Thursday, January 31, 2013

Passenger trains collide in South Africa, 20 injured: railway
Johannesburg, January 31, 2013
Two passenger trains collided in South Africa today near Pretoria during the peak morning commute, injuring around 20 people, the rail authority said.


            Sri. RAKESH MISHRA
General Manager
            Southern Railway

Respected Sir,

REF     :     RB LETTER NO. 200/M (L) /466/7101 DATED 14/6/12

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Unmanned level crossings to be phased out in Maduai division

Divisional Railway Manager unfurls the national flag
In accordance with the Madurai Railway Division’s stress on safety, 365 unmanned level crossings in the division would be eliminated in a phased manner, said A. K. Rastogi, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Southern Railway, Madurai Division.

Rapid Metro has a 21-year-old woman in the driver’s seat

Express news service : Gurgaon, Sun Jan 27 2013, 01:00 hrs
 A Documentary on Delhi Metro changed the life of 21-year-old Priya Sachan, a woman from Akbarpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Bombardier, Siemens, GE, Alstom, EMD at war over Rs 40,000-cr locomotive market

Railways' policy uncertainties slow down bullet train project; many challenges ahead

How Railways' policy uncertainties slowed down bullet train project

After policy flip-flops over decades, here is a concrete sign of India getting its first bullet train. The Indian Railways quietly formed a company called HSRC Ltd in July last to run its dream project, high-speed rail.

Shatabdi derailment at railway station triggers chaos

BANGALORE: Chaos prevailed at the City railway station early on Saturday morning after the electric locomotive and two coaches of the Chennai-bound Shatabdi express (Train number 12028) derailed at 5.20am en route to platform No.5 from the dockyard. The train that was to depart at 6am did not have any passengers in it. 

World’s oldest steam locomotive chugs again

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


National Industrial Tribunal (NIT) on 21.01.13

NIT sitting at Mumbai attended by Com. MN Prasad, Com. MM Roly, Com DS Koparker, Adv TC Govindaswamy etc attended.

NIT imposed a penalty on Railway for Rs.4000/-. Ex-Party proceedings will drop if the Railway submit reply on 11.03.13.

British scientists develop bomb-proof trains to prevent repeat of London attack

Train carriages could be bomb-proofed to prevent a repeat of the carnage carried out by the London Underground terrorist attacks.British engineers have developed blast-resilient rolling stock after learning lessons from the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings.

Pending Projects, Safety Top Priority: Railway Minister

Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 

Does Europe want Germany to run all its railways?

Monday, 21 January 2013
Lord Berkeley issues an impassioned plea to member states after the latest move to deliver a single market and liberalisation is delayed for 'further discussion'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Railways Meets

Railway Minister for Balanced Development of Railway Related Facilities in the Country 

Iron ore scam: CBI raids railway sidings

B Sridhar, TNN Jan 12, 2013, 05.06AM IST
JAMSHEDPUR: A 15-member CBI team from Kolkata visited the mineral-rich West Singhbhum district on Thursday to conduct raids at railway sidings in connection with the Rs 5000 crore iron ore scam.

Railway regulator is coming for sure, says Board head


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Loco pilots unhappy with Railway booklet on safety awareness

‘It is only educative and there was no intention to show them in bad light’

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Decisions / resolutions are taken in CWC meeting of AILRSA and later in joint meeting of

            The central working committee meeting of the All India Loco Running Staff Association was held at Kalyan, Mumbai division of Central Railway on 5th and 6th of January 2013 presided by Com. N. Sarkar and the following resolutions were passed unanimously.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where have all the Big Chiefs gone?

Haldia, Jan. 15: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today sought to address questions on big projects by calling out the names of public sector companies' chiefs at Bengal Leads but drew a blank.

Rail staff threaten to go on strike

Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting Between India and Bangladesh Held
Projects for New Rail Links Between Both Countries to be Expedited
Working Group Formed to Examine Feasibility of Increasing Frequency of Maitree Express 
A Comment about the Booklet of Safety Department Bangalore by a well wisher.

         2013 is indeed a remarkable all respects, to a world waking up to the fallacy of the MAYAN prophesy of the world coming to an END. The euphoria apart.....all was aptly outlived, except for Safety Branch Bangalore Division that came out with a remarkable realisation in the wake of the unfortunate PENUKONDA Accident involving train # 16591 DN Express in a rear collision with the stabled MNGT N Goods resulting in loss of lives .

