Monday, December 7, 2015


According to a Press Release No. 21112015/124, Dated: 07-12-2015 by North East Frontier Railway, Indian Railways created a history with the commencement of the passenger traffic between Silchar and Guwahati via Lumding. The first passenger train (55616/55615 Silchar - Guwahati Fast Passenger) was flagged off by the Union Minister of Railways through remote from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi at around 10.00 A.M. today. A parallel function was also organized at Silchar Railway Station too.

After flag off, the Fast Passenger Train chugged out of Silchar Railway Station amid loud cheers from thousands of enthusiastic locals who saw a long-cherished dream being fulfilled.

The train with fifteen coaches, consisting of one AC 3 Tier coach, three Sleeper Class coaches, three General Second class coaches, six Chair Cars and two Luggage - cum - parcel vans saw 100% booking on the inaugural run itself which is an indication of the extent of patronage that this line will get. The train, which will take off from Silchar at 05.00 A.M. every day, will stop at all stations between Silchar and Lumding and at Hojai to reach Guwahati at 05.15 P.M. same day. o­n the return journey, the train will leave Guwahati at 11.55 P.M. every day to reach Silchar at 01.10 P.M. next day.

Lumding - Silchar Gauge Conversion project has been a formidable engineering challenge because of the typical unstable geology of the region. The 210km track has 79 major bridges, 340 minor bridges and 21 tunnels. The longest tunnel is 3.235km and the tallest bridge over the river Doyang is 54 metres tall. There are a total of 33 stations in the Silchar - Lumding section.

It is noteworthy that beyond Silchar, N. F. Railway would be commissioning Broad Gauge connection up to Agartala by March 2016. By 2020, all the State Capitals are planned to be connected by Broad Gauge rail link. Railway offers the cheapest and the most reliable mode of transport in these areas and the planned expansion will benefit the people of remote areas in getting connected to the mainland.

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