Sunday Mega Block Timings - 23rd December

The Sunday Mega Block timings are are follows:
Borivali and Goregaon: From 10.35 am to 3.35 pm, slow trains will run on the fast track between Borivali and Goregaon stations.Some of the trains will be cancelled.


Thane and Kalyan: Fast trains leaving Mumbai CST from 10.08 am to 2.51 pm will run on the slow line between Thane and Kalyan and will halt at all stations in between.

Kurla and Mankhurd: Trains leaving from CST for Vashi/Belapur/Panvel from10.23 am to 3.37 pm will be suspended between Kurla and Mankhurd. Trains leaving from Panvel/Belapur/Vashi for CST from 10.20 am to 3.27 pm will be suspended between Kurla and Mankhurd. During the megablock, special trains will run between Kurla-CST and Mankhurd-Panvel

No Mega block on Mumbai's WR, CR and Harbour Line!


Almost every Sunday Mumbai local train commuters have to schedule their day off as per the mega block timings.

But 16th December gets some relief for all the Western, Central and Harbour line passengers as there will be no mega block today!

Gaadi bulaa rahi hai... Happy travelling :)

Fire in Andheri/CST Harbour line train compartment between Reay Road and Dockyard Road

A fire broke in Harbour line's Andheri-CST train between Raey Road and Dockyard Road railway stations in the morning around 11.15 am. As per initial reports, some people in the compartment near the guard room have been injured.

Consequently, Harbour line services are affected. If you have any updates, please share with fellow commuters here.

Here are the information links about the fire.
Zee News
Mid-Day

Mega Block timings - Sunday, 2nd December 2012

Between Mahim and Marine Lines: From 10.35 am to 3.35 pm all Up slow trains (towards Marine Lines) will run on fast line. These trains will not halt at Matunga Road, Elphinstone Road, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi stations. Commuters can travel in opposite direction if they want to reach at a station between Mumbai Central and Bandra.
All 12-coach slow local trains will take double halt at Mahim. Due to the block, some up and down suburban trains will remain cancelled.

Info courtesy: Western Railway

Sunday Mega Block timings - 25th Novermber 2012

Goregaon-Borivali: 
Jumbo block between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm o­n both Up & Down slow track. Slow trains will run on fast line between Goregaon and Borivali stations.

Some Up & Down local trains will remain cancelled.

Kalyan-Thane:
Up Slow/Semi fast line trains leaving Kalyan from 10.56 am to 3.11 pm will be diverted o­n Up fast line between Kalyan and Mulund stations.These trains will not halt at Thakurli, Kopar, Diva, Mumbra and Kalva stations during the block period.
Passengers of these stations are permitted to travel via Dombivli / Thane in down direction.
    
Kurla-Mankhurd:
Harbour line trains leaving CST from 10.23 am to 3.01 pm for Vashi/Belapur/Panvel will be cancelled.
Harbour line services leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.04 pm will remain suspended.
Special trains will run o­n CST–Kurla and Mankhurd-Panvel sections during the block period.


Info courtesy: CR and WR

CST-Dadar-Kurla-Vidyavihar-Kalyan local train time table

Here are the latest Central Railway time tables for local trains to Kalyan (updated on this blog on 22 November 2012). While I have taken care to avoid errors, do let me know if any timing is erroneous.

Listed below are the following local train time tables:
  • CST-KALYAN
  • DADAR-KALYAN
  • KURLA-KALYAN
  • VIDYAVIHAR-KALYAN
 


Sunday Mega Block Timings - 4th Nov 2012

Thane - Kalyan: 
Slow / Semi fast trains leaving Mulund from 11.13 am to 3.30 pm will be diverted o­n fast line between Mulund and Kalyan stations and will halt at Thane and Dombivali stations.These trains will not stop at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli stations during the block period. 
Commuters are permitted to travel via Kalyan / Dombivali in Up direction

Bandra/Andheri - CST:
Harbour line services for Bandra/Andheri leaving CST from 10.48 am to 3.33 pm will remain suspended.
Harbour line services
for CST leaving Bandra /Andheri  from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended.
Harbour line passengers for Bandra / Andheri are permitted to travel Via Main line and Western Railway from 10 am to 5 pm during the block period.

CST - Panvel:
All Harbour line services for Panvel / Belapur/ Vashi leaving CST from 10.52 am to 3.13 pm will run via Main line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kurla. These trains will not halt at Chinchpokli and Currey Road stations.
     

Sunday mega block timings - 28th October 2012

Thane-Kalyan:
Fast trains leaving CST from 10.08 am to 2.51 pm will run on slow line between Thane and Kalyan stations & will halt at all stations in between.

Nerul-Panvel:
Harbour line trains leaving Panvel from 10.43 am to 2.58 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.
Harbour line trains leaving Nerul towards Panvel from 10.41 am to 3.17 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.

Thane-Panvel:
Local trains leaving Panvel for Thane from 11.05 am to 3.19 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.
Thane-Panvel trains leaving Nerul from 11.42 am to 2.48 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.