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dislodged bogey incident points at the apathy of railways: HC

By Express News Service - KOCHI   15th January 2013 
Coming down heavily on the railways, the Kerala High Court on Monday observed that submissions regarding the dislodged bogey incident have made clear the apathy of the railways towards Kerala. The railways had blamed ‘preserved fish’ and ‘cattle’ as the reasons for the dislodgement of the bogies.

China to invest heavily on railway infrastructure

(People's Daily Online)   January 15, 2013     

China's railway infrastructure investment will maintain rapid growth this year, with 600billion yuan to 630 billion yuan to be invested, several industry insiders said.

According to the 12th Five-Year Plan, China will spend over 1.3 trillion yuan buildingmore than 20,000 kilometers of railways from 2013 to 2015. 
Southern Rly cancels trains

The Southern Railway has cancelled several trains plying between Rameswaram and other destinations across Tamil Nadu, due to the damage to the century-old Pamban bridge which was hit by a barge.
As many as 10 trains connecting Rameswaram-Madurai, Tiruchirapalli-Rameswaram, Rameswaram-Kanniyakumari were cancelled due to the damage of a pier of Pamban bridge, Southern railway said in a statement. Yesterday, the bridge was damaged.

Indias Pride Forever Indian Railways 

January 15, 2013
Back in the nineteenth century, India had not many means of transportation. People used to travel long distances by other tedious means. Thanks to the British, the first rail line was set up in 1867, making it possible for people to travel directly from Bombay to Calcutta. From then on, the rail industry in the country has been expanding without an end. 

Fog hits flights, rail traffic in Delhi

NEW DELHI, Jan 14, 2013, DHNS:
After a brief spell of sunshine, a thick blanket of fog enveloped the national  capital on Monday morning affecting flight and train operations even as temperature continued to rise slightly much to the delight of Delhiites.

According to Met officials, the minimum temperature in the city was three degree above normal at 10.6 degree Celsius, while the maximum was recorded at 21 degree Celsius.

Long-distance, local trains stranded at level crossing due to traffic snarls

14 January 2013
statesman news service
KOLKATA, 14 JAN: In a not so common incident, a long distance passenger train and 14 EMU local trains got stranded en-route for about 25 minutes on an average after the on-duty railway personnel posted at the Rishra level crossing gate on Howrah-Bandel Main line section could not close the gate for over half an hour due to traffic snarls caused by road vehicles.

15 January 2013 Last updated at 08:20 GMT

Cairo train derailment leaves 19 dead

A military train carrying army recruits has derailed south of Egypt's capital, Cairo, killing 19 people and injuring more than 100, officials say.
The train was heading to an army camp in Cairo when a carriage became detached and crashed into a goods train in the Badrashin area of Giza.

A cartoon booklet printed and circulated by Safety Department, Bnagalore division of South Western Railway, which describes that the accidents are caused due to Running Staff not availing proper rest since wife ask to go shopping and child ask to play cricket with father, is incorrect. The booklet does not tell about extended crew link, continuous night duties, not sanctioning of legitimate rest, periodic rest leave etc. They are silent about the SPAD Minutes circulated by Railway board.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

AILRSA Central Working Committee Meeting held at Kalyan on 05.01.13 and 06.01.13. Report prepared by Com GN Shaw and published in his blog is reproduced here, with photos.

Beware of the devil at home

KOLKATA: It's not just the road Romeos on bikes or a lecherous neighbour, the demon of sexual abuse lives closer home. Far too close for comfort. A shockingly high percentage of molestation, rape and sexual harassment cases take place within the family, very often with the parents pretending not to see it. Or worse, even condoning it.

De-politicize railways, create independent corporation

Railway fares have finally been raised for the first time in 10 years. Even so, the change may reduce just Rs 6,600 crore of the loss of Rs 25,000 crore on passenger traffic.

Railway fares have finally been raised for the first time in 10 years. Even so, the change may reduce just Rs 6,600 crore of the loss of Rs 25,000 crore on passenger traffic. 

