Railways turn NG coaches into revolving restaurant

NAGPUR: South East Central Railway (SECR) here has developed two coaches of narrow gauge era into an air-conditioned revolving restaurant, which is first of its kind in India.

The restaurant has a plush interior with a seating capacity of 24 persons. The aesthetically renovated inter- connected coaches are placed on a 80 ft diameter turntable and take 14 to 15 minutes to rotate, SECR’s General Manager N S Kasturirangan said.

It is situated in the middle of about four acre of beautifully landscaped area where the Zonal Railway has a Narrow Gauge Museum.

The Nagpur division of SECR has spent nearly Rs 10 lakh on it, SECR Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur, S N Agarwal said.

The two coaches, now turned into restaurant, were originally manufactured in 1908 and 1932 respectively, he said.

The observation car where officers can look behind through glass during inspection was built by Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) at Kharagpur in 1908 and another coach was built in 1932 at same place, Agarwal said.

The turn table is a marvellous mechanical engineering installation by which locomotive of steam era used to change its direction by revolving the turn table. It was set up in year 1969, Agarwal recalled.

After phasing out of steam locomotives, the turn table was lying idle since long. SECR took the advantage of this antic installation and launched the revolving air conditioned restaurant, he added.


Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Railways launches Jan Ahaar for passengers at affordable price

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project to provide hygienic and tasty food to passengers at subsidised rates came true on Friday.

Named Jan Ahaar (commoners’ meal), was formally launched at Howrah Station here.an Ahaar, a self-service cafeteria, provides snacks and meals at affordable prices, ranging from rupees 3 to 38 rupees.

“The Railway Minister in her budget speech had announced the opening of Jan Ahaars. These would be cafeterias spread across the country where affordable meals would be available. The focus of these cafeterias is four things – quality, service, cleanliness and value,” said Derek O’Brien, Chairman, Passenger Services Committee, Howrah Railway Station.

The cafeteria at Howrah Station will provide ‘Jan Meal’ and ‘Economy Meal’.On an average, a filling meal would cost around rupees 20.

A plate of fish and rice meal is priced at 35 rupees while a chicken and rice meal will cost 38 rupees.

For 19 rupees, passengers can avail Rice-Dal-Achaar. The non-rice eaters can opt for seven Puris and Sabji for just 10 rupees.

The passengers expressed their happiness at this novel Jan Ahaar concept. They said that besides the bona-fide passengers, these Jan Ahaar cafeterias would be a boon for the poor persons such as the porters.

Initially, the Jan Ahaar at Howrah will remain open from 6’o clock in the morning till 10 in the night. By Ajitha Menon (ANI)

Published in: on November 22, 2009 at 6:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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