Andheri-Panvel:
Panvel – Andheri services will remain cancelled during the block period.

However special local trains will run o­n Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Nerul section o­n Harbour line and Thane –Nerul section o­n Trans Harbour line during the block period.

Sunday Mega Block Timings - 14th October 2012

Between Kurla and Mankhurd:
All Down Harbour line trains (What are Up line trains and Down line trains) for Vashi / Belapur / Panvel leaving CST station from 10.23 am to 3.01 pm will remain suspended.

Up Harbour line trains leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.04 pm will remain suspended.

Special trains will run between CST and Kurla, also between Mankhurd and Panvel during the block period.


Western line night block between Vasai and Virar:
Three-hour jumbo block from 1 am to 4 am o­n both Up & Down slow line between Vasai Road and Virar stations. During the block some Down Churchgate-Virar locals and Up Virar-Churchgate locals will be run on fast track between Virar and Vasai Road/Borivali stations.

Mega block timings today | Sunday, 26 August

Andheri - CST: 10.40 am to 3.45 pm
Kurla-CST: 10.50 am to 3.55 pm. Trains leaving from Panvel will run on Central Main line from Kurla station during the mega block.
Kalyan-Thane: Fast trains to CST will run on slow line from Kalyan to Thane station from 11.25 pm to 3.43 pm
Borivli-Goregaon: On slow line from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm. Sow trains will run on fast line between these stations and some trains will be cancelled.

Sunday Mega Block Timings | 19th August 2012

Matunga and Mulund: 
Down fast line services leaving CST from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm will be diverted o­n slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations & will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund during the block period.

Mankhurd and Nerul: 
Down Harbour line services to Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving CST from 10.12 am to 3.25 pm and Up Harbour line services towards CST leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.39 pm will remain suspended.

However special local trains will run o­n CST-Mankhurd and Panvel-Thane sections during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel Via Trans Harbour Line / Main Line during the block period. 

Churchgate and Mumbai Central:
 Jumbo block between Churchgate and Mumbai Central (local) stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm on on both Up and Down local slow lines. The trains will run on fast lines between Churchgate and Mumbai Central stations. Due to the block some local trains will remain cancelled.

Mega Block Timings | 29 July 2012


Down line fast trains leaving CST from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm will be diverted o­n Down slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations & will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund during the block period.

Nerul-Panvel: Up Harbour line services for CST leaving Panvel from 10.43 am to 3.57 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul and Down Harbour line services from CSTM to Panvel leaving Nerul from 10.41 am to 3.25 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel.

Thane-Panvel: Up Trans Harbour line services towards Thane leaving Panvel from 11.05 am to 3.19 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul and Down Trans Harbour line services from Thane to Panvel leaving Nerul from 10.31 am to 3.29 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel.

However, special local trains will run o­n CST- Nerul and Thane - Nerul section during the block period.

Panvel - Andheri services will remain cancelled during the block period. 

Source: PRD, Central Railway, CST

Kasara local derailed; then hit by Vidarbha Express

Six coaches of Kasara-CST local train derailed (as per initial reports) late in the night on 19th July 2012. And if it wasn't bad enough, 12105 Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express heading to Nagpur collided with the derailed Kasara train!

Three people are reported dead and over 30 injured as per the first reports.

Helpline Numbers for Kasara local / Vidarbha Express accident:
Mumbai: 022-22694040
Nagpur: 07122564342, 10720

Mega Block Timings | Sunday 1st July 2012

Mumbai Local Trains - Sunday Mega Block
Here are the mega block timings for today:
Thane-Kalyan: Down fast trains leaving CST from 10.03 am to 01.40 pm will be diverted o­n down slow line between Thane and Kalyan stations and will halt at all stations between Thane and Kalyan.

CST-Bandra/Andheri: Harbour line local train services leaving CST from 10.48 am to 4.04 pm for Bandra/Andheri and Harbour line services leaving Bandra /Andheri from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm for CST will remain suspended.

CST-Panvel / Belapur / Vashi: Harbour line services leaving CST from 10.52 am to 3.55 pm for Panvel / Belapur / Vashi will run via Main line between CST and Kurla. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.


Harbour line passengers for Bandra/ Andheri are permitted to travel via Main / Western line from 10 am to 6 pm during the mega block period.

Mahim-Mumbai Central: There will be a jumbo block between Mahim Junction and Mumbai Central stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm o­n Up and Down fast lines. During the block, all Up through line trains will run o­n Up slow lines between Santacruz and Mumbai Central stations and Down through line trains will run o­n Down slow lines between Mumbai Central and Santacruz stations. All Mail/Express trains will run o­n fifth line between Mahim and Mumbai Central. Due to block, some Up and Down local trains will remain cancelled.


Wake up and smell the sweat!

