15 air conditioned (AC) express trains services from May 12

May 11, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Indian Railways to start special passenger trains from May 12

The train services will initially begin with 15 pairs of trains or with 30 journeys from Tuesday i.e. May 12 2020 . These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country.

Tickets can only be booked online via IRCTC website or through the Mobile App. The online booking for the trains will resume from 4 pm on Monday. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter  tickets. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.  It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country. These cities are Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

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Train compartments into isolation wards

April 2, 2020 - Reading time: 4 minutes

Indian Railways stopped running for the first time in history but it didn't stop helping people. With the growing number of positive cases every day, it is a challenge for the government to allocate people in separate isolation wards. To fight this big challenge, Indian Railways is converting the train compartments into isolation wards to treat Covid 19 positive cases and if this works, they will convert 10 coaches every week. Indian Railways rocks! hashtagindiafightscorona

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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.

For more information please visit http://contents.irctc.co.in/en/Important_Notice_COVID.pdf

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.

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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. 

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.

66-year-old dies after his hand got held among the doors

July 13, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

A man died after his hand got held among the doors of a metro train that was leaving the Park Street metro station in Kolkata on Saturday.

Around 6.40 pm, 66-year-old Sajal Kumar Kanjilal was boarding a crowded Kabi Subhash-bound train from the Park Street Metro station when the doors of the third compartment closed with his hand inside. The train dragged Kanjilal as it left for the next station, Maidan.

After driving for a few seconds, the train was brought to a halt. Its power supply switched off and the passengers were evacuated, a Metro Railway spokesperson said. 

Kolkata Metro authorities have ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

2.5 million liters of water arrived in Chennai

July 13, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Around 2.5 million litres of water was transported from Jolarpet to Chennai in a 5-wagon train on Friday.

There is a severe water shortage in Tamil Nadu. From villages to cities, people are stranded without water. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is running out of water. Companies are asking employees to work as they are at home, and hotels are closed. The livelihood of the people of Chennai has been greatly affected.

After the water crisis, many questions raised to Tamil Nadu government. Govt took action bringing the water from Jolharpet and also 65 crores has been allocated for this purpose.