Burraq Express

It seems a lot of things got inaugurated this 14th August, what with new TV channels, new product lines (Head n Shoulders) and what not.

Among them, was a new express train between Karachi to Rawalpindi (via Lahore) named Burraq Express. This comes after launching of Sindh Express (Karachi to Lahore) recently.

Now finally, we have a way of getting from Karachi to Pindi in style, instead of taking Awami Express! This new train is also fitted with the Chineese Coaches (Karakoram Express style).

From Pakistan Times

the train on August 14 would leave Rawalpindi at 2:45pm and reach Lahore at 6:45pm; then, leaving at 7:15pm the same day, the train would arrive in Karachi at 10:45am the following day.

Now for the accolades. This blogger was and is a big fan of Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the current Minister of Railways. That guy knows how to a) Efficiently run organizations b) turn around a long held culture of corruption c)introduce new measures and follow up on them and lastly d) Play the media!

Ever since he has taken over Railways, four new express train services have been introduced, and a number of new measures have been introduced in the system which has led to railways actually becoming a profit center!

7 Comments so far

  1. Tee Emm (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    Your mention of Shaikh Rasheed and Pakistan Railways was missing the coverage of the Dhabaiji bridge. The fun point its, the old bridge made probably during the time of British Raj sustained some 60 years of smooth operations. The alternative, built by the Pak Railways of the Shaikh Sb didn’t last more than a couple of weeks!

  2. yo yo (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    Mansoor…Our railways are not a profit center yet. I also do like to see things in positive light but this info is misleading.
    What I can suggest to our railways guys is try to be self sufficient. We have the capability to produce and maintain railway engines and its lorries. But sadly Rail infrastructure has seen a decline since 1947. Railways should compete with bus service. I believe railways get hefty bribes from bus service tycoons to keep their service bad.

  3. ANON THE FAKE ONE (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 1:56 am

    From Pakistan Times news post:
    “On the Independence Day, the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz would inaugurate a Ralwalpindi-Karachi bullet train with Burraq Express as its name, sources of Pakistan Railway said.”

    What’s a bullet train?

  4. SK (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:40 am

    @ Anon

    Bullet Trains are also called High speed rails,

    “High-speed rail is public transport by rail at speeds in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph).

    Typically, high-speed trains travel at top service speeds of between 250 km/h and 300 km/h (150 mph and 185 mph). The world speed record for a conventional wheeled train was set in 1990 by a French TGV that reached a speed of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph), and an experimental Japanese magnetic levitation train (maglev) JR-Maglev MLX01 has reached 581 km/h (361 mph).”
    Source: Wikipedia.org

    There is no way that a bullet train route can be constructed on the present rail tracks of Pakistan, they have to build more enforced structures for bullet trains to match these kind of speeds. With the speed of Burraq express they are going to reach Karachi in 20 hours where as, on a bullet train you can reach Karachi in 3 hours at the above speed of 581 kmph.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    anon: the train is being called bullet because it’ll be non-stop b/w karachi n pindi i guess :p typical media spin :D

  6. ANON THE FAKE ONE (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    Mansoor: Is it really non-stop? I know for sure there is a stop at Lahore. Also, I heard there are gonna be 29 other stops.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    anon: non stop usually does have 4 to 5 stops.. at Hyd, Rohri, n two more in punjab…. lahore is one of them too.

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