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In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

18 Sep 2020

In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

To provide passengers with better facilities, the Indian Railways will, for the first time since its inception, charge a nominal user charge from them for crowded stations and the redeveloped ones, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Thursday.

Indian Railways cancels all regular train services till August 12

25 Jun 2020

Indian Railways cancels all regular train services till August 12

The Indian Railways on Thursday decided to cancel all regular time-tabled passenger train services, including Mail/Express, passenger, and suburban trains, till August 12.

71 Shramik Special trains were diverted, not lost, says Railways

29 May 2020

71 Shramik Special trains were diverted, not lost, says Railways

After reports emerged that several Shramik Special trains got lost midway, the Indian Railways on Friday said 71 trains had to be diverted.

Coronavirus crisis: On day 1 of India's lockdown, hundreds booked

24 Mar 2020

Coronavirus crisis: On day 1 of India's lockdown, hundreds booked

In a clear sign that the government will not go easy on those violating the lockdown rules, authorities on Monday booked hundreds for stepping out of their homes, unnecessarily, and issued warnings of a jail term to them.

Tata Group among companies interested in running 150 private trains

02 Feb 2020

Tata Group among companies interested in running 150 private trains

The Tata Group is among the companies that have indicated an interest in running private trains, Railway Board Chairperson Vinod Kumar Yadav said Saturday.

Indian Railways: E-tickets to get costlier as service charge restored

01 Sep 2019

Indian Railways: E-tickets to get costlier as service charge restored

In what might come as a disappointment to passengers, e-tickets booked through Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) are set to get costlier, starting from today, ie. September 1.

Indian Railways to ban single-use plastics from October 2

26 Aug 2019

Indian Railways to ban single-use plastics from October 2

The Railway Ministry has directed all units of the national carrier to enforce a ban on single-use plastic material within its premises, including trains, from October 2, 2019.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway's UNESCO 'World Heritage' status now under threat

14 Jul 2019

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway's UNESCO 'World Heritage' status now under threat

The UNESCO "World Heritage" tag of the 140-year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), also popularly known as the toy train, is under threat due to the Indian authorities' continuing failure to conserve the same.

Railway board directs all zones to remove political-ads from premises

31 Mar 2019

Railway board directs all zones to remove political-ads from premises

Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav today wrote to all zones, asking them to remove all kinds of political advertising from railway premises after a series of instances of violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into light.

Indian Railways: Here's how to use free Wi-Fi at stations

31 Mar 2019

Indian Railways: Here's how to use free Wi-Fi at stations

Recently, the Indian Railways proudly announced that it has provided free Wi-Fi facility to more than 1,000 railway stations, across the country, so far.

Indian Railways eyes ten more bullet train routes: Details here

13 Mar 2019

Indian Railways eyes ten more bullet train routes: Details here

The Indian Railways is looking to expand the bullet train network.

Train 18: Meet the brains behind India's first engine-less train

16 Jan 2019

Train 18: Meet the brains behind India's first engine-less train

Train 18, India's first indigenously built engine-less train, recently became the fastest train in the country after hitting speeds of over 180 kmph in a trial run.

German bullet train could reduce Chennai-Bengaluru travel time to 2hrs

24 Nov 2018

German bullet train could reduce Chennai-Bengaluru travel time to 2hrs

Travelling between Chennai and Bengaluru might get a lot easier and faster soon.

Railways to build 3,000km of walls to keep trespassers away

19 Nov 2018

Railways to build 3,000km of walls to keep trespassers away

On the back of the Amritsar train tragedy last month, the Indian Railways has decided to build 3,000km of walls to fence its tracks and ward off trespassers.

Soon, Railway coaches to get tray-tables, charging points, new taps

10 Nov 2018

Soon, Railway coaches to get tray-tables, charging points, new taps

Nearly 2,000 old coaches will be refurbished as part of Railways plan which will cost Rs. 600 crore.

Railways hikes medical consultation fees on trains to Rs. 100

08 Nov 2018

Railways hikes medical consultation fees on trains to Rs. 100

With more and more reports of medical emergencies during rail travel emerging, the Indian Railways has decided to charge passengers Rs. 100 for medical consultation provided by it.

Shatabdi's successor, India's fastest-train called Train 18, to roll-out today

29 Oct 2018

Shatabdi's successor, India's fastest-train called Train 18, to roll-out today

The first indigenously build semi high-speed train is expected to roll out of Chennai's Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on Monday.

Railways to spend Rs. 20,000cr towards rolling stock in 2019-20

28 Oct 2018

Railways to spend Rs. 20,000cr towards rolling stock in 2019-20

The Railways would spend an amount of Rs. 20,000 crore towards augmenting rolling stock during 2019-20, an official said Sunday.

Indian Railways might remove cubicle curtains for 2AC coaches

14 Oct 2018

Indian Railways might remove cubicle curtains for 2AC coaches

The Indian Railways has, for a while, been facing difficulties in cleaning the curtains that cover passenger cubicles of AC Two Tier coaches.

UP: New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli, five dead

10 Oct 2018

UP: New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli, five dead

On Wednesday morning, five coaches, and the engine, of Delhi bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, killing 5.

Southern Railway becomes 'Unmanned Level Crossing Free Zone'

06 Oct 2018

Southern Railway becomes 'Unmanned Level Crossing Free Zone'

The Southern Railway today said it has become "Unmanned Level Crossing (UMLC) Free Zone" by implementing a 2010 policy decision, eliminating over 1,000 such level crossings.

