|Bits and Pieces
Saturday, December 11, 2004 IRFCA
Ever since Ramesh mentioned this group's existence, I had wanted to post a piece here. Cannot stop raving about their coverage. Indian Railways Fans Club. As exhaustive an Indian Railways resource as it can get. I am stunned, almost always, listening to their technical discussion and have thoroughly enjoyed the huge photo collection [makes you long for home]. While I recommend patient exploration of the site here are some that I learnt recently from the site and the group's Yahoo Community (which now has 1962 members):
> Think of Indian Railways and you wonder if it is really that difficult to glamorize the giant. Appreciably, efforts are on and here's a sample.
> An Indian relation to Railways in Iraq - Picture taken in 1967.
> "The Royal Saloon...an ambitious project to promote tourism in the Central Indian region,the Narrow Gauge Royal Saloon takes people on a three day odyssey from Nagpur to Jabalpur and back. This train was also started as part of the 150 year celebrations of the Indian Railways." [video page]
> Farewell to Chennai's Meter Gauge EMUs.
> Delhi Metro has generated interest among many. In action [video page - try IE if it doesnt open in Firefox]. Photo galleries from the Official site and IRFCA.
> Discussions on, with the Japanese relating to Bullet Trains in India [including
Chennai-B'glore route]. Finally, benefits of IT revolution trickling down.
> The newly opened Railway Call Center [Dial 139] at B'glore has been getting 27,500 to 29,000 calls every 24 hours. A Laloo special!
[Picture courtesy: IRFCA. Thanks Bharath Moro] posted by pradeep | Permalink | (8)
You hit the nail on its head...this site does make you nostalgic and homesick...
Yeah u know well.
Indian Railways...just awesome. Its BIG like that of US road network....but doesnt get the recognition it deserves.
Yeah, lack of recognition - this has been true for almost all public sector organizations. I am hopeful that things will change with this coming generation.
Indian Railways blog is a terrific idea...something worth chewing on...
Great link and yes, a revelation. I did know about the vastness of the IR network but never did I know so much about it. And yes, an IR blog would be awesome if there is enough information to write about on a regular long term basis.
Sure there are lots of stuff happening to keep an IR blog running. If this is just a sample, readership shouldnt be an issue...blogs certainly allows a wider reach.