Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ownership of Indian Railways to remain with Govt: Suresh Prabhu

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | December 31, 2014 

Minister of State Manoj Sinha said that it is the duty of railway administration to fulfill the expectations of railway users and we have to constantly work to improve the image of Indian Railway.

R. Soundara Pandian -  Leader of All India Loco Running Staff Association 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Railway Minister Commissions Solar Plant in Rail Bhawan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Railway official convicted in graft case

      High Level Railway Restructuring Committee.
      At Bangalore.
Respected Sir,
Since Railway is a technically equipped Transport organisation exchange of officers from other Department ie administrative officers (IAS) to Railways is not correct. Present system of IRS should continue. Also present system of Railway Board is to be continued.

High Level Committee for Railway Restructuring

Committee for mobilisation of resources for major railway projects and restructuring of Railway,
Ministry and Railway Board

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children

By Keith Jones
17 December 2014
A terrorist attack Tuesday by the Tehreek-e-Taliban or Pakistan Taliban on a military-supported public school in Peshawar in north-west Pakistan left more than 150 people dead—the vast majority of them children.

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

17 December 2014
Last week, the US Congress approved a bipartisan “pension reform” measure that will undo 40 years of retirement income rights for industrial and other private-sector workers in the United States.

Fill vacancies, demands loco pilots’ forum

Special Correspondent

Loco pilots protest ‘oppression’

Anil Kumar Sastry

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trackman run over by train between Thane and Mulund

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 5:45am IST | Agency: dna
Published on: Dec 16 2014 1:53AM

Trade unions ground flights, cut global rail links

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Diesel Locomotive Shed, New Guwahati is celebrating its 53rdFoundation Day o­n the 12th of December 2014. o­n the occasion of the foundation day, the Shed is organizing an ALL INDIA DIESEL LOCO SEMINAR o­n 12thand 13th Dec 2014 where senior supervisors from Diesel Loco Sheds and Workshops from all over Indian Railways will participate o­n technical discussion o­n maintenance and technological advancements in the field.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Vijayawada and Secunderabad Committee of All India Loco Running Association have Conducted the “RUNNING STAFF CONVENTION” on 12.12.2014 at the PRESS CLUB, Vijayawada.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

World’s longest train journey ends

A goods train from China completed the world’s longest rail journey when it reached Madrid, its final destination, on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Privatisation of Railway Services: Needed a Pragmatic Approach

December 8, 2014

RBI notifies new FDI policy for defence, railways infra

Suburban rail 20 times cheaper than Metro: IISc

Bengaluru: Developing the existing railway infrastructure inside and outside Bengaluru can go a long way in tackling the city's transport mess, an IISc study confirmed. "The government should consider options like suburban rail, which requires minimal intervention and use of existing facilities rather than building anything from scratch," it has said.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

High-level Committee constituted for improving financial health of Indian Railways

To submit its report by December 21

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Indian Railways identifies nine corridors for semi high speed trains

Monday, December 1, 2014

Railway Board Exam Racket Busted in Hyderabad, 30 Held

 01st December 2014 0

Hi-Tech mass copying in Railway Exams

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Imagine bullet train to Capital in 6 hours flat

R Mohan | December 01, 2014,

China to offer aid for India high-speed rail study

Faulty rail signals put lives at risk

Smriti Sharma Vasudeva, Bengaluru, Nov 30, 2014, DHNS :

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Meghalaya on Country’s Railway Map

30th November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Committee on Restructuring of Railways Ministry of Railways have constituted a committee on 22.09.2014 with a tenure of one year for “Mobilization of resources for major Railway projects and Re-structuring of Railways, Ministry & Railway Board” under the chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy. The terms of reference of the committee are:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

High-speed train: Chinese delegation to visit Mysuru

R. Krishna Kumar

AILRSA 20th All India Conference Report:

All India Loco Running Staff Association 20th All India Conference held at Chithorgarh( Rajasthan), Rathlam Division of Western Railway on 15 & 16 November 2014.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

China to offer aid for India high-speed rail study


Monday, November 24, 2014

Anti-corrosive Rail Tracks to be Introduced Soon

 24th November 2014
KOCHI: Keeping in mind the corrosion of railway tracks owing to bio-waste droppings from toilets, the Railways will soon introduce highly efficient anti-corrosion coated rail tracks in the country.

