform tickets are compulsory for entering the platforms and the rates are revised from Rs 10/- to Rs 20/- per person at Kottayam and Chengannur(01.12.18 to 20.01.19).
2. Passengers are not allowed to wait or take rest on Foot Over bridges, Stairs and Platforms walkways.


1. Special security scheme implemented at Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam South, Ernakulam North, Thrisur, Guruvayur, Thiruvananthapuram central and Kanniyakumari railway stations.
2. 220 Railway Protection Force officials deployed to ensure safe and secure travel for passengers in Trains and at Stations.
3. RPF Women contigent comprising 35 Staff integrated for managing the security.
4. Ex-Servicemen deployed at Chengannur and Kottayam stations.
5. Pilgrim Assistance Booths functioning ‘round the clock’ at Chengannur and Kottayam railway stations manned by RPF personnel.
6. Crime Prevention and Detection Squad stationed at Chengannur.
7. Anti-sabotage checks are conducted utilizing the services of the RPF Dog Squads.

Important Railway Helpline Numbers
Railway Passenger Helpline No. – 138
RPF Security Helpline No. – 182
IRCTC Customer Care No. – 075566 10661, 075540 90600
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എറണാകുളം-കോട്ടയം-കായംകുളം റെയിൽവേ റൂട്ടിൽ ചിങ്ങവനം - ചങ്ങനാശേരി സ്റ്റേഷനുകൾക്കിടയിൽ നിർമ്മാണം പൂർത്തിയായ രണ്ടു വരി പാതയുടെ സുരക്ഷാ പരിശോധനയുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട് കമ്മീഷണർ ഓഫ് റെയിൽവേ സേഫറ്റി, ദക്ഷിണ മേഖല, ബാംഗ്ളൂർ. നാളെ (ഡിസംബർ 7, 2018 വെളളിയാഴ്ച്ച) ഉച്ചക്ക് രണ്ടുമണിക്കും അഞ്ചുമണിക്കും ഇടയിൽ അതിവേഗ പരീക്ഷണ ഓട്ടം നടത്തുന്നു. കോട്ടയം ജില്ലയിലെ ചിങ്ങവനം - ചങ്ങനാശേരി റെയിൽവേ സെക്ഷനുകൾക്കിടയിൽ പൊതു ജനങ്ങൾ, ലെവൽ ക്രോസ് ഉപയോക്താക്കൾ എന്നിവർ ജാഗ്രത പുലർത്തണം, അനുവാദമില്ലാതെ റെയിൽവേ ലൈനിലും പരിസരങ്ങളിലും ജോലി ചെയ്യുകയോ ട്രാക്കിൽ പ്രവേശിക്കുകയോ ചെയ്യരുത്.
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