Indian Railway News

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Jul 02, 2008, 02:26 AM Last Edit: Feb 13, 2009, 08:26 PM by sajiv
History of Indian Railway

History of Indian Railway began on 22 Dec 1851 when a goods train started. First passenger train started on 16 Apr 1953 between Mumbai and Thane. Thus for more than 150 years Indian Railway is serving us nicely. Since then Indian Railway had grown slowly and steadily. In 1952 Zonal system had been introduced in Railway with total Six Zones. With the development, it has reached to total 17 zones.

Current Status
In 17 zones, Indian railway is having more than 8700 passenger trains. It is covering all states except Sikkim. Indian Railway provides many suburban railway services in major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi & Hyderabad. Railway is one of the most preferred transportation medium. A normal passenger train consists of eighteen coaches where 9 coaches are sleeper class; 3-5 are air-conditioned coaches. A normal passenger sleeper coach accommodates 60 to 72 passengers. Indian Railways makes 70% of its revenues and most of its profits from the freight sector. Indian Railways operates with 7,500 + Engines; 37,800 + passenger coaches and 222000 + wagons. There are 6,850 + stations and 700 + repair shops. Indian
Railway maintains total workforce of 15,40,000 largest employer in the world.

Railway - Lalu Prasad & Their achievements
Indian railway was running in losses since years. It had been taken as granted that this PSU can never be a profit making undertaking for Indian government. But Lalu Prasad Yadav has proven this wrong. He has presented figures where Indian Railway has made profit for year 2004-05. He has also presented 2006 budget with Rs 56,000 cr income and Rs 7000 Cr profit. Look at his amazing initiatives for Indian Railway

# e-ticketing and SMS booking of tickets
# Any holder of a wait-listed ticket can be allotted accommodation in a higher class with no extra charges.
# Tatkal tickets can be booked three days in advance and higher tatkal charges.
# Commercial use of Railway land for food, entertainment and other purpose.
# Surprise checking at railway stations for staff attendance, weights of consignments and etc.
# Name and number of Vigilance officers published in News papers for any complaints.

Believe me Lalu Prasad Yadav is a smart man and having capacity of working like a CEO of a company. It is the cast politics of Bihar which forced him to behave like a villager. This fact is acknowledged by IIM - A professor and students. They have noticed the turned around happened with Indian Railway. They visited Lalu Prasad and discussed the topic. They are going to add a case study on Indian Railway in their syllabus.

Challenge in front of Railway
I like to mention this in few lines only that's why I am giving main points only - Crime, Accidents, Ticket less Traveling, Underweight Fares of goods, Overcrowding at one place and empty railway at other place. Let's see how Lalu prasad yadav resolves this issues.

Trivia :
With 150 + years of history and 8700 + trains Indian Railway is full of Trivia. I collects few for you :
# Mumbai's suburban railway is the densest route in the world. It is attending 65 lakh passengers daily. The density of passengers in peak hours is 15 people per sq meter.
# The Fairy Queen is the oldest running locomotive in the world today.
# The shortest named station is Ib and the longest is Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta.
# Kharagpur railway station is the world's longest railway platform at 1072 m.
# The Himsagar Express (between Kanyakumari and Jammu Tawi) has the longest run 3745 km.
# The Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India a maximum speed of 140 km/h
# The Busiest railway Stations are as following with trains per day. Delhi + New Delhi 120, Lucknow 65, Ahmedabad 60
# Would you believe there is an official website of fans of Indian Railway :

Indian Railway on World Map :
# Indian railway has 3 World Heritage Site - The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Nilgiri Mountain Railway & the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway.
# ''The Palace on Wheels'' is world famous tourism train of Rajasthan which is loved by people across the globe.
# The Samjhauta Express & Thar Express running from India to Pakistan is also cherished by world.
# May 1974 Indian Railway Strike (appx 15 lakh people joined the strike) for 20 days is one of the worlds biggest strike till date. (Imagine a railway strike today like SBI strike, India may get chock up.)



