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Railways marks its 167th anniversary without passengers

The Indian Railways turned 167 years old on Thursday and for the first time ever, its trains did not carry any passengers on its birthday and instead stood idle in the yards waiting for the......

How India's trains get their names

Why is a Katra-Chennai train known as Andaman Express?Since no capitals are involved, why should a Katihar-New Jalpaiguri train be called Capital Express?What about Matysagandha Express, Padmavati......

Cold wave persists: More deaths, fog & train delays

Image: Stranded passengers wait at a railway station in New Delhi after train services are hit by fog. Photograph: PTI   A dense blanket of fog enveloped the entire North India affecting......

Darkness beyond 'Bharat Nirman' and 'India Shining'

Mutual suspicion and prejudice hang over India and its neighbours, says Barun Roy. If promises and pronouncements could transform a nation, India should have been overflowing with milk and honey by......

Goods train derails in Bihar, Delhi-Kolkata route blocked

Twenty-six coal-laden wagons of a goods train derailed near Bhabua railway station in Bihar's Kaimur district apparently due to a technical fault in the rail line, disrupting the movement of about......

Will the railways change to safer LHB coaches?

Two high-level railway safety commissions came down heavily on ICF coaches, recommending their replacement by LHBs, says Bibek Debroy. ICF stands for the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai......

Mystery of the missing train

When trains and stations become desirable again, we might have a murder mystery with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train as a setting, says Bibek Debroy. Image: The origin of railways in India is......

Link public support to Railways with reforms: Eco Survey

Suffering for a long time from underinvestment, Indian Railways need greater public investments but the support should be clearly linked to reform of the structure of the organisation. Public......

China on track to develop Indian railways as Xi heads to South Asia

President Xi Jinping. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than......

Non-existing trains running on IR web site

If one goes by the 'Train Running Information' on the official website of the Indian Railways, the number of trains coming to and from Chandigarh is much more than the actual 14 pairs of Mail,......
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