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Akola boy makes real-life replicas of bus models

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These precision-oriented models of Maharashtra State Road Transport  Corporation (MSRTC), one of the biggest bus fleets in India, are hand-made by Akola-based Piyush Patil.

“It takes 24 days to make one bus. I have to keep in mind the smallest of things, like side-mirrors, door handles, windows, opening and closing of doors, depot numbers,” Patil told Script24x7.

“My only intention is to make a precise replica of all the fading bus models so that they are documented for the next generations as such buses will never be made ever again in real life as technology changes,” Patil said.

How to build a bullet train? India’s first HSR comes up with novel techniques

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For Launching of Full Span Pre-Stressed Box Girder (40 m) weighing 970 MT, Four heavy equipment are used

1 – Straddle Carrier; 2- Bridge Gantry; 3-Girder Transporter; 4-Launching Gantry

The details of the Equipment and their use is as under:

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  • To expedite the construction of #MAHSR viaduct, NHSRCL is adopting Full Span Launching Method (FSLM). Straddle carrier is used to handle the Full Span Precast Box Girders. After casting, Straddle Carrier lifts the girder from casting bed and transport it till the stacking yard. Further, it feeds the girder from stacking yard to Bridge Gantry for erection over Piers.  
  • This is a tyre-mounted self-propelled equipment weighing approx. 620 MT having a lifting capacity of 1100MT.

#MAHSR #ConstructionUpdate

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  • Bridge Gantry is a type of crane, which is deployed in a set of two weighing 425 MT each, for lifting of full span box girder from ground till Pier top. It also feeds the girder to the Girder Transporter for subsequent launching of girders using Launching Gantry.

#MAHSR #ConstructionUpdate

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  • Girder Transporter is a 27 axle tyre-mounted (i.e.216 numbers of wheels) self-propelled trolley with carrying capacity of 1100MT. Girder transporter weighs approx. 390 MT.

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  • Girder transporter is used to transport precast girders (40 m span) over the already erected girders and it feeds the girders to the Launching gantry for erection over the Piers.

#MAHSR #ConstructionUpdate

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  • Launching Gantry is used to lift the precast girders from the girder transporter & place them at a predefined position over the Piers. Launching Gantry then moves forwards to repeat the sequence for subsequent full span girder erection. Launching Gantry weighs approx. 540 MT and handling capacity of 1100 MT.

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World Heritage Site of Mumbai CSMT, formerly Bombay Victoria Terminus, most popular film shoot locale

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, formerly Bombay Victoria Terminus, continues to be the most preferred film shooting location for film makers, 4 films were shot at this UNESCO World Heritage Railway station including a film starring Arshad Warsi & Chitrangada Singh titled ‘Moder Love – Cutting Chai’. The other film shooting locations were the second most popular old Wadi Bunder yard, Adarki railway station near Satara, Yeola, Kanhegaon stations between Manmad & Ahmednagar, Dadar, Mulund  RPF ground and  the attractive hill stations for Mumbaikars, the Matheran Railway station.

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World Heritage Site Mumbai CSMT

Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager said, “Thanks to our  popular locations like Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station, the old Wadi Bunder yard, Wathar (near Satara) and the Apta station (in Panvel area) and also the initiatives to grant permission without any hassles to the production houses enabled Central Railway to earn record  revenue from film shoots.”

Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer said “Many box office hit films were shot over Central Railway like Slum Dog Millionaire, Kaminey, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Ra-one, Raavan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo,  Dilwale Dulaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dabangg, Darbaar, Rang de Basanti, Baaghi, Khaki, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and many others hit films were shot over the years.”

The most preferred film shooting location were Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and other popular stations like Apta, Panvel, Lonavala, Khandala, Wathar, Satara and railway yards like Turbhe and Wadi bunder.

The permission for the film shooting is granted by the Public Relations Department of Central Railway, recently to expedite the film shooting permission, a single window system has been introduced, this simplification of the procedure will enable the film companies to obtain permission after submission of the necessary documents along with the script and application mentioning the requirements.