14 Railway Projects in State on Chopping Block

24th November 2014

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The Railway Ministry plans to shelve projects worth over Rs 10,000 crore in Karnataka as part of a larger move to freeze non-starter schemes across the country.
Altogther 160 such projects, including 47 in the four southern states worth nearly Rs 41,000 crore, will be affected. A majority of these were sanctioned when Lalu Yadav and Mamata Banerjee were railway ministers.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Delhi, dated : 13.11.2014
Ministry of Railways decided to constitute one man committee headed by Sri E.Sridharan, former Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to suggest a proper system and procedure to ensure proper accountability and transparency at the General Managers and other functionaries’ level for taking all commercial decisions, including that of tendering.

Railway Board referred Running, Additional and Breakdown allowances to 7th Pay Commission for consideration…

Railway Board has referred three allowances (viz. Running Allowance, Additional Allowance and Breakdown Allowance) to 7th Central Pay Commission for their consideration and recommendation.

Railway officer gets jail for Rs 100 bribe in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: An officer of central railways posted in Katni district of Madhya Pradesh has been convicted by a CBI court for taking a bribe of Rs 100 from a gangman for marking him 'present' in the attendance register two decades ago.

Suresh Prabhu flies to Mumbai to fix railways

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bombay high court slams railways for blaming Mumbai mishap victim

Eurostar train breaks down in France with power failure

Eurostar passengers say the train broke down at Lille after suffering a broken cable leaving them in darkness, unable to open doors

Suresh Prabhu puts high-speed rail corridors on fast track

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elected Central Office Bearers on 20th BGM of AILRSA :
At Chithorgarh, Western Railway on 15 & 16 Nov 2014.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Railway Minister holds out promise

Nov 11 2014 : The Times of India (Bangalore)
RAILWAYS - Soft-spoken mantri out, policy guru helms railway machine

Updated: November 11, 2014 11:15 IST

Sadananda Gowda’s exit from Railways may hit projects

Govind D. Belgaumkar

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bank workers plan All India strike

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), a joint forum of five workmen unions and five officers’ associations has given a call to observe a one-day All India strike on November 12, 2014. 

Union cabinet rejig, expansion - DVS to lose railways portfolio?

The failure of the Indian imagination

Gautam Bhatia

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Railway Minister Launches a Book “Art & Railways – A Bangalore Saga” Written by Railway Officers

This is the First Book Published by National Rail Museum

City’s seen 2,600 rail deaths in just 9 mths

'Custodians' of India's vast rail network

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

           MK Shaji, General Secretary, AILRSA, SCR.
Dear Locomen,
            This is probably one of the last chances for us, my dear loco running brother, to get up from the slumber and act.  The much awaited VII CPC was constituted and AILRSA has submitted a detailed memorandum to it, followed by a short interview in Bangalore. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

  As part of efforts to translate into reality the ambitious vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start bullet trains in India, the Railway Ministry has commissioned a study on a high speed railway line between New Delhi and Chennai, to be conducted by China's High Speed Rail company. Railway Board last week issued an order to conduct a feasibility study on a high speed Rail line between New Delhi and Chennai to the China Rail High speed (CRH).

Bold reforms in store in Rail Budget

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Original Application No.962 of 2013             Tuesday, this the 21st day of October, 2014.
AILRSA & 2 others.                                                                                         ......Applicant
Union of India & 4 others                                                                                 .......Respondents
            This Original Application having been heard on 23.09.2014, the Tribunal on 21.10.2014 delivered the following:-

Original Application No.180/00272/2014                               Wednesday this the 1st October 2014.
K.S.Gopalakrishnan                                                                                          ......Applicant
Union of India & 6 others                                                                                 .......Respondents
            This application having been heard on 17th September, 2014 the Tribunal on 1st October 2014 delivered the following:-

Friday, October 31, 2014

Shifting of Tipu’s armoury soon

R. Krishna Kumar

Bangalore–Mysore track-doubling work to gain momentum

Nelamangala journey gets comfy with morning train

First high speed train on Delhi-Agra sector on Nov 10

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Railway Union’s red flag to Board restructure plan