Khaali train or daydreaming?
We wish for so many things in a day. And Mumbai local train commuters have some common wishes every single day:
"I wish I catch the 8.20 local."
"I wish I get a window seat."
"I wish no one pushes me today."
"I wish I get a comfortable place to stand."
"I wish the vendor who sells accessories boards my compartment today."
"I wish I get an empty train." Well, this mostly falls under the daydreaming category ;)

Some of us doze off in trains while our heads plays pendulum on the shoulders of aaju-baaju waale log! And then we get lost in our dreams or imaginations while we are half asleep. A train waiting for us at the platform so that we get in easily... choice of window seats, operational fans without kachra, great leg space, head space, shoulder space... no chillam chilli... no dhakka mukki... no paseene ki badboo... and then the train comes to a sudden halt! The aunty whose shoulder acted as our perfumed pillow gets off and someone who forgot wearing the deodorant or talcum powder chipkofies to us! We wake up to the smell of the sweat!

Or on a super lucky day, we actually get an empty train!That happened with me today!

So, what are your daily wishes when it comes to travelling by local trains? Do you get to board an empty train without dhakka-mukki? Do you get the window seat? Do you wake up before the train reaches your station?

Do share your experiences here. Let's see when it comes to wishes related to Mumbai local trains, are we on the same platform!

Mega block timings | 17th June 2012

Mulund and Matunga: Fast trains leaving CST from 10.20 am to 3.17 pm will run on the slow track between Matunga and Mulund stations and will halt stations between Matunga and Mulund.

Up harbour line services from Panvel/Belapur/Vashi stations leaving Kurla from 10.43 am to 3.48 pm will take the fast main line route up to Bycull and o­n slow line between Byculla and CST. These trains will not halt at Chinchpokli and Currey Road stations.

Five hours jumbo block o­n 5th line between Borivali and Andheri stations from 10.35 hrs to 3.35pm. 
During the period, all Up & Down Mail/Express trains will run o­n through lines (i.e. fast lines) between Borivali and Andheri stations. Suburban locals will run as per schedule.

The mega block announced earlier has been postponed! So ghoomo, phiro, aish karo!

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Mega Block Timings | Sunday, 3rd June 2012

Railways will again operate a Mega Block on Sunday, 3rd June 2012, as follows:


CENTRAL LINE

Thane-Kalyan: Up line slow and semi slow trains leaving Kalyan station from 10.25 am to 4 pm will be diverted on the fast line up to Mulund stations. These trains will not halt at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli.

Passengers for these stations are permitted to travel via Kalyan and Thane in down direction on their valid card/season tickets during the mega block.

The following trains will also remain cancelled in connection with Thane yard remodeling work:

1. Karjat local leaving Thane at 5.22 am
2.CST local leaving Thane at 4.12 am
3. CST local leaving Karjat at 6.59 am
4. Ambarnath local leaving CST at 5.07 am
5. CST local leaving Ambarnath at 6.54 am

HARBOUR LINE

Andheri/Bandra and CST: All down Harbour line services for Bandra/Andheri leaving CST from 10.48 am to 4.04 pm and all Up harbour line services leaving Bandra/Andheri for CST from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended.

CST-Panvel: All Down Harbour line services for Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving CST from 10.52 am to 3.55 pm will run via main slow line up to Byculla halting at all stations and o­n Down fast line between Byculla and Kurla not halting at Chinchpokli and Currey Road stations.


Harbour line passengers for Bandra/Andheri are permitted to travel via main line and Western Railway o­n their valid card/season tickets from 10 am to 6 pm o­n 3rd June 2012.
 
Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central Railway

Doon Express Derailment

5 bogies of Doon Extess derailed in Jaunpur? The train was going from Howrah to Dehradun?
According to railway officials. Coach number, 14, 15 and 16 derailed, and four coaches i.e. 11, 12, 13 and 14 have capsized.

Mega block timings | Sunday, 27th May

Between Kalyan and Thane: All Up Slow / semi fast trains leaving Kalyan from 10.25 am to 3.43 pm will be diverted o­n Up fast line between Kalyan and Mulund stations.  Up slow trains will not halt at Thakurli, Kopar, Diva, Mumbra, Kalwa stations.

Commuters can reach these stations via Dombivli and Thane stations in Down direction o­n their valid card/season tickets during the block period.

Between Kurla and CST: All Up Harbour line services for CST leaving Kurla from 10.43 am to 3.48 pm will run via main line o­n Up fast line upto Byculla and o­n Up slow line between Byculla and CST. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.

Between AndheriOn/Bandra and CST: All down Harbour line services for Bandra/Andheri leaving CST from 10.20 am to 4.04 pm and all Up harbour line services leaving Bandra/Andheri for CST from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended.

Harbour line passengers for Bandra/Andheri are permitted to travel via main line and Western Railway o­n their valid card/season tickets from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm o­n 27th May.

Between Santacruz and Goregaon:                                                                                                                  
Five hours jumbo block is scheduled between Santacruz and Goregaon from 11 am to 4 pm.

During the block period, all Up & Down local line trains will run on through (i.e. fast) lines between Santacruz and Goregaon stations. All Up and Down 12 car slow trains will take double halt at Vile Parle PF 3/4 on the fast lines. Due to the block, some trains will remain cancelled.