Central Railway has earned over Rs 2.48 crore in this financial year 2021-22 by offering its various premises and rail coaches for film shootings. This is the highest ever revenue earned by Central Railway in any financial year. Around 10 films were shot that includes 6 feature films, two web series, one short film and an advertisement at different Central Railway locations by various filmmakers and production houses.

Central Railway earned highest revenue of Rs. 1.27 crore from the feature film ‘2 Brides’ shot at Yeola, Kanhegaon stations with Shooting Special Train for 18 days. Another feature film shot at Adarki Railway Station with Special train for 9 days fetched Rs. 65.95 lakhs. Despite covid restrictions in the initial 6 months of this financial year,  Central Railway with its seamless process attracted production houses to use its location for film shooting and generated this record revenue.

The revenue earned of Rs. 2.48 crores this financial year is the highest ever from Film Shooting by Central Railway surpassing the previous highest generated in the year 2013-14 of 1.73 crore. Despite stringent covid restrictions during last financial year i.e 2020-21, the revenue earned was Rs. 41.16 lakhs.

All set for Japanese Shinkansen rail tracks to arrive in India

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Training Track in Vadodara

Rajendra B. Aklekar

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The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited on Friday signed an agreement with IRCON International Limited for design, supply and construction of track and track related works for Double Line High Speed Railway (237 Km between Vadodara and Vapi in the state of Gujarat) for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor (MAHSR T-2 Package).

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Training track at Vadodara, Gujarat

The ballast-less slab Track system as used in Japanese HSR (Shinkansen) will be used on India’s first HSR project (MAHSR). Japan Railway Track Consultant Co. Limited (JRTC) has provided the detailed design and drawing of major HSR track components like RC Track bed, Track slab arrangement and continuous welded rail (CWR) forces etc. for the contract.

The contract will boost the Make in India initiative as an Indian company IRCON International Limited has been awarded the contract. The agreement signing ceremony was attended by Managing Director, NHSRCL Satish Agnihotri along with other directors, Miyamoto Shingo Minister (Economic & Development), Embassy of Japan in India, Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA (India Office). Yogesh Kumar Mishra, Managing Director, IRCON International Limited, along with other senior officers from NHSRCL, IRCON, JICC, JRTC and JARTS.

Speaking on the occasion, Satish Agnihotri, Managing Director, NHSRCL said “We have received support from JICA in a very effective manner. I appreciate the technical support extended by JICC, JARTS and JRTC for MAHSR project.”

Minister Economic and Development, Embassy of Japan in India, Shri Miyamoto Shingo called Mumbai-Ahmedabad High speed Rail project as the biggest and most brightly shining example of cooperation between India and Japan. “Under this contract Indian contractors will receive transfer of Japanese Shinkansen technology which will give a big boost to Make in India initiative.” he further added.

Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India said “The Track works is a crucial part of railway safety and comfortable ride in Shinkansen technology. Track work contract will offer a unique opportunity for Indian companies to work with Japanese agencies who have expertise in Shinkansen technology.”

Rajendra Prasad, Director Project, NHSRCL said “The Shinkansen technology has unpanelled record of safety and track plays a very important role in the safety of train running. It is an excellent example of transfer of technology, as Japanese experts will come to India to provide training to Indian supervisors and workers involved in Track work.

UK tourist train goes viral as Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express for Christmas

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No. This is not the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express.
A video of a train all lit up has been going around as a random WhatsApp forward with a caption stating that is that Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express on Konkan Railway all decorated on the occasion of Christmas. The train seen in the video is a steam train with locomotives on either side passing under a bridge.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

The fantastic video is neither from Konkan Railway nor from India. To start with steam train operation for regular trains in India stopped in the mid-1970s.
The video is, however, real and is from the famous Dartmouth Steam Railway. Called the Christmas Train of Lights, the vintage carriages of The Devon Train of Lights are decorated with thousands of sparkling lights, creating a magical atmosphere for train passengers as well as spectators watching.
The Dartmouth Steam Railway, formerly known as the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, is a heritage railway on the former Great Western Railway branch line between Paignton and Kingswear in Devon. The line is owned and operated by Dart Valley Railway Ltd.
The video seen is that of Train of Lights 2021 as it passes through Goodrington, near Paignton. Its original link is HERE.

