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Blog Entry# 1731451
Posted: Feb 06 2016 (15:30)

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Feb 06 2016 (15:30)   53339/Dhanbad - Chandrapura Passenger (UnReserved) | SJA/Sijua (2 PFs) | AJNI/WAG-9/31040
 
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PART 2:-
THE MEETING WITH SINGH:-
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DATE OF ACTION :- 26/12/2015
TIME :- 12:00-6:00 PM
PLACE
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more...
:- SIJUA (SJA)
DISTRICT :- DHANBAD
RAILWAY DIVISION :- DHANBAD
ZONE :- EAST CENTRAL RAILWAY.
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PART 1 has already been posted here.... /blog/post/1729957
26th December, it had been 11 years since that devastating 'tsunami' hit several countries on the Indian Ocean. However as I made my way to DHN JN people seemed oblivious to the tragedy that happened that day. Everyone had been consumed by the 'Boxing Day' fever though the 'Christmas fervour' had yet to let the 'coal city' off it's grips. Bells in the cathedrals and churches still chimed, Christmas carols could still be heard...and a 'cake consuming endemic' had plagued the city. I guess people worldwide consume more cakes from the 20th december to 1st of January than all the remaining days put multiple times over........
It is human nature to forget about the bad and look forward to the future! It is this nature that enables us to stay optimistic........
The DHN-CRP passenger has to be one of the slowest passenger trains operated by the Indian Railways. With a creepy average speed of 18kmph it takes 2 hours to go from Dhanbad to Chandrapura......My destination though was a 20 minutes ride to SJA station. Though only 11 kms away from DHN there is a marked geographical change. As the city scape gives away the dust and smoke begin to fill.
Being on this route a numerous time it didn't interest me that much but it would be quite a sight for anyone making his debut journey through here. Like with all the trains passing through here, this train too reaches this peak speed of maybe 50kmph between DHN & KDS. From there onwards it seems like an eternal crawl.......
For more details about the DHN-CRP section please see my earlier post here /blog/post/1587845
Regardless of that I met ex-IRI member member Suriender Singh here......
Suriender is a kinda a combo of both 'Singh is King' as well as 'Singh is Bling':P
On meeting Suriender we spent some time chatting and then set off for TSAH. The rest of our adventures has been already covered in part 1.
After returning back to SJA at around 6:30PM, we sat there to have a chat.....Singh had already suggested me to take an auto home but the ' Ferroequinologist ' in me took over and I waited for the HTE-DHN passenger....fortunately it was only 10 minutes...
Bidding Singh adieu, I took a seat in the near empty train which reaches DHN at 8:30 PM.......
Here are some of the photographs I took that day. My only regret is that I took such few pictures.....Looking forward to an SJA re-visit soon, when I get home........
Now the photo counts....
1. PHOTOGRAPH 1 :- AJNI 'HULK' 31040 WITH LOADED COAL LADEN RAKES. (#admins can update the station board pic if found suitable)
2. PHOTOGRAPH 2 :- ASANSOL WAG-5H TWINS 23595 PASSING THROUGH THE STATION (Forgot the number of the 1st loco)
3. PHOTOGRAPH 3 :- AN 'OHE' INSPECTION VEHICLE. (Such vehicles are fairly common on this stretch as this railway line is on the verge of a collapse and the Divisional authorities have to extra vigilant all times.)
4. PHOTOGRAPH 4 :- AND FINALLY A NIGHT TIME SHOT OF 'GMO' HULK 31019, LOOKING DOWN AT THE 'PUNY HUMAN':P
I promise to be back with more pictures soon.....
Arnab

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