Expressing concern over the government’s move to restructure the Railway Board and separating policy making from operations, a Railwaymen’s body on Wednesday said the move would lead to “chaos”.
“In the name of re-organisation, separating the policy making from operations, may lead to chaos,” National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NIFR) general Secretary M. Raghavaiah said.
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New DelhI — 110001

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CBI finds Rs 10 lakh in drainpipes of railway officer's house

Oct 25, 2014,

Pollution along rail tracks needs to be attended with utmost sincerity: NGT

New Delhi: Anguished over the failure of a committee to even suggest measures for tackling the problem of human excreta and waste dumping along railway tracks, the National Green Tribunal on Monday expressed dissatisfaction saying such serious issue needs to be attended with utmost sincerity.

Bullet trains in India: pros and cons

While the country seemed excited when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a diamond quadrilateral of bullet trains to connect the four major cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai in his venture called “Smart cities” project, critics have a lot to say. There are reasons to be happy about this project and there are reasons that drive us to ponder if this is the first priority of a nation with majority of its population below poverty line. Let us look at it from all point of views and generate our own opinion on this.

Loco-pilot stops train citing mental depression

S. Sundar
A loco-pilot on Monday stopped an express train midway, near Tirunelveli, saying he was “depressed” as Southern Railway’s Madurai Division had not settled some of his grievances.

Officials take pledge to end corruption

Staff Reporter
Personnel of various Central and State Government departments undertook a pledge to combat corruption to mark the beginning of Vigilance Awareness Week from Monday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

AILRSA/SBC Divn/12/2014                                                   Dt: 16/10/2014
        Divisional Railway Manager
        Bangalore Division
        South Western Railway

Railway officials in a fix over freeze on some promotions

Srinand Jha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 26, 2014

Learn about Indian Nobel laureates while on the go

Jaideep Deo Bhanj

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Goods Train hits another goods train in Latehar, disrupts rail movement.
Letehar 26 Oct 2014.

Nitish seeks apology, compensation from Railway ministry

PTI [ Updated 26 Oct 2014, 17:42:44 ]

Friday, October 24, 2014

3 railway staff accused of sexual harassment

VADODARA: The Vadodara railway division of Western Railway (WR) has transferred three supervisors from its engineering section after receiving complaint of sexual harassment against them.
The Secretary,
7th central pay commission. 

Hon. Sir/Madam,
Our central organisation ALL INDIA LOCO RUNNING STAFF ASSOCIATION [AILRSA], representating the loco running staff of Indian Railway, submitted memorandom to you your kind honour. Loco running staff means the employees i.e. ASSISTANT LOCO PILOT, SHUNTING LOCO PILOT, LOCO PILOT GOODS, LOCO PILOT PASSANGER AND LOCO PILOT MAIL, who are appointed to work the locomotive and trains in Indian Railway. 

Senior Railway Board official arrested by CBI on graft charges

 New Delhi: A senior Railway Board official was caught red-handed on Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly receiving Rs.5 lakh in bribe from a tour operator to facilitate special trains and additional coaches for tourists.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

China’s ‘Railway Development Fund’ to help ease CRC’s financial woes

Beijing:  China’s newly established railway development fund might serve as an expedient measure to help finance the country’s railroad construction projects over the next two years and help ease financial pressure on the China Railway Corporation (CRC) as it is mired in heavy debt after it took over a portion of business from the former Ministry of Railways in 2013, Guangzhou’s Southern Weekly reports.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Biggest German rail strike on busy autumn weekend

German rail travellers on Saturday faced delays and disruptions on one of autumn’s busiest travel weekends as the train drivers’ union began one of its largest strikes in recent years.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Contempt notice to Railway Board chief in New Delhi

Mohammed Iqbal

The Delhi High Court has issued notice to Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar on a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him for failing to comply with its direction to appoint a committee for review of the Katra-Banihal section of railway line to Kashmir.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Station masters decry overwork

Anil Kumar Sastry

To stage protest demonstration in Bangalore on Wednesday

MANGALORE: Railway Station Masters, who work behind the scenes for smooth operation of trains, have now decided to come out in the open highlighting their grievances. Important among them is that they are being overwork without a weekly break.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chennai-Mysore High Speed Rail May Not Reach Full Speed: Report

BANGALORE: A preliminary inspection for the Chennai-Mysore High Speed Rail Link by a team consisting of railway authorities is said to have revealed that at present the trains will travel at a speed of 85 km per hour.

