Texmaco Rail & Engineering, one of the leading heavy engineering companies in the country, Tuesday entered into definitive documentation to purchase the entire shareholding of UGL Rail Services, Australia in Texmaco UGL Rail for a nominal aggregate consideration of Rs 1. Pursuant to the acquisition of the aforesaid shares, Texmaco UGL […]

Texmaco Rail acquires balance 50% stake in UGL Rail Services


Rly Qtrs Adityapur
It was reliably learnt that ‘insiders’ within the Railways are acting behind such malpractices and illegal activities, particularly on Kharagpur and Chakradharpur Divisions of SER since times immemorial Adityapur: Hoodlums have captured as many as 25 railway quarters near Adityapur station and let them out on rent since the past […]

Goons grab Railway Quarters in Adityapur in Chakradharpur Division


safety IR
New Delhi: Expressing concern over a spate of train accidents in recent times, Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal has instructed Divisional Railway Managers across the country to inspect all railway sections, identify vulnerable areas and take up corrective steps to improve the safety measures. The circular comes in the wake […]

Railway Ministry to identify vulnerable accident areas



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New Delhi: The ongoing negotiations between the wagon industry and the government has failed with most of the wagons makers refusing to accept the revised pricing for the Railways’s wagon order. This has forced leading industrialist and Texmaco chairman Saroj Poddar to voice his concerns, saying the government would fail […]

Wagon makers reject Railways’ Dual Pricing formula


Suresh Prabhu at a seminar
Station development project to attract 20 billion USD: Suresh Prabhu New Delhi:  Days after a report that the Prime Minister’s Office had expressed concern over a slow pace of spending by the railways, minister Suresh Prabhu said they’d “far exceed” the capital expenditure target of Rs 8.5 lakh crore set […]

Indian Railways will exceed Rs 8.5 Lakh Crore 5 Year ...


The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the launch of the Indian Railway Knowledge Portal namely (www.kportal.indianrailways.gov.in) through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 28, 2015
New Delhi: Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today launched Indian Railway Knowledge Portal namely www.kportal.indianrailways.gov.in which has aggregated most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways at one location and has also tried to encompass as much knowledge as possible, by linking websites, documents etc. for dissemination of knowledge […]

Railway Minister launches Indian Railways Knowledge Portal



R.K. Gupta addresses a news conference in Guwahati on Monday
Guwahati (GWH): The Northeast Frontier Railway will soon launch a smart phone-based application system, R-Mitra, to ensure women’s safety and another application system for assistance of passengers. N.F.Railway General Manager R.K.Gupta said here that R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Internet Tracking Response and Assistance) that was introduced by Eastern Railway last month […]

NFR launches 2 rail Apps for Women Safety & Information


Delhi Metro Rail Corp MD Mangu Singh (R) receives IGBC’s Platinum Rating from its Chairperson PC Jain for adhering to Green Building norms for all the stations on its Faridabad corridor, in New Delhi (subject based representational image)
IGBC expects stations from Gujarat to be selected for the pilot project that will be carried out for this new rating system New Delhi: Now Railway Stations in India will go green. In the next six months, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) will be coming up with a star-rating system […]

IGBC to develop Star-Rating system for Railway Stations; to push ...


The map shows the first 100 stations that will have high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2016 (Courtesy: Google Asia-Pacific Blog)
Google Inc., CEO Sundar Pichai declares that Google had partnered with RailTel for enabling Wi-Fi at 500 Railway Stations in India San Jose, California: Sundar Pichai, Google’s Indian-born CEO, has just given Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, a nice present, and it’s going to benefit millions of Indians. The announcement […]

Google CEO assures Wi-Fi Hotspots at 500 Railway Stations during ...




