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Cancellation of all train service till March 31 in the wake of COVID 19

March 22, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

As of March 31, all trains across the country have been cancelled.

It has been reported that trains including Premium Trains, Mail/Express Trains, Passenger Trains, Suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro rail, Konkan Railway etc. shall be cancelled till 24:00 of 31 March.

Indian Railways has taken this step to prevent the spread of coronavirus as a social epidemic. According to the announcement of the cancellation of trains, all passenger trains, including long-distance mail - fast trains and intercity connecting trains, will not run until midnight on the 31st.

Similarly, flying train and suburban train service has also been cancelled. Metro trains across the country will not run until midnight on March 31.

At the same time, it has been announced that only freight trains will run across the country.

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'Janata Curfew’ on 22 March

March 21, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The Indian Railways has said it will not operate any passenger train from any railway station in the country from midnight on Saturday to 10pm on Sunday.

Mail and express trains will also stop services from 4am on Sunday, the transporter has said. All intercity trains will also remain cancelled till 10pm on Sunday.

All suburban train services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad will be reduced to a bare minimum as well.

Onboard catering services in mail, express trains will be closed from March 22 2020

March 21, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The IRCTC has ordered the closure of all onboard catering services in mail or express trains from March 22 until further notice in view of the coronavirus outbreak, according to an order from the railway subsidiary on March 20.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has also decided to close all food plazas, refreshment rooms, Jan Aahars and cell kitchens until further notice.

Agitation Against CAB , Odisha Out Trains Cancelled

December 14, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

South Eastern Railway, the following trains are cancelled and controlled enroute at different places as per the following –C


1.20889 Howrah-Tirupati Humsafar Express from Howrah.

2.22877 Howrah-Ernakulam Antyoday Express from Howrah.

3.12841 Howrah-Chennai Coromandal Express from Howrah.

4.12245 Howrah-Yesvantpur Duronto Express from Howrah.

5.18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express.

6.12847 Howrah-Pune Duronto Express

7.12860 Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Gitanjali Express


1.22890 Puri-Digha Express will remain cancelled on 14.12.2019 (Saturday) from Puri due to cancellation of connecting train.

2.58002 Puri-Santragachhi Passenger from Puri on 15.12.2019 due to cancellation of connecting train.

3.58404 Puri-Khurda Passenger on 15.12.2019 due to cancellation of connecting train.


1.12278/12277 Puri-Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express will run between Puri and Kharagpur and will remain cancelled between Kharagpur and Howrah from both the directions.

2.12074/12073 Bhubaneswar-Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express will run between Bhubaneswar and Mechheda and will remain cancelled between Mechheda and Howrah from both the directions.


1.Chennai-Howrah Coromandal Express at Panskura

2.Yesvantpur-Howrah Duronto Express at Bhadrak

3.Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express at Jajpur Keonjhar Road.

4.Puri-Howrah Dhauli Express at Cuttack.

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Two train collide leaving 30 injured at Kacheguda station ...

November 11, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Two trains, Intercity Express and MMTS, collide. InterCity Express was in a fixed position when MMTS came and collide. The reason for this sad incident is said to be due to the failure in noticing signals, leading two trains on the same track line. 

The train rammed at a low speed relatively, avoiding much damage. 

Book train or coach , it is easy now.

July 23, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

If you book the entire train, then you have to follow these rules:

  • At least 18 and maximum 24 coaches
  • Three SLR coaches will also be required to get the same amount of security coaching as well as 18 coaches if necessary few coaches. 
  • Two sleeper coach mandatory 
  • Must be booked from one month to six months in advance 
  • Booking can be done two days ago 
  • The stop at the station will be a maximum of 10 minutes 

PAN, Aadhar card required

To book online, a person must have a PAN or Aadhar Card. If the person does not have a PAN or Aadhar Card, then there may be trouble in booking. You must first create an ID by logging in at From Pan and Base you are verifiable through OTP. 

People will have to extra rent for this. A fixed security fund is required to be deposited in the account of the railway, which gets back later. Additional charges include GST and other taxes. If the program is cancelled, the payment is paid back after deducting the fixed tax. 

The coaches installed on the train including air-conditioned first class, second AC, third AC, AC Chairkers, executive chairmakers, sleeper, painter, parcel van etc. 

For booking a coach, Rs. 9 lakh will be charged for the full train of Rs. 50 thousand and 18 coaches. If the train is booked after one week, then every additional ten thousand rupees per coach to be given. 

Nava Jyothirlinga Yarta - Ac Tourist Train

July 16, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes


Date of Journey: Duration: Package Code:

25 Aug 2019 11 Nights/12 Days SZATT07

Price Per Pax: ₹ 39,290 (3AC) Triple Sharing

Destinations covered: 

Mahakaleshwar – Omkareshwar – Somnath – Bhimshankar – Triambakeshwar – Grushneshwar – Ayundh Nagnath – Parli Vaijinath – Mallikarjunaswamy

Boarding Points: Madurai / Salem / Jolarpettai / Perambur / Vijayawada

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 Package Inclusions 

• Train journey by 1AC / 2AC / 3AC class 

• Standard economy AC Rooms at Ujjain, Somnath, Nasik, Aurangabad and Nanded for all category (Check in & Check out as per hoteliers timings) 

• NAC Rooms for fresh up at Srisailam (Check in & Check out as per hoteliers timings) 

• AC Bus at Ujjain, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad on SIC basis 

• NAC bus at Srisailam, Nanded on SIC basis 

• NAC Mini vehicle / Auto operation at Somnath and Parli on SIC basis 

• On board South Indian Vegetarian catering Breakfast, Lunch, evening Tea with snacks and Dinner 

• Off board South Indian Vegetarian catering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while at hotel or Packed Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served on fixed menu 

• Tour Escort & Security on train 

• 1 litre water bottle x 2 Per Day

Contact :  

Tourism Information & Madurai Office Tourism Information & South Zone Office 

6A,The Rain Tree Place, No. 9 Mc Nicholas Road, Chetpet, Chennai 600031 

Office: 044 – 28363453 

TIFC, Chennai: 9003140680, 9003140681 

TIFC, Madurai: 0452–2345757 

TIFC, Coimbatore: 9601649316

Buying ready made trains from private players rather of making them

July 15, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Indian Railways is thinking the idea of buying readymade trains from private players rather of making them at production units.

"Just to rewind back In 2017 , Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways flags first 'Make in India' EMU rake for suburban travel on Western Railways! The rake was been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai and the propulsion system is indigenous. Earlier EMUs of Indian Railways have systems from either Bombardier or Siemens. 

The manufacturing cost of these rakes is also said to be lower because of this reason. "

At a high-level meeting held in New Delhi recently, the idea of obtaining Trainsets, Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) and Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) from the industry was raised.

It was concluded that a considered view should be taken on the acquisition of complete train sets from the private instead of procuring of equipment and manufacture of car body and fitting the same in production units.

The progress follows a line over India’s first semi-high-speed Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express and the decision to stop production of the train at the ICF here for a variety of reasons.

While buying of rakes is going to cost higher than self-manufacturing, employees reacted that the move would render thousands of railway employees in production and ancillary units jobless in the long run.