1854 rail bridge along first line replaced in 2021

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168 years after its original construction by British rail engineers, one of the old remaining bridges of the India’s first railway line Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) on the Waldhuni river near Shahad station has been dismantled and replaced by a newer one in May 2021. The bridge ferries the main line trains over river Waldhuni to Kasara and beyond.

Archives state that the construction of the Kalyan Shahad to Vasind railway stretch begun in 1854 and the line was opened to public on October 1, 1855. In a newspaper notice dated 4 September 1855, the GIP Railway’s traffic manager W. Cooper proudly stated that passenger and goods trains will start plying on the line in a month from 1 October 1855 till further notice and the hours of departure of trains and rates of goods will be at a later stage.

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old 1854 bridge

“The old steel bridge between Kalyan and Shahad stations was built in 1854 and the railway line crosses Waldhuni river at this point. Due to industrial sewerage waste with very dirty & turbid water flowing with highly infected chemicals, the steel girders had been corroded badly and it was becoming unsafe for running rail traffic. Taking advantage of the lockdown, we moved steadily and replaced the entire bridge,” Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.

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“In normal course of traffic, six blocks of four-hour duration each, totalling 24 hrs would have been required. But simultaneous blocks on both Up and DN line were taken and work of replacement of six girder was completed in 10 hours,” he added.

Sutar said officials are examining the old bridge for any possible plaques or markings which could be brought for display to the museum.

A senior official said that the bridge has now been replaced with Portland Slag Cement (PSC) slabs to avoid corrosion and keep traffic moving seamlessly against all odds. PSC is blended cement created with a combination of up to 45- 50% slag, 45% – 50% clinker, and 3-5% gypsum and is the most suitable cement for mass construction because of its low heat of hydration.

The stretch of lines in Mumbai are the country’s first railway lines opened in 1853 and upgrades along the line always throw up surprises and old relics.

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completed new bridge

Bringing Matheran Hill Railway back to life

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The first phase of work

After over a century, the Matheran Light Railway is being rebuilt all over again, literally and at a cost of Rs 5 crore. The railways are using the template of track sleepers used in the Himalayan range of Kalka Shimla Railway.

Three years after shut down, the dead stretch of Neral Matheran line is set to chug again. The 2-feet narrow gauge line has been built over a century ago in 1907 as a family enterprise of the Peerbhoys and is now in the UNESCO tentative list for Mountain Railways of India.

The line has been running intermittently since the turn of the century following heavy rainfall and had been extensively damaged  in monsoon and has been shut since June 2019. A small stretch between Aman Lodge and Matheran was restored in December 2019.

“Yes. We are strenghtening the line to the modern standards and for the first time re-laying the entire stretch with concrete sleepers,” Central Railway chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.

The existing line is of a mix of old iron, steel and wooden sleepers and will now be upgraded with concrete sleepers. The sleepers are specially made at Khurda rail factory in Madhya Pradesh and are being transported to site.

“The line requires about 37,500 concrete sleepers of which about 2,500 have come so far and 35,000 expected. In addition to sleepers, 800m of retaining wall, 1,300m of gabion walls are being built and approaches being strengthened,” he said, adding the work is expected to complete in a year or so.

The line has also been nominated for the 2021 UNESCO Greece Melina Mercury International UNESCO Prize. The prize is given for “Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes” established in 1995 is an award to outstanding examples of actions to safeguard and enhance the world’s cultural landscapes, a category of World Heritage.