The Axle that caused the derailment of Suburban train in Mumbai bringing the entire traffic to a halt last week
Mumbai: The railways will be calling in an independent nationally approved body to check the axle of the derailed fifth coach of the seven coaches on Western Railway (WR) to ensure neutrality in the investigation. Currently, all the tests and inspections into the cause of the derailment have been carried […]

Independent Body to inspect Axle of derailed Mumbai Suburban Train


Making a point Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Member (Traffic) of the Railway Board, DP Pande, at a seminar organised by the Centre for Transportation Research and Management (CTRAM) in Secunderabad
Agartala: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu would pay a one-day visit to Tripura in the second week of October to lay the foundation stone for conversion of railway tracks from meter gauge to broad gauge. Transport Minister Manik Dey, who met the Railways Minister in Delhi to discuss the progress […]

Railway Minister to visit Tripura in October to lay Foundation ...



solar powered train india
Chennai: Fitting a solar panel module on the roof of a railway coach can yield more than 7,200 units of electricity every year. If implemented on all 63,511 coaches in the Railways, 450 million units of power can be harnessed resulting in savings of 10.8 crore litres of diesel and reduction […]

Solar Power panels atop Train Coaches can save 11 Crore ...


Beijing: China’s high-speed rail received the “Classic Design Award” at the opening ceremony of Beijing International Design Week Saturday night. The high-speed rail stood out from 10 nominees including Great Hall of the People, the restoration project of Qianshou Guanyin Buddhist statue among Dazu Rock Carvings, the “new Chinese-style outfit” […]

China’s High-Speed Rail takes home Top Prize at Beijing Design ...


RPF personnel monitor CCTV camera footage at the control room at Bokaro station on Tuesday
Chennai: Following a series of robbery by gangs on the western suburban railway line and an assault on a woman on the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) route, the issue of passenger safety has come into sharp focus. Government Railway Police (GRP) and Southern Railway are seeking to neutralise this […]

26 Suburban Rail stations in Chennai to get CCTV Surveillance ...



robberies on BZA division
Mumbai: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Western Railways has initiated an awareness campaign to ensure passengers do not eat food offered by co-passengers, as it could be drugged in order to facilitate theft. The campaign headed by senior divisional security commissioner Anand Vijay Jha said this was being […]

WR’s RPF steps up drive to prevent train robberies


Moodlakatte: Shobha Karandlaje, Member of Parliament from Karnataka said on Saturday that she would do her best to bring Mangaluru New Port under Konkan Railway, as the latter is suffering from huge losses and the port would bring more profits. Setting foot in Kundapur after a long time, Shobha Karandlaje visited […]

Will do my best to bring Mangaluru Port under Konkan ...


DRM Chakradharpur Division receiving the Memorandum sent by former MP representative Prakash Kumar Raju about to the problems prevailing at the Kandra station during the inspection
Kandra (KND): Chakradharpur Railway Division DRM Rajendra Prasad visited railway stations of Kandra and Gamharia. Since at Gamharia third rail line is to be built, he took stock of the construction work and directed the concerned authorities to expedite the work. He spoke to ordinary passengers at the railway station […]

DRM/CKP inspects Kandra and Gamharia Railway Stations



Beijing Design Week HSR
‘Work on three RUBs is time-consuming’ Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail could take another year to start operating from Nagole, pending completion of work between Mettugudda and Secunderabad. HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy on Saturday told reporters at the Uppal Metro Station that work around three road under bridges (RUB) in […]

Nagole-Secunderabad Metro Rail may take another year


Vijayawada: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd has invited e-tenders for design and construction of elevated viaduct and stations for the Amaravati (Vijayawada) Metro Rail project. Appointed as a Consultant for the Amaravati (Vijayawada) Metro Rail project, the DMRC has swung into action floating the first set of possibly many […]

DMRC floats Tenders for Amaravati Metro (Vijayawada Metro)


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Makkah: Saudi Arabia has rolled out a special metro train service for this year’s Haj season that will allow nearly 370,000 pilgrims to travel daily from Makkah to Arafat and help reduce traffic congestion. The first of the 12-car train on the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Makkah Metro Southern Line […]

Prasarana launches Makkah Metro Rail Service Operations



pmo rail review
The Prime Minister of India believes that the Railways play a big role in putting the economy onto a faster growth trajectory.  However PMO is concerned on the pace of works being carried out at Railway Minister and wants Suresh to streamline the things in order New Delhi: Power, roads and […]

Down from 27% last Fiscal, IR’s Q1 Spent is 20.8% ...


