Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Track your Trains on Google Maps

Heard the announcement of train delay and got vexed up with long time waiting in the railway station!

Don’t worry..!Now, things have been winded up. You can know the information even from your home. Indian Railways have come up with a very good system, RAIL RADAR SYSTEM that shows the position of train on Google Maps. Doesn’t it seem interesting?
Rail Radar System provides information about all the trains that are running at any point of time. Using this service you can spot the exact location of train.
How to use this?

Open http://railradar.trainenquiry.com/ you find India map. On the top right corner you can find the number of trains active and whether they are on time or getting delayed.

The map can be zoomed in or out by scrolling the mouse or by clicking the ‘+’ or ’-’ icons on the left.
Trains that are running on time are displayed in blue and those running late are shown in red.
Clicking on an arrow will reveal train details and its route on the map. The details include the train’s number and name, last stop, station at which it will halt next and the train’s status as on-time or delayed in minutes.

You can find a feature ‘search’ on the left corner where in which you can enter train number or the name of a train to find it on the map. After you enter train name you find the list of trains.

Clicking on one of the train, you find train’s icon (Green color) on the map which provides you the details.

When you click on ‘check here for latest updates’, page will be redirected to http://trainenquiry.com/TrainStatus.aspx  where you can find the distance in kms.

You can also get the details based on station names or station codes by clicking on ‘stations’.
I felt this is an efficient mechanism of tracking the train position and it is very much user-friendly, no confusion in using it and what about you?

Start using this service from now.

Happy Journey..!
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Indian Railway History

The novel plan for the introduction of a rail system, transformed the whole history of India. This innovative plan was first proposed in 1832; however no auxiliary actions were taken for over a decade. In the year 1844, private entrepreneurs were allowed to launch a rail system by Lord Hardinge, who was the Governor-General of India. By the year 1845, two companies were formed and the East India Company was requested to support them in the matter.

The credit from the UK investors led to the hasty construction of a rail system over the next few years. On 22nd Dec' 1851, the first train came on the track to carry the construction material at Roorkee in India. With a passage of one and a half years, the first passenger train service was introduced between Bori Bunder, Bombay and Thana on the providential date 16th Apr' 1853. This rail track covered a distance of 34 kms (21 miles). Ever since its origin, the rail service in India never turned back.

The British Government approached private investors and persuaded them to join the race with a system that would promise an annual return of 5% during the early years of operation. Once finished, the company would be transferred under the Government ownership, yet the operational control will be enjoyed by the original company. In 1880, the rail network acquired a route mileage of about 14,500 km (9,000 miles), mostly working through Bombay, Madras and Calcutta (three major port cities).

By 1895, India had started manufacturing its own locomotives. In no time, different kingdoms assembled their independent rail systems and the network extended to the regions including Assam, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. In 1901, a Railway Board was formed though the administrative power was reserved for the Viceroy, Lord Curzon. The Railway Board worked under the guidance of the Deptt of Commerce and Industry. It was comprised of three members - a Chairman, a Railway Manager and an Agent respectively.

For the very first time in its history, the Railways instigated to draw a neat profit. In 1907, most of the rail companies were came under the government control. Subsequently, the first electric locomotive emerged in the next year. During the First World War, the railways were exclusively used by the British. In view of the War, the condition of railways became miserable. In 1920, the Government captured the administration of the Railways and the linkage between the funding of the Railways and other governmental revenues was detached.

With the Second World War, the railways got incapacitated since the trains were diverted to the Middle East. On the occasion of India's Independence in 1947, the maximum share of the railways went under the terrain of Pakistan. On the whole, 42 independent railway systems with thirty-two lines were merged in a single unit and were acknowledged as Indian Railways. The existing rail networks were forfeited for zones in 1951 and 6 zones were formed in 1952. With 1985, the diesel and electric locomotives took the place of steam locomotives. In 1995, the whole railway reservation system was rationalized with computerization.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Deccan Odyssey- www.mypnr.in

The Deccan Odyssey is stated to be a super deluxe train and has been launched by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in association with Indian railways. The Deccan Odyssey train in comparison to the luxury trains in the Eastern Europe and the Oriental of South East Asia is considered to be far better.

The ride ion the luxurious train is the reflection of the Indian royalty in the past. The commuter’s journey turns memorable in the plush interiors offered by the Indian railways on the Deccan Odyssey. The primary motive of the Deccan Odyssey is to showcase the serene assets of Maharashtra like the enchanting beauty of the Konkan coast.

