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13301/Swarna Rekha Express
     स्वर्ण रेखा एक्सप्रेस

DHN/Dhanbad Junction --> TATA/Tatanagar Junction

Updated: Dec 11 2017 (17:43) by LHB STEEL with TATA WAP 7^~
Dec 11 2017 (17:43)

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★★★  Rail Fanning
Mar 26 2016 (09:02)   13301/Swarna Rekha Express | DHN/Dhanbad Junction (8 PFs)

★★★★ Niket Karan ★★★★^~   6340 blog posts   12 correct pred (100% accurate)
Entry# 1779679            Tags   Past Edits
The remains of the legendary Dhanbad - Jharia - Patherdih railway line in Dhanbad . . .
Really sad to see a tragic end of once a lifeline connectivity between Dhanbad & Jharia which was closed around 11 yrs ago .
13301/02 Swarna Rekha Exp once used to run via this route
Pic is taken between Dhanbad & abandoned Dhansar station
near Bank More area

8 posts - Sat Mar 26, 2016

Mar 26 2016 (23:13)
Waiting for PNBE BDTS Humsafar~   780 blog posts   44 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 1779679-9            Tags   Past Edits
The fire is a great mystery, greatest minds have not been able to figure out a way to stop it. The fire was first spotted in 1916 and it is continuously burning till date.

Mar 27 2016 (02:13)
LHB Coromandal A Dream^~   6901 blog posts   11209 correct pred (71% accurate)
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This could be the fate ahead in future of these areas.

May 14 2016 (21:55)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
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The fire brewed up as a result of decades of negligence!
The Swarna Rekha was introduced in 2002 and I was on board the first run.
Unlike the Swarna Rekha of today which is a pale shadow of itself, The Swarna Rekha was a speedster when it were introduced.
It used to get a diesel alco (KHIT KHIT Engine) from DHN to ADRA and
then it used to be be hauled by a E-loco from Adra to TATA.
It used to run swiftly departing from DHN skips Dhansar and halt at Jharia then Pathardih, Bhojudih etc would follow!
I remember that journey very clearly even though it was 14 years ago when I was a chirpy ten year old kid!
I would write a trip report on that soon!

May 14 2016 (22:31)
★★★★ Niket Karan ★★★★^~   6340 blog posts   12 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Sir , do you have any pics of that time ?

May 14 2016 (22:34)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1779679-13            Tags   Past Edits
Nope, sadly only memories remain...
Info Update
Nov 26 2017 (12:30)   58021/Kharagpur - Tatanagar Passenger (UnReserved)

Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
Entry# 2817001            Tags   Past Edits
58021 arrived Ghatsila/GTS at 12:25 today.

Nov 26 2017 (13:41)
Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
Re# 2817001-1            Tags   Past Edits
58021 arrived Tatanagar/TATA at 13:28, not letting the passengers to catch up 13302.
General Travel
Nov 26 2017 (12:27)   58021/Kharagpur - Tatanagar Passenger (UnReserved)

Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
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58021 arrived Ghatsila/GTS at 12:25 today.

2 posts - Sun Nov 26, 2017

Nov 26 2017 (12:32)
LHB STEEL with TATA WAP 7^~   2840 blog posts   586 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Sorry??...I meant which loco was hauling it?

Nov 26 2017 (12:35)
Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
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Past Saying - Which I usually see attached is the Tatanagar's WDM loco.
Correction - Not WDM, it's WAM

Nov 26 2017 (13:17)
CAR CPU Efication Deadline Dec 2018^~   5156 blog posts   15990 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2816989-5            Tags   Past Edits
TATA Is Having Only Eloco Shed,Not Diesel Loco Shed.

Nov 26 2017 (13:27)
Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
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May be I don't know the correct name, but this type of engine I see, usually.