Jan Aahar
IRCTC is now providing station based e-catering facility that will allow the passengers to order food of their choice from private caterers Indian Railway passengers who are tired of eating the same old meals and are tired of surfing through the menu cards at Jan Ahaar stalls have a reason […]

Now, Railways to offer Meal of your Choice


Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal
New Delhi: Taking exception to reports that CCTV cameras were being installed in train coaches from money derived out of the Nirbhaya Fund, DCW chief Swati Maliwal said the Centre should use funds from the budget allocated to Railways and not from the Nirbhaya Fund. In a letter to Prime Minister […]

Use Railway budget, not Nirbhaya Fund, for CCTVs on trains: ...



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Free Wi-Fi from Vodafone at Ahmedabad Railway station Ahmedabad: Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom service providers has collaborated with Indian Railways to set up India’s a Free Wi-Fi zone at Ahmedabad Railway station, Kalupur. Vodafone’s free Wi-Fi zone has been created on Platform No.1 of the Ahmedabad railway […]

Vodafone Enables Free Wi-Fi Zone at Ahmedabad Railway Station


Mumbai: Railway Board electrical advisor M.C. Chavan who visited the city took a review of the work regarding the conversion of the Harbour and Trans-Harbour line from Direct Current (DC) to Alternate Current (AC) which will increase the capacity of the Harbour and Trans-Harbour by three-times. Central Railway (CR) divisional […]

Board member reviews electrical conversion works on Harbour and Trans-Harbour ...


Charbagh Railway Station
Lucknow: Half of the 16 IPTV (Internet Protocol) cameras installed for security of Charbagh railway station, which witnesses over 10 lakh footfalls daily, are either lying defunct or placed at odd angles failing to cover the area required for proper surveillance. A reality check conducted on Thursday at various locations […]

Badly angled, defunct Cameras threat to security at Charbagh Railway ...



Mumbai: Central Railway (CR) has got wiser from Western Railway’s experience, in which passengers had a narrow escape after seven coaches of a Virar-Churchgate local derailed between Vile Parle and Andheri stations on September 15. Railway officials suspect that the derailment was due to the axle of the fifth coach of […]

CR decides to replace 13-ton Axles with 16-ton ones on Suburban ...


investments rlys
Going by the stagnant spends on core capex in the five months to August, however, railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s plans to put Indian Railways back on track don’t seem to have gathered speed just yet New Delhi: Armed with Rs 1,50,000 crore from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and lots of […]

Suresh Prabhu’s plans to put IR back on track yet ...


Southern Railway HQ
Chennai: Southern Railway has completed gauge conversion work on two sections, made level crossings safer, installed automatic ticket vending machines and opened a number of new ticket counters in the last two months, according to a statement. Gauge conversion on the Chengalpattu Jn.-Ottivakkam-Karunguzhi (20 km) section falling on the Chennai Division […]

Southern Railway completes Gauge Conversion on two sections



BLR-MYS Track doubling
Bangalore: The Bengaluru-Mysuru track doubling project will be completed only by next March as work on a 2-km bridge on the Cauvery at Srirangapatna is expected to take at least six more months because of complications in connection with the shifting of the armoury of Tipu Sultan. In the next […]

Srirangapatna hurdles to delay Bangalore-Mysore track doubling


COP 21
New Delhi: Ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP)-21 climate change meeting in Paris in November, where countries will submit their Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs) for reducing energy intensity, the rail ministry is working on a massive media campaign to highlight the rail sector’s efforts at battling climate change […]

Ahead of COP-21 Climate Change Meet, Railway Ministry bracing for ...


DMRC Principal Adviser E Sreedharan arriving at the Malabar Chamber of Commerce in Kozhikode on Saturday for an interface on a mass rapid transit system for the city
Kozhikode: The aspirations of the people of West Kochi for a Metro line will not  materialise  in the near future with the  Kochi Metro Rail Limited terming it as unviable. Concurring with the opinion of DMRC principal advisor E. Sreedharan, who has termed  phase II of the project as not feasible, […]

Sreedharan terms Phase-II of Kochi Metro Rail project not feasible ...