Info courtesy- Central Railway and western Railway.


Hampi Express Accident Kills Over 15; Helpline Numbers

Bangalore helpline number: 080 223 7116, 2215 6553, 2215 6554
Bellary: 08392 27 7704
Hospet: 08394 22 1788
Hubli: 0836-234 5338, 23 46141, 228 9826


Bangalore bound Hampi Express collided with a stationary goods train at Andhra Pradesh's Penneconda station (Anantpur District) at around 3.15 am on May 22, 2012.

As per the current news, 15 people are reported dead while many are injured. Rescue operations have begun.

Coaches affected:
1 SLR and two second class coaches were derailed. One of the coaches caught fire due to short circuit.

Accident in Harbour Line; Local Train Services Affected

8.30 pm update: Harbour line trains suspended between Kurla - Panvel. Kurla station is very crowded right now.

A crane fell on a train near Mankhurd.

Mega Block Timings | Central, Harbour & Western Lines | Sunday, 20th May

Please note the mega block timings for 20th May, 2012.


CENTRAL LINE

Thane-Kalyan: Down line fast trains leaving CST station from 10.03 am to 1.40 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations also. After Thane station, these trains will run on the slow line up to Kalyan and halt at all stations in between.



HARBOUR LINE

CST - Panvel / Belapur / Vashi: Down Harbour line services to Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving CST from 10.23 am to 3.37 pm and Up Harbour line services towards CST leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.27 pm will remain suspended.

Kurla and Mankhurd: Up & Down Harbour line services will remain suspended between Kurla and Mankhurd. However special trains will run o­n Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Kurla and Mankhurd - Panvel  sections during the block period.

Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main line and Thane - Nerul / Vashi from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm o­n 20.5.2012.

WESTERN LINE

Borivali and Goregaon: There will be a 5-hour jumbo block between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 11 am to 4 pm during which all Up and Down slow trains will run o­n fast track between Borivali and Goregaon. During the block period trains will run from Platform Nos. 3/4/5/6/6A at Borivali and some trains will remain cancelled.

Mega Block Timings on 13th May, 2012

Matunga and Mulund: Fast trains leaving CST from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm will run on the slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations and will halt at all stations in between. Fast trains beyond Thane will run on the fast track after Mulund station.

Harbour line trains from Panvel / Belapur / Vashi for CST will run on Central Main Fast Line from Kurla station to CST from 10.43 am to 3.48 pm. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.

Harbour line train services will remain suspended as follows:
Mega block from CST to Bandra / Andheri: 10.20 am to 4.04 pm
Mega block from Bandra / Andheri to CST: 10.40 am to 3.45 pm

Churchgate and Mumbai Central (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Slow trains will run on fast track between Churchgate and Mumbai Central from 11 am to 4 pm. Some trains will remain cancelled.

Mumbai-Ferozpur Punjab Mail derails near Rohtak

8 coaches of Mumbai-Ferozpur Punjab Mail derailed near Rohtak at around 3.30 am on May 6, 2012. At the time of this post, 25 people were reported injured.

The derailed coaches are:
S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10 and the guard-cum-luggage van.

The train later resumed the journey and reached Delhi after 8 am.
Delhi helpline numbers: 011 23341074 / 23342954 / 23962389

Mega block o­n 6th May, 2012

Matunga and Mulund: Fast trains leaving CST will run on the slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm and will halt at all stations in between. Fast trains beyond Thane will run on the fast track after Mulund station.

Kurla-Mankhurd: All Up Harbour line services leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.27 pm pm will remain suspended between Mankhurd and Kurla stations.

All Down Harbour line services for Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving CST from 10.23 am to 3.37 pm will remain suspended between Mankhurd and Kurla stations.

Special trains will run between CST-Kurla and Mankhurd-Panvel during the mega block.

Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central Railway

Overhead wire problem again

Overhead wires snapped between Vashi and Mankhurd around 9 am today resulting in disruption of local train services. Some trains were running slow, some were diverted and others were delayed by over 15 minutes. Services resumed in an hour

Mega Block Timings on April 29

CENTRAL LINE

All Down fast services trains leaving CST from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm will be diverted o­n Down slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations and will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund.

Fast services beyond Thane will be re-diverted o­n Down Fast line at Mulund. 

HARBOUR LINE

Up harbour line services for CST leaving Kurla from 10.43 am TO 3.38 pm will run via main line o­n Up fast line up to Byculla and further o­n Up slow line between Byculla and CST. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli. 

All Down Harbour line services for Bandra/Andheri leaving CST from 10.20 am to 4.04 pm will remain suspended.

All Up Harbour line services leaving Andheri/Bandra from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended. 

Harbour line passenger for Bandra/Andheri are permitted to travel via main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm o­n 29.4.2012.

New Auto Rickshaw Tariff Card - April 2012

With the auto rickshaw fares changing every now and then, there is enough confusion... actually there is enough STRESS. And while some autos continue refusing to ply short distances and charge half-return rates (esp Seawoods - Koparkhairane route), others are literally taking us 'for a ride' as we really do not now how much we should pay for a particular meter reading.