Change in train timings

CHENNAI: From Tuesday (July 1), the departure timings of some trains, including those of Pandiyan Express to Madurai, Pearl City Express to Tuticorin and Nellai Express to Tirunelveli have been revised.

Following are the new departure timings with old timings in bracket:

Chennai Egmore - Kakinada Express - 5.20 p.m. (5.45 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Kanyakumari Express - 5.30 p.m. ( 5.25 p.m.) ;

Chennai Egmore - Puducheri Express - 6.10 p.m. (6 p.m.) ;

H.Nizamuddin - Madurai Tamilnadu Sampark Kranti Express/ H.Nizamuddin - Kanyakumari Thirukkural Weekly Express - 6.40 p.m. (7 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Weekly Express - 6.50 p.m. (7 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Trivandrum Ananathapuri Express - 7.05 p.m. (7.30 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore Tuticorin Pearl City Express - 7.30 p.m. (6.30 p.m.);

Howrah - Tiruchirapalli Bi-weekly/Kanyakumari Weekly Expresses - 8.25 p.m. (8.20 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli Nellai Express - 8.50 p.m. (9 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Madurai Pandiyan Express - 9.15 p.m. (9.30 p.m.);

and Chennai Egmore - Mangalore Express - 9.40 p.m. (10 p.m.);

Chennai Central - Vijayawada Pinakini Express - 2.05 p.m. (2 p.m.);

Chennai Central - Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Express - 3.15 p.m. (3.45 p.m.);

and Dhanbad/Tata - Allappurzha Express - Chennai Central 3.45 a.m. (3.55 p.m.),
according to a railway press release.
Thiruvasakamani Karnan


Jul 19, 2008, 01:23 AM Last Edit: Feb 13, 2009, 08:36 PM by sajiv
New Delhi: (IANS) Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Friday announced the introduction of 43 new trains, including four Garib Raths - air-conditioned trains for the poor - while presenting the interim railway budget for 2009-10 in the Lok Sabha.

1. Bilaspur-Tirunelveli via Thiruvananthapuram Express (Weekly)

2. Ranchi-Jaynagar Express (Tri-Weekly)

3. Secunderabad-Manuguru Superfast (Daily)

4. Mumbai-Karwar Superfast (Tri-weekly)

5. Bhopal-Lucknow Junction Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

6. Durg-Jaipur Express (Weekly)

7. Chhatrapati Sahu terminal (Kolhapur)-Dhanbad Link Service via Parasnath (Weekly)

8. Sengottai-Erode Passenger (Daily)

9. Dibrugarh Town-Chandigarh Express (Weekly)

10. Ajmer-Bhagalpur via Delhi Garib Rath Express (Bi-Weekly)

11. Nizamuddin-Bangalore via Kacheguda Rajdhani Express (Tri-weekly)

12. Barauni-Delhi Jan Sadharan Superfast (Bi-weekly)

13. Mumbai-Varanasi Superfast (Daily)

14. Mysore-Yesvantpur Express (Daily)

15. Jamalpur-Gaya Passenger

16. Korapur-Rourkela Express via Rayagada (Daily)

17. Agra-Ajmer Superfast (Daily)

18. Sitamarhi-Patna Link Service (Daily)

19. Tiruchirapalli-Madurai Express (Daily)

20. Mumbai-Bikaner Superfast (Bi-weekly)

21. Jaynagar-Ajmer Link Service (Bi-weekly)

22. Agra-Lucknow Junction Shatabdi Express (Daily)

23. Gandhidham-Kolkata Superfast (Weekly)

24. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Bhagalpur (Weekly)