Nov 26 2017 (13:39)
Sha Shi   49 blog posts   29 correct pred (57% accurate)
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58021 arrived Tatanagar/TATA at 13:28, not letting the passengers to catch up 13302.
General Travel
Nov 21 2017 (14:32)   13302/Swarna Rekha Express

संपूर्ण क्रांति एक्सप्रेस~   216 blog posts
Entry# 2796664            Tags   Past Edits
Speed up necessary

Nov 21 2017 (15:05)
In a relationship with poorva exp😎😎^~   3214 blog posts   435 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 2796664-1            Tags   Past Edits
10-12 mins se jyada speedup possible nhi hai becoz of extremely slow BJE-PKA section
★  Travelogue
May 17 2016 (13:54)   13301/Swarna Rekha Express | DHN/Dhanbad Junction (8 PFs)

Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
Entry# 1851203            Tags   Past Edits
ACT 1 ( A very vagure recollection of a journey taken long back )
Timeline :- Summer Vacations of 2002, probably late of may!
Place of Action :- DHANBAD JUNCTION (DHN)
otherwise normal morning at Dhanbad station. A chirpy ten year old boy made his way across his way, along platform 4/5 to catch the first run of the Swarnarekha Express! The newly introduced train was the first train between Dhanbad and Tata. It was after quite a time, that we were visiting my paternal uncle in Jamshedpur. Naturally I was very exicted to visit his place, even more so because of my cousins whom I hadn't seen in over a year. We hadn't talked or seen each other as mobile phones were a rarity back in those days, infact virtually non-existent, even landlines were rare. Letters were big then, and infact were the only means of communicating for almost everyone! Naturally my exictment reached stratospheric levels!
Now I had been to TATA numerous times before but it was the first time that was by a train. Normally we would take the numerous 'Shankar Parvati' or 'Shiv Shakti' run buses that traverse the two cities 24/7. I am sure that Dhanbad -Tata frequenters can relate to it :P
The new train was decorated with flowers just like a new bride. Even the old, dusty and rusty diesel engine, that was to serve as the link upto ADRA, wasn't spared, as flowers covered it's red-white and blue body. (It was obviously a WDM-2, but I didn't know it back then.) There was a 'Puja' being performed on the locomotive and locomotive was decorated with 'Swastikas'. I don't remember the exact number of coaches but all of them were new. We took our respective seats. The coach was mostly empty so we took our seats. I was seated in a window seat and the parents sat on the opposite seat.
Back then the train use to take the DHN-JRI-PEH-BJE-ADRA-PRR-CNI-TATA route, as the Dhansar-Jharia line was operational. The DHN-BJE line was a single diesel track so the train used to hauled by a Diesel loco from Dhanbad to Adra and by an electric locomotive from ADRA to TATA. The Dhanbad-Jharia single line used to be quite a busy line in it's 'heydays' and a few trains that terminate at Dhanbad now used to go all the way to Bhojudih. For example the ASN-DHN passenger would originally run ASN-BJE with an engine change at DHN.
The DHN-JRI-PEH was a relative circuitous route. The tracks would run parrallel to the DHN-CRP line upto the Diamond Crossing wherein the lines would begin curving negotiating a sharp turn and cross the DHN-CRP line almost perpendicularly and still keep on curving until the train had almost reversed it's original direction and would then go off towards Dhansar side. This was necessary because of the elevation difference that existed between Dhanbad and Dhansar stations.
Anyone that has been to Dhansar can clearly visualize the marked height difference that exists.
The trains would virtually crawl until it had negotiated the curve and the Diamond Crossing, and then would speed up. Unlike the DHN-CRP line, the DHN-PEH line was in good condition when it was operational and trains used to run from DHN-JRI at good speeds. It used to be fun to see the train cutting through the city landscape at good speeds. Dhansar would get always skipped by the Swarnarekha at good speeds....
The train which is now a pale shadow of it's former self, used to depart from DHN somewhere 6-7 AM and certainly not the present timing of 5:30 AM. The entire Dhanbad-Tata journey used to be covered up in about 4:30 hours and not 5:30 hours that the present train takes. It is a testament that the condition the DHN-JRI-PEH line was in, when compared to the present DHN-PKA-PEH line which inspite of being shorter is much slower and requires a rake reversal.
As the train departed and made it's way towards it's first halt 'Jharia', I remember happily munching on 'Jhalmuri'........
Place of Action :- JHARIA (JRI)
The first thing that comes to my mind as I recollect Jharia is 'Dust'! Jharia was the biggest railway station after Dhanbad obviously, on DHN-BJE and had probably 3 or 4 platforms but was dusty and dirty. It may come as no surprise that Jharia station was dirty considering the place that Jharia holds in regard to mining of coal but those things were beyond the comprehending power of my 10 year old self then. Anyway, usually there were not any vendors boarding from Jharia but Jharia did have a good number of passenger.
I don't remember much of Jharia on that day.....
Place of Action :- ADRA JUNCTION (ADRA)
The first big junction on the way. The train used to reverse it's direction from here onwards. Almost everyone would deboard to fill up there water bottles and have the 'Muri-Aloo Chop' thonga packets that ADRA is so famous for. Back then Purulia was a small station, and it's stature was much less than what is now. Therefore Adra used to be the main railway station of the Purulia district.
Another change that would happen at ADRA was that the diesel locomotive that hauled us this far would get detached and an electric locomotive would get attached at the other end.
The halt at ADRA used to be for around 20 minutes and numerous trains would criss cross the Swarna Rekha. Another change that would happen after ADRA was the appreciable speed up of the train due to much better condition of the line. Post Adra the train would run amok towards Purulia criss-crossing the rural landscape of the Purulia district.
Since it was summertime, the fields were all dried up, and it was quite a sight to see Golden yellow landscape pass by as the train headed for Purulia. Alongside the ADRA-PRR railway line parallel ran the Dhanbad-Chas-Purulia-Ranchi/Tata highway and it was joyous to see our train overtaking almost every vehicle that raced alongside.
Place of Action :- PURULIA (PRR)
Purulia used to be much smaller station than it is now. In this past 15 years Purulia has grown phenomenally and the growth and devlopment here have nothing short of exponential!
I do not remember much of Purulia excepting that a ticketless traveller had been caught by the onboard TTE and was being made to pay the required fine!
Place of Action :- CHANDIL (CNI)
Back again to Jharkhand, I have always been fascinated by Chandil due to it's presence in the 'Elephant Corridor'. I remember stretching my neck and looking out as far as my gaze would go in the look out for an elephant. I could never find one :P
Finally at around quarter past eleven the train reached it's final destination. I had been to Jamshedpur numerous times before but it was first time at TATA station. I must say I was quite overwhelmed by the rush there. Now I had been to much busier stations like Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol etc countless times before , but when you visit a relatively unknown station the rush seems all the more overwhelming! We sat on until everyone on board detrained, and then we got out.
My Uncle and cousins were already waiting with their faces beaming with happiness . We rushed to their side and what followed were 15 days of joy at my uncle's place at the 'STEEL CITY' and then we returned to Dhanbad by the same train :)

