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KTH/Katrasgarh (3 PFs)
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Gaslitand Colliery Bypass, Katrasgarh (Katras), Dist :- Dhanbad
State: Jharkhand

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Jul 19 (13:03)   KTH/Katrasgarh (3 PFs)
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Summykumarsinha~   289 blog posts
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Entering katrasgarh junction
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Feb 03 (20:32)   05027/Maurya Special Fare Special | KTH/Katrasgarh (3 PFs)
NILABH KARAN~   503 blog posts
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Pics from my recent journey in 05027/05028 Maurya spl exp....coaches were clean and journey was quite comfortable....1st pic was taken at Katrasgarh.....2 nd pic was taken at Samastipur jn...3rd pic was taken at Bachwara jn...

Feb 04 (23:12)
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TravelwithNiketKaran^~   9855 blog posts
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Nice to see DC line
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Oct 11 2018 (14:13)   53340/Chandrapura - Dhanbad Passenger (UnReserved) | DHN/Dhanbad Junction (8 PFs)
Arnab~   7713 blog posts
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Saying that the former Dhanbad Chandrapura line was an integral part of my childhood, would be an understatement...
From my earlier instances of remembrances involving the black & white smoke spewing, gigantic black steam engines to the thunderous Patratu and Bokaro WDMs ruling the roost, till
the final days of electrification where Mughalsarai and Tata WAMs used to be calling the shots....
From my early childhood, I had developed an affinity for the railways by listening to the tales of my Grandfather from his days as a Guard in the Eastern Railways....
My first memories of the DC line involve the then Dhanbad-Bokaro passenger, those memories are extremely hazy, but the DC passengers was one of the last trains back then, that used to be still hauled by the steam engines, the other train that I can somehow recall having a limited steam haulage was the Asansol-Dhanbad-Bhojudih passenger that would have an electric service from ASN to DHN and then change over to steam traction....
Those were the last days of steam engines, most steam engines relegated for pushing duties at the back of freights which were mostly hauled by electric/diesels locomotives....
Though the visual inputs of the steam engines are mostly fuzzy now, owing to my extremely low age ( I was barely 3-4 then), I vividly remember how they felt....
Steam engines were hugely intriguing, fistly they were gigantic, whenever they used pass by the tracks would shake like crazy, secondly you would have a strange feeling of being overcome by first dust and then by a amazing feeling of wetness... The chronology of events could have also happened in reverse, as I am recalling this events out of my infancy, hence the exact order of events may be wrong.....
Steam engines also had this amazing variation in the amount of smoke that would come out of their chimneys....when the engines started or used to proceed at a crawling pace, the amount of black smoke superseded the amount of white smoke, when the train would be at a good speed however, the white smoke would be predominant.....
However to myself, barely in the post infancy stage, it was the third white smoke outlet, the one that would shoot out white fumes while the shrill whistle would be sounded....
The shrill pitch of those gigantic external combustion engines were soon replaced by the lower pitched boring WDMs and WAMs.... while the steam engines screamed excitement and adventure, the bland sounding diesels and electrics screamed reliability....
They may not be the most efficient locomotives but 'By Jove' they were reliable....
The period that I am next talking about involves the end of the last millenia...
The Kargil War had just ended...Donation camps and relief centres would be set up at an exponential pace to help the families of the martyrs and the injured soldiers....
The Gaisal train accident would be a major catastrophe before the Kargil war...two diesel hauled trains colliding each other at around 90kmph and setting off a disaster that would claim nearly a thousand lives....
Then came the Odisha supercyclone..... I remember a paper cutting that quoted a survivor who had just quoted, " Water, water everywhere....but not a drop to drink!"....
Those were difficult times.....
The advent of the new millenia brought many changes....
Our country started growing in leaps and bounds and from being an aid-dependent country, we started giving aid, our journey took us from the fragile five to being the fastest growing major economy in the world....
The HWH-MGS main line, the DC line and a plethora of other lines were getting electrified signalling the end of the diesel dominance...
Then came 'Project Uniguage' which kick-started the end of several metre guages and narrow guages......
It is amazing how I was able to recollect some many changes that have occurred in the last twenty_twenty-two years just by being in a pensive mood...just imagine the history that had been witnessed by a railway line that had existed for around 130 years.....

