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  • Railway ministry-union tussle over FDI, PP set to intensify

    The next few months are going to be eventful for railways. The govt is determined to bring in greater private participation in this public utility, but two of its biggest unions are opposing the move tooth and nail, embarking on a collision course. Friday will see the first of the big all-India...

    Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 5:55am
  • Broken wall allows Vikhroli commuters to cross tracks, ignore FOB

    Almost two years after the railways closed a level-crossing at the southern tip of Vikhroli station and built a foot-overbridge (FOB) in its place and also equipped it with an escalator, people using the station are crossing tracks at will. All thanks to a wide gap in the safety wall that runs...

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:40am
  • No clarity on Dadar in Rs 900 crore Kurla-CST project

    The railway ministry may have cleared the Rs900-crore plan to create new rail lines between Kurla and CST, but what's still not clear is whether the plan to make some changes to the western fringe of Central Railway's Dadar station will be a part of it. While the Kurla elevated harbour line and...

    Monday, 15 September 2014 - 6:36am
  • Western Railways chief moves to fund platform plan from internal resources

    In a welcome move, the head of the Western Railway has decided to sanction funds from internal resources to undertake the second phase of the work to raise the height of platforms on the suburban network. According to official sources, general manager Hemant Kumar has exercised his discretionary...

    Monday, 15 September 2014 - 8:05am
  • Sadananda Gowda approves Rs900-crore mega rail plan for city

    The city's most ambitious plan, a Rs900-crore one, to build two extra lines between Kurla and CST to segregate long-distance and suburban lines, create the much-need Parel Terminus and an elevated Harbour line system at Kurla got the final approval from the railway ministry on Monday. The plan was...

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 5:20am
  • Bombardier rake's debut pushed to October-end

    The induction of the new Bombardier rake, which the Western Railways had said was just a few days away in early August, is unlikely to come into public service till the end of October. This is because one of the most important tests on the new rake – coupler force trials – is yet to be conducted on...

    Friday, 5 September 2014 - 9:09am
  • dna special: Railways' gamble fails, Mumbai-Goa trains running on empty

    The railways' strategy of introducing a slew of Mumbai-Goa special trains including a double-decker to cash in on the Ganpati festival rush has turned out to be a 'financial disaster'. The premium market-controlled fare trains recording an occupancy of less than 20 per cent, while the normal...

    Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 7:30am
  • dna special: Auto meter testers get 'stroke'

    First anomaly detected in calibration process — meter meant for 2-stroke rickshaw found in 4-stroke one

    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 6:30am
  • Work on Mumbai's first AC local train begins this week

    The city's first air-conditioned local will finally start getting constructed this week. Railway officials claim that this comes on the back of the satisfactory results of the train's motor's electrical trials conducted at Bhopal. "The trial report should be coming in by September 15 and the...

    Monday, 1 September 2014 - 7:20am
  • Konkan Railway services likely to be hit after goods train derails at Karanjadi

    Konkan Railway passengers are expected to face train delays as seven wagons of a goods train derailed (of which four wagons capsized) at Karanjadi railway station (about 205 km from Mumbai) on the Konkan Railway route at 6.28 am on Sunday, resulting in the disruption of train services at this...

    Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 8:56am