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Blackstone has rejected an offer by the parent company to buyback these preference shares and chosen to convert them instead Mumbai: Private equity firm Blackstone is set to increase its shareholding in Gateway Rail Freight Ltd, a unit of Gateway Distriparks Ltd, by converting its preference shares into equity. Blackstone, […]

Blackstone to increase shareholding in Gateway Rail Freight


Madurai: Madurai Railway Division inaugurated a laboratory at Rameswaram station to test the efficiency of bio-toilets on coaches. Rameswaram is the green station of Madurai Railway Division, where more eco-friendly activities are being undertaken this year. As part of this initiative, all the 145 coaches maintained at the station are fitted […]

Bio-toilet Testing Lab opened at Rameswaram Station




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Bhubaneswar: The government today said Jharsuguda (Chakradharpur Division of SER) to Barpali (Sambalpur Division of ECOR) railway link project in Odisha to facilitate faster movement of coal is ahead of schedule and will be ready by July next year. “The three railway lines which I had been reviewing are moving very […]

Jharsuguda-Barpali Rail line project for Coal to be ready by ...


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New Delhi: A consortium led by China’s national train operator has been chosen to conduct a feasibility study for a 1,200 kilometre-long high-speed rail link between Delhi and Mumbai. The consortium includes China Railway’s unit, the Third Railway Survey and Design Group, and local Indian firms, a spokesperson said, without providing […]

Chinese Railway Consortium chosen for Mumbai-Delhi High Speed Rail Feasibility ...


World Bank MD and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati (right) commutes in a ladies compartment of a suburban local in Mumbai
World Bank also to extend funds to improve Mumbai suburban train services and will continue to invest not only in improving the frequencies but also give priority to enhancing security and safety apart from sanitation facilities. World Bank is also keen to fund Mumbai’s two Metro corridors Mumbai: The World Bank has shown […]

Mulyani Indrawati, MD & COO, World Bank travels by Mumbai ...



Gaz Off
American consultancy firm Deloitte has begun assessing the staff strength of Indian Railways to understand whether the national transporter requires any reduction in its work force. Railways over the years has become overly centralized, top heavy and hierarchical organization which is suffering from ‘departmentalism’. One of the world’s largest HR Audit […]

American Consultancy firm ‘Deloitte’ reviews Gazetted Staff Strength on IR


Bibek Debroy Centre
Since 2009, there has been a detailed manual of standards and specifications for railway stations, with every passenger utility you can think of, notes Bibek Debroy. I doubt that you have heard of Sultanpur or Barahkalan. These are on the Jind-Panipat route. Jind and Panipat are reasonably well connected by […]

Attractive Revenue Schemes needed at Stations for Development: Bibek Debroy


Pamban Bridge full length
Pamban (PBM): After completing major re-girdering works by replacing 28 highly corroded girders on the Pamban railway bridge, railways will now undertake another similar task to replace 16 girders. The re-girdering work between January 6 and September 18 took place without affecting train traffic. After the guard rail and running rail […]

Southern Railway to replace 16 Corroded Girders on Pamban bridge



(File Photo) BMC chief Ajoy Mehta (centre) with Mr Amitabh Ojha (left) during a joint inspection earlier
Mumbai: A spate of technical faults has spurred the Central Railway to carry out super checks on maintenance and repair work. The surprise checks will be done for repair and maintenance work of rakes, tracks, signalling and Over Head Equipment (OHE) wires. As of now regular maintenance of tracks is […]

Central Railway conducts Surprise Checks to reduce Technical Glitches


Daniel Jiang, President Huawei Enterprise Business, India
Huawei promotes enhanced technologies at IRSTE congress paving the way for Modern Railways New Delhi: Enterprise networking vendor Huawei has presented how its eLTE voice trunking and broadband data solution assists Indian railways to offer voice and broadband data connections between on board and ground based functions. “We collaborate with […]

How Huawei eLTE Voice and Data Solution assists Indian Railways


Northern Railways GM A K Puthia (left) and chief engineer R K Aggarwal inspect the Kalka-Shimla tracks on Monday
Shimla (SML): Senior officials of Northern Railway led by General Manger AK Puthia on Monday carried out a detailed inspection of Kalka-Shimla toy train line to prevent any possible mishap in the section. Two British nationals were killed and 10 others injured when three coaches of the toy train on […]

GM/NR inspects Kalka-Shimla rail line



The broken axle of the local that derailed near Andheri on September 15
Mumbai: The derailment of a Western Railway local train, south of Andheri station on September 15, has the potential to dent two solid reputations – the Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) at Yelahanka, Bengaluru, and a top weapons manufacturing company under the defence ministry based in West Bengal’s 24 Parganas (North) […]

Andheri derailment: Officials find fault at forged Metal used for ...