Exactly a century on, India’s first elevated rail bridge gets an upgrade

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Sandhurst Road is India’s first two-tier station.

Exactly a century on, the Central Railway last week begun the process of replacing and strengthening the original Glasgow-built elevated harbour line bridge at Sandhurst Road railway station. The station built on a rail flyover has its name in the history books for being country’s first two tier station.
The bridge, which begun construction in 1921 and completed around 1923, was built by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway company and operated India’s first electric railway trains.
“The bridge is about 100 years old. It was constructed in 1923.  It used to be a ballasted deck slab which was replaced by channel (metal) sleepers in 1987,” Central Railway chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.
Explaining the process, he said, “Re-girdering of this rail over rail bridge is proposed for eight spans because of its corroded condition and wear & tear. As the approach is difficult and the weight of the girder was of approximately 2,560 metric tonnes, Central Railway changed two spans work on during the Sunday block.  However, due to the constraints of approach and the weight of the girder, the block was extended by two hours and completed by 6.40 pm.  The remaining girders will be changed during the coming blocks,” he said.
Named after the then Bombay Governor William Mansfield, 1st Viscount Sandhurst, (1895-1900), the Sandhurst Road’s upper level station is a maze of steel frames and pillars. 
The viaduct has 2,788 tons of steel and is 1,728 feet long with 39 spans of various lengths and it cost Rs 20 lakh back in those days to complete the work. The station’s pillars along the platform and bridge frames have huge metal plates bearing inscriptions, detailing the particulars of the construction, year and the contractor. The plaques state “P&W Maclellan Clutha Works, Glasgow. G.I.P.R.Contract No. 1185-1921.”
Archives state that the firm P&W MacLellan from Glasgow was founded in 1811 expanded in 1871 after the opening of the Clutha Works in MacLellan Street in the Glasgow suburb of Kinning Park and had a number of contracts from the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. In fact, the firm was also involved in the construction of the famous Chenab Bridge for the Indian State Railways in 1888, linking the Sandhurst Bridge to an era when large railway bridges were coming over huge rivers and sea beds. The company shut down as late as 1979.

First-look of Mumbai BEST’s new Ho Ho buses

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New Ho Ho buses


The BEST has last week launched the unique concept of Hop On, Hop Off (Ho-Ho) buses as a part of major revival of citywide tourist circuit buses. The event was held at Worli depot.

The buses are similar to the tourist buses in London and other major cities. The HoHo bus will start from Gateway of India and end at Juhu Chowpatty, taking in several sights along the way. There are a total of 11 halts in the route and a total of 19 sightseeing points. So far, the list of famous tourist spots in Mumbai includes, CSMT, Byculla Zoo / Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Siddhivinayak Temple, Band Stand Bandra, Juhu Garden, Juhu Chowpatty, Bandra Worli Sea link, Nehru Science Centre/ Nehru Planetarium, Mani Bhavan, Hanging Garden, Aquarium, Wankhede stadium, Nariman Point and Mantralaya.

“The buses will have a frequency of 30 minutes and they will be available from 9 am to 8 pm. The daily bus pass will cost you Rs 250,” a BEST spokesperson said.

The unique concept of Ho Ho bus allow tourists to visit sites of their own choice and rejoin the tour on subsequent buses on the route on the same ticket of the day. Also at a later date, the tickets for all tourist buses will be available on popular book my show app and choose and book seats online. The bus will have halting points where one can spend time and also and drive through points.

 

Exclusive- The new Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen

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New Deccan Queen train under manufacture at ICF Chennai

Here is the new look LHB-class Deccan Queen. The train is expected to be in Mumbai in January 2022.

As of today (December 4, 2021), work on the exterior of some coaches is done and the interiors are under process of finishing at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.

The Deccan Queen train that runs between Mumbai and Pune was the fastest electric train in India when introduced in the 1930s. Even after 90 years, it remains one of the fastest and the first choice for millions of patrons & railfans.

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