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West Central Railway becomes first zone to achieve 100% electrification

The West Central Railway (WCR) has become the first zonal railway in the country which has its entire rail network electrified. The WCR is the only zonal railway that runs passengers and goods trains using electricity. The entire 3,012 km electrification of the Kota, Jabalpur, Bhopal divisions of the WCR will help the railway save...

Broad gauge line connecting Ahmedabad-Udaipur to be ready by mid-2021

The broad gauge line connecting Ahmedabad and Udaipur is likely to be ready by mid-2021. Notably, the crucial project so far has missed several deadlines due to multiple factors. In the first phase, Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar broad gauge work has been completed and even trains were operated on this route. Recently track laying work was completed on...

All regular train services to remain cancelled till Aug 12

All regular mail, express and passenger services as well as suburban trains which had been cancelled till June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic will now remain cancelled till August 12, the Railway Board said on Thursday. Sources said the decision was taken keeping in mind the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country....

Retired railway employees who were re-engaged likely to lose job

With income at an all-time low, the Indian Railways has resorted to cost-cutting measures. And, as part of the cost-cutting measures, thousands of retired railway employees who were re-engaged in 2019 are likely to lose their jobs. The move is also driven by other factors such as the increased vulnerability of retirees to COVID-19 on...

Railway vendors not ready to open stalls on platforms despite order

At a time when the migrants travelling through Shramik Special trains are dying enroute their destination due to starvation and dehydration among the scorching weather conditions, the Railways Food Vending Association has said it is not ready to begin services on platforms due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and urged officials not to pressure it...

Kerala minister Thomas Isaac asks railways to “stop ranting and behave responsibly”

Amid a political slugfest between the Maharashtra government and railways over special trains for migrants, Kerala minister Thomas Isaac slammed the Centre on Tuesday night for sending trains to the state without prior information. Alleging that the Railways wanted to be a super spreader of the deadly novel coronavirus in Kerala, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac...

21 babies born onboard Shramik Special trains since May 1

Twenty-one babies were born onboard the Shramik Special trains since May 1 when these trains meant for ferrying stranded migrants started operations. Mamta Yadav boarded a Shramik Special train on May 8 at Gujarat’s Jamnagar. She was travelling single. But, by the time her destination station in Bihar arrived, she had a companion in her...

Railways to start more trains soon: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said more trains will be allowed soon. He said it was time to take India towards normalcy after weeks of shutdown to slow the spread of coronavirus. “We will announce the resumption of more trains; it is time to take India towards normalcy,” Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying...

With new do’s & don’ts, limited passenger trains in India operational from Tuesday

Passenger trains in the country will begin operations from Tuesday onwards. Initially 15 trains will begin operations, Indian Railways said. All passenger trains will be run with AC coaches only and with limited stoppages. The fare will be equivalent to the ticket fare that is charged for Rajdhani Train, the Ministry of Railways said. The...

Migrants on first special train get roses, food packets on arrival in Ranchi

Migrant workers who had boarded the first special train specifically run to ferry workers were in for a surprise on reaching Ranchi on Friday midnight. The migrants were welcomed with roses and packets of food before continuing their journey to different parts of Jharkhand. Earlier, the first special train ferrying migrants left from Telangana for...

No gauge conversion of railway track passing through Gir: Centre

The Union Government has reassured that there will not be any gauge conversion of the railway track passing through Gir. The government said that Talala-Visavadar meter gauge is a part of Veraval-Talala-Visavadar gauge conversion project, which has been included in the Budget 2017-18. Presently, it has been decided to retain this section as Meter Gauge...

Good News for People Traveling by Train, IRCTC Gave Special Facility Through ‘Book Now Pay Later’

Many times it happens that you have to book the tickets for the train but you can’t because of lack of money. But now the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has started a facility through which you can book tickets even without paying the money. The name of this facility of IRCTC is...