The Ministry of Railways is set to release its new All India Railway Time Table, known as “Trains At a Glance (TAG)” from today, October 1, 2022.
The new Trains at a Glance will also be available on the Indian Railways official website, www.indianrailways.gov.in.
According to Indian Railways, it runs about 3,240 Mail/Express trains, including Vande Bharat Express, Gatimaan Express, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Humsafar Express, Tejas Express, Duronto Express, Anyodaya Express, Garib Rath Express, Sampark Kranti Express, Yuva Express, Uday Express, Janshatabdi Express and other types of trains.
In addition, approximately 3,000 passenger trains and 5,660 suburban trains run through the Indian Railways network. The number of passengers carried daily is about 2.23 crore. In order to clear extra crowds and meet passenger demand, more than 65,000 special train journeys were carried out in 2021-22. About 566 carriages were permanently expanded to increase payload capacity, Railways said.
During the review of the lie-over of harken, it was found that the rakes can be used better for expanding existing services or increasing the frequency. Railways believe that this would maximize the use of the rolling stock and provide better connectivity with the traveling passengers. During the year 2021-22, 106 new services were introduced, 212 services expanded and the frequency of 24 services increased.
At present, Vande Bharat Express trains run between New Delhi – Varanasi and New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra. As of September 30, another Vande Bharat Express train has been introduced between Gandhinagar Capital and Mumbai Central. It has been proposed to introduce more Vande Bharat Express trains across the Indian Railways network. Tejas Express services with onboard services such as entertainment, local food, Wi-Fi etc are also distributed through the Indian railway network. There are currently seven pairs of Tejas Express services operating through Indian Railways.
In order to provide sufficient time for the maintenance of the fixed infrastructure, such as the track structure, signaling devices and overhead equipment, it is intended to provide fixed corridor blocks. The duration of these corridor blocks is from 3 hours in each section. This will not only improve asset reliability, but also improve passenger safety.
The conversion of Mail/Express trains using ICF design rakes is being carried out to improve passenger safety and provide faster transit with better ride comfort. Indian Railways has converted 187 Rakes or ICF to LHB for the 2021-2022 period.
Railways said necessary timetable changes have been made to improve punctuality. Thanks to joint efforts, the punctuality of the post/express trains has improved by about 9 percent compared to the punctuality during pre-Covid (2019-20).
The rakes at different maintenance depots have been standardized by integrating the rake couplings to increase flexibility in operations and thereby improve punctuality. In the year 2021-22, 60 conventional passenger services have been replaced by MEMUs, increasing the overall mobility of the system, according to Railways.
As part of the digitization of the train timetable, Trains at a Glance (TAG) will now also be available as an ‘eBook’ which can be downloaded from the IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in and www.irctctourism.com) .
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