The Deccan Odyssey The Deccan Odyssey is a luxurious train glides its guests on one of the best luxury trains of India which has a facility of magnificent coaches, presidential suite cars, conference car, dining car, spa car, luggage cars, bar cars, library, business center, sauna, generator cars and a small workout room etc.
The train has other added facilities on board which include T.V, cable connections, cell phones, channel music, foreign exchange facilities etc. Finest quality of Indian and Continental cuisine is served on board in the two restaurant cars that take care of the on board passengers with their high end service which is delivered by the Taj hotel group.

The Deccan Odyssey trails its commuters on an unforgettable route to the exotic tourist destinations which involves the land of the legendary and the mighty Marathas, magnificent forts and palaces and numerous other destinations such as Goa, Ganapatiphule, Ratnagiri, Pune, Sawantwadi,Ajanta Nasik to name a few.

Deccan Odyssey undoubtedly provided one of the finest journey experiences which is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. So get going soon to board the luxurious
Deccan Odyssey train to explore the unforgettable tour for a lifetime.

Palace on Wheels

Palace on wheels is a royal train journey with all the sophisticated amenities of which Rajasthan Tourism as well as Indian railways can feel proud of. Palace on wheels has achieved prominent position amongst the top ten lavish trains of the world.
The palace on wheels is an air- conditioned luxury train run by the Indian Railways in collaboration with the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. Respectively.
Palace on wheel offers an extremely royal facility and feel of traveling like a “maharaja” to the travelers on board in this train. Traveling in this train is a very generous hospitality offered by the palace on wheels which is not offered by any other trains in India.

Palace on Wheels The trains take you from the Delhi Cantonment station to some of the most exciting destination in these states, traveling through the night and stopping each morning at a new destination.

Palace on wheels is one of the most luxurious trains of the world and traveling in it is like a destination reached. It gives an opportunity to the travelers to explore the palaces and the forts of colorful Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. You can visit the incredible places of India like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and many more place of serene beauty from this train
It is a one week excursion with this train where you can avail all the high class modernized facilities inside this luxury train. The facilities provided are incomparable with any of the trains in India and actually make you feel like a “maharaja”.

One can witness fascinating glimpses of ancient monuments and forts that reveals India’s glory and culture in every walk of life. It’s like a dream come true and worth every penny saved in past to enjoy a ride on this luxurious train.


Indian Railways Interesting Facts

First Passenger Train Ran On: 16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane)

First Railway Bridge: Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route

First Rail Tunnel: Parsik Tunnel

First Ghats Covered by Rail Lines: Thal and Bhore Ghats

First Underground Railway: Calcutta METRO

First Computerized Reservation System Started In: New Delhi (1986)

First Electric Train Ran On: 3rd Feb' 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla)

Toilets on Trains Introduced In: 1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes)

Shortest Station Name: Ib (Orissa)

Longest Station Name: Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu)

Busiest Railway Station: Lucknow (64 trains everyday)

Longest Run (Time): Himsagar Express (3751 km in 74 hrs and 55 min)

Shortest Run: Route between Nagpur and Ajni (3km)

Longest Run for Daily Train: Kerala Express (3054 km in 42.5 hrs)

Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance): Trivandrum Rajdhani (528 km in 6.5 hrs)

Longest Railway Platform in the World: Kharagpur (2,733 ft in length)

Longest Railway Bridge: Nehru Setu on Sone River (10044ft in length)

Longest Tunnel: Karbude Tunnel of the Konkan Railway (6.5 km)

Oldest Preserved Locomotive: Fairy Queen (1855), still in working order

Gauges of Track: 4 Gauges; BG (5'6"), MG (1 metre), NG (2)

IR Daily Runs: About 14,000 trains

IR Daily Carries: More than 11 million passengers & 1 million tonnes of freight

IR's Only Line with Rack & Pinion System: From Mettupalayam to Conoor

IR's Fastest Train: Bhopal-Shatabdi (runs at a speed up to 140 Km/ph)

Railway Station with all the Three Gauges: Siliguri Railway Station

Route Kilometers of Track: More than 62,000 kms

People Employed in IR: About 1.6 million people

Train with Maximum Number of Halts: Howrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts)

Trains without Commercial Halts: Sampoorna Kranti Express, Howrah Rajdhani, Bombay Rajdhani, Pragati Express and Pune Shatabdi

Stations across State Lines: Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat), Bhawani Mandi (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan)

Classes of Travel on Indian Railway: Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Chair Car 2nd sleeper & 2nd ordinary