Tea and coffee on trains have become more expensive

20 Sep 2018

Tea and coffee on trains have become more expensive

According to a circular issued by the Railway Board on September 18, prices of tea and coffee served on trains have been increased.

Railways to install CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi connections at its hospitals

18 Sep 2018

Railways to install CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi connections at its hospitals

Not just the railway stations and coaches, now the cleanliness and security at railway hospitals will also be monitored through CCTV cameras, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said. The hospital premises will have Wi-Fi connections for better patient care.

Will serve only vegetarian food on October 2: Indian Railways

08 Sep 2018

Will serve only vegetarian food on October 2: Indian Railways

Do you love non-vegetarian food and are traveling by Indian Railways on October 2? If yes, then you might consider to cancel or reschedule your plan.

MP: Railways to create infrastructure to preserve Patalpani-Kalakund rail line

06 Sep 2018

MP: Railways to create infrastructure to preserve Patalpani-Kalakund rail line

The Railways today announced that it would create an infrastructure to preserve the British-era Patalpani-Kalakund meter gauge rail line which is part of Western Railway's Ratlam division in Madhya Pradesh.

UK couple hires entire train to spend honeymoon in hills

01 Sep 2018

UK couple hires entire train to spend honeymoon in hills

A young couple from England became the first to charter the special train introduced by Southern Railway for a one-way trip from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam, to spend their honeymoon in the hills.

Railways to launch digital museums at 22 stations on I-Day

10 Aug 2018

Railways to launch digital museums at 22 stations on I-Day

The Railways Ministry has decided to launch digital museums at 22 stations on Independence Day to showcase railways' history after the PMO objected to the public transporter spending on developing separate railway museums.

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

10 Aug 2018

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

Women workers of Northern Railway have written to the Railway Board saying that given the lack of changing room for them at most stations, their uniform should be restricted to an apron which can be worn over their regular clothes.

Piyush Goyal proposes higher pay, rank for Railway General Managers

05 Aug 2018

Piyush Goyal proposes higher pay, rank for Railway General Managers

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has proposed a higher rank and pay scale for Railway General Managers, making them equivalent to Secretaries in Central government and at par with the state Chief Secretaries, Ministry source said.

Delhi-Mumbai special-Rajdhani unable to maintain punctuality; run-time to be increased

22 Jul 2018

Delhi-Mumbai special-Rajdhani unable to maintain punctuality; run-time to be increased

Unable to maintain punctuality of Bandra Terminus-Hazrat Nizamuddin special Rajdhani introduced as a faster and cheaper premium option, Indian Railways is mulling increase in its run-time by an hour to make it stick to the schedule.

70,000 candidates to get second chance for Railways recruitment exam

19 Jul 2018

70,000 candidates to get second chance for Railways recruitment exam

Railways has decided to give a second chance to 70,000 candidates, whose job applications were rejected due to faulty upload of photos.

Unsure about food quality on trains? Live-stream preparations from base-kitchens!

05 Jul 2018

Unsure about food quality on trains? Live-stream preparations from base-kitchens!

In a first of its kind initiative, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) now allows passengers to live-stream base kitchens to see how the food served on trains is actually prepared.

Railways to replace face-towels with disposable napkins in AC coaches

02 Jul 2018

Railways to replace face-towels with disposable napkins in AC coaches

The face towels given to the passengers traveling in air-conditioned coaches will be replaced with cheaper, smaller, disposable, takeaway napkins, Railway Board said.

Soon, 'mystery shoppers' will judge Indian Railways' services

15 Jun 2018

Soon, 'mystery shoppers' will judge Indian Railways' services

In a first, a team of 'mystery shoppers' will judge the services of the Indian Railways - from staff behavior, amenities to food.

Old hands to preserve railway heritage in the country

13 Jun 2018

Old hands to preserve railway heritage in the country

Railway Board has approved a proposal to engage retired railway staff (upto 65 years age) at Rs. 1,200 per day, to preserve and revive railway heritage items such as steam locomotives, vintage coaches, steam cranes, and semaphore signals among others.

Railways register 15 fire incidents in trains in 5 months

08 Jun 2018

Railways register 15 fire incidents in trains in 5 months

A Railway Board letter has cited 15 cases of fire-related accidents in trains in the last five months due to improper maintenance and lack of supervision.

Sanitary napkins, condoms to be sold at railway stations' toilets

26 May 2018

Sanitary napkins, condoms to be sold at railway stations' toilets

In a bid to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and contraception, toilets at Indian railways stations will sell sanitary napkins and condoms.

Vadodara: Train launched in 1879 makes its final run

24 May 2018

Vadodara: Train launched in 1879 makes its final run

The historic passenger train running between Dabhoi and Chandod railway stations in Vadodara district today embarked on its last journey at its usual time at 8 am, to pave way for the conversion of narrow gauge line into broad gauge.

Railways plans veg-only menu to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti

21 May 2018

Railways plans veg-only menu to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi Jayanti, the Indian Railways has put forth a proposal to serve only vegetarian food on railway premises and trains on 2nd October for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

No more 'Rail Neer' water for Rail Bhavan headquarters

19 May 2018

No more 'Rail Neer' water for Rail Bhavan headquarters

Railway Board issued a circular on May 16 saying that according to the demands of the officials and the staff association, three RO plants have been installed in the Rail Bhavan premises in January, therefore Rail Neer water will not be supplied there.