Posted by: nrm2010 | February 7, 2010


Here are a few random photos from the day. We’ll keep adding more over the next few days.

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Day 1 Round Up

The pre lunch session saw the Convention formally inaugurated by none other than Mr. SS Khurana, the Chairman – Railway Board. Mr. Khurana read a glowing speech on IRFCA and professed interest in becoming a member as well.

An interesting presentation on bridges, stations and black beauties was delivered by Mr. Vinoo Mathur, former GM – NR & former Member Traffic.

This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Ashwani Lohani – DRM, Delhi Divn on restoring rail heritage in MP.

The lunch menu consisted of Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Lababdar, Rogan Josh, Adarki Aloo Gobhi, Veg Manchurian, Noodles, Pulao and much more.

After digging into the lunch with gusto, the delegates were off to the Tughalakabad Diesel Loco Shed. The visit was graciously arranged by Mr. Ashwani Lohani.

Apart from being shown the loco shed, repair bays and other locations, delegates also saw the famed loco simulator at the shed and some of then even went for a walk around the yard.

After braving Delhi traffic, delegates were back at the NRM for the evening sessions which were started with coffee and pakoras.

A presentation was made by officials from IRCTC who are also our lead sponsors along with IRFCA Member Vikas Chander. IRCTC PPT covered various rail tourism initiatives being carried out by them.

As the evening wore on, chicken tikkas, kebabs & cutlets were passed around while the inimitable Dr. Ian Manning regaled us with stories from his travels across India. This was followed by more stories by IRFCA Member Mr. V Anand and Mr. Romesh Sethi, President ISRS.

Winding up the day were two tributes to the WCG2 by Jattin Bhavsar & Poochivenkat.

Dinner had Butter Chicken, Kadhai Paneer, Daal Makhni, Palak Makai Kofta, Rara Gosht Masala along with Gajar Halwa.

Sunday morning promises to be even more exciting – A whole new format for the IRFCA Quiz followed by the first ever IRFCA Awards.

Watch this space….. so long for now.

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Pre Lunch Sessions and Food!

Apologies for the interruption in the blogging. We had some technical issues that couldn’t be solved in time.

The pre-lunch sessions had a host of senior IR officials talking about railways, their own experiences and their love for the railways.

The attendees are now off to the TKD Diesel shed for a visit.

We’ll start updating once the program starts in the evening.

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Guest speakers from the railways

Next up are a host of senior officials from IR. The list of speakers will include Secretary, Railway Board and Chairman, Railway Board. The talks will be on heritage and other aspects of the railways.

Live blogging will be slow during this time!

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Tea Break

Time to give my fingers a break, folks. I am off get a cuppa. See you all in about 15 min.

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Traffic Management around VT – Ashish and Jayant

  • This is going to be amazing!
  • Ashish explaining the history of the construction of the line to Kalyan and beyond.
  • VT-Currey Road was quadrupled in 1905

  • Originally, the harbour line was only till Reay Road because steam locos couldn’t handle the ramp outside Sandhurst Rd.
  • Kurla-Chembur opened in 1924
  • Reay Rd-CSTM with a ramp at Sandhurst Rd in 1925
  • Electrification happened in the same year. Feb 1st 1925 was the first EMU run on the line.
  • GIPR mainline electrified only in 1926.
  • Chembur-Mankhurd opened in 1950. The Thane Creek bridge was being constructed during this time.
  • 1998 makred the first run to Panvel by an EMU.
  • Ashish quickly running through the various milestones
  • Some wonderful old historic pictures around the Harbour line.
  • Picture of  woodden bodied EMU climbing the ramp at Sandhurst Rd.
  • VT/CSTM had 14 platforms in 1929!
  • Smoking banned in locals in 1976.
  • Now onto the route layout in CSTM
  • A nice diagram explaining the whole thing
  • Ashish and Jayant walking us through the dispatch routes from various platforms
  • Difference between morning and evening dispatch patterns discussed.
  • Different types of EMU rakes: 9 car DC, 12 car DC. 12 car DC-AC BHEL made rakes, 12 car DC-AC Siemens, MRVC made rakes and 9 car MRVC to be introduced soon.
  • Next slide – how rakes are handled from CSTM to KSRA via SDG-TNA-DI-SDG. SDG is Sidings at the various stns.
  • Now a walkthrough the functions of a car shed – inducting and testing, repairs and deciding rake links.
  • Key people manning the various operations – Control office, pf. inspector, indicator inspector, announcer, crew controllers etc;

  • More details about the various operators.
  • Apparently, one common code for the southbound (Karjat) trains is ‘Shankar’
  • There are no weekly off’s for motormen and guards
  • A sample crew link is being explained.

  • Rake inspections for the first trains of the day start at around 1AM at CSTM.
  • Ashish setting up the ‘big picture’ using a nice chart

Folks, we are a wrap up for the presentation. We’ll have the ppt uploaded so that you can get all the details. Too vast to blog effectively!

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Ajai Banerjee and the Assam Rail Link construction

  • Ajai introduces the topic
  • First slide lays out the route before 1947
  • Complicated route to Guwahati! BG, MG and then a ferry!
  • A few excerpts from the 1943 Bradshaw.
  • In 1943 there were no direct trains from North India. Only indirect passengers and then some ferries.
  • Ajai explaining the missing links after 1947
  • More on the construction phases around Siliguri and Sivok
  • A new zone for Assam was created. And a new alignment for the MG to be made.
  • Siliguri-Haldibari section – First MG, then BG and then MG and finally BG. Phew!

  • Subsequent developments include a massive flood destroying the NG line in the Teesta valley.
  • Mokemeh bridge and Farakka Barrage inauguarations.
  • BG lines began moving into Assam in the 60’s but reached Guwahati only in the late 80’s.
  • In 1975, the important trains were the Assam Mail and the Avadh Tirhut mail
  • Now questions are being taken.
  • Raghuram from Ahmedabad expanding on a few points including the weird nature of uni-directional couplings of MG stock.
  • Unique alignment around Barsoi Jn. and New Mal Jn. being explained by Raghuram.
  • Starts off with a few clips from old Bollywood movies.
  • Vikas mentions the the various design standards of Indian steam locos
  • Beautiful stamps from old. Wow!
  • An A-Class from the Jodhpur Railway makes this first day cover amazing.
  • Vikas walking us through all the various NG locos and their associated stamps. He tells us that the current loco working on the KVR was plinthed initially and restored to steam.
  • Now, moving on to the BESA designs. Reduction in various models.
  • Beautiful old special issue labels from SER
  • Now onto the American designs knows as MAWD.
  • More stamps of the WP from all over the world.

  • Beautiful blue special covers featuring a YP.
  • Wow! A wonderful cover featuring the Batasia loop.
  • Vikas walking us through the end of steam with a stamp of ‘Antim Sitara’, the last WG to be manufactured.

Vikas gets a standing ovation for his amazing philately work.

Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Session 1 – Intro

Allright, everything is rolling along and we are starting the first session. Keep scrolling down for updates.

  • Shanx makes the intro and we are all introducing ourselves to the rest of the gang.
  • Lots of new faces and from lots of new places. And kids in the hall get a standing ovation 🙂
  • And as usual, VSP gets a huge whistling ovation 🙂
  • Sid Ganesh’s been annointed the official photographer!
  • A few pointers on the sessions and the format of the quiz.
Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010


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