So, we have compiled this easy-to-read auto rickshaw tariff sheet thanks to the info that appeared in MidDay on April 25, 2012.

NOW NO NEED TO ASK "KITNA HUA?"
JUST HAND OVER THE CHANGE, JITNA HUA!



Do not forget to take a printout and keep it handy. For a larger print size (A4 landscape), click on the image and then save.

In fact, why not Save Paper! Save this tariff card image on your mobile phone / iPod for anytime reference. Also, do share the link with your friends.

Also, notice there is a lot of 50 paise element in the rates. It's about time we carry some change, if not, just add 50 ps to every fare amount in the sheet!

From now on, no kichkich with rickshawallahs and stress-free days ahead!

Eve Teasing Helpline Number



Eve teasing in Mumbai local trains is soon going to be passe! Women are increasingly calling up the GRP helpline number 98 3333 1111 to report eve teasing cases. And GRP is bring the culprits to book without any delay!

A friend just informed how the railway police organises a very well-coordinated trap when someone reports such incidents. Yesterday, three boys got into a train from Bandra and started eve teasing. They were caught at Vile Parle, brought to Santacruz and at the time we got this news, they were being taken to the jail! 

Don't ever ever accept eve teasing. Save and share the helpline number 98 3333 1111 right away... you never know when you might bring it to best use!

Get a list of all the Mumbai Local helpline numbers here.

No mega block on Sunday, 22nd April


There will be No Jumbo Block on WR on Sunday, 22nd April 2012.
Jumbo block on up & down harbour lines between Mahim and Andheri, as announced earlier, is cancelled.


Also, No Mega Block will be operated o­n CST Mumbai – Kalyan main line, CST Mumbai – Panvel Harbour line and Thane – Vashi / Nerul Transharbour line of Central Railway

Train status and updates on Friday, April 20, 2012


9.30 am status: Local trains in Harbour line seem to be running fine at this hour.

8.30 am status: Local trains in Central line are running late by 15 minutes.

Late hona is sometimes better

Following the fire in Kurla's signal panel on Wednesday, trains have been running late and there is a lot of confusion as indicators have not been working. Also, 3 people were killed and many injured due to overcrowding.

Requesting people to skip boarding overcrowded trains. You might miss going to work and hear taunts from bosses like, "Others could reach work, why couldn't you get in a train!"

But trust me, the taunts and absenteeism is better than risking your life. PLEASE DO NOT BOARD CROWDED TRAINS. IT'S NOT WORTH ANYTHING.

Trains running late today too - 19th April status update


9.22 pm status: 9.09 pm train at Currey Road hasn't arrived yet at 9.22 pm.

10.30 am status:Trains on harbour line running late with a difference of 10 minutes. Indicators are zeroed out. - info shared by Apoorva Singh


10.00 am status: Central line trains seem to be running fine up to Dadar, after that the services are super slow. Harbour line frequency is very poor.

8.30 am status: Local trains in Central and Harbour lines are running late by 15-45 minutes.

The Services are expected to be normalized in a week's time. However, the authorities have said that 85% trains will be running today.

Do share the current status of trains if you are travelling by local trains today. Join the Facebook page of Mumbai Local Trains blog or join us on Twitter (@MumbaiLocals) and Tweet using #mumbailocal

Mumbai trains running late as signal panel catches fire

Late last night, the signal panel between Kurla and Vidyavihar caught fire. The fire was brought in control within 30 minutes, but has affected train services badly. Earlier, trains were running over an hour late. Train services were cancelled up to 3.30 am.

10.00 am update: Some of our friends have informed that since many train commuters are travelling by roads, some of the roads and highways are jam-packed. We would suggest that if some people can leave a bit late from home, say after 11.30 am, the congestion could be sorted.

8.40 am update: Central and Harbour line trains running around 35 - 50 minutes late.
Central line commuters are permitted to travel via Mahim-Churchgate route to reach their destination.


Services might be affected for a maximum of three days, as reported by railway authorities.

Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express cancelled.
Mumbai-Pune Singhgad Express cancelled.
Kurla-Manmad Godavari Express cancelled.
Manmad-Kurla Godavari Express cancelled.
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Mega block timings for Sunday April 15, 2012

Matunga and Mulund: Fast trains leaving CST will run on the slow line from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm and will halt at all stations between Matunga and Mulund stations. Fast trains beyond Thane will run on the fast track after Mulund station.

Mankhurd and Nerul: Harbour line trains for Vashi/Belapur/Panvel leaving CST from 10.12 am to 3.25 pm will be cancelled.
Harbour line trains leaving Vashi/Belapur/Panvel for CST from 10.20 am to 3.39 pm will be cancelled.

Special trains will run between CST-Manhkurd and Thane Panvel route during the mega block.

