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Today (01:24) India’s longest train journey upgraded with Utkrisht (morungexpress.com)
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Maligaon, February 15 (MExN): India longest journey train Vivek Express (15905 / 15906) which runs between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari has been upgraded recently with various passenger friendly amenities under “Project Utkrisht” by the Tinsukia Division of N.F. Railway. The Vivek Express covers the distance of 4273 kms in 79 hrs (Approx) with 57 intermediate stoppages, a press release from NFR informed.
The newly modified rake with all its upgraded features and with the new colour scheme on the exterior – beige and maroon was flagged off on February 9 from Dibrugarh station by the senior most technician of Dibrugarh Coaching Depot, Akhtar Hussain who will retire from service this month in presence of Divisional Railway Manager / Tinsukia Division and other senior
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The implementation of the Project Utkrisht is a dashboard item of the Railway Minister, monitored by the Railway Minister personally on regular basis. The target for upgrading the rakes is by March 31 after which more such rakes will be taken up in the next phase under this project.

  
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project utkrisht is good in its own way.. but still i believe IR should give priority to provide lhb coaches and cbc coupled icf rakes

  
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Purane icf ka use h kuch salo k ly
Sbko upgrade krle fare badhaenge fir 10-15%
Kuki abhi badha dia to problem hoga
Kuch basic facilities improve krke denge to shi rhaga like mahamana
  
Today (01:50) Tricolour flies at a 100-ft high at Central - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway has installed one of the tallest flag masts in the city at the historic Chennai Central railway station. The 100-foot flag mast was inaugurated by General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha on Friday.
A senior official of the Southern Railway said the flag mast, located in front of the entrance to the railway station , weighing around 2 tonnes, was made of galvanised iron pipes at a cost of ₹15 lakh. The position of the flag mast was selected based on the prevailing wind force and direction.
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of polyester and cotton. The 60-ft-wide flag weighs around 9.50 kg. The flag can be hoisted both manually and electronically, sources said.
The railway official said the flag mast was installed as per the order of the Railway Ministry, which planned to install flag masts at 75 major stations of the Indian Railways. The Southern Railway has installed flag masts in railway stations coming under various divisions, including Coimbatore, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam South and Kozhikode. The Railways Department has plans to install flag masts at Chennai Egmore and Thrissur shortly.
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Today (01:48) PM Modi flags off India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Train Tag: New Delhi - Varanasi Vande Bharat Express/22436 added by Rahul^~/1874965
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the Vande Bharat Express at New Delhi station on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena
The inaugural trip of India’s first semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
The train, named ‘Train 18’ at the concept stage, is a plush 16-coach, air-conditioned, self-propelled train set and doesn’t have a locomotive.
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express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, with halts at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will complete the 780-km journey in eight hours, slicing off 180 minutes from the current travel time of 11-and-a-half hours. This is India’s fastest train to date, capable of commercial speeds up to 160 km per hour. On the Delhi-Varanasi route, however, its top speed would be restricted to 130 km per hour. The train will start commercial operations on this route on February 17. The tickets for that date are already sold out.
A big crowd gathered to witness the launch of the train in Delhi, greeting its flagging-off with excited chants of ‘Vande Mataram’. Many onlookers tried to take selfies with the gleaming blue-and-white train and even tried to touch it. Cell phone-wielding crowds and selfie-mania greeted the train at both Kanpur and Allahabad.
The express will have two travel classes: executive and chair car, similar to the Shatabdi. From Delhi to Varanasi, an air-conditioned chair car ticket will cost ₹1,760, while the executive class fare will be ₹3,310. In the return direction, the chair car and executive class tickets will cost ₹1,700 and ₹3,260 respectively. The fares are inclusive of catering charges.
Keeping with the Railways’ stated aim of offering a “totally new travel experience” to passengers, the train’s interiors have the look and feel of a commercial airplane.
On board the Vande Bharat Express
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday told reporters that the tendering process for the manufacture of 30 more semi-high speed trains like Vande Bharat Express, has already begun. Additionally, the Prime Minister’s approval has been sought for 100 more such train sets.
“The major systems of this train have been designed and built in India. It meets global standards of performance, safety and passenger comfort at half the global costs. It therefore has the potential to be a game-changer in the global rail business,” said an official, adding, “This is only the first train of its kind. Based on customer feedback, further improvements can be made.”
Built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, the Vande Bharat Express has a total seating capacity of 1,128 passengers. All the coaches are equipped with automatic doors, a GPS-based passenger information system, and free WiFi. But the Wi-Fi can only be used to access select entertainment content provided by the Railways. The toilets are bio-vacuum type, similar to those on airplanes. On the downside, the chair car seats are not very comfortable, though the leg space is adequate. In contrast, the executive class seats are plush and can rotate 180 degrees. Every coach has a pantry with facilities to serve hot meals, and hot or cold beverages. The coaches are also well insulated from outside noise.
The train which left New Delhi railway station at 11.20 a.m. reached its terminus, Varanasi at 9.37 p.m. after a 40-minute halt at Kanpur and a 90-minute halt at Allahabad. The train did not stick to its scheduled timings as it was its inaugural run.
 
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Today (01:46) Indian railways’ train stops for the Mahindra Bolero [Video] (www.cartoq.com)
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Indian railways boasts of having the fourth largest rail network in the world. But even they had to bow down in front of the Mahindra Bolero which is India’s largest selling UV or Utility Vehicle. Jokes aside, this video seems to have taken place in Uttar Pradesh and is being widely circulated in various Facebook and WhatsApp groups off late. Hit the click button to see what happened:
As seen in the video above, a UK or Uttrakhand registered (hilly state next to Uttar Pradesh) Mahindra Bolero can be seen stuck on the railway track. Being a 2WD vehicle without a rear differential lock, one wheel seems to be spinning away mercilessly as the other is stuck on the rail metal line.
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Some people are seen frantically waving at the Northern Railway train to stop before any disaster happens. Thankfully, the driver of the train must have spotted the commotion from far away or was maintaining slow speeds in this small town. Either which way, a major tragedy was everted here. The train had to wait patiently till the Bolero was removed from its path.
Helpful pedestrians in the meantime can be seen helping the Bolero get out of the situation into safer environs. We can also see the car come out of the mess towards the later part of the video – much to the relief of the driver. It seems this trail is a short-cut used by drivers to bypass the city jam but this time around, the driver learnt a good lesson!
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The Indian railways is improving its infrastructure rapidly but such ‘short-cuts’ need to be taken care of. We are days away from launch of yet another milestone in the form of Train 18 that can travel at speeds of upto 160 km/h in North India and yet, such videos crop up every now and then. Imagine a fully loaded train hitting a relatively light weight vehicle at triple digit speeds! At the same time, awareness have to increase in the mind of drivers to respect other forms of transport and not gamble with their lives for a few minutes.
  
Today (01:23) Railways to produce 100 set of Train-18 (www.deccanherald.com)
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The Railways will produce 100 set of Train- 8 to run on semi-high speed routes across the country,  Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday.
The Minister was speaking to accompanying media persons in the Train-18, which was rechristened as Vande Bharat Express. The train was on inaugural journey from New Delhi to Varanasi.
"PM Narendra Modi asked the Railways to produce 100 more Train-18 and for producing 30 trains, tender has been finalised," he said.
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of Train-18 with indigenous technology is successful of Make In India programme, the minister said.
The minister also said that all railway tracks on Golden Quadrilateral routes will be upgraded with better infrastructure to enable to run train at a speed of 160 km per hour.
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