New Delhi: The recent unusual spurt in the number of train accidents on Indian Railways, particularly cases of derailments, has come at a time the top management at the Railway Board is gripped in an unusual setting – the absence of a full-time Member (Traffic), who looks after safety related […]

Railway Board without a full-time Member Traffic for last 7 ...


Bangalore: Agence Francaise Development (AfD) and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) signed a project agreement for a Euro 200 million (Rs 1500 crore) sovereign loan. AfD’s largest loan so far in India will be utilised to finance the four extension lines – East-West and North South corridors viz Mysore road […]

AfD extends Rs.1500 Crore Sovereign Loan to Bangalore Metro



IR Safety Imp
Why 150 million passengers choosing not to travel by train is a big Red Alert for the Indian Railways! Almost a year into his tenure as railway minister, Suresh Prabhu, has done what he should have done right after taking charge: called a meeting of the most senior railway officials […]

Railways on Notice – Safety, not Bullet Trains, needs to ...


T&C
New Delhi: Based on a complaint by a Member of Parliament Mr.Patole, to the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, demanding shifting of railway officials occupying sensitive posts in the Railway Board, Zones, Divisions and importantly in the Workshop areas for years together, the Ministry of Personnel and Training (MoPT) has […]

Centre to ensure Rotation in respect of all Sensitive Posts ...


US HSR
China will participate in the building of a high-speed rail line in the United States, media reports claimed on Thursday A long-discussed high-speed rail project linking Southern California and Las Vegas will be built by a U.S.-China joint venture, Chinese officials said Thursday, though many details about the agreement remained […]

China to Partner with US to build High-Speed Rail from ...



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Beijing: Urban development and the development of city clusters bolstered by the construction of high-speed railway and subway lines is expected to lay the foundation for a second economic take off in China, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News, citing a transportation official. Construction of railway systems will play an […]

Railway Industry seen as China’s Next Major Economic Driver


L&T Coca Cola
Hyderabad: L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd (LTMRHL) has signed an agreement with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCBPL) for ‘Pouring Rights’ on all Hyderabad metro rail stations. The agreement was signed and exchanged between V.B.Gadgil, CE&MD of LTMRHL and Vishal Khithani, Zonal Vice-President, HCCBPL, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. This agreement […]

L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) signs pact with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages


IR Line of Control
Unaccountability had emboldened the cadre officials to take lightly the maintenance of Railway System in India. Railway officials always talk about CRS when they are blamed for lack of critical analysis and action when derailment happens, and say that since CRS come under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, there is no bias, […]

WR, CR officials claims ‘Immunity’ over the Safety Reports of ...



Crevice corrosion can be noted at the location underneath the metal liner.
Mumbai: Though the exact cause of Tuesday’s derailment on the Western Railway will be known only after a detailed probe, railway officials said the mishap could have been due to a foreign body, or a part of the train’s underbelly, coming into contact with the track. Their theory is based […]

Damaged Fastening Clips near Accident Spot offers clues in Mumbai ...


Ultrasonic Flaw Detection of Rail Tracks
Railway officials say it’s a route inspection to ensure passenger safety Dindigul (DG): A special safety audit team from Southern Railway, Chennai, led by Chief Safety Officer John Thomas, checked safety aspects in major stations and level crossings in Dindigul-Tiruchi section on Wednesday. Talking to press persons before commencing the […]

Safety Audit begins in Dindigul-Tiruchi section


UITP Conference
Chennai: Chennai Metro Rail has joined the UITP Mobility Week campaign to create awareness on public transport. The campaign, organised by International Association of Public Transport (UITP), kicked off in 92 countries on Wednesday. It will be on till September 22. Participants are expected to display messages including the one “celebrating […]

Chennai Metro Rail joins UITP Mobility Week campaign