Sunday Mega Block Timings - April 1, 2012

Railways will again operate a Mega Block on Sunday, 1st April 2012, as follows:

CENTRAL LINE

Thane-Kalyan: Up line slow and semi slow trains leaving Kalyan station from 10.13 am to 3.48 pm will be diverted on the fast line up to Mulund stations. These trains will not halt at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli.

Passengers for these stations are permitted to travel via Kalyan and Thane in down direction on their valid card/season tickets during the mega block.


HARBOUR LINE:

Kurla-Mankhurd: All Up Harbour line services leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.47 pm pm will remain suspended between Mankhurd and Kurla stations.

All Down Harbour line services for Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving CST from 10.23 am to 3.37 pm will remain suspended between Mankhurd and Kurla stations.

Special trains will run between CST-Kurla and Mankhurd-Panvel during the mega block.

Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central Railway

Summer Special Tips for Local Train Travel

Feel cool in summer
How to beat the summer heat while travelling by trains:

Tip 1: Carry a bottle of water to manage the dehydration caused by the scorching heat + crowded train combo
Tip 2: Lookout for ladies selling oranges in the trains. Fairly cheap,safe (because of the peel) and effective (contributed by our site visitor Suranga Date)
Tip 3: Tie up your hair, you will feel and look cool in summers

Mega Block timings for Sunday March 25

CENTRAL LINE
Kalyan and Thane: Up fast line trains leaving Kalyan from 11.25 am to 3.43 pm will be diverted on Up slow line up to Thane station and will halt at all stations between Kalyan and Thane. The trains will then be re-diverted on Up fast line.

HARBOUR LINE
Down Harbour line services to Bandra/Andheri leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.48 am to 4.05 pm and Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Bandra /Andheri from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended.

Up Harbour line services from Panvel / Belapur/Vashi towards CST leaving Kurla from 10.43 am to 3.58 pm will run via Main line between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.

Harbour line passengers for Bandra/ Andheri are permitted to travel via Main line and Western Railway from 10 am to 6 pm on 25/03/2012.


WESTERN RAILWAY
Up slow trains will run on Up fast line between Santacruz and Mumbai Central stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm. These trains will not halt at Matunga Road, Elphinstone Road, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi. Passengers can travel in opposite direction for their destinations between Bandra and Mumbai Central stations.

All 12-car slow services will take double halt at Khar Road and Mahim Junction.
Level Crossing
Gate No.19 will remain closed for road traffic during block period. Some Up and Dn services will remain cancelled.

Rooftop travel kills 23-year old at Andheri

23-year old Fardeen Muraad Khan died on the spot as he climbed the rooftop of a Churchgate Virar local train on Sunday 18th March, 2012.

It must be noted that Western Railway had recently converted the power mode to a stronger 25000 Volts. This essentially means that anyone coming in contact with these powerful wires will result in horrific death.

I AGAIN URGE COMMUTERS TO STOP TRAVELLING ON ROOFTOPS OF TRAINS.

Also, if you see someone climb the rooftop, PLEASE stop the person as soon as possible and educate about the powerful wires.

On 16th March, a young boy climbed on the rooftop of a train at Elphinstone Road station and suffered 50% burns.

Sunday Mega Block Timings - March 18, 2012

Tomorrow, on Sunday, 18th March 2012, Railways will again operate a Mega Block... this time on ALL LINES. The mega block timings are as follows:

CENTRAL LINE
Thane-Kalyan:
Down line fast trains leaving Thane will run on slow line from 10.45 am to 2.20 pm. These trains will halt at all stations between Thane and Kalyan.

HARBOUR LINE:
Panvel-Nerul: All Up Harbour line services leaving Panvel from 10.43 am to 2.58 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.
All Down Harbour line services leaving Nerul from 10.26 am to 3.06 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel stations.

TRANS-HARBOUR LINE:
Panvel-Thane: All Up Panvel-Thane services leaving Panvel from 11.05 am to 2.16 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations.
Thane-Panvel: All Down Thane-Panvel Transharbour line services leaving Nerul from 11.42 am to 2.48 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel stations.

Special local trains will run o­n CST – Nerul and Thane – Nerul sections during the mega block.

WESTERN LINE:
Borivali-Goregaon: Jumbo block between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm o­n both Up & Down Slow lines. Slow trains will run on fast track between Goregaon and Borivali (Platform No. 3/4/5/6/6A) stations. 

Some Up & Down western line local trains will remain cancelled during the mega block period.

Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central Railway & Western Railway

Railway Budget 2012 and Mumbai / Navi Mumbai

The Rail Budget presented by Dinesh Trivedi included several points for the Mumbai / Navi Mumbai area as follows:
  1. 75 new services to be introduced
  2. Aim to introduce AC services between Churchgate and Virar, CST and Kalyan.
  3. Elevated corridor from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai being firmed up.  
  4. Seventy-five services to be added to suburban network.
  5. Suburban travel fare increased by 2 paise per km
  6. Conversion from DC to AC power supply completed in Mumbai's Western Railway corridor, conversion of DC to AC in Central Railway corridor to be completed in 2012-13.
  7. 12 car rakes in harbour lines - Mumbai / Navi Mumbai
  8. Elevated rail corridors from Churchgate to Virar - Mumbai
  9. Direct connectivity of Navi Mumbai to other parts of the country 
  10. Starting a coaching complex and terminal in Navi Mumbai.
  11. Add impetus to connectivity between eastern-western corridors of Mumbai and increase connectivity between Panvel, Vashi and JNPT at Nhava Sheva.
  12. Elevated Rail corridor plan in Mumbai
 You may also like to read:
  1. Railway budget 2012 Speech highlights - LIVE Blogging
  2. Dinesh Trivedi's Shaayari during Rail Budget Speech

  3. Rail Budget posts on this site (Railway budget highlights of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)

  4. Mumbai Local's 17-Point Fun Wishlist for Railway Budget

     

Dinesh Trivedi's Shaayari during Rail Budget Speech

Shaayari read by Dinesh Trivedi during rail budget presentation:

Hath ki lakeeron se zindagi nahi banti
Hamaara bhi kuch hissa hai zindagi banaane ka


----

Fhaulaadi hain seene apne
Fhaulaadi hain baahein
Hum chaahein to paida kardein
Chattaanon mein raahein


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Kandhey jhhuk gaye hain
Kamar lachak gayi hai
Bojhaa uthaa uthaa kar
Bechaari rail thak gayi hai
Rail gaadi ko nayi dawa chaahiye, 
Thode paise chaahiye
Aur aap sa humsafar chaahiye 

----

Manzil abhi door hai
Aur raasta mushkil

 You may also like to read:
  1. Railway budget 2012 Speech highlights - LIVE Blogging
  2. Railway Budget 2012 and Mumbai / Navi Mumbai

  3. Rail Budget posts on this site (Railway budget highlights of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)

  4. Mumbai Local's 17-Point Fun Wishlist for Railway Budget

Railway budget 2012 Speech highlights - LIVE Blogging

Dinesh Trivedi's Railway Budget 2012 Speech was rather interesting with poetry and interesting proposals.
Focus of this year's rail budget:
  • Safety
  • Consolidation
  • Recongestion and capacity management
  • Modernization
  • Bring down operation ratio


Highlights of Railway Budget 2012-13 (Rs 2.5 Lakh Crore Budget):
  1. Independent railway safety authority - Rs 16842 crore plan
  2. Eliminate level crossings in next 5 years
  3. Railways must attract 10% government infrastructure spending
  4. Plan to modernise 19000 km; Rs 6467 crore on track modernisation
  5. 800 M Gauge conversion target for this year 
  6. Propose to complete 45 new projects
  7. New tracks in tribal areas
  8. New autocars to be introduced
  9. Four new rail coach factories in Kerala
  10. Locomotive factory at Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh
  11. 2 new manufacturing units in Kutch area in Gujarat
  12. 1500 EMU coaches added
  13. SMS and internet alerts of train status, in the next 18 months
  14. Disaster management advanced machinery proposed. Training centres in Bengaluru, Kharagpur and Lucknow.
  15. Propose to set up a specialised housekeeping body to improve standard of hygiene and cleanliness in trains and station... in the next 6 months.
  16. Specially designed coaches for differently-abled persons.
  17. Engage reputed professional agencies to handle catering. A pilot project to be initiated.
  18. Green toilets like bio toilets to be installed in 2500 coaches.


  19. Rae Bareily coach factory is ready
  20. Rail Khel Ratna award proposed for performers in sports... world class training to be provided 
  21. For pilgrimages, Guru Parikrama special train - Amritsar-Patna-Nanded route 
  22. 75 new express trains, 21 new passenger trains to be introduced
  23. 50 per cent concession in fare in AC classes to anaemia and sickle cell disease patients.

     
  24. Allocation of Rs 1112 crores for amenities
  25. Need Rs 5 Lakh crores from PM's Rail Scheme
  26. Propose electrification of 6500 km
  27. Rajdhani travel for Arjuna Award winners
  28. Increase in passenger fare due to rise in prices in everything; fare hasn't been hiked in 8 years. Increase in fares in Express Trains: Second Class - 2 paise per km, AC 3 tier and AC Chair Car- 10 paise per km, AC 2 tier - 15 paise per km, AC First Class - 30 paisa per km
  29. Independent Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority

    proposed
  30. Suburban travel fare increased by 2 paise per km
  31. Rounding off of fares to avoid inconvenience. Fare of Rs 11 will become Rs 10. 
  32. Railways will require Rs 14 lakh crore over next 10 years.
  33. Increase in train speeds to 160 kmph considered which can reduce travel time from New Delhi to Kolkata by 3 hours.
  34. Platform ticket prices increased to Rs 5.
RAIL BUDGET AND MUMBAI / NAVI MUMBAI
  1. 75 new services to be introduced
  2. Aim to introduce AC services between Churchgate and Virar, CST and Kalyan.
  3. Elevated corridor from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai being firmed up.