27 posts - Tue May 17, 2016

May 17 2016 (22:30)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Still nearly 10 minutes are needed for change of crew.
Take a cue from the DHN-BQA MEMU at PEH!
Anyway you do save 20 minutes, but I doubt whether an express train can run with a MEMU rake!
A MEMU can go upto 90 kmph only and not 110 kmph!

May 17 2016 (23:04)
DhnEcr~   6163 blog posts
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13301 Avg Speed
ADRA-TATA- 129km 2.50 hours at 46kmph 5 halts
ASN TATA passenger in ADRA-TATA 3.30 hours at 37kmph with 20 halts. To remove extra halts make it fast passenger or something

May 17 2016 (23:18)
DhnEcr~   6163 blog posts
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13301 at SINDRI-PATHERDIH-SUDAMDIH. What a route. Excellent marvel engineering genius or utter cumbersome planning

May 18 2016 (09:00)
Guest: 7fe36b47   show all posts
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then that should be done because DHN-TATA connectivity is very very poor.

May 18 2016 (17:10)
Arnab   5319 blog posts   66 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Yeah it is rather cumbersome.
Originally the DHN-JRI-PEH line used to join PEH & that line would continue upto BJE.
Later as the DHN-JRI line was abandoned, a makeshift arrangement was made using LR at PEH.
The cumbersome arrangement was made amongst underground fires so they deserve a bit more credit than what you accord to them :P
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