Railway brass under CBI lens for nod to rejected sleepers

BHOPAL: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated an inquiry against top officers of Indian railways for doling out 'special favours' to a Chhattisgarh company for allegedly supplying sub-standard and rejected concrete sleepers thus putting lives of commuters to risk.

First Pvt Cargo Train to Chug off Tomorrow

Published: 14th October 2014 

China's fast track to high-speed rail exports

13 October 2014 Chris Lo

In little over a decade China has progressed from a high-speed rail novice to the host of the world's largest high-speed network. Now the country is focussing on foreign markets, where lower costs and efficient construction are making its companies a match for the high-speed specialists of Europe and Japan.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

London’s new ‘driverless’ Tube trains slammed by unions

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BJP’s ‘make railways better’ portal a big hit

Srinand Jha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 09, 2014
Material for uniforms for Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and other employees can be purchased from the National Textile Corporation. This would help break the government/suppliers nexus and also help revive the finances of the NTC mills.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Austrian Co, ‘Schuhfried’ to conduct Psychological Tests on Loco Pilots to improve Safety

 Mumbai: A spate of train accidents in the recent past have forced the Centre to bring in the most modern technology and mechanism to ensure passenger safety.

Taiwan Govt to opt PPP in High Speed Rail and other Infra Projects to prevent losses

Plan to stop Taiwan’s high-speed rail going bust set for review.  Indian Infrastructure Cos. keen to evaluate options in PPP models in High Speed Rail and other Infrastructure projects

Train drivers, pilots' strikes target German freight

BERLIN Tue Oct 7, 2014

New device to prevent collision of trains now

NEW DELHI : Accidents caused by two trains running on the same track can be prevented through a light depending resistor instrument that will automatically slow them down to avoid the crash.

12 bogies of a goods train derails near Chiplun


Twelve wagons of a goods train derailed on Tuesday between Chiplun and Kamathe section of the Konkan Railway, disrupting train movement on the route.

Railway bending rules, standards for PM Modi's plan

Srinand Jha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 08, 2014
In its zeal to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme of increasing speeds of passenger trains, the railways is bending the railways design and standards organisation (RDSO)-established standards on passenger safety.

Column: Reforming Railways

Soon after assuming office in 2004, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasised on restructuring the bureaucracy to improve the country’s governance. He set up an administrative reforms commission and remained content ever after. The Modi government, too, has opted to get an MRI for the Railways, knowing well that no other public institution in the country has been studied and analysed as extensively.

Monday, October 6, 2014

20th All India Conference

Unions wary of Chinese participation in Railways modernisation and Bullet Train projects

Chennai (MAS): Last month, India and China signed MoUs and exchanged documents on strengthening Indian Railways and last week, Union railway minister Sadananda Gowda confirmed, during his visit to Chennai, that railways was in track with China on technology development and this had created a trigger among various railway trade unions in south India.

Lucknow Mail derails in Ghaziabad

Vishal Kant

Saturday, October 4, 2014

32 killed, 50 injured in stampede during Dussehra celebrations in Patna's Gandhi Maidan

PATNA: 32 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a stampede near Gandhi Maidan on Friday evening after the Ravan vadh programme which was a part of Dussehra celebrations.

