Railway minister launches Wi-Fi service on Kolkata Rajdhani

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 in India, News, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

NEW DELHI: Passengers travelling on the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani train will now be able to connect to the internet through Wi-Fi facility.

Railway minister Pawan Bansal on Tuesday launched the facility as a pilot project on the Howrah Rajdhani. It was a challenge for the national transporter to provide continuous internet access on a moving train as it passes through all types of terrain.

After successful technical trials, the pilot project was simultaneously launched on the Howrah Rajdhani in both directions. At present, the facility is being extended free of cost to passengers.

To log on, passengers will have to access the Indian Railway Wi-Fi network. Passengers will be able to register by providing the PNR and other details like mobile number . On validation of the data entered by the passenger, the login ID and password will be sent through text message to the registered mobile number. The login ID and password will remain valid for the entire journey.

Railways wants to extend the facility on other elite trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express based on customer feedback.

Source: The Times of India 

Now, book railway tickets 4 months in advance

Friday February 10th, 2012 in India, Railways, Roads / Routes, Travel News | 1 Comment »

NEW DELHI: The railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period from the current 90 days to 120 days from March 10.

“It has been decided to increase the advance reservat-ion period from 90 days to 120 days on experimental basis,” the commercial department’s circular said. The railways claimed the move will help passengers plan their jour-neys better. Thecentre for railway information system (CRIS) will make necessary changes in the software for this purpose.

However, there will be no change in case of certain short-distance trains like Taj Express and Gomti Express, the advance reservation period for whom is 15 days and it will remain unchanged. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists. Railways had earlier reduced the Tatkal booking period from 48 hours to 24 hours to prevent misuse of the facility.

Source: Times of India

ID proof to be a must for AC rail travel from February

Thursday January 19th, 2012 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

NEW DELHI: Aiming to check misuse of rail tickets, the railways has made it mandatory for all passengers travelling in AC classes to carry an identity proof with them during the journey. The decision will be implemented in all trains across the country from February 15, according to a circular issued by the Railway Board.

As of now, only passengers travelling on Tatkal tickets and e-tickets have to carry original identity proof during the journey. If more than one passenger is travelling on one ticket, any one passenger in a group is required to carry the original ID proof.

“The move is aimed to prevent cases of travelling on transferred tickets,” a railway official said, adding that this will check black marketing of rail tickets. Those failing to produce original ID proof will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged accordingly, the official said.

The acceptable ID proofs include voter ID issued by Election Commission, PAN card, passport, driving license, Photo ID card having serial number issued by central/state government, nationalized bank passbook with photo, credit card issued by banks with laminated photos, student ID card with photo or Aadhaar card, the official said.

The decision comes in the backdrop of railways finding increasing cases of misuse of tickets like transfer of tickets, black marketing and involvement of touts. During 2010-11, 63,854 such cases were detected and 2,480 people were apprehended. In 2008-09, 20,240 cases of ticket transfer were reported and 2,521 were apprehended, an official said.

Zonal railways have been instructed to publicize the decision to prevent any inconvenience to the public. Also, necessary instructions have been issued to all officials concerned, particularly ticket checking staff. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has been asked to make necessary changes in the software so as to incorporate the message in rail tickets for the benefit of passengers.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Indian Railway rolls out first AC Double-Decker Train

Friday December 3rd, 2010 in India, Railways, Travel News | 7 Comments »

Rail Coach Factory(RCF), Kapurthala rolled out Indian Railways first air-conditioned double decker rake, comprising 10 coaches (8 double deckers and 2 power cars). This rake has been offered to Eastern Railway/ Kolkata for running between Howrah and Dhanbad.

These stainless steel coaches have been introduced to cater to the heavy rush of commuters in high density corridors offering AC travel at a lower cost.

These new design coaches are capable to run at a speed of 160 kmph. The passenger carrying capacity has increased to 128 passenger in comparison to 78 passengers in Shatabdi chair car, thus increasing the capacity by almost 70%. Since this design has substantially lower tare weight per passenger, these coaches will be more energy efficient, said RCF, general manager Pradeep Kumar.

RCF, in association with RDSO/ Lucknow, finalised the design of double decker coaches and the first prototype of this type was rolled out for oscillation trials within a record time of 9 months on March 31, 2010.

The overall height of double decker coach has been increased marginally by 116 mm (four and a half inches) keeping in view the constraints like overhead structures, bridges, electric traction equipment, platforms etc. so that these coaches can be used without modifying any of the fixed structures except for clearing some minor infringements.

Space for the two decks has been generated by optimally using the well space between the two bogies. The End-On-Generation configuration has been used for train lighting and air-conditioning, in which power is supplied by two power cars, attached at both ends of the train.

The new air-conditioned double decker coaches have many superior technical features likae aesthetically pleasing stainless steel body, high speed Y-Frame bogies with air springs suspension for superior ride quality and many other safety related features. The chairs have been provided in face to face format, so that passengers can enjoy traveling with their families. For better safety, fire retardant upholstery has been used in chairs.

These coaches are clear illustration of Indian Railways capabilities in design and manufacturing of new types of rolling stock.