Barge collides into century-old rail bridge near Tamil Nadu coast

Press Trust of India | Updated: January 13, 2013

Rameswaram: A century-old railway bridge near Pamban coast was damaged and rail link to Rameswaram was disrupted as a barge towing a naval ship, which had ran aground, drifted and collided with it today, officials said.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Network Rail in 10-year low carbon power deal with EDF Energynews
The operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, Network Rail, has struck a 10-year deal with the French-owned EDF Energy to provide low-carbon nuclear power to the railways.
According to International Business Times, Under the £3-billion contract, EDF would supply around 3.2 terrawatt hours of energy per year to the railway network for the next decade, while providing low-carbon energy generated from its eight nuclear power stations.

East Coast Railway fines 2,040 people for spitting

By Indo Asian News Service 

Bhubaneswar, Jan 12 (IANS) The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has fined 2,040 people for spitting and littering at railway premises in less than a month and collected Rs.128,570 in fines from them, an official said here Saturday.

Assam: Passenger train derails; around 20-25 injured

Haflong: Around 20-25 persons received injuries when two bogies of the Barak Valley passenger train derailed on Saturday afternoon at Dima Hasao Hills district of Assam.

Railways has derailed since I left office: Lalu

Patna, January 12: Criticising the rise in train fares, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today said that the railways have "derailed" since he left the office of railway minister. "The railway has derailed from the track.... The people in power are trying to destroy the lifeline of the country," Prasad told reporters.
Indian Railways Relax Condition in Proof of Identity

 Indian railways has made some relaxation in the condition of production of original Proof of Identity during train travel and particularly for the passengers belonging to the lower economic classes.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rail fares hiked across the board

New Delhi, Jan 9, 2013, DHNS:
New rates from Jan 21 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pre-Budget talks: Unions press for pay commisison
Urge FM to raise income tax threshold to Rs 5 lakh in a year from the present Rs 2 lakh
Shaikh Zoaib Saleem / New Delhi Jan 03, 2013,

Pressing for a people-friendly Budget for 2013-14, trade unions today urgedFinance Minister P Chidambaram and his team to announce the constitution of the seventh pay commission along with raising the income tax threshold to Rs 5 lakh in a year from the present Rs 2 lakh.

 Several Trade Unions, including CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS and BMS, in a joint memorandum to  Shri Chidambaram Hon'able Minster for Finance demanded 

* Unions pitch for hiking I-T exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh/annum
 * Trade unions today demanded 12% interest on PF contributions of employees    


        Executive Director,
        Mechanical Engineering (Traction)
        Railway Board, New Delhi

      The Convener
Uniform Committee,
      Executive Director Establishment (G),  
      Railway Board, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
AILRSA Central Committee  held at Central railway Officers Club, Kalyan on 05.01.13 to 06.01.13, presided by Com. N Sarkar, Working President. Secretary General MN Prasad and different central and Zonal leaders addressed. The meeting discussed the issues prevailing in National level and decided to organise program for pressurising railways to implement SPAD recommendations. There will be Divisional , Zonal and a Parliament march proposed in April. Detailed information will inform by Secretary General. Also CWC decided to support the GENERAL STRIKE by entire working class of India on 20 and 21 Feb 2013, by organising Gate meeting, circulating leaflet, pasting posters.

No.10/02/2011.E.III/A    Government of India  Ministry of Finance   Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 7th January, 2013


Subject:- Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties and responsibilities but carrying the same grade pay.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rail fares may rise substantially to finance mega projects
Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 08, 2013

Elephants to be electronically tagged to avoid train hits


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dear Comrade, to you and your loved ones a very happy safe and prosperous new year.
In solidarity.
Gavin Richards
Vice President

Memorandum submitted to Sri: PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL,
Hon`ble . Minister for Railways on 02.01.2013 at Calicut, Kerala

Respected sir,

Sub:- Reduction of duty hours and implementation of SPAD directives of Railway Board

Rlys ready to give 30% encroached land to dwellers: Muttemwar

NAGPUR: The Indian Railways have 'in principle' agreed to give 30% of its encroached land along the tracks to encroachers provided they return 70% of it to the railways. This was disclosed by Congress MP from Nagpur Vilas Muttemwar on Tuesday.

200 Km per hour trains on Delhi-Mumbai route on track

PTI | Jan 02, 2013,

Dear Comrade Sunish and all comrades included in this email

Seasonal greetings to you all.

As always it is a pleasure to hear from you.

Wishing you a very good 2013.

Kind regards

Mich─Śle Cohen
Community and Public Sector Union WA


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