     
  4. Seventy-five services to be added to suburban network.
  5. Suburban travel fare increased by 2 paise per km
  6. Conversion from DC to AC power supply completed in Mumbai's Western Railway corridor, conversion of DC to AC in Central Railway corridor to be completed in 2012-13.
  7. 12 car rakes in harbour lines - Mumbai / Navi Mumbai
  8. Elevated rail corridors from Churchgate to Virar - Mumbai
  9. Direct connectivity of Navi Mumbai to other parts of the country 
  10. Starting a coaching complex and terminal in Navi Mumbai.
  11. Add impetus to connectivity between eastern-western corridors of Mumbai and increase connectivity between Panvel, Vashi and JNPT at Nhava Sheva.
  12. Elevated Rail corridor plan in Mumbai

     You may also like to read:
    1. Dinesh Trivedi's Shaayari during Rail Budget Speech

    2. Rail Budget posts on this site (Railway budget highlights of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)

    3. Mumbai Local's 17-Point Fun Wishlist for Railway Budget



    Mumbai Local's 17-Point Fun Wishlist for Railway Budget

    Need Superheroes to reach the other side!

    Railway budget 2012-2013 will be presented on 14th March 2012 (rail budget schedule). We will probably watch it live / read the highlights / tweet about it. And then we will praise / curse it for a couple of days only to forget all about it by the next week.

    So, how about creating a Mumbai Local's Fun Wishlist for Rail Budget... sochne mein kya jaata hai:
    1. Superman and Spiderman services: For those who prefer crossing tracks over using FOBs... Reach-The-Other-Side services at a premium of course!
    2. Meru Trains, Mega Trains, Easy Trains... (Hire a train... get a pick-up and drop at your doorstep).
    3. Relispray Exits: Special exit doors for those who injured their shoulders, feet, heads, etc. in the dhakka-mukki.
    4. Sleeper compartments: People who love to sleep need not use other commuters' shoulders as pillows!
    5. Half-priced season tickets for fourth-seat occupants.
    6. Haath dikhao, train roko: Running late for work and you might miss the train? Just wave to make it stop for you!
    7. 70% discount for standees.
    8. Air-conditioned local trains with aroma diffusers.
    9. Ban on pointed heels.
    10. Fine on Deodorant-less travel.
    11. Web check-ins: For guaranteed window seats! (idea taken from a Twitter follower of this site)
    12. Heavy fine for those who litter: Make them pick litter for a month.
    13. Separate compartment for shoppers and vendors: Love to shop while travelling? Board this compartment.
    14. Chillam-Chilli zone: Sound-proof areas in compartments where the arguing men and women can proceed with their jhagdaas!
    15. Railway announcement text indicators: Scrolling text transcripts of the announcements they make at railway stations... kuch toh samjhegaa!
    16. Fixed table-chair arrangement for college girls who want to complete their journals while travelling.
    17. Expandable compartments: Compartments will automatically expand based on the commuter inflow.
    Like it? Feel free to add to the list / share it with fellow commuters / friends.
    How about joining us on Facebook / Twitter.

    Addition to the list by Mumbaikars:
    1. Automatic Beep censor system in compartments as a replacement for abuses. (contributed by Deepa Nair)
     You may also like to read:
    1. Railway budget 2012 Speech highlights - LIVE Blogging
    2. Dinesh Trivedi's Shaayari during Rail Budget Speech

    3. Rail Budget posts on this site (Railway budget highlights of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)

    4. Railway Budget 2012 and Mumbai / Navi Mumbai

       

    Railway Budget 2012-13 Timing / Telecast Schedule

    Railway Budget 2012-13 will be presented by Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The timing of the Rail Budget presentation is 12 noon.


    Here is the schedule of Railway Budget Telecast and Rail Budget News on Television Channels:


    DD National
    10.30 am: Pre railway budget analysis - LIVE
    11.00 am: Question hour - LIVE
    12 noon: Union Railway Budget Presentation - LIVE

    DD News
    11.00 am: Rail Budget


    CNBC Awaaz
    11.30 am: Rail Budget Special
    12 noon: Rail Budget Speech
     
    CNBC TV 18
    11.30 am: Rail Budget Speech and Analysis
    CNN IBN
    12 noon: Railway Budget 2012 speech

    NDTV India (Hindi)
    12 noon: Railway Budget 2012 speech

    There are speculations about increase in train travel fare. Well, considering that their hasn't been any significant fare hike in the recent years, there has been much development and compared to other means of transport (arguing rickshawallahs and cabwallahs, overpriced flights, etc.) train travel is much better, a small increase in rail fare should not disappoint the daily commuters.

    Also, lesser number of new trains are expected this year. but you never know until the rail budget is read out. So let's hope for the best and travel safe.

    Stay tuned on this site / our Facebook page for updates / highlights of Railway Budget 2012-2013.
    feel free to discuss the rail budget on the Twitter page of this site (for mentions, pls use @MumbaiLocals).

    Click here for all the Rail Budget posts on this site (Railway budget highlights of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.