History of Cochin State Railways

Presentation by Jimmy Jose.

Kerala during pre-1947 had 3 provinces.

State followed the Matriarchial system of inheritance and most rulers were old when they ascended the throne. Hence there was frequent change.

His Excellency Raja Rama Varma XV was Maharaja from 1895-1914 and was quite powerful and pro-active.

Madras-beypore line was a Coast to Coast line.

Talks of railway lines operated by State of Cochin.

Changes during the early stages of Cochin State Railway Company.
How Rajrishi made sacrifices by selling his personal valuables for funding projects.

Many hurdles came up but were overcame.

Line opened to passenger traffic in 1902 with Shoranur-Ernakulam terminus passenger train.

Other major details of the Cochin State Railway Company.

Types of locomotives and rolling stock.
N Class 0-6-0 locomotive was used.

Details of Ernakulam Terminus Station.
It had a Spencers outlet and South India’s only Diamond Crossing.

Presents the photographs of the present state of Ernakulum terminus.

Talks of the Cochin State Forest Tramway, details, photographs.

Snaps of early Timetables from the Bradshaw 1930. VSP is all ears n eyes…

Cochin Harbour terminus in South Indian railway. Snaps just before shut down in 2004.


January 24, 2009 at 19:27 1 comment

Mr V Anand Speaks…

… and when he speaks, he mesmerises you !

Talk on the Design of Passenger Coaches.. Safety and Comfort.

Talks about the basics of the passenger coaches.

General Parameters: Gauge and Track Geometry, Axle load, bridges, Moving dimensions, Ergonomics.

Railways are the only mode of transport in which vehicles are designed to move with equal facility in either direction.

Limitations: Overcrowding, Personal habits, toilet and water requirements, literacy and profusion of languages, extreme weather conditions, thefts and vandalism.

Stages of development: Comfort
> Animal Drawn carriages
> Open wagons
> Covered wagons / Seats
> Lighting and ventilation
> heating and AC
> Noise abutment
> Communications and other facilities

Stages of Development: Safety
> Wooden to Steel shells
> Rigid framework to bogies
> Brakes, Alarm Chain, Emergency exits
> Suspensions
> Fire prevention
> Ergonomics

Bogie Design
> Limitations of rigid wheel sets
> Track Irregularities
> Primary and secondary suspensions
> Springs, dampers and air suspension

Interesting experiences
> First Class AC coaches
> Milk Tankers
> Double deckers
> Longer coaches (lock bars)
> Pantry car lounge for Rajdhanis
> AC Driving motor coach

January 24, 2009 at 18:25 1 comment

A WDP-4 Break !

A WDP-4 #20025 was arranged at BNC trip shed for our members to take a look at, get into the cab and get a feel of the loco. A WDM-2 #16585 was also present for the ones who love Alcos!

Talk about hands-on railfanning!

Simultaneously Poochi has exhibited photographs taken by various IRFCAns and would be used by IRCTC for official display purposes.

Presentations by Mr V Anand and Jimmy Jose to follow in the extended session soon.

January 24, 2009 at 18:11 Leave a comment

NRM 2010

Its official !

The next convention will be held in Delhi at the NRM.

There was absolutely no dissent and no bids against NRM.

Colin Peter passed on the token to Mr Mayank Tiwari for organising the next convention.

NRM… Here we come!

January 24, 2009 at 16:56 6 comments

Railway Heritage: Pride of India

Talk by Mr Mayank Tiwari, Dir, NRM.

Talks about all the projects that WE (including railfans) would like to do.

Improvements to existing museums like Kolkata and MYS.
Major improvements to NRM including interactivity.
RRM Chennai looking for smaller improvements.
RRM West – Lonavala would be a new museum.

Revival of steam.

Fairy Queen now has regular runs.
BG Bayer Garatt revived by SER in 2006.
MRL: revival of steam proposed.
Revival of Rewari Steam Centre.

We need to list Railway heritage.
Awareness and Capacity building.
Regular monitoring
Creating projects
These are something IRFCA can help in.

Mr Tiwari offers the NRM for hosting the next IRFCA Convention!! Awesome !

January 24, 2009 at 16:03 1 comment

The Dippy and Diggy Fours

Mr Shubhranshu, CMPE of UBL DLS makes a presentation on the EMD locos.

Most comprehensive ToT ever for India. Includes entire technology plus technology of the original equipment suppliers.

Training of IR personnel in GM-EMD factories in USA/Canada.

Do you know what the GT46MAC abbreviated for?

G: Single Cab
T: Turbo charged
M: Full width cab

M does not stand for Mixed as is popularly thought. And there is no GT46PAC!! PAC is only an Indian corruption of terminology!

EMD locos NEVER need a POH.
Maximum stall starting torque of 54tonnes.
Higher fuel and lube efficiencies.
Very low maintenance loco
Max dynamic braking effort of 27tonnes
On board testing of loads of parameters.
16 cyliner 2 stroke 4000hp 710G3B loco.

Diagrams of the loco interiors and engine layout shown.

Complete lowdown of the locos, details of all parts.

The loco computer has information about every function, malfunction and events taking place. Includes speed recorder, power generation record.

EM2000 software helps in running a self load test without the need of a loadbox.
Opposite Direction braking (‘discovered’ just 6 months back!)
Alerter vigilance control system.
Automatic sanding and AEB.
Locked wheel/ slipped pinion detection.

Computer based Electro-pneumatic Air Brake system.
A Radar Transceiver compares linear speed and wheel rotation speed to minimise slip or give controlled slip.

Comparison between WDM-2/WDG-3/WDG-4/WAG-7/WAG-9 locos based on performance.

Surpasses all emission standards.

IGBT better than GTO

Upgraded to 4500HP now.
Has resulted in use of only 4 locos vs 6 on the Shiradi Ghats.

EMD locos now at UBL, KJM, SGUJ, BGKT.
Planned at Sabarmati, GY, BNDM and R !!

Shubhranshu now takes questions.

As for Dual cab locos, there was some issue in communications between the two cabs.
It is under the process of development and next year 2 such prototype locos would be manufactured.

January 24, 2009 at 14:49 3 comments

Bisi-bele bhath!

The delegates were treated to some delicious lunch comprising of Bisi-bele bhaath, veg pulav, coconut poli (obbittu), Dharwad peda, rice, sambhar, rasam, pickle, papad and Fish fry. Rounded off with ice-cream and juicy gulab jamun!

Love Bangalore for its food.

FYI, the pic on the blog page header is actually an old pic of the Steam Loco shed at Bangalore Cantonment!

January 24, 2009 at 14:46 Leave a comment

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