SHRC: 3 night shifts in a row for loco pilots harmful

Special Correspondent

Loco Pilot Night Duty: SHRC Cautions Railways

Locopilot seeks rest, gets paycut

DC CORRESPONDENT | October 04, 2014,

Gorakhpur train accident blamed on driver fatigue

NEW DELHI: Tuesday's train accident near Gorakhpur that killed 12 passengers and left 45 injured has once again highlighted the shortage of loco pilots in railways and the heavy workload being shared by the ones on duty.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Collision Between Passenger Trains in Uttar Pradesh; 6 Killed, 40 Injured

Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda suspends station master for dirty lavatories

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 10:23pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: PTI

Brindavan Express turns 50 today

Renuka Phadnis
It was on this day in 1964 that the Brindavan Express began its journey for the first time between Bangalore and Chennai.
Oct 01 2014 : The Times of India (Bangalore)
Long innings: Brindavan Exp chugs past 50th year

On October 1, 1964, history was created when the Southern Railway introducted the first day-time intercity express between Chennai (then Madras) and Bangalore.Named Brindavan Express after the famous Brindavan Gardens in Mysore, the train, which was first introduced on an experimental basis, turned out to be the ideal choice for tourists.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

High-speed train feasibility study after Dasara

New Delhi, Sep 29, 2014, DHNS:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Japan’s bullet train hits half century

September 29, 2014
Less than two decades after a bitter World War II defeat that left much of the country in ruins, Japan was at the cutting edge with its sleek, airplane-shaped "shinkansen" that glided over great distances of newly-laid track.

World’s Fastest Train Plan Boosted as Risk Drops: Japan Credit

September 28, 2014

Rail restructuring to begin soon: Bibek Debroy

Srinand Jha , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 29, 2014
Noted economist Bibek Debroy – chairman of the newly constituted committee on rail restructuring – indicated on Saturday that the public transporter’s organisational revamp exercise will begin in the next few months.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stone-pelting, a challenge for Railways

Renuka Phadnis

Loco Pilots demand implementation of Railway Board directives on Signal Passing at Danger

 Chennai (MAS): More than 200 loco pilots affiliated to the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) staged a protest near Southern Railway headquarters demanding the railways implement safety regulations and guidelines to prevent accidents caused by human error.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Railways FDI in operations too

Panel set up to restructure Railway Board

NAGPUR: The Railway Board has constituted a committee to take forward the budget announcements made by minister of railways regarding mobilization of resources for major railway projects and restructuring of railway ministry and Railway Board.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cash-starved Indian Railways sets up departmental panel to speed up FDI

Indigenous Ultra Sonic Flaw Detector Automation System for inspecting tracks on the move

 Chennai (MAS):  In a country where railway tracks run over thousands of kilometres, the Railways continues to use an outdated technology for inspecting them.

Arvind Panagariya likely to head Committee for restructuring Railway Board

Monday, September 22, 2014




To                                                                    To
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,                       RAIL BHAVAN,
NEW DELHI.                                        NEW DELHI.

                               Through General Manager

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New railways policy raises brows as board chairman retains “absolute” powers in appointment

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Delhi: Close on the heels of India joining hands with Japan for the first bullet train project, another pact was signed on Thursday with China to take up feasibility study on a stretch to be identified later.
Also, China will help railways to run a semi-high speed train (160 kmph) on the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore stretch.

Yelahanka–Gooty railway line electrification likely by March

Anil Kumar Sastry

Four high-speed rail corridors planned

T.V. Sivanandan

Memorandum of understanding to be signed with China

        PF Number:……………………………, Bank Account Number:………………………….

     Sri. Pradeep Kumar Saxena,
     General Manager,
     South Western Railway,
     Kesavpur, Hubli.


Sub: Payment of PLB 2014 through Bank-Reg.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two committees formed for fire safety audit in Railways

The Southern Railway has informed the Madras High Court that it has constituted two committees for a comprehensive fire safety audit on railways.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Importance of Sep 19:

Strike by the Central Government employees and the Railwaymen took place on 19th September, 1968. Against the Government’s refusal to refer the demands of the Central Government employees for arbitration as provided for in the JCM Scheme & also  had gone on strike demanding 100% neutralization of increase in cost of living index and automatic payment of DA. The strike finally yielded result in the form of recommendation of 3rd CPC
In this strike 48,000 Central Government employees were served with notices of termination of service, Against this massive victimization, the leaders of the Central Government employees, including the General Secretary of the AIRF, went on an indefinite fast in front of the Parliament in New Delhi. The Government of India was forced to withdraw the discharge notices and consequently all the discharged employees were reinstated in service. 

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