It is amazing how abruptly and how prematurely the Dhanbad-Jharia and the Dhanbad-Chandrapura lines were despatched to the gallows without giving any viable alternatives to the lakhs of people that were affected by it....
I am in now way advocating the restarting of the ill-fated railway line, it just pains me how haphazardly it was done....
The railways had plenty of time to look for any alternative but they didn't...
Coal India had plenty of oppurtunities to rectify their wrongdoings but they didn't.....
It's amazing how small mistakes tend to a cumulative catastrophe....
Rest assured, there will be an alternative line some day, new stories are inscribed in the pages of history everyday, everyday is a new beginning and newer breakthroughs do happen everyday....
But the DC line that formed such an integral part of my childhood, gave me so many wonderful memories will be missed...........
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Featured are some of the pictures of my last journey onboard the now extinct
53340 Chandrapura-Dhanbad passenger from Katrasgarh to Dhanbad station....
The pictures have all been uploaded with a lateral shift of 90 degrees which I have been unable to rectify, however please do enjoy all of these pictures as these pictures are a part of our chequered railway history...
I know it's been a while since the line has closed, but it has taken me this long to come to terms with it's demise....
PICTURES 1-3 :- These show some stretches of the Banjora-Baseria stretch which was one of the worst affected sections. If you download and observe the picture, you will realise how close the fires had come to the tracks... However the worst affected part was near the Angarpathra halt on the Katrasgarh-Sijua section where fire had been discovered under the tracks.
PICTURES 4-10 :- Shows the Kusunda marshalling yard in it's full glory. This yard has also breathed it's last.
PICTURES 11-14 :- Shows the Kusunda station built during colonial times in it's full glory..... Notice the obvious British architecture....
PICTURES 15-16 :- Onwards towards Dhanbad...

1 Public Posts - Thu Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11 2018 (14:47)
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Thanks a tonne, be patient, it's co
very good essay. really sad as dhanbad losing so many trains. waiting for part 2.

Oct 12 2018 (11:34)
Arnab~   7713 blog posts
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Nothing can be said for sure...actually since the issue is fire and has been beefing up from some time mostly due to sheer apathy and negligence...but now it is certainly spiralled out of control....
We can only hope that the remaining section stays functional and the alternative comes up soon......

Oct 12 2018 (11:37)
🌟Gandhidham Junction🌟
IrfSda94~   2745 blog posts
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Why was this line closed

Oct 12 2018 (11:41)
Arnab~   7713 blog posts
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In a nutshell, the coal-laden tracks below caught fire...

Feb 02 2020 (19:04)
Amar PalSayNo2NRCinINDIA
Amar_Pal_30~   1237 blog posts
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see the proposed new alignment
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Dec 31 2020 (10:32)   08619/Ranchi - Dumka InterCity Special | DUMK/Dumka (3 PFs)
JigyasuSinghRF^~   9482 blog posts
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Special train between Dumka-Ranchi-Dumka Intercity from 2.01.21.Bookings had started from today.

Jan 01 (22:24)
Sanz~   8080 blog posts
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Mere hometown ke saath itni beimaani Rnc-Dumka ka halt diya but Dumka-Rnc ka nahi. Hadd nautanki hai
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May 22 2020 (18:45)   KGG/Khagaria Junction (3 PFs) | TKD/WAP-4/22653
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KhagariaJn^~   52832 blog posts
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पूर्व मध्य रेल क्षेत्राधिकार में यात्रियों की सुविधा हेतु आज 22.05.2020 से विभिन्न स्टेशनों पर पीआरएस काउंटर चालू कर दिये गए हैं।
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2 Public Posts - Sat May 23, 2020

May 23 2020 (17:01)
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KhagariaJn^~   52832 blog posts
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CIC means?

May 23 2020 (17:14)
Rajesh   48 blog posts
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'Coal India Cord', chnadrapura-Barkakana-garhwa road-Singrauli line

May 23 2020 (17:17)
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KhagariaJn^~   52832 blog posts
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Abhi malum hua.
Bat ye hai ki udhar ke bagal me jo bara station jaise DHN, GMO etc hai vaha se train chalegi.
To CIC ke log apne station se ticket lekar DHN & GMO aa jayenge train lene.

May 25 2020 (17:48)
bishnujaiswal~   3290 blog posts
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Aur nagar untari se aadmi dhanbad jayega kaise . Shaktipunj 11 hrs leti hai

Oct 29 2020 (22:25)
WAG 12B in CIC
s27sidharthgmai~   767 blog posts
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Now the meaning of CIC has changed and it becomes. Commercial India Corridor from DHN-KTE tak
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