Another step on bridging the gap – Thar Express

With so many stories coming out of Pakistan Railways, im thinking of making a seperate category for them.

Making another step towards bridging the gap between the two countries, and a first for Karachi, Thar Express, will start operations from 16th feb between Pakistan and India.

“Thar Express would leave Karachi Cantonment Station at 11pm on Feb 16 for Zero Point station, the announcement said.
Intending passengers have been advised to bring their passports with valid visas, identity cards and other relevant documents for reservation. Passengers have been allowed to carry 35 kg luggage free of charge.”

Also, i believe this is the first inter-country train we’ll be having in a very long time. Could open up a whole new way of travel.

9 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    If there is one guy who really gets the work done its Sheikh Rashid aka Rungela Baadshah.

    This guy does know how to deliver by hook or by crook. Has really turned around many things in Railway.


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    bullet train from RWP to Lahore is what am really waiting for… how on earth are we going to have a bullet train… our normal trains derail every other day..


  3. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:09 am

    Please get your facts right — this train started service LAST YEAR — this is just a resumption — it was stopped for a few months after rains in Rajasthan on the Indian side of the border washed away some of the rail track and a couple of bridges


  4. Sajid (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Ever heard the story of those who have traveled through this train?

    No WATER on railway station, no proper airconditioning ( you must be knowing the harsh weather of thar ), you have to wait several hours just to process your documents, this train is late most of the time.

    I have heard stories from my relatives who have traveled through this train and they now say though wagah is a long way from Karachi but its allot better then this, they treat you like animals. The facilities at Indian side is better but on the Pakistan end its pathetic.

    And for a fellow memeber, stop praising that gangster SHEIKH! he has already ruined railways! Minister resign if a single rail accident happens, just count on monthly ( not yearly )basis how many accidents of train has occured since last year and you will know the answer. These guys dont give a damn about this. They know how to mint money!

    First get a bullet track , then comes train, you have 40 years old track and you wish to run bullet trains on it, i guess you’ll be flying like a bullet and become headline in the news paper! wake up nation…


  5. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    i travelled on the inaugural train ride to cover it for the newspaper that i used to work for at that time — on the return journey there was no running water in the toilets


  6. JayJay (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    What a writer has to say regarding the scarcity of water on Paki trains:-

    “Recently I had the experience of travelling by train from Karachi to Islamabad, on the much publicised and supposedly modern ‘Burraq Express’, the name itself being symptomatic of the times. More often than not, there was no water in the compartments, for no sooner was the overhead tank filled with water than it was consumed in a frenzy of ablution (wazu) by the pious preparing themselves for prayer.”

    “As long as there was water flowing from the tap, one could see the namazis emerging from the toilet dripping with water, from their elbows, fingertips, beards (or chins) and ankles. As a result, rarely was there water for brushing one’s teeth, or, what was worse, even to keep one’s ‘underpinnings’ clean, to borrow a word from Ejaz Haider. Bottled mineral water, always available at a cost, had to be used to wash our behinds. Who says Pakistan is a poor country!”

    “Common sense tells me that a train’s water tank is just big enough to cater for the basic toilet needs of passengers. As presently designed, it does not take into account the ablution needs of a large number of namazis. Therefore, either the government of the pious should order especially large water tanks or have some kind of fatwa issued exempting passengers from the need to use water for ablution.”

    “Islam does allow for ablution without water, but only when it is not available. A fatwa should clarify the matter further, specifically mentioning train journeys, for the minds of the pious are not tuned to understand nuances, to use deductive or inductive logic or be innovative. For them, matters must be made plain in black and white, so to speak, by a fatwa-wielding mullah. And even that may not be enough.”

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C01%5C18%5Cstory_18-1-2007_pg3_2


  7. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    @SAJID

    Feasibility “study” has been awarded to a consortium of three countries for studying the shortest distance, track locations and fares for bullet train. Donot expect your old tracks to carry a 250kmph train running on them. Bullet train tracks will be fenced. This is just a study, actual decision to implement it will come after this study in october.
    Few of the accidents were only due to peoples mistake like sitting at roof and walking between tracks. What a minister can do here to save them?
    After sheeda’s charge of office almost every month we hear of a new train. Have you ever heard that before so often?


  8. Sajid (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Yes, the reason that they tout so much about new train is to cover their mistakes. My brother came from burraq express yesterday ( the so called new train ) from pindi. He and his friends boarded train at 3pm and reached karachi next day 7:30 pm

    Now thats what i call BURRAQ!

    I know bullet trains can’t run over these old tracks, but the point was to upgrade the old tracks and then think about bullet train, just tell me how much population will be able to use the bullet trains ( if this project is ever completed ).

    We are doing feasibility study of bullet trains when you can’t even rectify the basic problems. You can’t even solve the basic railway track problems which are washed away everytime when there are huge rains and then you come here and talk about bullet trains? and praise that gangster who has ripped the country. Don’t forget about the chinese engines which are laying in the godowns as they become useless after just 1 year of use.

    Just start collecting articles regarding train accidents in 2006 and you will know who is responsible ( excluding the roof accident ).


  9. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    I m not praising him, but One man can not be held responsible for past 60 years of mistakes. We havent laid any new track in 60 years. He is doing “comparatively” better than all previous ones.



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