25. Mumbai-Tirunelveli Superfast via Thiruvananthapuram (Bi-weekly)

26. Jammu Tawi-Darbhanga Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

27. Saharsa-Delhi Express via Patna (Weekly)

28. Gwalior-Bhopal Intercity Express via Guna (Five days a week)

29. Coimbatore-Tuticorin Link Service (Daily)

30. Howrah-Haridwar Superfast (Five days a week)

31. Machhalipatnam-Mumbai Superfast (Bi-weekly)

32. Varanasi-Jammu Tawi Superfast (Daily)

33. Gorakhpur-Mumbai Superfast (Daily)

34. Jhajhar-Patna

35. New Delhi-Palwal

36. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Muzaffarpur (Weekly)

37. Veraval-Mumbai Link Service (Daily)

38. Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabdi (Daily)

39. Jhansi-Chhindwara Superfast (Bi-weekly)

40. Mumbai-Jodhpur Express (Weekly)

41. Hajipur-Bagaha Link Service

42. Howrah-Delhi Link Service via Azimganj-Bhagalpur (Weekly)

43. Sitamarhi-Delhi Garib Rath Express via Patna (Weekly)


Railway Information

For Railway Reservation, Dial : 139 / 1345

For more information please visit the following website:

For online ticket booking, please visit:


In Chennai Southern Railway will operate special trains from Madurai to Chennai Central and Chennai Central to Tiruchi to clear the rush.

According to a press release, the Madurai-Chennai Central special (via Tiruchi, Erode) will leave Madurai at 7-15 p.m. on August 17 and arrive at Chennai Central at 7-45 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Dindigul, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Additional coaches will be attached from Tiruchi.

The Chennai-Central Tiruchi special (via Erode) will leave Chennai Central at 10-20 p.m. on August 18 and reach Tiruchi at 7-30 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode and Karur. Reservation will commence on August 16



Thank you - Nice information

I have not seen such a good site which has so many features in a single page . The better way to search Indian trains looks great and it open fast, no pop-up, user friendly. every information in a single page . this concept is good and some of the features like calendar, train running day has not come in a single website in this reviews. the most important features i have seen in this site that if the user does not know the station code then also he can see all the trains and it is only website which have a drop menu box for the important station from where you can choose the station name and also it has a date calendar from you can choose the date and it show the running day of the train so that you can know which day of the week this train is running. the other most important feature i have seen in this website that it show the train which does not have the reservation coach for the benefit of the user and they are showing the passenger train also which is also not available in any website.

Cons: Unofficial

Pros: all the features which user need, open fast, user friendly, good look and interactive, update data regularly, new features

Star received:  5


thanks for giving useful info vivek..


Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry

There are many people who keep searching for Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry for their tickets and also keep looking for toll free numbers where they can get passenger information, train information and other details related to their travel by phone or sending SMS or by website.

There are various ways to get Indian Railways PNR status:

   1. Indian Railways department has phone number for Enquiry, which is a completely free service and works all over India including small villages and towns. You just need to call '139′ from your BSNL landlines, MTNL landlines, Dolphin, Garuda, Idea, Spice Telecom and Vodaphone telecom operator enabled phones and get access to SMS, call back and fax facility.

      For Delhi and Mumbai residents another advantage is that you can just dial 139xxxxxxxxxx [10 digit ticket PNR number] and 139xxxx[4 digit train number] and get the train ticket PNR and train status instantly.

   2. Indian railway Ticket PNR status can be fetched by sending SMS:
      "PNR <Yr 10 digit PNR number>" to 5888 or 57886 or 5676747

   3. The status can be checked from official website of Indian Railways. Just put 10 digit PNR no into text field and click on Get PNR status button.

For more details on Indian Railways PNR status enquiry please visit offcial Indian Railways website.

Note: Online PNR Status Enquiry Service for Indian Railways is available from 0400 hrs IST to 2330 hrs IST.


Sep 05, 2008, 05:12 PM Last Edit: Sep 05, 2008, 05:21 PM by Forum Staff
To check the PNR status visit



thanks for post vivek.....really its useful for all people...

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