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  • Ups and downs in the Railways

    19-06-2018 05:56:00

    There are several chapters that transcend the personal and have insights about railway policy - dishonesty and falsification of records, safety and corruption

  • The existence of railway hospitals

    15-06-2018 05:52:00

    In a way, Indian Railways already allows for competition. In addition to 125 railway hospitals, 133 private hospitals are recognised for treatment

  • What's the job of any railways in the world?

    01-06-2018 05:59:00

    ...To run trains, not run schools. Indeed, other than India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Uganda, there is no other place where railways run schools

  • Accrual accounting & the landing of a pilot

    18-05-2018 05:54:00

    The Indian Railways' recent decision to switch from cash-based to accrual-based accounting brings to fruition a vision that found mention in the Railway Minister's Budget Speech for 2003-04

  • A paper tiger express

    04-05-2018 05:54:00

    There isn't an alternative to trains slowing down on sensitive tiger corridors, especially at night. Otherwise, the Tiger Express may not have any tigers left to see

  • Broad and standard

    20-04-2018 05:55:00

    As one builds railway networks that cross countries and integrate them, one confronts the problem of differing rail gauge

  • The strange case of Katni-Damoh rail heist

    06-04-2018 05:54:00

    How could 1.6 km of rail lying alongside an active - and busy - railway track between the two towns be stolen and sold off as scrap?

  • Naming trains after individuals? It happens in Britain or Pakistan

    23-03-2018 05:59:00

    More than controversies, the intention is probably not to make trains distinctive through names, after individuals or otherwise

  • Which are heritage railways?

    09-03-2018 05:59:00

    The definition of 'heritage' is subjective. It is essentially left to the zones to decide what is heritage

  • Requiem for Delhi's Ring Railway

    23-02-2018 05:50:00

    I am sceptical of tracks being built along Ring Railway line to allow. Nor am I sure Northern Railways would like tourists to see the entire line, which is hardly pretty at places of encroachment

  • A 70-year-old vs a 30-year-old: LHB coaches perform better than ICF ones

    09-02-2018 05:54:00

    The fatality numbers should be far better and a switch from ICF to LHB (which are safer) was inevitable

  • Needed: A rolling stock policy

    26-01-2018 05:54:00

    In addition to plans for electrification, there should be a plan for disposing off diesel locomotives, over and above the path of least resistance, that of sending them to the scrap yard

  • Indian Railways' 24-coach cap

    11-01-2018 22:39:00

    If other countries can have passenger trains with 40 or even 50 coaches, what is the constraint for the IR here?

  • A story of two buildings

    28-12-2017 22:39:00

    Both Baroda House, headquarters of Northern Railways, and Rail Bhavan, headquarters of Indian Railways, were acquired through adverse possession, indelicately referred to as squatter's rights

  • John Lawrence and the railways

    14-12-2017 22:39:00

    The Odisha famine of 1866-67 gave an impulse to Lawrence's policy of constructing railways and canals across the country